Tag: Millwall

Match Of The Past: Millwall FC

We continue our series of archive videos of the clubs of the Football League Championship with Millwall, and six matches spanning the years between 1972 and 1995. We kick off with a team that is amongst the finest that the club has ever produced. At the end of the previous season, Millwall had finished in third place in the Second Division, narrowly missing out on promotion with only two automatic places available and no play-off places. This match is from the year after that. While Millwall were unable to repeat the adventures of the 1971/72 season for quite a while, they still put in a respectable performance that season and our first match is a home match against Brighton & Hove Albion from November 1972. Our second match, meanwhile, is another Second Division match, this time from September 1976 and it sees Millwall at home against Chelsea at The Den. We then have three matches from the 1980s. First up is an FA Cup Fifth Round match from February 1986 which sees Millwall travel to The Dell to play Southampton. Then come two matches from another golden period for Millwall. The first of these is a trip to Dean Court to play AFC Bournemouth with four games to play of a 1987/88 season which saw the club promoted to the First Division at its end for the first time...

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Do They Still Make Millwall Bricks?

That may very well be too loaded a question to ask, or perhaps it is being asked in ignorance given recent fan violence between Lions and QPR supporters, but in the interests of venturing forth from conventional stereotypes, it is a matter worth exploring at least superficially. This query originates from watching the recent match between Millwall and Preston North End at the New Den and observing those featured in the stands. On multiple occasions, the television camera operators made a point of zooming in on families enjoying the match, fathers with their sons and daughters or an aunts with their nephews. Aware of the reputation for hooliganism both outside the grounds and inside wherever Millwall have called home, it begged the question as to whether the current crop of Millwall supporters have been unfairly tarred with unwashed brushes from the past. If that many families felt safe enough to bring young children to the New Den, smiling and engaged in the match rather than looking over their shoulders for potential disturbances in the stands, surely there is something missing in the narrative of Millwall fan behaviour. Indeed, as American chairman John Berylson and Millwall Holdings PLC have been in control of the club since 2007, there has been a renewed emphasis on attracting young cub supporters to the Den. Pushing the family of fans to the foreground, Millwall...

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Match Of The Midweek: Leeds United 0-2 Millwall

The favourites for promotion before the start of the season, Leeds United started 2009/10 as if they were in something of a hurry to finally lay the ghosts of lower division football to rest and get back to something approaching the normality of the Championship. Their credentials seemed to be confirmed by their January FA Cup win at Old Trafford and grabbing a draw at White Hart Lane against Tottenham Hotspur in the next round of the same competition. They lost the replay, however, and since then their season has started to fall apart at the seams to the extent that some Leeds supporters are starting to worry that the nightmare scenario may be starting to unfold. The team has lost its air of impregnability. They have only won twice in the league since losing to Spurs in the FA Cup at the start of February. Norwich City are now eight points clear at the top of the table, meaning that the likelihood of a trophy being lifted at Elland Road is starting to fade into the background. Might they blow it altogether and find themselves in the League One play-offs again? Millwall, meanwhile, are showing all the signs of moving in the exact opposite direction. They started the season reasonably slowly, but since the new year have started to assume the momentum of a steamroller. Since losing at...

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Match Of The Midweek: Millwall 4-1 AFC Wimbledon

Wimbledon travelled to Millwall in the FA Cup First Round on Monday night, allowing us to step into the strange, strange world of being away supporters at The Den. On the whole, though, the hosts were perfect gentlemen for the evening.

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Did The Police Get West Ham vs Millwall Wrong?

The most glib response that one can give to the issue of football hooliganism is to say that it has simply gone away for good. Anybody that regularly goes to matches will know fully well that it is constantly there, bubbling away under the surface and waiting for an opportunity to raise its head. As clubs, the game’s authorities and the police themselves are often more than eager to tell us, the success that has been had in tackling the issue in and around stadia – the area in which there is no dispute that clubs have to take responsibility for the behaviour of those claiming to support the clubs – has been largely due to more sophisticated stewarding and policing methods. The days of penning people in, caging them up and hoping for the best ended with Hillsborough. Policing attitudes, they tell us, have changed. Or did they? We’ve written on here about the police treatment of football supporters several times over the last three¬† years, with incidents involving Stoke City and Sunderland supporters recently making headlines for police decisions that have given the impression of ranging from something approaching contempt for travelling supporters to decisions that have seemed to betray a lack of experience and complacency in dealing with potentially troublesome situations.¬† It is not implausible to argue that these factors – contempt and complacency – were...

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