News Archive - 2010/11

Congratulations to Tam, Player of the Year
Congratulations go to Tam Mkandawire, who the supporters have voted as their Player of the Year for 2010-11. Over 6.000 votes were cast this year, a record number, with Tam getting a phenomenal 44% of the votes cast. This is a tremendous achievement in his first season at The Den.
In second place was goalkeeper David Forde, with 19% of the vote, and in third place last year's winner, Alan Dunne, with 14%.
The winners will receive their trophies before the last home league match of the season on Saturday.


16 April 2011 - Travel Survey for Millwall v Leeds and Millwall v Bristol City
If you came to either of these matches, please complete the survey. Give us your feedback and be in with a chance of winning great Millwall prizes. Please help us to understand your matchday timetable and travel experience so that we can plan for future improvements.

We are surveying the last four home fixtures of the season. There will be a link to a survey for each match. Please complete the questionnaire for the games you attended.

Leeds United 9th April survey
Bristol City 12th April survey

A new link will be added after each match.

Chief Executive Andy Ambler said: "We are continuing to look at ways to improve the matchday experience for our supporters. If we have a better understanding about our fans matchday travel it will help us to highlight key areas for improvement".

If you fill in the survey within seven days of the match you will be entered in to a prize draw to win great prizes.

  • 1st Prize - Table for two in Kitcheners plus executive match tickets for a selected match next season.
  • 2nd Prize - Signed and framed montage from the home match with Leeds this season.
  • 3rd Prize - Executive Oyster card holder personally signed by Kenny Jackett.

Each survey you complete will count as an entry into the prize draw, so complete all four surveys and get entered four times for more chances to win!
Prizes are at the discretion of the club and terms apply.


12 April 2011 - Running Man
MSC Committee member Jim Nash will be running his 10th London Marathon this coming weekend for MacMillan Cancer Support. Clearly, this puts paid to the belief that the boys and girls of the MSC only pursue the guilty pleasures of life, when in fact they are a well honed team of finely tuned athletes.

If any Lions fans are running for the first time, Jim is happy to pass on valuable advice gained from running over 260 miles round the Marathon course, most of which you won't find in the training manuals, including the best places to trade abuse with Charlton and West Ham fans, as you will get serious stick if you wear a Millwall shirt. If you want to sponsor Jim you can contact him directly or via the MSC at the usual contact details.


31 March 2011 - Millwall Supporters Club - Get InvolvedI
MSC are looking for new committee members for next season. The MSC has made good progress in recent years and wants to go further. If you would like to try to make things better for Millwall fans, and are willing to give up a little of your time to help, then please contact us. If you have particular skills, such as being able to take minutes, write or research articles, be good with websites or contribute to Lions Live that would be a bonus. What you DO need is a little time, enthusiasm and a desire to make things better for Millwall fans. You need to be an MSC member, to be able to attend committee meetings on one evening per month, and some time on home matchdays. Please contact the MSC if you are interested. The closing date is Wednesday 6th April. If in doubt, give us a call or email us.

Millwall Supporters Club AGM
The AGM of the MSC will be held on Wednesday 20th April at 7.00 p.m. at The Den. All MSC members are encouraged to attend.

The constitutional changes discussed at last year's AGM are being proposed by the committee. The purpose is 1. To promote stability on the MSC committee, and 2. To recognise the increased level of activity now carried out by the committee. The changes are as follows:
Clause 4.2 - Add "The committee members attending the least number of monthly MSC meetings in the year should be firstly put forward for re-election at the AGM, before the drawing of lots occurs, Ill heath or significant working commitments will be taken into account in assessing attendance."
Clause 4.3 - Replace "The committee will also elect a Secretary and a Treasurer" with "The Committee will also elect a Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer at the first committee meeting after the AGM, using the same election procedure as that employed to elect the Chairman."


16 March 2011 - Fans Forum April 7th 2011
The MSC are pleased to announce that we are holding a Fans Forum on Thursday 7th April at The Den from 7pm. Manager Kenny Jackett, Chairman John Berylson and Chief Executive Andy Ambler will all be present to answer your questions.

All current MSC Members and Season Ticket Holders are entitled to attend. If you would like to come along to what should be an informative night you need to register your attendance in advance. You can do this either by emailing, phoning or writing to the MSC at the usual contact details. Space is limited, so it is strictly first come, first served in terms of registering your intended attendance.

Email: info@millwallsupportersclub.co.uk
Phone: 07895 022 325
Write: Millwall Supporters Club, C/o The Den, Zampa Road, London, SE16 3LN


4 March 2011 - MSC Statement - Fan on the Board
The MSC can report that they have received two applications for the post of Fan On The Board, as follows:

1. Pete Garston.
2. Another member who unfortunately does not meet the criteria laid out in the terms of reference for the post. Specifically, the candidate does not have an unblemished record. He is well known to the club, the MSC committee and Pete Garston and he has been subject to a club ban this season. He does not accept the terms of reference for the post and does not believe that the supporters should have agreed to them. Further, this candidate would not receive the necessary MFC Board approval.

For these reasons there is no justification for the time, effort and expense of holding an election and consequently Pete Garston is reappointed for a further three year term.

Congratulations to him and we trust he will ensure that the supporters' voice is heard in the boardroom and the interests of the fans form part of the decision making process at Millwall.


3 March 2011 - Fan on the Board - Election
Pete Garston has been our Fan On The Board for nearly five years now, and his second term will be complete at the end of the season.
Pete has succeeded in making this a pivotal role for supporter representation and has become respected by the fans and his fellow board members alike. He has contributed to the fans having more influence at the Den now than ever before and long may it stay that way. However, his term will shortly be up and so now is the time to seek nominations for the next Fan On The Board.

Pete has indicated that he does intend to stand for re-election, but nominations are open for all MSC members who qualify according to the Terms of Reference. Candidates must be proposed by two other MSC members, and applications in writing must be delivered by Saturday 26th February to MSC at the Den.


28 January 2011 - 1885 Dinner Dance
The 125th Anniversary Dinner Dance will take place in the Executive Lounge at The Den on the evening of Friday 4th March 2011, all 1885 Club members will be offered an exclusive booking period up to Friday 4th February. Tickets are priced at £60 + VAT per person. The evening will include a champagne reception, a three-course meal and a guest speaker, followed by a live band and DJ. John Berylson shall be joined by the other Millwall directors, along with a host of former Lions players. To book your place please contact Nicolle, Lisa or Billy in the Commercial Sales department on 0207 740 0501.


21 October 2010 - Quiz Night
The next MSC Quiz Night is almost here. We are holding another one of these popular nights on Wednesday 3rd November 2010 here at The Den from 7pm. Tickets are now on sale, either from the ticket office, from a committee member on the Big Blue Bus before matches or by getting in contact with the MSC either by email or by phone on 07895 022 325. Tickets cost just £8 and include a sausage and mash supper (please let us know if you require the vegetarian option). Please get your tickets in advance so can co-ordinate the catering easier. Maximum of four people per team. If you haven't been to one of our quiz nights before please do come along. They are great fun.


6 October 2010 - Book Signing Session
Ever wondered what it is like in the Millwall dressing room? This is your chance to find out.

To mark the launch of Michael Calvin's much anticipated book 'Family: Life, Death and Football' a unique signing session will be staged at the Den on Thursday October 14 between 4pm and 6pm.

Senior players, led by skipper Paul Robinson and record goalscorer Neil Harris will be with Mike, in the dressing room, to meet fans who have bought the book at the club shop, or pre-ordered online.

This book, which is on sale from the Millwall Club Shop on Monday 11th October, is a must read. Not just for all Millwall fans, but for anyone who has ever wondered what makes a successful team, and club, tick.

"It's a fantastic insight into the workings of a football club" said Robbo. "Mike has been on the inside. He's come up with a detailed account of what goes into a successful team, and the winning of football matches.

"It is the sort of book I would have loved to have read, growing up. You get a real feel for what it takes, day in day out, week in week out, over a long hard English season.

I loved it. It is one of those books which draw you in, so that you suddenly wonder where the time has gone. Even as a player, I learned a lot about aspects of the game I never see. Everyone in the game will be interested to read it."

Goalkeeper David Forde added: "The book signing in the dressing room sounds like a great idea. Mike has done a great job with the book. I think the 'wall fans will love the insight into their football club."

For further information about the book go to michaelcalvin.com.

Put Thursday 14th October 4pm-6pm in your diary and keep an eye out on the site for further details on the launch!


21 September 2010 - Millwall PLC Share Consolidation
MSC sees the proposed share consolidation from Millwall PLC as a very good thing for the future of Millwall but a very bad thing for some of the Millwall supporting small shareholders, especially those who bought shares as an emotional investment rather than a financial one. The value of a shareholding of less than 100,000 shares is currently less than £25 and more than 5,000 people have a shareholding worth less than £1. The share proposal is the doing of Millwall PLC and MSC is not involved with it in any way.

The reason it's a good thing for Millwall is that Millwall CANNOT continue as it is. The debt to equity ratio is over 50% and is not sustainable. The cost of having to communicate regularly with 43,500 shareholders in order to meet legal obligations is a massive unproductive waste of money, far more than the cost of a very good player at our level. Mr Berylson COULD have taken us into administration and then bought the whole company. That way we would ALL have lost our ownership. After the consolidation the company will be better able to raise new capital, another crucial factor.

Millwall PLC is not obliged to offer any compensation for fractional entitlements to shares. However, shareholders do have a number of options, although they will all have a cost of one sort or another.

1. The 'fractions' will default to The Lions Trust, a formally constituted organisation that is already a shareholder and is committed to proper supporter representation at Millwall PLC. They are obliged to act on behalf of supporters. If you are happy for your shares to be pooled with a view to the supporters building a sizeable block of shares this is a very good option.
2. Alternatively, the value of your shares can be given to charity, Help For Heroes. If you want to do this tick the box on your proxy form and return it by 2nd October.
3. You could buy some more shares and take your shareholding up to a multiple of 100,000. You will need a share dealer to do this. This can be done online, by phone, or in person. There are many share dealers including stockbrokers, high street banks and Millwall's own share registrars Computershare. All will likely charge a fee of at least £10, If you do this you need to get it done by 4th October.
4. You could sell your shares, through a share dealer, you would be charged a fee as in 3 above.
5. If it is important to you to own a part of your club, then buy some of the new shares when they go on to the market. You will be charged a fee for this.

Shares can go down as well as up. If you are a Millwall shareholder you know this already. For the avoidance of doubt, none of the above is financial advice.


14 September 2010 - Book Signing
The MSC are pleased to announce that Richard Lindsay and Eddie Tarrant will be signing copies of their latest book, "Millwall: The Complete Record" on the Blue Routemaster Bus in the main car park from 12.30pm on Saturday 2nd October before the Burnley match. You have to purchase the book from the club shop prior to getting your copy signed, but the authors will be signing the books on the bus and will be pleased to see you there!

The book is a record of all competitive games from 1885 up to The Play-Off Final in May 2010. Also included are player and manager profiles, a history of grounds and matches to remember. There are also plenty of stats to keep you all satisfied! The book costs just £25 and would make a great present for all Millwall supporters.


11 September 2010 - QPR – Bottom of the League
A Millwall ST holder was dismayed to learn that the allocation at QPR for wheelchair away fans is a pathetic THREE. We sold these in the first hour of tickets going on sale and so he was turned away. This prompted MSC to follow this up as in this day and age this must be, quite frankly, wrong.

We wrote to QPR and also to NADS (National Association for Disabled Supporters) in order to ascertain whether we could obtain another ticket, whether they have plans to improve the situation and indeed what their obligations are. Unfortunately the responses contained no good news whatsoever.
Football League regulations require clubs to offer at least 10% of their available wheelchair places to away fans. QPR meet this requirement. QPR always sell out their home allocation of wheelchair places and operate a waiting list system to ensure every place is used. QPR have the intent but have no firm plans to improve the availability of wheelchair places. It won't surprise anyone to know that the health and safety requirements of the provision of wheelchair places is quite daunting. Nothing will improve at Loftus Road until the next time development work is carried out there.

So, a Millwall ST holder is unable to travel to Loftus Road. QPR, with possibly the most resources in the Championship, hang your head in shame. You are bottom of the league.....

Wheelchair spaces for away fans.....

  • Cardiff 28
  • Crystal Palace 28
  • Coventry 27
  • Preston 27
  • Scunthorpe 24 (home + away)
  • Nott'm Forest 22
  • Burnley 20
  • Derby 19
  • Barnsley 18
  • Doncaster 18
  • Millwall 17
  • Middlesbrough 15
  • Norwich 15
  • Reading 14
  • Leicester 12
  • Ipswich 10
  • Sheff Utd 10
  • Swansea 10
  • Bristol City 8
  • Hull 8
  • Leeds United 8
  • Watford 6
  • Portsmouth 5
  • QPR 3

8 September 2010 - Lions Live Player of the Month
Voting has finished for August's player of the month. The results are as follows:

  1. Liam Trotter
  2. James Henry
  3. Steve Morison

18 August 2010 - Complaint to Somerset & Avon Police
In response to complaints received from members the MSC have made a complaint to Avon & Somerset Constabulary, as follows.

Dear Sir,

I am writing to complain about the police operations implemented for the Bristol City v Millwall match on August 7th. In particular it was the managing of our coaches, both official and an independently organised one, which left much to be desired.

Prior to the match, the lack of adequate escort resulted in a number of the coaches being directed into a timber yard. I am sure you must have a tried and tested routine for bringing in the away coaches but surely this cannot be it. Not surprisingly women and children were, to say the least, perturbed by this unusual routine.

After the match things went from bad to worse as the police escort failed totally. We were held in the ground for some 45 minutes, and also the departure of the coaches was further delayed to, we assumed, ensure we had a clear exit. The coaches left together but very rapidly the escort completely broke down and the coaches were separated. Incredibly after two of the coaches had crossed the swing bridge, the bridge was opened bringing the remaining coaches to a halt. This contributed, as you know, to some significant disorder when more than one of the coaches was attacked by Bristol City fans. Footage of this has been widely publicised. Not surprisingly, the occupants of the coaches were traumatised by these events, particularly as the coaches came under attack apparently abandoned by the police escort we had waited so long for. We have received numerous complaints from our supporters, resulting in this letter.

The questions must be asked - why did the escort fail so dismally? Why was the swing bridge allowed to open?

Whether this was caused by bad planning or bad implementation is not for us to judge. There was clearly an extensive police operation on this day. The moment has passed for us now but if this complaint leads to a more robust escort plan, properly implemented, then the visit of other away fans to Ashton Gate will be far safer and the potential for disorder will be much reduced. Supporters choose to travel by coach because it is easy and safe, due to the protection it is customary to receive. Clearly this was not the case on this occasion.

Yours faithfully,
Bob Asprey.
Chairman - Millwall Supporters Club.


Real Wall Support their Club
At the start of the new season we would ask that sensible behaviour is exhibited by our fans both at home and away. This is particularly the case this year as we return to the Championship.

Our four year break from this League could be used by some clubs or Police Authorities to severely restrict the number of our fans being allowed to visit away venues.

It is therefore vital that poor, anti-social or violent behaviour is not exhibited. Such behaviour will only encourage the authorities to discriminate against our fans and not allow us to travel in numbers or in the worst scenario banning our away support.
Decent behaviour both home and away will protect our club and allow as many fans as possible to support the team. Your true, decent and passionate support will help the team to progress in this new division


 

Millwall Supporters Club, c/o The Den, Zampa Road, London SE16 3LN  -  phone: 07895 022 325  -  email: info@millwallsupportersclub.co.uk

 


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