Millwall FC

1885---130th Anniversary Year---2015 *We Fear No Foe*
Millwall FC, A Traditional English Football Club

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Millwall 4 Colchester United 1, League One, Game 17, 21/11/15 att:8,739 (442)




 Lee Gregory is scoring again, Colchester are sent home with nought and it's a cold, cold day.

After the international break we started where we left off and carried on banging in goals. Lee Gregory was up to his usual mischief of terrorising opposition goal keepers as he picked up the ball, run and fired in a cracker. It looked like he was going to get a second as he shot from a tight angle but the ball hit the near post. Our strike force of Steve Morison, Aiden O'Brien and Lee Gregory have been banging them in and usually it is them that are racking up the goals so a bit of a surprise for me to see Shane Ferguson finishing like a quality striker and getting a couple of goals in this game. He is terrific and fits the shirt perfectly, it's a shame he's not ours but on loan.

Lee Gregory scores his 10th of the season

Our not so good friend Marvin Sordell is closely marked by Mark Beever's who has him in his pocket

We did concede after a defensive cock-up when we were 2-0 up when Joe Martin sort of passed the ball to Colchester and they scored to cut the deficit. That was as close as the Essex side got to us in this game and we extended our lead in the 62nd minute when Shane Ferguson got his second. Defender Byron Webster was lurking around the Colchester box in the 81st minute which even at 3-1 up we were not sitting deep and we got our 4th when his shot took a slight deflection and we had now scored 12 goals in our last 3 games, happy days. That was a comfortable win and Colchester have now conceding the most goals in the Football League. 

*The Millwall revival continues*

Millwall: Archer, Cummings, J.Martin, Beevers, Webster, Williams, Saville, Ferguson(Onyedinma 71), Gregory (L.Martin 83), Morison, O'Brien (Upson 79),
subs not used, Forde, Nelson, Thompson, Romeo

Goals: Gregory 13,  Ferguson 38, 62, Webster 81


Colchester United: Jones, Edwards, Elokobi, Gilbey, Moncur, Massey, Olufemi, Eastman, Bonne, Harriot, Sordell (Porter 46)

subs not used, Parish, Wright, Lapslie, Sembie-Ferris, Curtus, James

Goal: Porter 55

Friday, 13 November 2015

Millwall 5 Crystal Palace 1 U21s, Friday 13th November, 2015


Rampant Lions brush this lot aside in this U21s game.That's our 4th win in the last five games and goals from Jack Powell, Ben Thompson, Ed Upson and a brace from Lee Martin made it so. It seems odd that a League One sides U21s can soundly beat a Premier League side U21s, but that must explainwhy 18 year old Harry Donovan has quit the Arsenal Academy and joined the Lions. Justin Skinner must be thrilled at the way things are going but I am sure he is always looking for improvement and why wouldn't he? COYL

Millwall: Sandford, Romeo, Farrell, Thompson (Eze 75), Mbulu, Upson (Parr 46), Powell, Pavey, Martin, Cowan-Hall
sub not used Barton

16/11/15 Monday night

Now it's the turn of Woodbridge Town to be on the end of a thumping as the Millwall Youth team smacked them 9-1. Woodbridge Town had already beaten Bury and Dagenham and Redbridge and it looked like they could have given us a game but it wasn't to be. It's Charlton in the next round and they are useful apparently.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Plymouth Argyle 3 Millwall 5, Johnstone Paint Trophy, Game 3, 10/11/15 Tuesday night, att:5,869 ( 295)

There was eight goals in this game and Lee Gregory scores three or was it four

That's the fourth cup game this season and we have won the lot if I forget to mention the League cup defeat against Barnet.
This trophy is a bit of fun and we are making it ours. We take 300 down to League 2 front runners Plymouth on a Tuesday night and this five goal tally was a good reward. We seem to have approached this game with a bit of a carefree attitude as its a break from the "serious games" and it produced goals not just for us but the opposition as well. In our first two wins in this competition we kept clean sheets but I sense a "go for it type of attitude as in 'if the opposition score two we will score three"  Plymouth are on top of  League 2 and must have thought they were in with a chance but once again our strike force was on their game as Lee Gregory got four and Aiden O'Brien got one to finish them off. Plymouth scored some crackers and looked useful so even more so for us it was a good win. There is a international break this weekend and we could afford to bust a gut in this one as plenty of time to recover and it paid off.
I know that our 43rd minute goal is officially credited to Mark Beevers but Lee Gregory and Neil Harris are adamant that Gregory scored it,  so I will record it as such.

There was a bit of "afters" after this game when some Plymouth support come on the pitch and made a half hearted attempt to get at the travelling Wall. We stood and watched.
12 got ground banning orders a few days later

Millwall: Archer, Edwards (Nelson 34), Webster, Beevers, J.Martin, Onyedinma(Thompson 88), Saville, Williams, O'Brien(Upson 83), Morison, Gregory
subs not used, Pavey, Girling

Goals: Gregory 21, 43, 49, 58 pen, O'Brien 66

Plymouth: McCormick, Mellor, Nelson, Hartley(Purrington 83), Sawyer, Threlkeld, McHugh, Tanner(Brunt 62), Carey, Wylde(Simpson 69),Jervi
subs not used, Cox, Bittner

Goals: Jervis, 34, 85 Carey 56

Other results in this cup tonight

Wigan 4 Blackpool 0
Barnsley 2 York 1
Fleetwood 0 Sheff Utd 0
Fleetwood win 4-1 on penalties

Rochdale 0 Morcambe 1
Gillingham 1 Yeovil 1
Yeovil win 5-4 on penalties

These two below played the next night

Dagenham & Redbridge 0 Oxford Utd 2
Southend Utd 1 Bristol Rovers 0

The draw for the next games is this Saturday coming
No league game this Saturday as yet another international break

No game this Saturday for us yet another international break

Just seen the draw and it's away to Southend. They have beat us the last two times we played them but we have improved since then so should be a interesting game,

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Millwall 3 AFC Fylde 1 FA Cup First Round Proper, 7/11/15 att: 3,445 (away 164)


Skipper Tony Craig out injured and Steve Morison wears the armband

Pre-match thoughts, interesting. Never played these before etc. We should do them but then it is the FA Cup ,anything can happen. I am a little bit worried regarding how many of our important players are not playing due to injuries and also loan players who are not because their own clubs do not want them cup tied , but I am sure we still have enough to "do them".

164 of them turned up for the biggest game in their history

The dedicated 164

David Forde started and he done ok overall but he still managed to have one of his scary moments when he come for a ball that wasn't really his and you heard a few groans. 

A break in the play
The deadly trio conspire

The first half finished 0-0 and although it was a half that did not have us on the edge of our seat. Fylde are a decent side and played a steady game and were a threat but we handled them ok. We was lacking a cutting edge a fizz all over the park and the subbing of non-effective Paris Cowan-Hall who was making his full home debut and bringing on League 1 player of the month Aiden O'Brien done the job. He contributed to upping the tempo and it didn't take to long before he buried our first when he picked up the ball and run in towards the Fylde goal and oozing quality he beat the keeper low to his right. It wasn't long after that and Lee Gregory was giving it ago and scoring when he picked up a ball from Shaun Williams and then went inside and outside of the player at right back and clinically stroked home our second of the game. 2-0 and cruising, or so I thought. AFC Fylde had a goal in them and we being Millwall let them score it as they cut in from the left and after Bryon Webster halted the move their player Whittle managed to shoot towards the fire post and the ball was in.
Aiden O'Brien was there again being busy and this time feeding Steve Morison who moved in towards goal and with the class of a proven striker masterfully side footed the ball past the Fylde keeper. Game over, I wonder who we got in the next round?

A sparse Cold Blow Lane, all in all a poor home attendance

Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Webster, Beevers, J.Martin, Cowan-Hall(O'Brien 45), Thompson, Williams (Powell 90), Onyedinma, Morison (Pavey 90), Gregory
subs not used L.Martin, Arrcher, Romeo, Wood

Goals: O'Brien 54, Gregory 60, Morison 88

AFC Fylde: Urwin, Hughes, Hanningan, Collins, Whittle, Charles, Wilson(Finley 77), Baker, Hughes(Liloyd-McGoldrick 83), Rowe, Blinkhorn
subs not used, Hinchliffe, Sumner, Barnes, Hardy, Langley

Goal: Whittle 62

The ref was driving me nuts, defo anti-Milwall

The next day

The 2nd round draw and we pull Wycombe Wanderers at our place, that's winnable

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Neil Harris a Millwall bloke

The teams doing OK, what about the manager?

As manager stints go he his doing all right, a bit shaky at the start of the season but now with a third or thereabouts of the season gone we sit just outside the play-off's with plenty to play for. The last six games read WWDWWD with four clean sheets. We all know what a great player and record breaker he was for Millwall and he seems to be enjoying himself and coping very well with the pressures and also coping with the numerous injuries and suspensions. It looks like we have good spirit within the side and after three years of grot there's a buzz about the place once again. I think he is doing well and I hopefully there's no reason why he cannot continue. We sing his name the same way we used to when he was a player and I wonder how many other football managers are treated this way?  To us he's a special kind of  bloke.

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Millwall FC 0 Bradford City 0, League One, Game 16, 31/10/15, att:9,367

25 Points

Dockers enjoying the sunshine as the away end looks on

A Defensive Stalemate
Before the kick off I had psyched this game up in my head to be something big and wonderful but in reality it was nothing like that. There was positive outcomes from this game such as a clean sheet and the single point that took us to 7th in the league table and of course we didn't get beat which is always a happy thing.
I am struggling to think of something to describe this game so I will just settle with, there was commitment shown but nothing much happening around our goal and also the Bradford goal or perhaps say "it was a game of two-half's"  the first half was a non-event and the second half we improved and Shaun Williams had a decent effort saved. The away end had not much to cheer also.

That's just two defeats in the last thirteen and it was good to hear the Den start to have that "edge" again and after this game the point seems to be worth more than it did when we were earning it.

A little bit of trivia :
We had the second biggest gate in the division with a crowd of  9,367. The biggest gate was at Coventry City which was 11,853, not surprising considering that Coventry spent nine seasons in the Premier League and 25 years before that in the old Division One, I presume they have still kept hold of a "few" fans.

Millwall:  Archer, Edwards, Craig (Webster 56), Beevers, J.Martin, 0'Brien, Williams, Saville, Ferguson (Onyedinma 62), Gregory (Pavey 90), Morison
subs not used, Forde,  Cummings,  L.Martin,   Powell

Bradford:  Williams, Darby, McArdle, Burke, Meredith, McMahon, Liddle, Evans, Reid (Marshall 72), Hanson, Cole (B. Clarke)
subs not used, N. Clarke, Knott, Leigh, Cracknell, James
Tony Craig was injured in the 53rd minute after he chucked himself in to block a Bradford shot and
was replaced by Bryon Webster.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Millwall v Bradford City, Phil's "biggy" coming up this weekend.

Their hardest test to date

Pleased to have another home game to go to and hopefully we can continue our winning way and move up a couple of notches into the play-off's. We are now on the radar as a team that look like that we will be challenging this season and now we have been noticed. We will have to keep at a level of play and commitment that as got us into this position as being in the spotlight adds extra pressure, extra media exposure( we just might be a team that gets more that 60's on Channel 5's Football League Show ) and extra people through the turnstile which will all add to the intensity and expectations.
Bradford's manager Phil Parkinson reckons it's going to be their hardest test to date and they will need to take their play to another level to beat us. That's a compliment but he also states that this is the "biggy" and that they will need to pull out all the stops to beat us. I am not fussed as we have a team that can beat them and a wedge of players that can get the goals.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Millwall 2 Doncaster 0, League One, Game 15, 27/10/15, Att:8,294 (away 195)


I thought we were going to thump this lot 5-0 but the 2-0 is dandy. That's another home win and we are a gnats whisker away from the play offs, but it's only game 15 so a long way to go yet. We were up and running early and  enjoyed a Steve Morison double to take a two goal lead after eight minutes on the clock and I would have put large on us banging in a few more but it wasn't to be as we missed some sitters and we lacked that edge  and the will to comprehensively beat this lot.  Our midfield seemed to be lacking especially when Doncaster were attacking and we gave them to much room by sitting deep and inviting them on. Talking of Doncaster they play the pulling shirt and tugging arms routine and the referee was as useless as was the lino's in spotting these spoiling tactics. Doncaster threatened mainly down their left-hand side and we need to deal with this better as Doncaster did threaten the Lions goal at times and if their finishing was somewhat better who knows, the score may have been a tad closer

Tuesday Night Crowd, Oh Stevie Stevie

At times we played like the away side as we sat deep and aloud the opposition to come on to us and then we counter attacked with numerous long balls that our front runners chased down and did produce chances but  could not improve on the the earlier two goals. Can I criticise allowing Doncaster to have a lot of possession  after we took a 2-0 lead? I think I can. The team were in command with just 8 minutes gone and they were 2-0 up, perhaps they thought they had done enough, after all they had recently played two tough away games and 'why waste energy" I would have liked them to have gone for the throat and won by a greater margin but three points is three points so not much grumble from me.

After reading Neil Harris the next day he admitted that we took our foot of the pedal after the two goals and he would have liked that Steve Morison scored another goal and took the match-ball home with in.

Millwall: Archer, Edwards, J.Martin, Craig, Beevers, Saville, Thompson, Ferguson (Webster 90+2)
O'Brien (L.Martin 86), Gregory (Onyedinma 69), Morison,
subs not used, Forde, Cummings, Powell, Pavey

Goals: Morison 5 and 8 mins

Doncaster: Stuckmann, Lund(Williams 77), Evina, McCullough, Butler, Wellens(Forrester 53), Tyson, Tylor-Sinclair, Coppinger, Stewart (N'Guessan 56), Middleton
subs not used, Marosi, Gobern, Keegan, Whitehouse

Bring on Bradford City this weekend

Monday, 26 October 2015

Millwall v AFC Fylde They come to visit in the 1st round proper of the FA Cup


I cannot remember ever playing this side before. I am sure they will enjoy their "day out" in S.E. London. They like to bill themselves as 'The football team of the Fylde Coast and they are called the Coasters. They are a few miles in land from Blackpool based in a one horse village called Warton on the A584 and play in the Vanarama National League North. They have crowds from 350, 500 and 800+  it all depends on who they are playing. The 800+ was against FC United Of Manchester.
They sit top of their division after playing 13 games with 29 points and W9 D2 L2. That's not bad is it. The four sides below them are Solihull Moors, Nuneaton, Harrogate Town and Stockport.
FC United Of Manchester sit along way behind them in the same league with 14 points.

Their manager Dave Challinor is delighted with the trip to Millwall and he is generous as he calls us a proper football club and a great football club and we have a great pitch. He seems to know us.

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Saturday, 24 October 2015

Sheffield United 1 Millwall 2, League One, Game 14, att 19617 (we take about 900+)

21 points and we sit in 10th spot

Nigel Adkins blames their defeat on bad refereeing, what planet is this man on?

The Lions continue their good away form by beating the Blades on their own turf. I was hoping for a sneaky win at Sheffield today but I don't think it was sneaky. We dominated the stats regarding shots on and off target and our possession was more a less the same as the hosts. Our away form has been good this season and apart from the 5-3 defeat at Peterborough we have been decent on the road and after the 1-1 draw  at Blackpool where we were yet again up north, another northern away this time to Yorkshire has produced a result in our favour. I have been waiting for this team and Neil Harris to burst into life and I think they have but not just today, it's been gradual, kinda sneaky, the pundits haven't noticed. I say that because the South London Press headlines after this game " Millwall beat Sheffield United with surprise win" It didn't surprise me and I am sure it didn't surprise a good few others.

Aiden O'Brien two goals 30' and 80th minute

*What a goal scorer* He is also a very good team player and even more so the players he is playing with have the same attitude of good team spirit and don't mind passing the ball or setting somebody else up. A team that is developing with every training session and every game and I think like others have said "we have got our Millwall  back"

The website has a Sheffield United supporter summary of the game and although I don't agree with everything that the Author 'Deadbeat said about the Lions (why would I?) overall a fair summary and he took the defeat on the chin.

This is how Deadbeat described our travelling support:

They were the noisiest bunch down here for some time and completely out sung the United fans all game who were very quiet and only got excited when the goal went in.

Back to the game
We were up for this game and had a determined edge to a play through out and it was this that contributed to our 4th away win of the season. I was thinking that we might be a bit "leggy" considering we had a usual away trip to the far north Tuesday night where we drew 1-1 with Blackpool.  Neil Harris made three changes for this game because of Shaun Williams injury, Carlos Edwards suspension after his red card and Fred Onyedinma starting ahead of Shane Ferguson and the changes didn't appear to disrupt our play as Fred after just three minutes powered in a shot that went wide of the upright. A couple of minutes later Mark Beevers was still getting himself into goal scoring positions and one of his "legendary" headers whistled just wide of the upright.

Sheffield United hit the post after seven minutes but did not have a shot on target till the 70th minute and that was when they scored their game. Sheffield were trying to rough us up with dangerous tactics as they catching Steve Morison and Lee Gregory with elbow/arms off the ball. In-between our early play and Sheffield United's goal we grew in confidence and it was within this period we scored our first when Aiden O'Brien got on the end of cross from Cummings and somehow scored when his looping header beat their keeper Mark Howard.

We dominated the shots off and shots on target stats and that was proven when after Sheffield scored in the 70th minute to equalise we still had it within us to score again and Aiden O'Brien made it 2-1 in the 80th minute when he picked up a ball from sub Shane Ferguson and with the help of their keeper sent the travelling 900 into orbit and a happy journey home.

Millwall: Archer, Cunnings, J.Martin, Craig, Beevers, Saville, Thompson, O'Brien(L.Martin 86), Onyedinma(Webster 90+1),Morison, Gregory (Ferguson 72),
subs not used, Forde, Powell, Romeo, Pavey

Goals: O'Brien 30, 80 mins


Sheffield United: Howard, Freeman (Flynn 85), Basham, Sharp, Done(Baxter 46), Collins, Campbell-Ryce(Sammon 66), Adams, Wallace, McGahey, Hammond
subs not used, Coutts, Woolford, Long, Kennedy

Goal: Baxter 70mins

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Blackpool 1 Millwall 1, League One, Game 13, 20/10/15, Tuesday Night, att: 6,225


Yet another northern trip on a Tuesday night and there is another one to follow Saturday when we take on Sheffield United at their place.

We could have won this game and I thought that's what we were going to do being 1-0 up with just ten minutes left on the clock. Carlos Edwards that has done fantastic being back in the side since his year long absence due to injury and It pains me to say that he ended up on the wrong side of the attacking player in our box and his messy lunge resulted in a penalty and a red card. They scored and we went home with a point. would I have took a point before the game? I don't think so. I would have done earlier on in the season but I think we are now better than that and considering where Blackpool sit in the league a win was possible and a three point haul to take back to London was within our grasp, but saying that, Blackpool have improved lately so a point may have more value than I seem to think.

We seemed to have had this game wrapped up with just just 8 minutes to go but we succumb to Carlos Edwards "tackle' and the Blackpool player Redshaw puts the resulting penalty away.

From the whistle
Millwall's starting eleven was the same that lined up against Swindon and we started where we left off pressing the opposition and it nearly paid off as Steve Morison came close as he headed over the bar after picking out a cross by Shane Ferguson. We were enjoying possession and creating chances and in the 35th minute Mark Beevers scored his 4th of the season after Steve Morison hit the bar.

Shaun Williams ended up going off in the 50th minute after he is clumped in the back and young Ben Thompson takes his place and from the off he has a shot blocked inside the area.

Blackpool made a double change in the 70th minute as they tried to improve their play and hopefully produce a goal but we were still pressing them and creating chances around the Blackpool goal..
From one of these Millwall attacks Blackpool countered and Carlos Edwards who was found on the wrong side of he Blackpool attacker gave away the penalty and picked up his red car. Jordan Archer had no luck saving the penalty and the game ended 1-1.
Millwall:  Archer, Edwards, Craig, Beevers, J.Martin, O'Brien, Saville, Williams (Thompson 50), Ferguson(Cummings 83), Gregory(Onyedinma 63), Morison

subs not used, Forde, Webster, L.Martin, Pavey

Goal: Beevers 35 min

Blackpool: Doyle, White, Aldred, Robertson, Ferguson, Cameron(Osayi-Samuel 46), Norris, Potts, McAlister(Rivers 68), Redshaw, Cullen(Thomas 68),
subs not used, Letheren, Dunne, Cubero, Herron

Goal: Redshaw 82(pen)

footnote: We get given 5 yellow cards and 1 red and Blackpool get none

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Millwall 2 Swindon 0, League One, Game 12, 17/10/15, att: 8,524 (561)

That was a 2-0 annihilation 

The above description of this game came from a Millwall Club Tweet after I do believe they heard it said by a Lions supporter on the way out and I think it sums this game up.  Swindon were poor and have a rack full of injuries, we have a few injuries as well but we have quality and although we should have scored more this was a quality display that showed me that we have enough in this squad and in the manager to take this division. That's three home wins on the bounce if the Johnstone Paint Trophy game against Northampton is included and we are doing reasonably ok on the road so hopefully a win at Blackpool Tuesday night will help take us to a place where we can challenge and make our mark on this league.

The Lions press in front of the Cold Blow Lane end  but could not add to their first half two goal tally

Can we play you every week was heard as the Lions should and could have had 5-6 or even 7 goals. I have no idea how Steve Morison didn't score and he should have had a hat-trick. Lee Gregory could have also had three but he had to make make do with just the one which he scored in the 19th minute after picking up the ball after a top notch pass from Aiden O'Brien. The Swindon on-loan keeper seemed to save everything by accident but he had no chance with Aiden O'Brien's thunder bolt of a shot which smashed into the net in the 26th minute that gave us the 2-0 lead. I really thought we would add to this tally and especially in the 2nd half kicking towards Cold Blow Lane but it wasn't to be but we had so many chances I lost count. If I said 20 good chances throughout the game I would not be exaggerating. George Saville once again did not disappoint and he certainly puts in a shift, hopefully we can extend his loan period. A debut for young striker Alfie Pavey is worth a mention as he came on in the 91st minute, not long enough to see how good he can be at this level but long enough to see he could be.

Millwall: Archer, Edwards, J.Martin, Craig, Beevers, Williams, Saville, Ferguson(Onyedinma 66), Gregory(L.Martin 79), Morison (Pavey 90+1), O'Brien

subs not used, Forde, Cummings, Webster, Thompson

Goals: Gregory 19, O'Brien 26,

Swindon: Vigouroux, Ormonde-Ottewill, Traore, Ajose, Bangoura,(Stewart 64), Brophy (Malmy 46), Gladwin, Barry, Rossi-Branco, Ojamaa (Randell 53), El-Abd

subs not used, Belford, Marshall, Landolo, Young

Swindon Manager Mark Cooper sacked after this game. I have lost count of how many managers are sacked after being beat by Millwall and this is another one added to the long list.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Millwall lose three players and it's Pymouth away in the Paint Cup

We draw Plymouth Argyle in the next round of the Johnstone Paint Trophy. That's a journey. I presume our toughest game so far in this competition but we can beat them.

John Marquis is off yet again, this time to Leyton Orient. A 93 day emergency loan spell was agreed before the weekend and off he went to team up with Alan Dunne. It all didn't go well as Dunne was sent off and Orient lost 3-1 to Mighty Crawley. I don't know why we re-signed him.
I was sorry to hear that pocket dynamo Jimmy Abdou has had to go under the knife for surgery on a dislocated collar bone, sounds painful. I wish him all the best and hopefully it all goes well and he returns to the starting eleven which is predicted sometime after Christmas.
Ed Upson has done his knee and won't be back to the end of November or there about.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Millwall 2 Northampton 0, Johnstone Paint Trophy 2, 6/10/15 att: 2, 254 (away 212)


We keep rolling on, this clash of the lower leagues.  A slightly re-arranged Lions take to the field with Jimmy Abdou and Ed Upson missing from the middle, 28 day emergency loan signing George Saville started and so did Lee Martin. Shaun Cummings started instead of Carlos Edwards and absent Bryon Webster was replaced by J.Martin. Jack Powell started in midfield and with all these defence and midfield changes we didn't really get going first half  but we had 3 or 4 decent chances. Their keeper saved a few from Steve Morison and Aiden O'Brien hit the woodwork and although I thought we didn't sparkle we wasn't much troubled in defence.


The Johnstone Paint Trophy don't draw them in, "perhaps' they may turn up if we make the Wembley Final

Second half started like the first but  it kicked into life when we unleashed our substitutions, Fred Onyedinma(60 mins) and Ben Thompson(60) and that done the trick we went into another gear and and had a bit more zip in around the Northampton defence. Steve Morison was kept out once again as the keeper saved but it wasn't long till we were 1-0 up. Aiden O'Brien picked up the ball and run in from the left, shook off two defenders and beat the keeper with a well drilled shot. A couple of minutes later Steve Morison still looking sharp and putting in a good shift picked up the ball from Lee Gregory and returned it back to him to chest in from a few yards out. Easy goal really.

In the end a professional job and we appreciate it

Millwall: Archer, Cummings, J.Martin, Beevers, Craig, Powell (Thompson 60mins), Saville, L.Martin(Onyedima 60mins), Gregory, Morison, O'Brien
subs not used, Girling, Marquis, Nelson

Goals: O'Brien 71 mins,  Gregory 73 mins

Northampton: Clarke, Taylor(Hoskins 66 mins), Cresswell, D'Ath, Buchanan, Watson, Calvert-Lewin, O'Toole, Hackett(Adams 66 mins), Furlong, Brisley
subs not used, Smith, Diamond, Lelan

Friday, 2 October 2015

Peterborough V Millwall Another trip up north but this time not so far.

I reckon that Millwall are starting to look like title contenders. Some might say that I maybe a trifle early with my thoughts of success but I feel something in the air. Hopefully it's not rain because for the last few years there's been so much disappointment that any hope of looking up the table as been a long way off.  I am starting to get a bit of crick in my neck having to strain it to look up to half way and this is something that we haven't had to do for a long time, I am starting to get used to it and I want it to continue.  I will be bold and say we will be up there or there about come Christmas and it should continue at Peterborough tomorrow.

3/9/15 League One, Game 11, Peterborough 5 Millwall 3 att: 6,402  (1400 away)

Probably a great game if you are a neutral

Jimmy Abdou injured, goes off early.  Birthday boy Ben Thompson tales his place.

Well it didn't continue because we conceded five but our defence scored all three of our goals, what does that tell you?  'maybe they all wasn't defending or only defending in parts.

Lions goal scorers: Webster 52, Craig 55, Beevers 74

Peterborough's first goal was off-side, that's the first thing that springs to mind, I am convinced of that.
Our defenders are scoring goals but we have goal scorers up front who do not score, we concede five goals and our defenders score all three in this game? I know they were coming up for corners etc. but the first and foremost role is to help keep a clean sheet and that did not happen and did not come close to happening. Peterborough were whacking them in and I don't know if its the game plan but a good few times going away is about grinding out results and perhaps nicking something, We need to tighten up and wise up or winter is going to be a right old slog.

Peterborough scored their first goal after conning the ref by falling and rolling around and a few minutes later they banged in their second. We finished the half 2-0 down and it was all to play for in the second half.

Sometimes in football good things happen and bang we were level within ten minutes after Bryon Webster 52m and Tony Craig 55m powered their goals in. I believed at this point we would now push on and get something from the game. That belief partially disappeared after about twelve minutes after Boro took the lead again and we had it all to do. The belief completely disappeared four minutes later as we were now being beaten 4-2 and that was that, or was it. Step up Mark Beevers who has knack of scoring and did not disappoint with his effort which made me believe, you never know we may still get something. Peterboro score again and that was that. We still had chances and we come close to scoring again but it wasn't to be.

Millwall: Archer, Edwards, Craig, Beevers, Webster, Williams, Abdou(Thompson 4)(Gregory 75), Upson(Ferguson 6) Morison, O'Brien, Onyedinma

subs not used, Forde, J.Martin, L.Martin, Marquis

Goal scorers: Webster 52, Craig 55, Beevers 74

Peterborough: Alnwick(Henry 30), Smith, Zakuani, Taylor(Collison 820 Bostwick, Maddison, Santos, Washington, Angol, Coulibaly(Forrester 46), Elder

subs not used, Davey, Fox, Anderson, Lopes

Goal Scorers: Angol 15, Taylor 18, 81, Forrester 68, Washington 72

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Wigan 2 Millwall 2 League One, Game 10, 29/9/15, att:7,991 (238 go up north yet again)


That's played 10, won 4, lost 4 and drawn 2     Goals for 14, goals against 16 
 14 points
We sit in 12th place and 3 points off the play-offs

I don't want to criticise this performance but we blew this. To come back from 1-0 down to a 2-1 lead with just four minutes to go of extra time was the dogs and it looked like the three points was coming our way, due to Neil Harris's game plan.

Wigan hadn't lost at home this season and we hadn't lost away so who would break in this clash of ex Championship struggler's. The first half was not much to write about apart from Wigan come at the Lions from the off and won a string of corners but they got nothing from them as the Lions starting to settle and in the 21st minute Millwall had their best chance as a Lee Gregory shot grazed the right hand upright. A short time later Aiden O'Brien missed with a header from a Carlos Edwards cross.

Que the 2nd half and Neil Harris's game plan

Four goals were scored in this half and it was Wigan who scored the first with less than ten second half minutes on the clock Shaun Williams lost the ball and moments later it ended up in the Millwall net. Wigan could have shortly scored again but Jordan Archer saved well. Neil Harris reckoned it was time for a change and he took off  Ferguson and Ed Upson and fetched on Fred Onyedinma and Steve Morison and what a inspired move that turned out to be. After just a few minutes hard working Jimmy Abdou and midfielder Shaun Williams combined and set Fred on his way to fire the ball home and we were back on level terms. There be dancing in my house tonight as shortly afterwards our regular goal scoring central defender Mark Beever's powered one in and we were 2-1 up and another three away points was on the cards. As per normal there was rack of extra time minutes which in this game was six and just at the start of it  Lee Gregory was injured when we had possession and Wigan failed to give the ball back and crossed into our box.  Jordan Archer appeared to be impeded and the ball ended up in the goal even though we had three Millwall defenders on the line.I would have been happy to take a point before the game but I feel that we lost three.

Millwall: Archer, Edwards, Craig, Beevers, Webster, Williams, Abdou, Ferguson (Morison 63), O'Brien (Thompson 82), Gregory, Upson (Onyedinma 63),

Subs not used, Forde, Marquis, L.Martin, J.Martin

Goals: Onyedinma 69, Beevers 74

Wigan: O'Donnell, James (Odelusi 84), Perkins, Daniels, Power (Grigg 77), McCann, Jacobs, Chow, Murray (Junior 46), Barnett, Hiwula,

subs not used, Jaaskelainen, Kellett, Morgan, Hendry

Goals: Jacobs 53, Grigg 90+2


Saturday, 26 September 2015

Millwall 3 Rochdale 1, League One, Game 9, 26/9/15 att 8,023 (383)


4-1-4 and 13 points

Jimmy Abdou scores early and we never looked back, well may be slightly when Rochdale equalised on 43 minutes but a minute later Shaun Williams danced around a few Rochdale defenders and buried it to take us in at half-time 2-1 up. The Lions worked hard the 2nd half and didn't give Rochdale any time on the ball and our hard worked paid off when Aiden O'Brien received a ball from Fred Onyedinma and then went on to split the Rochdale defence with a through ball to Steve Morison who took two touches and beat the keeper with a clinical finish. Our win at home drought has finally come to a end. We must kick on from here and once again turn the Den into our fortress and away teams dread thier visit to SE16. COYL

A league home win at last and hopefully we are up and running, more of the same please. Aiden O'Brien assisted in all three of our goals and was given man of the match.

Little Harvey was our mascot for this game and Aiden O'Brien Tweeted he was our lucky charm
4-1-4 is our record after nine games and yet another away trip up north Tuesday night to see if we can beat Wigan. Read about Harvey this amazing six year old.

Click on link

Millwall: Archer, Edwards, Craig, Beevers, Webster, Ferguson (L.Martin 80), Williams, Abdou, Morison, O'Brien (Marquis 76), Onyedinma (Upson 61),

subs not used, Forde, J.Martin, Gregory, Thompson

Goals: Abdou 4, Williams 44), Morison 60

Rochdale: Lillis, McNulty, Lancashire, Vincenti, Lund, Allen, Rose (McDermott 69), Cannon, Kennedy, Bunney (Andrew 46), Henderson (Alessandra 68),

subs not used, Diba Musangu, Rafferty, Eastham, Camps

Goal: Vincenti 43

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Millwall 0 Southend 2, League One, Game 8, 19/9/15, att:10,228, A Tribute to Albert McKenzie VC

A guard of Honour from HMS Collingwood to celebrate the life of Albert McKenzie VC who won the Victoria Cross in the first world war after a Royal Naval raid on Zebruggee. Please Google Albert's name for further details and read about this amazing young man from the Old Kent Road and also his memorial details.
The Game
That's another home defeat and it's took the shine off of the recent away wins. Burton Albion are top of the league with 18 points and we are stuck on 10. I really thought that we was going to win this one especially after the six points in four days but we looked not so sharp and leggy and thinking about it now most of our games are "up north" as we have no London Derby's so two games in four days at Crewe and Port vale was along time being on the road.

Blue skies, fluffy white clouds and I felt a buzz about the place that this could be it, our first home win this season in the league. What a plonker I was.

Beevers and Webster come up for this one but our well marked attack line comes up short

And to rub it in this is Southend's first away win of the season

My assessment of our performance was we done a lot of running and plenty of effort and although the Southend Keeper Dan Bentley kept out three or four decent chances we didn't look sharp overall..
We improved when Paris Cowan-Hall and Shane Ferguson came on which gave us better width and with also Lee Gregory buzzing around the box we looked busier but we still didn't put one away.

ps....I wasn't impressed with the ref.

Millwall: Archer, Edwards, Webster, Beevers (Ferguson 69), Craig, Onyedinma (Cowan-Hall),  Abdou, Williams, Upsoon (Gregory 51), O''Brien, Morison

subs, Forde, J.Martin, Marquis, Thompson

Southend: Bently, O'Neil, Bolger, Barrett (Rea 54), Prosser, Worrall, Leonard, Deegan, Timlin, Mooney (Weston 84), Piggott (Williams 94)

subs, Wordsworth, Payne, Atkinson, Smith, 

Goals: Mooney 37, Barrett 49

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Port Vale 0 Millwall 2, League One, Game 7, 15/9/15, att: 4, 447 (210)

From the off we were up and at them

That's played 7 
W3 D1 L3=10 pts

Vale supporters reckon we were the best team they have played this season and they were lucky not to have been three goals down in the first 15 minutes, I make them right.

Aiden O'Brien hit a left footed shot just a few minutes into the game which was going in to the top left corner before it was saved. We came again and Aiden O'Brien had another shot saved after another couple of minutes but this time in the bottom right corner. Shortly afterwards Ed Upson, Steve Morison and Aiden O'Brien yet again all come close.

This team is looking good and after two consecutive wins on the road the Lions move just one point outside the play off spots. I know it's early but not much to shout about recently so I can't hold it back. We are starting to look a class act and Neil Harris is doing what ever it he is doing and it is bringing in the results.

We dominated the first half with still more shots coming in on the Port Vale goal, Steve Morison was working well with O'Brien and it was amazing that we went in at half-time stuck at 0-0. With the 200 making their selves heard Millwall started the second half  with the hope of putting one in the back of the net. We did not have to wait as Mark Beevers scored in the 57th minute with his head and the travelling support punched the sky with sheer delight. Port Vale picked their game up once they went behind but we stood firm. We still had more chances and right at the death Lee Gregory was awarded a penalty as the Vale keeper lunged and fetched him down. Gregory scored and that was that.


Southend United this Saturday and can we finally bring a closure to the "we can't win at home syndrome" I think we will but none of us should come to the Den with a miserable face.
Neil Harris wants and needs our support, so let's give it to him and I reckon we as a club could go anywhere.

Millwall: Archer, Edwards, Williams, Webster, Craig, Onyedinma (Ferguson 76), Beevers, Upson, Abdou, Morison (Gregory 67), O'Brien (Marquis 83)
subs not used, Forde, J.Martin, Cowan-Hall, Thompson

Goals: Beevers 58, Gregory 90 pen

Port Vale: Ainwick, Purkiss, Streete (Inniss 45), Duffy, Dickinson, Moore, Grant, Dodds (Leitch-Smith 63), Andoh, Ikeazu, Foley (McCourt 83)
subs not used, Birchall, Johnson, Daniel, Lloyd


Saturday, 12 September 2015

Crewe 1 Millwall 3 League One, Game 6, 12/9/15, att:4,239 (600)

That's two wins on the bounce ( I am including the paint trophy )

After our mini-break due to international games we go to rock bottom Crewe and get our second away win of the season by courtesy of a terrific hat trick scored by Aiden O'Brien.
His first was drilled in on 22 minutes shortly after Steve Morison had his shot blocked by the Crewe keeper. Fourteen minutes later Crewe equalised when a deflection left Jordan Archer stranded and the ball took up its familiar role of being in the back of the Millwall net. The first half finished all square and I reckon the 2nd half  was about to be the most important 45 minutes of the season so far.  I say that as more of a sense than a fact but following on from the Johnstone Paint Cup win against Peterborough the winning way had to continue, if it did not continue then nothing would have seemed to have improved and being stuck on the bottom would have produced the gloom that would have helped to keep us there.

Aiden O'Brien chalks up his first professional hat trick

Bring on the 2nd half and cue the Aiden O'Brien road show.  I read the Aiden O'Brien article in the Southwark News the day before and he states that "he is a born striker and he wants to be more selfish in front of goal. He can do all of that as he proved to day with a 2nd in the 64th minute when he buried a 30 yard smack that flew in the top corner. Then minutes later he buried his 3rd after picking the ball up just outside the box and waltzed around two or three defenders and guided the ball home. My daughters 40th birthday today with a big pub party planned for tonight so drinks all round and a happy, happy weekend.

Millwall: Archer, Edwards, Nelson (Webster 50), Beevers, Craig, Onyedinma (Ferguson 69), Abdou, Williams, Upson, O'Brien, (Gregory 84), Morison
subs not used, Forde, Cowan-Hall, Marquis, Thompson

Goals: O'Brien 21, 64, 74

Crewe: Garratt, Turlon, Davis, Nugent, Kinsley, Atkinson, Fox (Wilson 65), King, Inman, Dalla Volle (Cooper 80), Colclough,
subs not used, Richards, Guthrie, Ray, Haber, Baillie

Goal: Dalla Valle 36

That's six game gone and a total of seven points. We need to make that ten points so roll on Tuesday night as it's Port Vale away, which means it's back up north again.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Millwall 1 Peterborough 0, Johnstone Paint Trophy round one, 1/9/2015, att: 2050 (away 222)

It will take more than a coat of paint



We win a game at home which is the first for yonks, but one win does not make a revival.
We seem to be lacking in grit, I don't want to be picky but we never really bossed the game and this will need to be improved before we can kick on and at least finish mid-table in this division. Perhaps it's a  Barry Kitchener, Terry Hurlock or Rhino type of attitude that's missing. All my pre-season excitement of doing something this season with Neil Harris and his trimmed down young squad was drained out of me by three successive home defeats but although this win is not something that should be shouted from the roof tops it is perhaps at least it's the opening of the tin of paint and a dip of the paint brush within.. We must kick on from here and win again and put some some gloss on it. Carlos Edwards was back in the side re-employed after his long long spell out with injury and all though he looked rusty he worked his way into the game and finished strong as he still had the energy to be in a attack position with just a few minutes to go and sent a ball in which Shaun Williams using his head sent the ball into the back of the net and the 2000 into orbit and the game was ours. I wonder who we will get in the next round.

Peterborough defend with eleven in the box

Millwall: Archer, Beevers, Edwards, Nelson, Craig, Williams, Upson, O'Brien, Onyedinma, Thompson, Marquis, 

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Millwall 0 Coventry 4, League One, Game 2, 15/8/15 att:11,197 (1,547)

This is misery, beat at home against Barnet and now a 4-0 beating at home against Coventry. I had hoped we would have survived in the Championship, on this form we will be lucky to survive in League One.

I cannot be bothered to spend time on this, so here is the team  that performed so badly.

Forde, Cummings, Beevers (Ferguson 46), Craig, Webster, Martin 9Thompson 46),  Upson (Cowan-Hall 77), Williams, Gregory, Morison, Onyedinma

Coventry's goals, 6, 19, 24, 80   We missed a penalty (Lee Gregory) after only 3 minutes


I'm sticking this on the here, may as well make a bunch of it.

18/8/15, Millwall 2 Barnsley 3, League One, Game 3, att: 7,656 (304) Tuesday night

A big drop in the crowd

We concede right at the death and blow three points...soul destroying.
Neil Harris made three changes from the team that failed against Coventry. We got at them from the off and Fred Onyedinma scored and gave us a 27th minute lead. We then proceeded to go  2-1 down, we tried for the equaliser and it paid off as Fred got his 2nd and a point was ours. Oh no it wasn't and the happy time didn't last long, Barnsley scored 90+2 and the rest of the weak bloody miserable.

Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Nelson, Craig, Ferguson (L.Martin 89), Fred Onyedinma, Abdou, Williams (Thompson 61), Abdou, Upson (O'Brien 61), Gregory, Morison
subs not used, Archer, Webster, Cowan-Hall,  Marquis

Barnsley: Davies, Bree (Wabara 58), Roberts, Manson, Nyatanga, Scowen, Pearson (Rothwell 84), Hourihane, Watkins, Winnall, Crowley
subs not used, Townsend, Smith, R. Williams, Digby, Wilkinson

That's an improvement

22/8/15, Scunthorpe 0 Millwall 0, League One, Game 4, att: 3,382 (387), position 15


Scunthorpe missed a penalty in the 79th minute by firing it out of the ground via clear over the bar. Jordan Archer replaced David Forde for this game and the keeper done his self proud with some excellent saves. Ben Thompson was given his full d├ębut and made himself busy in oppositions box and elsewhere on the pitch. A lively match in the sun and both sides had chances. The game finished with Jordan Archer pulling off a wonderful save with timing running out and then Steve Morison smacking the oppositions wood work. A entertaining game and not a 0-0 draw bore. We could have done with the three points though.

Millwall: Archer, Cummings, Craig, Beevers, Nelson (Webster 61), Abdou, Williams, Thompson, Morison , Gregory , Onyedinma

subs not used, Forde, Cowan-Hall, Upson, Martin, Marquis

Scunthorpe: Anyon, Laird, McAllister, Madden, van Veen (McSheffrey 57), Henderson (Hopper 59), Bishop, Adelakun (Wootton 67), King, Goode, Clarke

subs not used. Daniels, Wiseman, Mirfin, Dawson


29/8/15, Millwall 0 Chesterfield 2, League One, Game 5, att: 8,374


If this keeps up nobody will be coming, maybe that's not true as there will always be me but I may have to force myself. Dismal really and that's the third home loss on the bounce. Where's our fortress gone? Is it us? Is it them? Them being the players or more to the point the senior players who are not putting in a good enough shift. I will put my neck out and say it's 'time that is the factor. We are just not used to winning at home. A strange statement as we are well known historically of playing in a fortress and oppositions did not enjoy making the visit but now it's a easy three points for them. The stuffing and belief has been knocked out of us after 3 or 4 years of dross. It will take time to get this belief back on both sides of the fence. I reckon we will do al-right against Crewe. There is a international break coming up and it will give us time to regroup and hopefully kick on from there.

As for the game we lost 2-0 and once again conceded right at the death.

Up the Wall

Millwall: Archer, Cummings (Marquis 86), Craig, Beevers, Nelson, Powell (Cowan Hall 76), Thompson, Abdou, Morison, Gregory (O,Brien 46), Onyedinma

subs not used, Forde, Williams, Upson, Webster

Chesterfield: Lee, Jones, Hird, Morsy, Evatt, Gardner (Raglan 87), Martinez, Ebank-Blake (Gnanduillet 72), O'Shea, O'Neil, Ariyibi (Dieseruvwe 72),

subs not used, Cairns, Humphreys, Raglan, Harrison, Banks

Goals: O'Shea 17, 90


Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Millwall 1 Barnet 2 ae,t 11/8/15, Capital One Cup 1st round, att: 4,454

I thought we had seen the last of that

First competitive home game of the season

After the excellent 2-1 win at Shrewsbury Saturday it's Tuesday night and we take on newly promoted Barnet who are back in the Football League. We were very flat and didn't create much, Steve Morison missed a penalty. We were severely lacking in any kind of midfield dominance and possession that gave support to the strikers. It was good to see Fred and Paris Cowan-Hall running the wings but we still kept sending in diagonal balls that did not come to much. Hopefully this display was part of this game and not a prelude to how this season will pan out.

That's two in two for Steve Morison, a little bit of joy


Morison 76

Akinde 11(pen)      Yiadom 102

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Shrewsbury 1 Millwall 2, Game 1, League One, 8/8//15 , 6,671 we take 1500


We take 1500 away and we are up and running. Shrewsbury who are fresh up from League Two and have a very good home record at their new ground looked a good test for us and I was not confident that we could win this game. I would have been happy with a draw so to take all three points is stamping our mark on the division. I didn't know before the game that we had not won a game coming from behind in the last two years and I suppose as soon as Shrewsbury scored it would have been "that's that then" I am glad I didn't know.

When Shrewsbury scored in the 55th minute it was just the reminder the Lions needed  that games don't earn you anything unless you put the sweat and effort in and they came back and won this game and Steve Morrison who signed yet again for Millwall a few days ago scored one and was awarded a penalty which Lee Gregory took and buried in the 67th minute gave us the win and the three points. A big shout from me to mention young Fred Onyedinma who had a game that must be classed as one of his best as he was beating Shrewsbury players with ease, he run some of them ragged.. Is this all a sign of things to come? I hope so.

Millwall;   Forde, Cummings, Beevers, Craig, Webster, Williams, Upson, Martin (Ferguson 73), Gregory (Marquis 84), Morison, Onyedinma
subs not used, Archer, Cowan-Hall, Nelson, Powell, Philpot

Goals: Morison 59, Gregory pen 67

Shrewsbury: Leutwiler, Tootle, Sadler, Grandison, Goldson, M Woods (Brown 67), Alpa Akpro (Whalley 74), Ogogo, R Woods, Collins (McAlinden 78),  Barnett
subs not used, Burton, Lawrence, Ellis, Vernon

Goal: Collins 55

Here is a few more teams we are playing this season........Burton Albion, Bury, Barnsley and the only F in the division, Fleetwood Town. Can't wait

Friday, 5 June 2015

15/5/15--------20/7/15 Millwall building for the future

Following on from the post below, we are down but next season could be better. Things that could be a factor is how we perform next season with the wage cuts. All the players that are still contracted will be taking a League One pay cut and this may take some desire away from the players but "I don't think so'
Neil Harris is already putting in the hours, he has met the board and it looks like the focus for next season is intense. Season ticket sales are up and we are signing players already as we pick up 19 year old defender Mahlon Romeo from Gillingham on a year contract.A couple of the youngsters have signed contract extensions so Ben Thompson and Keaton Wood for at least another year. There's a buzz about the place and with a "young" Neil Harris and a "young" David Livermore leading the pack we may be wet behind the ears at times but they will learn quick and I am sure we do alright.

Jake Goodman let go by Millwall but AFC Wimbledon where he played 17 games on loan do not want to keep him.
Martyn  Woolford released is in some way not what I expected. I know we had a few players to get shot of but not a had working honest pro who if he had stayed could have done a job in League One and I reckon he would have been a good pro to link up with the batch of first team youngsters. What do I know.

 Season ticket sales are up on last year and where most football club supporters would be having a right old gripe about their club being relegated we are aching for the new season to start and support Neil Harris and the boys in the true Millwall way. This Millwall way as been lost for a while and it will be great to see it back.

Neil Harris looks within or prefers to sign the right players on long term deals. I think we all can see the benefit of that

May 19th

Tony Craig has been mentioned, would he come back? Yep! I am sure he will say where do I sign.

May 21st 

There's news that David Forde is off to Derby County. I wonder if we will go? I have a feeling he won't. Time will tell but I reckon he will stay.

Carlos Edwards who's contract has expired has stayed on at the Den to finish his rehabilitation and to see if he can earn himself a new contract. I see good reasoning in that decision and I hope that the 36 year old defender can earn that new deal as I recall before he got injured last September he was playing his usual good football and had the legs of a 20 year old.

Alan Dunne and Danny Shittu both say their farewells and leave the club with fond memories. 
Likewise the pair have gave me joy over the years and of course there's been periods of non-joy and misery but that's football and of course that's supporting Millwall FC

No London derbies this season unless it's a cup game

June 1st

Aiden O'Brien and Sid Nelson sign up to a three year deal and that's two of our shiniest stars in the bag showing commitment and desire. There's still a few more to commit but I know they will.

Under 18 coach Justin Skinner is given the role of  Elite Development Squad Manager. I have no idea what that means but he will be working with Neil Harris and David Livermore. A few other appointments have joined the coaching team, David Connolly  a former Irish international striker and West Ham player  will coach the under 18's and Larry McAvoy has moved up from the under 16's to assist David Connolly.

June 5th

 Here's a turn up Andrew Frampton signs up as a coach and another ex Lion returns to the fold. I remember his first season at the Den as a player and to be honest he didn't set the Den alight or done any favours for himself but year two was a different matter and he walked away with the player of the season. He sounds up for it and want to put across the ethic of working hard gets results.

I read in the South London Press that Fulham are having talks with David Forde. Lets see what happens.

June 9th

We are trying sign Jordan Archer from spurs but apparently so is everybody else. The 21 year old keeper enjoyed his time being on loan at the Den last season and this may sway him to sign for the Lions. With David Forde having the contract condition that he could leave on a free if the Wall was relegated Jordan Archer will have the chance of being the new No 1


We are attempting to sign defender Alfie Mawson from Brentford but the further two years of his contract to run but this may be stumbling block that we cannot overcome. 

We have drawn Brentford in the first round of the Capital Cup. A London derby which is something we won't have in League One this new season. We play the game at the Den on the 11th of August.

June 17th

Fred Onyedinma finally signs a new deal so he is at the Den to at least 2017. Fred calls Millwall Family and he feels at home. After his successful loan deal at Wycombe last season I expect him to kick on but I must remember that he is still only 18.

June 18th

Players and supporters remember Tommy Blackmore a well known Millwall supporter who was killed near Tower Bridge last weekend after what the police call a incident (I think he went to help someone in trouble) My granddaughter new him well and joined a memorial march from Rotherhithe to Tower Bridge. RIP Tommy

Nadjim Abdou resigns for Millwall and it looks like he will pass the 300 mark of games this season. Jimmy had interest from elsewhere but one of our favourites decided to stay.and signed a new two year deal. I'm pleased with his decision because he works his socks off and is a proper Millwall player.

June 25th

Carlos Edwards returns to full training and injured Jamie Philpot and Shaun Williams are back in training but just a little bit to start with. Matthew Briggs who was not retained leaves the Lions and signs for Colchester United.

We were due to sign striker James Hanson from Bradford City for a fee of half-a-million but it didn't happen so we still need to obtain one from somewhere.

Joe Martin signs for Millwall after five years at Gillingham where he made 179 appearances.
I don't know much about this player so will be curious to see how he slots in.

July 3rd

Tony Craig re-signs for Millwall after he made it happen and I am sure he will take ownership the captains armband. This is good news for me and I am sure also for a good few other Wall supporters. There is a section of support that are not that keen to see him back for various reasons but I am hopeful he will be ok for the sake of the club.

July 4th

The team is training again in Portugal and all though it's hot over there they are putting in the sessions. Paris Cowan-Hall did not go as he is crooked again.

Richard Chaplow joins Doncaster Rovers

July 14th

First Pre-season friendly----Bromley 2 Lions 2 att: 2500

Lions goals Marquis 50 pen, Thompson 56
Tony Craig scores a own goal right at the death but we should have won it.

We take on Bromley FC at their place in Hayes Lane and earn a 2-2 draw. Bromley who were recently promoted to the Conference Premier or what ever it's called these days were a good test for us and their was a good few positives to take from the game.

Millwall: Archer (King 62), Cummings (Romeo 62), Nelson (Webster 46), Beevers (Craig 46), J Martin (Chesmain 62), Onyedinma (Breimyr 70),  Upson (Farrell 62), Williams (Abdou 46), Thompson, Marquis (Twardek 62), O'Brien (Pavey 82)

July 18th

2nd pre-season friendly v AFC Wimbledon

We just about managed a goal at Kings meadow stadium as Sid Nelson saved our day with a 90th minute equaliser against League Two side Wimbledon. A proven striker is a must and hopefully we shall find one before the season starts. We have got players that can score goals but that 20-25 goals a season player is desperately needed. The type of player that we need is a Steve Morison but I think he is tied into Leeds on a 3 year deal. Would he come back? I think he would.

July 20th

It looks like that David Forde is committed to Millwall and is looking forward to the season getting under way.

July 25th 3rd pre-season game against Stevenage

We clash with Teddy Sheringham's Stevenage and come away with a 1-0 win. Another of our defenders score as Mark Beever's puts one away in the 60th minute. We took about 400 to Hertfordshire and were unlucky to see Millwall just get the one goal because we could and should of got a handful. We bossed the game with plenty of possession and encouraged by the travelling loud 400 on another day the goals will come.

Millwall: Forde (Archer 56), Cummings (Nelson 73), Webster, Craig, Beevers (J Martin 73), Cowan-Hall (Onyedinma 56), Abdou (Upson 46),  Williams (Thompson 73), L Martin (Powell 56), Marquis, Gregory (Philpot 56)
subs not used. Romeo, Pavey


Kris Twardek fractures his toe and could be out for a couple of months.


July 28th Behind closed door game at Welling ends in a 2-2 draw

1st August,  the last of the pre-season friendlies

Millwall 2 CD  Tondela 3 att: 2402

Tondela have rose through the Portuguese leagues and are now in the top flight.

The shortest player on the pitch heads past David Forde for Tondela's 3rd which proved to be the winner. Now that's a worry and I do hope this defence of ours gets it right when they play the first proper game of the season when we take on Shrewsbury at their place next Saturday.
Fred looked sharp and scored after a superb run and took the goal well. Lee Maetin must have a nose bleed as he put in one of his better displays and set Shaun Williams up who headed the ball past the Tondela keeper.The game got a bit tasty with some aggression on the pitch but we thrive on that sort of  stuff and although a friendly dull it wasn't.

We play in white for this one

Millwall: Forde, Cummings, Webster, Craig, Beevers, Onyedinma, Upson (Powell 87), Williams, L Martin (Cowan-Hall 76), Marquis, Gregory
subs not used, Archer, Nelson, Romeo, Thompson, Pavey, Philpot

Goals for Millwall: Onyedinma 14, Williams 45

5th August  Steve Morrison does re-join the Lions and hopefully he can add to the 40 goals he scored for us between 2009-and 2011. I know he's not everybody's cup of tea but he is a very good footballer and we could do a lot worse. He will score goals and at this level I expect him to score lots. Anywhere between 15-20 this season would do me and I presume it will do for everybody else including the manager.

Let the season begin, Shrewsbury away

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Millwall have a clear out after relegation from the Championship

We have been waiting for that for most of the season, relief at last

We have a long list of those that are going. I must admit I had forgotten a few of them.

Those to be released, Angel Martinez, Danny Shittu, Martyn Woolford, Dan Harding, Carlos Edwards, Alan Dunne, Magaye Gueye, Mathew Briggs, Jake Goodman, Sofiane El Bekri, Richard Chaplow, Denzil Gerrar, Stefan Maierhofer, Ricardo Fuller, Dylan Casey, Nicky Bailey, Justin Hoyte, Callum Webb, Josh Siafa

Just a couple above I would have liked us to keep but time to move on I guess.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Wolves 4 Millwall 2, Championship League Game 46, 2-4-15 att:24,480 (we take 1300 ish)


*That's your lot for this season*

Championship Deep End

Lee Gregory didn't score which meant he finished the season on nine goals and not double figures which I presume he was hoping for. I would have liked him to get his tenth because although he hasn't been banging them in on his first season in the Football League he has worked his nuts off all season and his quality of play as been more than useful for the Championship and he held his own against "big names" in the division. League One next season and he should be staying and I would like to see him and Aiden O'Brien bring terror to the opposition defences which would be the spearhead of a Neil Harris onslaught. Wishful thinking some may say, but why not? I suppose it's all about who we keep.


The Game

We conceded four which made it seem like a bit of a hammering but that wasn't the case.We passed the ball around a bit and at times Wolves  were chasing shadows and Ed Upson was back to his best pressuring the Wolves defence while Lee Gregory and Aiden O'Brien were doing the same thing by pulling their defence all over the place.  Wolves were ok in spells and scored  in the 20th minute when Dico fired in after picking up a loose ball. He scored again early in the second half and that was that 2-0 down and we could have just give up after all there was nothing to play for, we did not and Aiden O'Brien scored up close in the 58th minute and we back in the game. Wolves scored their third in the 70th minute and at 3-1 down that seemed that .We was not finished with this game and youngster Jamie Philpot making his debut who had only been on the pitch three minutes was picked out by Ed Upson and slotted Millwall's 2nd goal and could we get a third. No we couldn't as Wolves got their 4th and the season was finished. I am gutted that we are down but next season who knows? I think they may be exciting times ahead.

This season's tally
Position 22, Won 9, Drawn 14, Lost 23, Goals For 42, Goals Against 76. GD-34, Points 41

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Harding, Nelson, Powell (Cowan Hall 72), Abdou, Upson, Gregory, O'Brien, Martin (Philpot 80)(Pavey 89 Philpot injured),
subs not used, Archer, Cummings, Gueye, Thompson

Goals: O'Brien 58, Philpot 82

Wolves: Kuszczak, Colbourne, Edwards, Stearman, Sako, McDonald, Afobe, La Parra, (Price 64), Ebanks-Landell, Iorfa, Dicko
subs not used, Flatt, Doherty, Henry, Doyle, Jacobs, Hause

Goals: Dicko 20, 56 Ebanks-Landell 70, Sako 90

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Wolves v Millwall 2/5/15


I wonder how we will get on at Wolves. They need to win to secure a place in the Play-off's and it looks like we could be playing or at least on the bench a few more academy players.
Who wrote the script for this?. Kenny Jackett on the touchline and in the opposition dug out  is Neil Harris in his tenth game in charge of the Lions sending them out with nothing to play for except their pride. Some of older players worked under KJ for many a year and although life time respect for KJ may have grown I am sure that would like to prove to him that they have still got it and can do one over on him. A interesting finish to the season and I would just love to see Neil Harris get a result there and I am so would everybody else be chirped up for the summer and take it as a sign of things to come. I suppose as long as we give a good account of ourselves at this moment in time that's all we could ask for.
As for this season, disappointed but not lacking hope but never forgetting that this is Millwall that I support..

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Millwall FC and Euroferries 5 year shirt sponsorship deal


This seasons shirt sponsor Euroferries are something else. They have no boats and I am under the impression they have paid no sponsorship instalments to the club. I cannot say that they have paid no instalments for sure but it appears to be the general belief among us the supporters. We have had no score board all season as it's been dismantled and apparently this mess was part of the sponsorship deal, i.e. to replace the scoreboard not to leave it derelict .


The Advertising Standards Authority are aware of them and have made judgement against them.

The ASA was concerned by Euroferries Ltd's lack of response and apparent disregard for the Code

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A bit from Kent News
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John Berylson believes that Neil Harris is the man for the job in League One, so do I. 

West ham owners son takes the piss on twitter about our demise. SHOCK, HORROR  according to the Guardian' not really. I am sure we would do the same to them and maybe a fly-by.