Millwall FC

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Millwall 1 Sheffield Wednesday 3, 24/2/15, att:8,568 (away 1001)

The worst home record since we have been in the football league

Do I really need to go through the memories of this game and recall the pathetic way we gave up the game and gave it to the leagues lowest scorers Sheffield Wednesday on a plate. If  I am bothering to write a Millwall blog you have to take the rough with the smooth and at the moment its all rough so I will still have to, so here goes.

We try but just not good enough to win at home

We dominated much of the first half and could have been at 3-0 up but no one seems to be able to put the ball away. Sheff  Wed scored in the 53rd minute against the run of play and from that point disaster struck. Ian Holloway went three at the back and it all went down hill from there. Ian Holloway as done this three at the back bollocks before and it hardly worked then and it didn't work now.
Holloway apologises after the game for the failure of this tactic but apologises do not give us the three points. We were doing alright apart from conceded the first goal and could have pulled the game back playing as we had been in the first half,  but no he made changes using just three at the back that he knew had failed in the past and yes it was dismal then and it was dismal now. The players looked flummoxed  in as much as they didn't know where they were playing on the pitch and the lowest goal scoring team in the Championship put three goals past us and that was that. A low Lions crowd had turned out for this game which was 7,567 if you knock a 1000 of the total for the good size mid-week away support. When the final whistle blew there was a lot less in the Den as most of the Wall had already gone home. Ian Holloway got of light with the abuse.

Deigo Fabbrini's late goal was well taken and one like that at Rotherham Saturday may help keep us in this division

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Millwall 0 Fulham 0 Championship 21/2/15 att:12,707 (away 1815)

I said after the Leeds game that I fancied us for this one. I would have been right if we had somebody who could stick the ball in the net. There's no other word for it "hopeless" because that's what we are, there must be a foggy haze around the oppositions goal and we can't penetrate it.  We are keeping clean sheets or losing to the odd goal so we have sorted out the defence but although we came very close and on two occasions Lee Gregory messed up a chance to bury the ball with his feet and with head. Because of the way we play we do not get too many chances and when we do somebody's got a bury them or at the very least direct them towards goal.

As I said, we were lacking quality up front to get something from this game, Gregory missed when he should have scored and a cracking shot from Michael Tonge whistled past the post after it was somewhat deflected by a Fulham defender. It was so close it took the paint off the post.
Fulham did not produce much their-selves and for a ex Premiership club with Premiership players and Premiership money we restricted them to very little and I cannot remember Forde having to do much apart from a save that looked a bit flappy from behind the goal but seeing it on the telly hi-lights it was a good save.

Ricardo Fuller done something I have never seen before at the Den he managed to get the ball over the roof of the Cold Blow Lane Stand while attempting a shot or something. He managed this when the ball come to him from such a height it had snow on it. If you study the picture below you can see Fuller who is on the  left as you look at the picture and the Ball is way up high before he whacked it over the roof

With the ball coming back from Mars Ricardo Fuller sets himself  up for a moon shot

That's 31 points and we are still third from bottom and a three point gap between us and Brighton who won their game 4-3

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Leeds 1 Millwall 0, Championship Game 31 14/2/15 att:24,000

 Drastic restricted away support is not in our favour

We could not continue with our run of away wins and lost to a single goal at hard to get to Elland Road. With only 180 Wall inside the stadium we did not perform first half and Leeds took their deflective goal in the 39th minute.

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We improved second half  with Woolford performing well and going close and with a couple of minutes of extra time left on the clock fuller dribbled through challenges inside the Leeds penalty box and screwed one just wide of the post.

Martyn Woolford played well and seemed like a new man. Was he playing for Millwall or was he playing for himself and showing Leeds what he has got after he's failed move to them due to the owner of Birmingham who's name escapes me not knowing who he was. Being realistic and knowing what matters to a footballer I hope he was playing for himself and also playing for the Millwall. It seemed to matter.

Home game this Saturday against Fulham and it's a must that we stop this run of not winning at home since Oct 25th last year. I fancy us for this one.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Birmingham 0 Millwall 1, Championship League Game 30 10/2/15, att:14,186



That's thirty games played and we have achieved thirty points, keeping to this formula I wonder if 46 points would be enough to keep us up.

Woolford hits bar, David Forde back on song and tops it with an exceptional save

That's two successive away wins and one defeat in four and that represents a bit of form and we are one win or maybe a draw away from getting out of the relegation spots and looking up and not down. Martin Woolford back in the side after his failed loan to Leeds United hits the bar and plays the full ninety, Diego Farbbrini fluffs his lines with his twist and volley and Martin's shot is palmed away. David Forde plays a good game with two good saves, one which was exceptional and without doubt helped to secure our win. We had a fair amount of play around Birmingham's penalty box and on the pitch in general and when Alan Dunne scored with his head in the 51st minute we held on and won our first game at Birmingham for 47 years
Bottom 5, Charlton 33 pts, Brighton 30 pts, Millwall 30 pts, Wigan 22 pts, Blackpool 20 pts

Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Dunne, Hooiveld, Harding, Tonge, Williams, Martin, Fabbrini, Woolford, Maierhofer1(Gregory 72)

Goal: Dunne 51min

Birmingham: Randolph, Caddis, Spector, Robinson, Grounds, Davis, Gleeson, Cotterill, Shinnie(Gray 64), Dyer(Novak 64), Donaldson(Zigic 76)

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Saturday, 7 February 2015

Millwall 1 Huddersfield 3 Championship 7-2-15, att: 10,281 (away 586)

They lift you up (occasionally)  and drop you down with a massive thump (frequently)

Every other team lost below us and around us so in the scheme of things not too much damage done but come on Millwall "man up and sort these errors and remember your Lions.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Millwall and our January Window 2015

Ian Holloway,  we need more options and we need these options quickly

<Millwall sign Paris Hall-Cowan from Wycombe Wanderers on a two and a half year deal. He's quick and can score.

>Paul Robinson who is on loan at Portsmouth has his contract terminated and is free to negotiate a deal elsewhere. I am sorry to see him go, a proper Millwall player that always gave all in is quiet and controlled manner. He also scored a few goals and some were "big" goals, promotion etc.  I think that I would have liked to see him stay. I know he lost a bit after is long term injury but I don't think he was any worse than we have.

>Scott Malone looks like he will be leaving and signing for Cardiff. Perhaps he will do well there.
Scott Malone signs for Cardiff  8/1/15

>Josh Wright goes to Leyton Orient on a free

<31 year old Dan Harding who plays as a defender signs on loan from Nottingham Forest to the end of the season.

<Stefan Maierhofer returns to the end of the season and comes on a sub in the 1-0 defeat at Blackpool

>Jermaine Easter goes to Bristol Rovers

<12/1/15 Shaun Cummings joins from reading and signs a two and a half year deal

>Stephen Bywater is let go. I think he's gone to Doncaster

<Right back Shaun Cummings joins the Lions from reading on a two-and-a-half contract

<We secure Watford's forward player Diego Fabbrini on loan for 90 days(ish)

>On loan Wilkinson goes back to Stoke

>24/1/15 Scott McDonald leaves Millwall after having his contract terminated..

.26/1/12 Central defender Jos Hooiveld signs on loan from Southampton

2/2/15 Michael Tonge signs on loan from Leeds, another midfielder.

2/2/15 Goalkeeper Jordan Archer joins on loan from Tottenham to the end of the season. That's our lot in the January window and although no Tim Cahill I think we have managed to capture some good players for the hard grind ahead.

This list may not be exactly in date order

On paper we have signed a few "proper footballers" so lets have a look.

That's the transfer window closed and no last minute signing of a striker. Overall 'we got some decent players but a good few of them are on loan. Paris Cowan-Hall seems to be a *star buy* but it looks like he is out for the rest of the season due to a ligament injury he picked up in the Reading game.
Jos Hooiveld looks well useful and looked a good educating partner for young Sid Nelson, it's a shame that Sid got sent off. The 6'8'' Stefan Maierhofer is back and what can I say? He gets slaughtered on the Message boards and a lot of supporters think putting it kindly "that he has no skill" I think the same but he does add a factor to the team that can be used for our advantage. I am not sure what this factor is apart from, it must be he's presence. I will put money on it that he will score but not sure when.
I have not my mind up yet regarding Shaun Cummings but as he is on loan. I will not get to attached anyway.
Diego Fabbrini who is also on loan and I doubt if we could afford him sets the place alight. With five minutes of him on the pitch he was a Wall favourite, yes it was that quick.
These new players have already helped us secure four points, so lets carry on. I have not seen Michael Tonge play yet so 'no comment. I read in the Southwark News that West Ham are not on his Christmas list. Something to do with the Carlos Tevez and regulations.

Home to Huddersfield Saturday and it must be a win, lets keep that memento going 

Tim Cahill, there's only once place to go

Our of our finest players ever Tim Cahill leaves New York Red Bulls and is now a free agent.
There is so much speculation across the internet with Fox News saying he's going to Everton and others saying he's going to China or some saying he's going back home to Australia.

The road home

Everton supporters are saying he can come back to Goodison Park as a coach because he is 35 years old and wouldn't have the legs for the Premiership. I don't think Tim Cahill would do that yet but what would I know. I do know that Neil Harris mentioned something about a super signing or words to that effect.

I do remember when he left Millwall back in 2004 to join Everton I read that he said he would like to come back to Millwall one day. We are awaiting young sir

The outcome

That was wishful thinking as he signs for Shanghai Shenhau which is some team somewhere in China. It must have been about the money, which is to be expected as he has to think about his family and his future..

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Nottingham Forest 0 Millwall 1, Championship Game 28, att: 23,018 (we take 682)

That's our first win in nine games and our 6th win of the season

The last eight
17th Huddersfield 34 points
18th Charlton 33 pointS
19th Leeds 32 points
20th Rotherham 30 points
21st Brighton 29 points
22nd Millwall 27 points
23rd Wigan 22 points
24th Blackpool 20 points

Ricardo fuller come come on as a 83rd minute sub pounced on some poor defending and "bang" we took the three points. With out doubt we are much a better side since our recent signings and I don't think that Stuart Pearce had done his homework. He's "after game ramble" included "Millwall were a team waiting to be beaten" If this is true it appears that he thought we were going to be as crap as we were against Bradford City and was going to be a easy three points. I wonder if he sent a scout to out Tuesday night game against Reading? I guess he did not.
Once again glowing reports regarding Diego Fabbrini. This was the 3rd game where he has played for us and straight away you could see that he is a quality midfielder who grafts hard and his wizardry with the ball is something that we haven't seen in a Millwall shirt for a long, long time. Hopefully after he's loan period is up we will not be disappointed but I guess a footballer of this quality is got to be on a higher pay grade that we could offer. It could be another "Chris Wood" moment.
There was a sloppy back pass by Shaun Cummings that could have done us but it didn't and hopefully he will learn and won't do it again. Mark Beever's who seemed to be a different player and a cracking header from him was going in but the Forest keeper DeVries pulled off a top drawer save. I big shout also for Alan Dunne who was back in the team and put in a decent performance.

Feeling chirpy myself and I may even do the washing up

We are a improved side and I said after the Reading game that new signing Jos Hooiveld is the "king pin" and in such a short time the performance level and commitment has rose two fold and the old and new players are putting in a shift, even David Forde is saving well and Beevers in this game done well. The Hof needs to raise his game if possible which would be my only criticism after this game. All in all a cracking win and well worth the three points, it's been a long wait and considering what we have had to put up with Ian Holloway is still here while others around him fall. Stuart Pearce as just been sacked and another manager bites the dust after we beat him. The next game can't come quick enough.

Nottingham Forest: DeVries, Kane, Hobbs, Wilson, McLaughlin, C Burke(Fryatt), Lansbury, Osborn, Antonio, Teche(Peterson), Assombalonga
subs not used, Darlow, Lichal, Fox, Veldwijk, Lascelles,

Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Hooiveld, Beevers, Dunne, Williams, Abdou, Gueye(Fuller) Fabbrini, Martin(Upson), Maierhofer(Gregory),
subs not used, Webster, O'Brien, Powell, King

Goal: Fuller 83

NEWS FLASH.....Stuart Pearce sacked the next day. Another manager bites the dust after we beat his team. It seems to be a habit of ours.

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Paris Cowan-Hall crooked after the Reading game

Hairline fracture of his tibia and damage to the stabilising ligament behind the knee

Talk about one step forward and three steps back. We were all looking forward to seeing our new signing from Wycombe turn it on at Forest today but that's not going to happen. (that's Millwall for you). This injury happened at some point  in the Reading game and it seems it did not come to light till after the game. There is some good news as it seems it's not as bad as it could have been but we could still be looking at months before he returns to the side, the season will probably be over by then. I wish him well and lets hope he mends quickly and he still has a career ahead of him at the Den.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Millwall 0 Reading 0, Championship 27/1/15 att:8,315 (away 539)


The Lions are back with more bite and a bit more passion

It may have been just a point but they are there to be earn't and we certainly grafted for this one. With the January signings of Dan Harding, Stefan Maierhofer, Shaun Cummings , Diego Fabbrini and last minute central defender Jos Hooiveld starting and Paris Cowan-Hall on the bench we were a new look side that from the start looked more solid at the back and I was watching the way that Jos Hooiveld and Sid Nelson were working closely together in the centre of the defence with lots of chat between them. These two will develop in a fine pairing if given the chance and I was gutted when Sid Nelson's 45 minute slightly missed timed tackle resulted in a red card which was issued with great zest from referee Alan Medley.  Sid Nelson trudged off the pitch probably a lot more gutted than me.


For the second half Hooiveld teamed up with Shaun Williams and that worked well. Paris Cowan-Hall took the place of Magaye Gueye, and he looks a exciting prospect. Alan Dunne come on and Stefan Maierhofer went off and we finished the game with a purpose and created chances that maybe on another day would see us gain a win and the three points. All in all a good result considering we played the 2nd half with ten men, or did we?. The Den was back to it's noisy self and we being the 12th man dropped into the 11th man spot and roared the Lions on.  I think this game was a pointer to things to come and as I said earlier it maybe just a point but after the improvement against Ipswich which we still lost to earn this draw is the next step. It's Nottingham Forest Saturday and last year we beat them and we beat others and went on to survive the drop. As for now we have a total of 24 points which means there's a long way to go.

Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Harding, Nelson(sent off 45m), Hooiveld, Williams, Abdou, Gueye(Dunne46), Gregory, Maierhofer(Cowan-Hall 46), Fabbrini(Martin 77)

subs not used, King, Beevers, Upson, Fuller

Reading: Fedric, Kelly, Obita, Pearce, Hector, Norwood, Williams, Chalobah(McCleary 58), Robson-Kanu,(Mackie 76), Blackman(Cox 58), Pogrebnyak

subs not used, Anderson, Tauner, Cooper, Karacan

Tuesday, 20 January 2015


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7 WINDMILLS......As a Millwall supporter I reckon that young defender Sid Nelson who has only just turned 19 and wears the Millwall Captains armband must be in with a shout with the London Young Player Of The Year Award. With the showing so far he would get my vote.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Millwall 1 Ipswich 3, yet another home defeat 17/1/15, att: 11,063

Championship Game 26 and still only 23 points

WHOLESALE CHANGES AND NEW SIGNINGS  How long can I go on. Constantly writing about the Lions and their defeats is tedious and I can hardly rustle up the effort to turn on the laptop, but with the new players starting this game I went to the Den curious more than anything else but with hope that it was going to better than I seen and heard recently. Playing against Ipswich who are doing well and our old boss Mick McCarthy was always going to be a big ask for a Millwall side that had just been stuffed by a League One side and had a 19 year old as captain plus four recent signings and eight changes from the Bradford game. We were better. There was improved effort and a bit more passion which means there is a chink of light, a small chink, but enough to let me know there may be something there, something to cling on to and maybe a win before long. That hope will hopefully keep me going.

We did play better, we didn't roll over and we did try to get something from this game and we gave it ago. We did go behind to yet again a early goal and we did concede a second shortly after that but we didn't capitulate on the pitch or in the stands and we kept going and managed to score just before half time which set us up for the second half. Could we get something from this game was my thoughts at half-time and that was a thought that hadn't come my way for a good few weeks, maybe months.

Free kick, but no cigar

We did give it ago in second half to try to pull the game back and Webster, Powell, Gueye all had shots off target so did Abdou who had three. Shooting practice should be on the agenda.  We conceded the third on 77 minutes and that was end of us getting anything from this game.
New signing Diego Fabbrini looks useful and can certainly play with the ball. He was subbed in the 60th minute and replaced by Lee Martin and after that we didn't seem to have the same fizz in Midfield.

We have no game for ten days so this will help getting the new signings bedded in and especially the back four as it was clear early on that Cummings, Webster, Nelson and Harding hadn't played together before and time will be the factor in making sure that they get to know each other.

Millwall: Forde, Cummings(Fuller 80), Nelson, Webster, Harding, Abdou, Powell, Gueye, Fabbrini(Martin 60), Gregory, Maierhofer

Subs not used, King, Shittu, Woolford, McDonald, Wilkinson

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Bradford 4 Millwall 0 and we take 615 poor souls on a piss poor night on and off the pitch

Sometimes in life shit happens and when it does it can be far more worse than Millwall getting stuffed by a league one club in the FA cup but after this display nothing matters any more, we can kiss Chelsea goodbye. I'm going to bed.

Next Day

John Berylson is to refund the cost of the match ticket to the 456 travelling "Wall" who bought their tickets in advance. Hopefully this money is taking out the players pay, if not it should be.

The Culprits: Forde,  Dunne,  Shittu, Beevers( sent off six minutes in),  Briggs,  Abdou,  Chaplow, Upson,(Webster 46),  Gregory,  Fuller(Woolford 22),  Martin(Gueye 62)

This done me, Scott McDonald played up front in the first leg and scored a goal. For this game he was on the bench. I presume he was being saved for the Ipswich game.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Blackpool 1 Millwall 0, Championship, 10/1/15, att: 9,994


Rock Bottom Blackpool were to good for us and this defeat seems to be the tipping point as many supporters are calling for the Clown (not my term) to go and go now. I am not sure that's a good idea at the moment as we are still in the January window and there's still some shopping to do.

Dear oh dear, if we can't beat bottom side Blackpool who can we beat?  We had chances, we had a penalty shout but in this "must win game" we didn't have the whereabouts yet again to grind out a result. This is the worse time that I can remember following the Wall, it's embarrassing,. Ricardo Fuller is wayward with his finishing and he gets it large from the travelling support. He gives some abuse back at them and he is quickly substituted. Ian Holloway brings on Stefan Maierhofer who is playing his first game after signing for a second time and he carried on where Fuller left off and although the Hof had chances his finishing was no better than Fuller's. I do not believe that Fuller was worthy of the abuse that was slung at him. He has been a constant hard worker and has scored goals and I am not convinced he is a "wage thief" as others within the team have been described .

Ian Holloway said the side lacked composure. I say "yes they lack composure and just about everything else."
He also said on the Millwall FC website, I cannot fault the effort and desire of the boys because everyone of them gave it absolutely everything but unfortunately Blackpool got their goal and we couldn't find a way back. 
We must be bad, Blackpool got their goal and although we gave absolutely everything we couldn't find a way back. 'struth, Blackpool must have played like Real Madrid, a tough nut to crack.

Last ten league games: DLDDLWLLLL 30 points up for grabs and we get just six. Our home record within these ten goals is dismal. W e have played five lost four and drawn one, that's one point from 15. That's not the Millwall I have followed all these years, that's Dismal FC. HELP

I know one thing. We should not get excited regarding beating Bradford this coming Wednesday because if  we do happen to beat them in this FA Cup replay our current team will get smashed to bits by Chelsea in the next round. The Kings Road may go the same way.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Millwall 3 Bradford City 3, 3/1/2015, att: 5,470 (away 1093)

THE FA CUP 3rd round

The next day the Sunday papers called this a six goal thriller. I don't think that was the case especially if you was a Millwall supporter. League 1 Bradford city  are sitting 5th in their division and this was a classic "banana skin" type of game that went to form. Sitting near the bottom of the Championship was proof enough that our recent form and results was nothing to sing about and we were facing a in-form Bradford side that came to the Den with a good away support. Bradford gave us a early scare when they opened the scoring in the 6th minute as once again we couldn't deal decisively with a set piece as Bradford scored from a corner. We were playing a normal nervy type of game with passes going a stray and it wasn't so much that Bradford were defending stoutly to keep us out it was more of us trying to produce opportunities without the moves breaking down. We did keep on trying and all though it was frustrating watching the team we did equalise on 36 minutes as Scott McDonald's glancing header levelled the score jut before half time.

The away end looks on
Something to celebrate-Scott McDonald's goal

Sid Nelson starts again

We did score three goals and Ricardo Fuller was on the money as he scored a brace. His first goal saw us take the lead on 66 minutes as he scored from about eight yards out after Scott McDonald broke through with the ball. The lead only lasting four minutes as Bradford got lucky and equalised. A deflected cross hit the crossbar bounced back hit Sid Nelson and went in. Once again Sid Nelson had a decent game The Bradford supporters went crazy and we went off to find a dark corner to hide in. It got worse, the northerners scored again and took the lead again on 76 minutes. The Den was stunned and there was a few grunts aimed at Ian Holloway and the players but Ricardo Fuller scored again with just seven minutes on the clock and that made sure we went home not yet again experiencing a home defeat.
I know it's "only" the FA Cup but the cup means something down at Millwall and we are still in the draw for the next round. Back to their place on Jan 15th  I'll.take the draw because we could have lost it but we stuck with it and scored three.That's a positive.

Just heard that if we beat Bradford it's Chelsea away in the next round. That's added a twist to the Bradford game and it's all to play for. I haven't said this for a while,,,UP THE WALL

Friday, 2 January 2015

Paris Cowan-Hall 2/1/15

Wycombe Wanderer star Paris  Cowan-Hall signs on a two and a half year deal.
Ian Holloway states that we will love him.

Guess what? he gets injured in training and does not play at Blackpool. You couldn't make this stuff up.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Millwall 0 Bournemouth 2, Championship League Game 24, 28/12/14, att:10,407


League leaders come to town

I hooked up with Peter who publishes the very good Bournemouth Blog Cherry Chimes and answered a few of his questions. If you fancy a look click on link below>>

That's the third defeat on the spin and yet more changes.  Losing at home to Bolton 1-0 and the 6-1 thrashing at Norwich and now this defeat at the hands of Bournemouth have left us tottering on the edge of the League 1 abyss. I did here a muted chant of  'Holloway out' coming from the Dockers stand and I am sure I heard a chant aimed at Scott Malone 'your not fit to wear the shirt'. If my hearing was correct this could be start of terrace unrest and a more vocal campaign may follow. On the game itself, we were yet again poor in all departments and although we tried to give it ago we were just not good enough as per usual. We need some new blood in the team and I don't just mean support for Lee Gregory, we need at least four new signings in the January window and there is hope that something will happen on that front but who's available and if there was anybody available would they want to join a sinking ship. Time will tell.


Millwall concede the first goal after a penalty was given to Bournemouth after Lee Martin fouled Bournemouth's Charlie Daniels outside the box. "Yes" that is correct, "outside the box" I was ideally placed to spot that the foul was outside the box but apparently the referee wasn't.

David Forde dives the right way but couldn't keep out 'the penalty that never was"


Making his full league debut fellow Wall Sid Nelson shows the so called senior pro's how to play a football match, He played all out from start to finish and could have scored with a little more luck. Hopefully he does not get contaminated by "the couldn't care attitude around him" and lets hope he doesn't get his brain scrambled trying to work out Holloway's tactics.  Perhaps we need to play a few more young un's in our next game especially after Scott Malone has trouble not falling over his own feet.

ps....Shaun Williams gets a red card. He must channel the frustration and hot headedness and show more passion with the ball then he will be playing the Millwall way.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

12/12/14 Championship Game 21 Brighton 0 Millwall 1 att: 24,085 we take about 800

A Friday night live on Sky game. It was good to get the win

This game was not exactly a sizzler but we started well, we looked sharper, passed it about a bit had decent movement and scored a goal in the 15th minute. Then for some reason we played the rest of the game frightened to do anything similar again. It seemed like that after the 5-1 drubbing at  home against Middlesbrough the taking of this precious lead against Brighton was something they were keeping. They done the job so on that score the players can not be faulted. Millwall's goal come about after some good play and a couple bits of good luck when Lee Gregory picked the ball up on the edge of the area and run in and smacked the thing home beating the Brighton keeper on his far side of the goal.

That's 23 points from 21 games and if we keep that up for the rest of the season that may not be enough to keep us up.

Millwall: Forde, Wilkinson, Shittu, Beevers, Malone, Angel(Dunne 88), Williams, Gueye(Abdou 80), McDonald, Woolford, Gegory(Fuller 82),
subs not used, King, Briggs, Easter, Upson

Goal: Gregory 15 mins

Brighton: Stockdale, Bruno, Dunk, Halford, Chickson, Forster-Caskey, Gardner, Teixeira, March(Colunga 65), Bent, E.Bennett(McCourt 72),
subs not used, Walton, Ince, Hughes, Holla, Calderon

Sunday, 7 December 2014

6/12/14 Millwall 1 Middlesborough 5 att: 10,328


That was the end of my hope that we could go undefeated in December.

Rose coloured glasses won't work with this game. We were hopeless, what I saw today was not Millwall. There was no fight and no desire, wrong tactics and no "Millwall way"
Playing at home Millwall should have been in their face but they weren't in the race. I have never seen so many leave a game early in all the years that I have supported the Wall. 

With 5 minutes  of normal time to go and the Cold Blow Lane stand is looking thin on the ground

John Berylson wants more supporters through the turnstyles, he ain't  going to get it with a display like that. Our defence was nowhere good enough and it makes me wonder why Paul Robinson is on loan down at Portsmouth. The players that Ian Holloway rotates to play in the defence are not good enough and have the right attitude to battle fr the Lions. This maybe because of constant rotation and changes to tactics but stronger players like Paul Robinson would still battle and have the nous about him to adapt. His age maybe against him now but unless Danny Shittu plays on a regular basis we need a player like him.

The Game:

Millwall could have been 3-0 down before Boro scored their first and we can thank David Forde that that was not the case. The goals against us went in on 21, 28, 34, 44 and 79 minutes. We scored ourselves (whoopee) when Scott McDonald buried one in the 78th minute but no comeback this time as Boro quickly scored their fifth.and we were done good and proper.

The joy of celebrating Scott McDonald's goal lasted less than a minute

We as a crowd was quiet. Ian Holloway blames himself. Alan Dunne mentions that it was a new formation and Marc Bircham states that it will never happen again. I bloody hope not because I thought that when Ian Holloway took over that all this misery would be a thing of the past but it doesn't seem that way.. Can we have a constant please?
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Saturday, 29 November 2014

Bournemouth 2 Millwall 2 Championship Game 19 29/11/14

We Can Match Them All--But Not For 90 Minutes

We must now be officially the come back kings as yet another game we come back from being dead and buried and salvage yet another precious point. These comebacks are earning us a few points but not enough to keep us a way from the relegation places. We drop to 20th place and hold just a 2 point cushion.

Following on from the Lions 0-0 draw at Charlton last Saturday the Lions looked like yet again that a win was beyond them and a even a point didn't seem possible as top of the division Bournemouth took a 2-0 lead by the 25th minute and looked liked they were going to stay in the top spot.
Cue the second half, we play more from the front and cue the Millwall comeback. Ed Upson with 75 minutes on the clock starting the comeback as he headed past the Bournemouth keeper and with 2 minutes of normal time to go Magaye Gueye fired the ball home and the Lions escaped defeat. The away end was on it all through the game and helped the team to get the point. Let's not go behind and keep "coming back" lets start from the start as we mean to finish and we may start to pick up a few more wins. 

Millwall 20 pts
Rotherham 19 pts
Brighton 18 pts
Wigan 17 pts
Blackpool 9 pts

Saturday, 15 November 2014


2014-15 season   That's 17 games gone and frequently wrong refereeing decisions have strengthened the siege mentality and enhanced the atmosphere down at the Den. Some of these ref decisions have been so blatently wrong it makes you wonder. Sometimes I think just like many others that follow Millwall FC that there is a agenda to drive the club out of football, but it only convinces us to be more determined to stay in it. 

Those that care understand

There is no other football club in England similar to us and there's no other football club with supporters like us. Unique springs to mind

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Millwall 2 Brentford 3, 8/11/14, Championship League Game, att: 13,048

History in the making

For the first time in football history and it's Millwall that wear a camouflage kit as they support Headley Court which is the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre located in Surrey. Headley Court logo stands proud on this special Millwall shirt. 

The players from both teams form a guard of honour for Headley Court injured military personnel who were invited to the game on the day before remembrance Sunday. Tomorrow will also mark 100 years since the start of the First World War.

Proceeds from the sale of 1500 plus of these camouflage shirts, plus one pound from every programme sold will mean that a nice few bob will be coming the centre's way. It should be around 25k. Headley Court were also out with buckets.


Millwall looking like desert storm but first half playing like Desert Norm.

The Game

Following from my post after the Blackburn Game, it did rain but I copped the most from it after the game as we travelled down to Maidstone to pick up a car. What a night that was going down the M20, the window wipers had to work like crazy but we got home safe. Did the Lions work like crazy, I don't think they did and in the first half and yet again we went behind. A short while after the re-start we went 2-0 down and Brentford were making us look like mugs.  Another come back was on the cards as we clawed it back to 2-2 with goals from Lee Gregory  (I think) (58 min), and a rare one from Alan Dunne (59 min), which was a peach. Scott McDonald came on in the 57th minute and the two Lions goals quickly followed. There was no more goals for Millwall but Danny Shittu became a scorer as he gave Brentford a unintentional helping hand and scored a close up own goal. The referee was better than the last two games but when he booked Alan Dunne in the first minute, I thought, here we go again. He managed to finish the game with no more incidents apart from a cracking goal that fetched us level at 2-2

I don't think we have any ball winners. I can't remember the last time we tacked anybody and come away playing the ball. We have no problem giving the ball away. Brentford reminded me of Millwall a good few years back.

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Shittu, Beevers (Ranegie 67), Briggs, Chaplow (Upson 82), Williams, Gueye (McDonald 57), Gregory, Martin, Fuller
subs not used, King, Woolford, Upson, Webster

Goals: Gregory 58, Dunne 59

Brentford: Button, Odubajo, Dean, Craig, Bidwell, Judge, Diagouraga, Pritchard (Smith 76),, Toral (Saunders 76), Gray, Jota (Dallas 66), 
subs not used, Bonham, Tarkowski, Yennaris, Proschwitz

Goals: Gray 42, 56, Shittu og 64


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Two games in the life of Millwall FC.....we always get shit ref's


Blame the players, blame the referee, blame the manager and a amazing come back

Watford away  1/11/14  lost 3-1  att:17,000  (1,797 traveled)

Danny Shittu didn't start which surprised a few

We had the the majority of the possession  but conceded the most fouls and the most bookings. I am not to sure how that works out, we must have been tackling ourselves. We played half decent but once again we was mugged by a referee. We took the lead on 12 minutes when Woolford picked up a sweet pass from Scott McDonald threw a dummy as he pretended to shoot and once he lost his marker he shot and buried the ball  in the Watford net. Watford scored to level the game in the 36th minute and shortly afterwards Ricardo Fuller was tripped in the box and you've guessed it, no penalty given. Blatant penalty for all to see apart from the officials of course who always have shit in their eyes when it comes to giving Millwall a fair playing field. It got worse, Alan Dunne ended up on the ground at the edge of the Lions penalty area after being challenged by Watford's Deeney who then fell over Dunne's legs and Deeney was given a free kick, Watford scored from the free kick. It just can't get any worse can it? We had chances in the second half to get a foot back in this game but it wasn't to be and Watford got their third on 64 minutes after another dodgy free kick and although we played well we left the place with nought.

Referee or so called, Bob Madley

Blackburn at the Den, Tuesday Night, 4/11/14, Millwall 2 Blackburn 2 att: 8,240 (away 468)


I can honestly say we were crap first half and we just couldn't get going with any pattern of play that resulted in a good enough standard that would produce a win against this opposition. The weather was wet and wet as in soaked to the skin wet, which I thought before the game "this could be a typical old skool Millwall night with blood and gristle and send this lot back with their tails between their legs" All that happened as once again a referee totally missed the content of a challenge and sent off loan signing Andy Wilkinson. At this moment in time we were already 1-0 down and things looked bleak. From that point the referee got dogs abuse and he deserved it. Andy Wilkinson went for a 50-50- ball that was there for the winning and both players cluttered together. The Blackburn bench jumped out of there seats as though their player had been shot and the referee was suckered in to send Wilkinson off.  Marc Bircham was sent to the stand for jostling with the Blackburn bench. We were stunned by all of this and a few minutes later Blackburn got their second goal. We could have crumbled but we didn't and on 72 minutes Lee Martin gave us hope after Ricardo Fuller held the ball up and Martin clinically finished..A short time later Ian Holloway who was pissed off as much as all of us and after questioning another referee decision got sent to the stand.

Going in for more pain, anguish,and injustice with a bit of Millwall passion thrown in

Now we were up for it, with the loudest "No One Like Us " we responded to this injustice and with ten men proceeded to take Blackburn apart and ."boom" Shaun Williams cracked a shot from outside of the box and the Den could be heard in Wapping.

 Maybe "taking Blackburn apart" was a bit over the top but that spirit shown to achieve a draw was "old skool" Millwall  and if we can mix that in with the good football we play at times we can reach for the promised land. The comeback was about that and two good worked goals scored by Lee Martin and Shaun Williams. Brentford home Saturday, I wonder if it will rain again? maybe. I wouldn't mind if it did but please give us a fair and intelligent referee.

Referee or so called: Darren Deadman, 

Monday, 27 October 2014

Millwall 1 Cardiff City 0 Championship Game 14 25/10/14

Following on from the 0-0 draw at Wigan Tuesday night, we make that wet and windy midweek point seem more valuable as we take our unbeaten run to four games and take our points tally to 17 and things look a bit more rosier than it did when we lost at home to Birmingham a few weeks back.
Just six points off the play off's and six points from the last relegation spot. Is the glass half full or half empty?  I like to think that its neither, it's slowly filling to the top.

Live on sky, a football match
Just looking, but looking for what

Our first live league game on TV this season. I suppose Sky were looking or hoping for a incident that they could twist and manipulate and show us all as baby eaters or something similar. Nothing for them on that score so that had to devote the time of actually just showing Millwall growing in stature as the game went on and we were unlucky not to win by a bigger margin.

The Boss is back over the pond. He has permission to fly after surgery on his knee

Midfield and everywhere else Scott McDonald usually has one or two decent shots per game and today he didn't disappoint as a screamer of a shot took the paint off the keepers right hand post as it whistled by.  Lee Gregory couldn't improve on his two goal Millwall tally as he controlled a long ball by Shaun Williams and lifted the ball over the Cardiff keeper but a bit to high as it it the bar and the top of the net. He could have had another and Ed Upson missed by a fraction after being set up with some good Millwall play in and around the visitors box.
Cardiff had chances and a double save by the King of goal keepers David Forde send us in to a hand clapping frenzy because we all thought we were going 1-0 down.

In the 54th minute the goal that gave us a first win in nine games lifted us out of seats to about the same hight that the big fella jumped to power home a Shaun Williams on the button corner. What is it about Danny Shittu, he has not played since March because of injury but has made his way onto the bench for a few games but started in this one and straight away he was back doing what he does best, communicating, confidence making, competing and delivering a true captain's role and a true captains goal as he went up for a corner and powerfully headed the ball home. He loves it.

Danny Shittu  recieves the Sky Man Of The Match 

Millwall: Forde, Wilkinson, Briggs(Webster 72), Beevers, Shittu, Upson, McDonald, Gregory, Fuller(Woolford 78), Martin,
subs not used, King, O'Brien, Chaplow, Onyedinma, Abdou

Goal: Shittu 54

That's five changes after the Wigan game

Cardiff: Marshall, Brayford, S Morrison, Manga, Fabio, Pilkington, Noone, Whittingham, Gunnerrsson(Ralls 33), Le Fondre(Maynard 62), Macheda(R Morrison 61)
subs not used, Moore, Connolly, Daehli


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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Millwall 3 Wolves 3 Championship League Game 12, 18/10/14 att; 13,428

The night before

This is strange. Since I started this blog way back in 2010 Kenny Jackett has been on our side for most of this time and although I want us to beat Wolves I am sure that KJ will not get dogs abuse on his first visit back to the Den. Maybe a ribbing but I am sure he will enjoy that even if he gets it after a Wolves defeat.  I am curious to see the team that Ian Holloway will put out to start against the Wanderers, will he stick to the same eleven players that earnt a point at Derby or will Holloway make changes once again.

The Game

Kenny Jackett gets a good reception before the game but he got nothing else as he was just another away manager there to be beat.
The Lions go 3-0 down but still earn a point 

We go 3-0 down and gloom sets in but the team battled hard after Holloway made some critical substitutions and the three players he fetched on, Ricardo Fuller, Lee Martin and Scott Malone played a big part in turning this game and in the end a point will do. Should we be going 3-0 down against Wolves at home? nope we shouldn't. Our passing and retaining the ball in the first half was non-existent and I lost count of how many times we gave away the ball. We went in at half time 1-0 down and although once again at home we were losing I went for my half time smoke thinking that we could turn this game around.

I couldn't believe what I was seeing as we were 3-0 down by the 64th minute and things didn't look good as Wolves scored two goals from dead balls from both touch lines and there is no way we should be conceding goals from there.  Nobody left the ground (maybe a tiny few) and we were rewarded shortly after the Wolves third goal when Lee Gregory scored with a fine controlled shot that went just inside the Wolves keeper's right hand post. That goal gave us hope and we raised the noise and substitute Ricardo Fuller responded by scoring two first class goals. Sometimes he's finishing is a joy to watch and he was certainly on his game to day as he pulled the game back to 3-3 with two goals in five minutes. Shaun Williams saved the day as he received a red card in the 97th minute as he took one for the team by bringing down a Wolves player as he was bearing down on the Millwall goal. Goal keeper David Forde also had time to make a final contribution as he went to his left and made a fine save with seconds to go to stop Wolves taking all three points. All in all a game that had a few twists and turns, it looked like a game that we was going to lose but we didn't. One of the best Millwall comebacks I have seen for a long time and we were all there at the finish.

Played 12, Won 4, Drawn 4, Lost 5, Goals For 13, Goals Against 16, Points 13

That's 13 points out of a possible 36 which is just over a point a game. We must improve as we sit just 3 points away from the last relegation place. Wigan away Tuesday night and although it may seem a bit of a tough ask, three points would be well useful.

Miillwall remember the fallen as they make a video with Headley Court Rehabilitation Centre

We show our support for the military establishment, Headley Court Rehabilitation Centre near Epsom. We will be wearing a camouflage coloured kit for our remembrance weekend when we play Brentford and his is history in the making as no football club ever before has worn army camouflage colours. Headley Court Logo will be on the front of the shirt. The football league has given Millwall the nod to do this and I'm sure the kit won't clash with the referee. This seasons sponsor Euroferries have gave up their shirt logo for this game . The proceeds for selling this shirt will go to Headley Court Rehab Centre and we are looking to raise 20k by selling the shirts. We have made a short video on Youtube which is remembering the fallen of the first world war and the fallen and injured ever since. A very moving dedication and the team and Ian Holloway have done us proud. I have always known I chose the right football club to support but this cements my belief even do us proud. Up the Wall.

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I had no pre-knowledge of Millwall doing this but it doesn't surprise me. We are known for our community work hosted by the Lions Centre and of course our support in trying to save the A and E at Lewisham Hospital which in the end was successful. We always give generously to the Help For Hero's charity. Last season we gave up our shirt sponsorship revenue and gave the shirt space to the Charity Prostrate Cancer which helped the charity spread the message to us blokes to get ourself checked out, I did. We also raised 25k.

Monday, 6 October 2014

4/10/11 Championship Game 11 Derby County 0 att:27,749

/10/14 Championship League Game 11  Derby County 0 Millwall 0 att: 27,749

Ian Holloway was delighted with the Lions defence

Martyn Woolford starts and Mathew Briggs makes he's league debut. Ian Holloway mixes it up with Scott Malone and Mark Beevers dropped, Byron Williams comes in and makes he's first start since being subbed in the 29th minute at Reading, he put that substitution anguish to bed after having a superb game against Derby. Aiden O'Brien came on as a sub against Birrmingham and impressed us all including Holloway who game him a start against Derby and what a game to make your full league debut and on his 21st birthday. Once again he done well.

Richard Chaplow starts

I presume that all these changes which also included Richard Chaplow starting were Ian Holloway's response to a run of five games without a win. We still did not win but we could have done and after the dismal affair against Birmingham it cheered me up no end. I guess that the Derby supporters thought they were going to win this game and got all shirty and frustrated when they knew that wasn't going to happen. We were solid for most of the game and were worth the point. We should have had a penalty when Lee Gregory was pushed in the box but the ref must have had crap in he's eyes as he failed to see it.

Danny Shittu back in the side but on the bench

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Briggs, Webster, Williams, Chaplow, Abdou, Woolford, McDonald, Gregory(Fuller 74), O'Brien(Malone 67),
subs not used, King, Upson, Beevers, Powell, Shittu

Derby: Grant, Christie, Keogh, Whitbread, Forsyth, Eustace(Hendrick 59), Hughes, Bryson, Ward(Best 59), Ibe(Russell 85), Martin
subs not used, Mitchell, Calero, Shotton, Mascarell

And now yet another international break.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Milwall FC: One step forward, two steps back, Game 9 and Game 10

I said after the Forest game " the whole team done well and kept going right to the end of the game" I am afraid I cannot say that after the Huddersfield away game and Birmingham at home game. We are going backwards and have not improved in any position on the pitch. We are weak in defence and scoring goals to win games is a mystery to us.

Last five games

Ipswich away lost 2-0
Reading away lost 3-2
Forest home drew 0-0
Huddersfield away lost 2-1
Birmingham home lost 3-1        Scored four conceded ten

That's not hard to do, there wasn't much to get us out of our seats

According to Ian Holloway we have a soft underbelly. I know we have injuries and critical injuries at that but surely the squads big enough to cope with a few players missing . It appears not and with Lee Martin and Carlos Edwards not available our world is falling apart. I know that's not really the case but that's how it felt watching them Tuesday night being put to the sword by a very average Birmingham City side. There was some pluses Tuesday night, Lee Gregory scored his first Millwall goal and Adien O'Brien  made his League debut when he came on for the second half and done alright as he set Gregory up for his goal.

We did have a spell of decent play at the start of the second half where Lee Gregory scored and pulled it back to 2-1 but it wasn't going to get any better and Birmingham got their third.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Millwall 0 Nottingham Forest 0 20/9/14 Championship Game 8

The worse thing that could have happened with this game was the men from Sherwood would have nicked it with a minute to go. That's the sort of outcome that us that follow the Wall know all about and sods law it was going to happen. It didn't happen and we finished the game strong. The first half was un-inspiring from both sides but the second half we edged it and should have took the three points. Forest stay top and we drop a position.

A tough ask for the four Lions as Forest are everywhere 

A early injury to Carlos Injury could have put a spanner in the works but Jimmy Abdou stepped into the breach and took over the right backs role and done a excellent job on restraining Forest striker Michail Antonio to almost nothing who I do believe has already scored five goals this season, but he got nought down here.  The whole team done well and kept going right to the end of the game. We will be beating teams soon and beating them well. That's my prediction but at the moment that's 11 points and we drop a place in the league table to 13th place.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Reading 3 Millwall 2 League Game 7 att:15,091 we take 871 and they done us proud

Seven games gone and 3 wins, 3 defeats and a draw, we have scored 8 and conceded 8

We had more shots on target, more shots off target and more corners but we lost. Ian Holloway has put his hands up and said it was he's fault we were 2-0 down by the 15th minute but he had the guile to change the way we were playing and we improved drastically. After the change we came close to winning the game but it wasn't to be as Reading scored from a corner in the 86th minute and that was that.  We have dropped down to 12th spot and  a win is needed Saturday. Can we beat top spot Forest? of course we can as long as Holloway gets it right because we have the players to do it and to do it with style. I do not think a third defeat on the bounce would be acceptable to us as this will reflect what was going on last season and if that is the case there wouldn't seem to be any improvement,.I know we are better and we need to start banging in a few more goals and stay switched on when comes to defending corners late in the game. COYL

Nottingham Forest sit top with 17 points, won 5 drawn 2 and lost none

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Millwall v Ipswich this Saturday , two wise old dogs

A wonderful time this international break....NOT

A proper Championship game, one past Millwall manager and one present

Roll on Saturday and away to Ipswich Town and some Championship football. I have high hopes of us getting something from this game but as always, Millwall cautious. After the Rotherham game it become obvious that the team still had it in them to under perform and to leave us flat. The Rotherham game reminded me of last year and hopefully that was that as we have a good team and some good players and as the other seasons games confirm we can play a bit as well as grind out results. Ipswich with Mick McCarthy always give us a game and I expect a hard solid performance from Millwall with a bit of flair thrown in, but if it means three points with out the flair I'll still be happy. I wonder if the Spaniard will play.

That didn't go well

13/9/14  League Game 6 Ipswich 2 Millwall 0 att: 16,199 

We had more shots on target, more shots off target and more possession but we lost this one, We were bright in the first half but hopeless after the break. Sounds a bit familiar to me and after we went 1-0 down on the stroke of half time we wilted and offered zilch in the second half. Would we have had more of a chance if Lee Martin and Lee Gregory had not been injured? not sure and we will never know but it couldn't have helped. We drop to 7th place and 4 points off of the top spot which is held by Forest.

Millwall: Forde, Edwards, Dunne, Beevers, Malone, Powell(Gueye 46), Williams, Woolford(Upson 67), McDonald, Easter(Fuller 67), Ranegie
subs not used, King, Briggs, Webster, Onyedinma

Ipswich: Gerken, Parr, Mings(Smith 70), Chambers, Berra, Skuse, Murphy, McGoldrick, Anderson(Sammon 81), Tabb, Bishop(Hyam 71)
subs not used, Bialkowki, Bajner, Bru, Henshall

Goals: McGoldrick 45, Murphy 63

ps...the Spaniard didn't play