13 June 2016
So, that was 2015-16.
Pre-season optimism that we might do ok after losing a three year battle against relegation soon dissipated after a sobering first month. We still couldn’t win at home, we were hammered by Coventry and turned over by Barnet.
Fast forward to May 2016. We had finally nailed the home form and a young, robust, and successful team had emerged. It turned into a really enjoyable season, with decent followings making a succession of ugly long trips to football’s northern outposts. Massive wins at Gillingham and Bradford City were our 4th and 5th on the spin and the play-off semi-final gave us another big night at the Den. No slip ups on the night and our 4th visit in Wembley’s nine year history beckoned.
The tickets were sold by phone and online only. There were afew complaints from the diehard locals who wanted to queue for hours in the car park. There was mass panic among the faithful as the next day delivery service didn’t deliver any tickets before Wednesday. The outcome - 30,000 tickets sold within six days of the final whistle in the semi-final, and almost everyone had their tickets in good time. And those that didn’t were sorted by the efficient system at the stadium.
Matchday. The novelty value of playing at Wembley has long gone for us lot. It’s not a great place to watch football. The journey is only across London for us but it can be a nightmare. The view from the lower tier is terrible and the view from the upper tier is too far away. It’s well nigh impossible to get a proper atmosphere going, even for us. The stewards greet you as if it’s a holiday camp. The security is negligible. The beer is £4.95 a go. Or there’s the palaver with the Green Man or the Torch or wherever. Oh for a proper football stadium for a match like this. A Villa Park or an Old Trafford.
Whatever happened to the terrorist threat? No searches at the turnstiles and no proper bag searches. Just a steward wishing me a nice day. We start slowly and it’s clear that the damage of the previous three weeks had hit us. No Mahlon, no Byron, TC playing out of position in his first start since October, and Lee Gregory not fully fit. Barnsley carried on where they left off against Walsall and bang. We’re 2-0 down inside 20 minutes. We struggle to get our game going, Joe Martin is injured and substituted, but Mark Beevers gives us a lifeline with a goal before half time. Grounds for optimism?
Barnsley controlled the second half, we continued to struggle, we panicked into using the long ball too early and by now our bench was pretty bare. We let another one in. Then we had an altercation in the top tier. It wasn’t dealt with and it escalated, and absolutely no-one came out of it with any credit. Not the Millwall fans, the Barnsley fans, the Wembley organisers, the stewards, or the police. The media had something to write about and in the time-honoured fashion they didn’t let the facts get in the way of a Millwall story. The club put out an announcement. Barnsley didn’t. A number of short-sighted Barnsley fans complained to us and demanded an apology. They didn’t get one. But none of these shenanigans help the cause.
So another season ended with disappointment, and a sour taste in the mouth. But hang on. We’ve got a young well balanced team. We’ve got a young manager who’s learnt a lot in a short space of time. We’ve got three strikers who scored 59 goals between them. We’ve got an Academy which is producing first team Millwall players. We’ve got a Chairman and Board who are backing the manager. We have a positive belief throughout the club. We’ve got fans who are passionate, and loud, and proud of the club and the team, and who travel in numbers. We’ve had some dismal years but now we’ve got our Millwall back. Bring on the new season.
18 May 2016
Following on from previous statements, the release of the provisional play off semi final schedule generated plenty of interest and comment, given its caveats depending on our final league position and our opponent. The MSC immediately contacted the club and the Football Supporters’ Association, which has taken up this issue and is attempting to find out the justification for the decision. With the times and dates of the matches having been decided well in advance, in conjunction with Sky who televise the games, it was clear that the kick off times would not be altered, however difficult that might make away travel for the fans.
The MSC will see this through to its conclusion, even though answers are unlikely to be received very quickly. However, news will be posted here and on Twitter.
Similarly, the MSC contacted the club urgently last week as the sale of additional home leg tickets to season ticket holders and members was poorly handled. The club made updated statements on social media early on the Wednesday afternoon, which hopefully allowed everybody to buy the tickets they wanted.
If you ever come across any issues such as these, remember to bring them to the MSC committee, so that we can raise these queries on behalf of all members.
7 May 2016
Following on from our earlier statement, it's clear that the League One play-off semi final schedule may be changed at police request to avoid the possibility of Barnsley playing Millwall in the Saturday late kick off. We have enlisted the help of the FSF to find out the justification for this, but are aware that there is no possibility that the timings of these televised fixtures will be altered. This will not, of course, stop our dedicated fans making the journey and supporting the team, whenever and wherever, in its most important game of the season so far.
5 May 2016
Following the announcement of the provisional play off dates and times, Millwall Supporters' Club is interested to note the caveat regarding the final league position of our team and how that may alter the schedule. We have queried this arrangement with the Football Supporters' Federation and the club, and will comment further when we have received more information and advice.
30 April 2016
Thanks to everybody that took the time to vote, overwhelmingly in person on the day of the Shrewsbury game, but also online. You’ll probably have seen or heard by now that the winner is goalkeeper Jordan Archer, who produced match winning performances and game changing saves throughout the season. Jordan earned over 47% of the vote, with runner up Lee Gregory collecting almost 31% and third placed Ben Thompson 13%. An honourable mention should also go to the only other significant vote winner, our captain for much of this season – Steve Morison.
This season’s winner is featured in the Oldham programme, but it was pleasing to see a number of potential winners of the award this time around, and to hear the conversations debating the various merits of the candidates.
From our voters, the winner of the prize draw of two tickets to Sunday's end of season dinner at the Den is Mark Piper. Congratulations and enjoy the evening!
As is traditional, the trophy, along with the other end of season awards, will be presented before the Oldham match, our last home league game of the season
30 April 2016
6 April 2016
21 March 2016
This year's AGM is scheduled for Wednesday 27 April. The meeting will be held in ‘Arry’s Bar at the Den and will start at 7.00 pm.
If you plan to attend the meeting, it would be helpful if you could advise us in advance by sending your name and membership number to email@example.com, or speak to one of the committee members at the Blue Bus before home games.
16 March 2016
The MSC is continuing to speak to the football club on a regular and frequent basis to ensure that the recent momentum and publicity is not lost or gone to waste.Although there are as yet no officially confirmed plans, we understand that there will be a meeting between the club and representatives from Lewisham Council and we have asked if it would be helpful for fans' representative(s) to be at this or any further meetings. The club says it has detailed and comprehensive plans for the pockets of land and will present these to the Council.
We're also reminding other supporters' clubs of the petition, as increasing the number of signatures will always be helpful. Please do ask your friends and family (regardless of what club they follow) to add their names. If you haven't yet done so, don't forget to lobby Lewisham councillors and the MP for the area - contact details as follows:
17 February 2016
We find it disappointing that the council decided not to work with the club to achieve the long term and sustainable future of Millwall FC and its award winning community scheme, rather than chase short term financial gain from a faceless organisation with no links to the area and no reason to ensure a long lasting legacy.
Having already wiped out the history of this now prime piece of London land by sweeping away the traditional 'Surrey Canal' name, there is every fear that the football club will be forced out of its traditional area and home of over one hundred years.
Millwall FC are a community club. The local community is at the heart of the club and its supporters. It is within many supporters’ living memory that the club carried the name of Lewisham on its shirt during its historic promotion to Division One and indeed during that first season, playing at famous venues such as Anfield and Old Trafford.
More recently Millwall FC have supported a successful campaign to save Lewisham Hospital A&E – a quite unprecedented step for a football club, supported the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir in their achieving a chart topping Christmas single and regularly visit sick children at the hospital. The Millwall Community Scheme provides much needed sporting activity for youths and adults in the area, in addition to its other valuable work.
Millwall’s proposals for these parcels of land mirror the approved plans of Renewal. Millwall FC needs sources of income outside of football to become a successful and self-sufficient club at the heart of Lewisham and Bermondsey. Quite why Lewisham Council had chosen to reject these fair proposals knowing how important they are to the football club, in favour of a money-making company who have no links or history in the community is beyond any right minded individual. The council and its councillors hold a position of trust and the residents of the borough expect them to make decisions in the best interests of the area and those residents. These best interests do not always equate to grabbing the quickest or biggest offer on the table.
We thought we and the club were a valued and important heartbeat of the local community.
Tonight's decision is a window of opportunity. We hope that Lewisham Council and Renewal will now communicate with Millwall FC and come to an arrangement for the betterment of the community, the council and the club.
Thank you to all who signed the petition, who organised campaigns, and fans of other clubs who have supported us during this time.
No one likes us, but many people care.
12 February 2016
The Club is opposing it and our Chairman John Berylson has written to the Cabinet members urging them to reject the CPO proposals. We face a challenge which threatens the Club’s very survival. We really need your help so please get your friends to sign this petition, share it on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
You can also email your views to the Cabinet members at the following email addresses:
You can also email our local MP firstname.lastname@example.org
Please be polite and courteous in your emails but help us Defend Our Den!
8 February 2016
7 January 2016
The Millwall Supporters Club team were well up for the IFA Challenge Cup second round which saw us drawn at home to Manchester City. After the late shows the week before against Watford a huge MSC squad were there extra early, eager to put one over a very good supporters team, a supporters team of one of the biggest clubs in the country with so many potential players to choose from.
The game was played at Hackney Marshes on 27 December and MSC manager Ian Toal impressed on the team how they must impose themselves on the game from the off, to chase everything down, put pressure on the opposition so they then give the ball away cheaply to allow us to build attacks. The team carried that plan out to the letter and Man City were left chasing shadows for most of the match.
Freddie Amor had an early chance which he smacked against the bar from a tight angle with the City keeper beaten. Kevin Noel was played through and from a tight angle had his close-range effort pushed wide for a corner. Midfielder Jamie Marshall danced through the opposition midfield and the defence before putting his effort just wide. Nunn did similar before the lead was taken by Millwall after a great diagonal ball from Nunn picked out Amor who beat the offside trap and raced clear before slotting home on 18 minutes. Amor was unfortunately forced off 7 minutes later feeling sick and was replaced by Martin Thomas who was himself a touch unlucky not to start the match.
There were numerous more chances for Millwall and the Lions managed to double their lead when a flowing move from Kirby, Bone, Gayle and Thomas created enough space for Marshall to fire home from 20 yards low into the corner of the net. At the other end there were a few important tackles from each of the defenders but Millwall had the vast majority of the play breaking up any City attacks before they became dangerous and then launched our own. Millwall goalkeeper Dan Burnett was left with a sweeping up role and switching the play around the three centre-backs as necessary.
Although it was 2-0 at half time, we were going to be playing into the wind in the second half. Therefore we knew we mustn’t take out foot off the peddle. We also knew that if we got the third goal the opposition’s heads would almost certainly drop and we could well run out big winners as we had been totally dominant in the match until that point. Despite making three changes at half-time to give the large squad a fair run out we maintained the intensity.
Martin Thomas raced clear to a perfectly weighted through ball from Lee Taylor and beat the keeper to make it 3-0 on 50 minutes and this opened the floodgates as the Lions scored consistently in the second half. Chris Hubbard’s pace and skill caused no end of problems scoring two goals himself and Martin Thomas added two more to complete his hat-trick by 77 minutes. Numerous more changes had been made by this point taking advantage of the rolling substitute rule and every player who got on the pitch put a massive shift in.
Millwall had numerous chances to score more goals than they did but there was just one more goal when Chris Hubbard played a delightful one-two just outside the box before sprinting into the box before he was taken down from behind and the penalty was given. Hubbard could have taken the penalty to complete his own hat-trick but skipper at that point, Micky Blackmore gave the ball to 13 year old Harry Gosbee, son of our regular skipper. Gosbee then slammed home the penalty to the delight of the entire Millwall squad. Gosbee should have had a second when the ball broke to him in the box, his first and second efforts were blocked and his third effort looked well over the line before being cleared but unfortunately the goal was not given.
That didn’t spoil the day for us though as we marched onto the Quarter-finals which will be drawn at the end of January. Every single player today gave his all and produced an amazing performance. The football played was some of the best I have seen in running our team which has been very successful in past years. We must take this performance forward and if we do, we have a great chance of winning this cup as any supporters team in the country would struggle to live with us on that showing.
Millwall squad: Dan Burnett (GK), Richard Stacey, Sam Kirby, Alfie Nunn, Jay Sproul, Kevin Noel, Jamie Gayle, Jamie Marshall, Nick Bone, Freddie Amor, Kevin McEvoy (Captain), Martin Thomas, Danny Bourne, Chris Hubbard, Lee Taylor, Jamie Taylor, Paul Morison, Micky Blackmore, Harry Gosbee, Danny Barber, Ian Toal.
22 December 2015
The MSC have been contacted by the landLady of the Blue Boar public house to say that local Essex Police Licensing have advised her that Millwall fans will potentially be diverted at Westcliffe-on-Sea railway station which is a 20 minute walk to Roots Hall.
However, another pub in the chain, Clouseau's, which is located on Hamlet Court Road, a short walk straight from the exit of the station, will be putting their Football License into place and accepting Millwall fans and, dependant on numbers, will also help with transport to the Blue Boar / Roots Hall.
In order that Clouseau's can get a feel for numbers, please could you contact them via their Facebook page.
21 December 2015
A recent appeal from the MSC committee asked members to give suggestions for ways to make use of MSC funds. One of the suggestions that came back was to make some additional charity donations and so, just before Christmas, donations were made to three local charities that provide Christmas lunch and company for people that might otherwise have been alone at this time of year.
MSC vice chairman Ted Robinson, accompanied by committee member Kevin Allen, presented cheques for £150 each to St Mungo’s New Cross branch; Dee of Deptford Outreach Homeless Kitchen; and Roy, the landlord of the Stanley Arms on Southwark Park Road, which many of you will know as a loyal Millwall pub. We were asked to pass on the gratitude and thanks of all three to MSC members for their kind generosity.
17 December 2015
The Millwall Downunder supporters have been quite busy in recent weeks and Chris Martin has provided the MSC with an update on their activities.
"This year we entered an u10s team and an u8s team in to the local six aside tournament. The u10s had a decent comp but we struggled to score goals so finished 5th which saw us play in the pool b finals (5th vs 8th and 6 vs 7th). Again the curse of not scoring goals got us and we went out in the semi, losing 1-0 to Villa Vikings (at least one Millwall team got far enough to play Villa!), doing everything but score. The u8s on the other hand played 12 games, winning 10, drawing 1 and losing the other by 1-0 (30 chances to us, 3 to them!) And finished top of the table and so in the pool A finals. The boys played against a team who they’d beaten 5-0 during the comp but the opposition stepped up for the semi-final pushing us until the last but we came through with a 2-1 win.
So onto the final against a team who we’d beaten 1-0 in the season and who proved to be on equal pegging in the final. Again chance after chance spurned and great goal keeping kept us out until just before half time when one of their players handled in the box. Step up Emanuel to smash it in from the spot and quite a few calming words necessary to bring the boys back to earth. The 2nd half went the same way with so many chances but we couldn’t finish them off and so the inevitable happened, corner whipped in and our boys stood and watched one of their players stab it home, 1-1 with 3 mins to go. Then extra time and Golden goal, 5 mins each way and still unable to break them down so onto 1 player off each, every 2 minutes until a team scores. I’ll admit it was pretty tough on the coach at this stage as you have to make the right calls and of course you’ll upset somebody (particularly if it goes wrong).
It gets down to 2 v 2 and I have to take either my centre mid off or the goal keeper, I opt for the fastest kid, if he wins the ball he is away and probably won’t get caught. The ref did a drop ball, the ball bounced and as it came up the Millwall player beyond his years in thinking, chested it past the opposition player and was away. He pulled to the right and so gave himself a bit of an angle to hit it but there was no catching him and he smashed it in (rather than place it which I’d have much preferred!) and the team and parents erupted! And I was a proud coach and Dad as it was my son, Archie Martin who scored the winner! Breathtaking, nail biting stuff and a win for Millwall hopefully to be repeated on 29th May 2016!"
16 December 2015
Millwall's away game at Oldham Athletic, which was postponed on 12 December, has been rearranged for 3.00 pm on Saturday 9 January. (The Lions were originally due to face Scunthorpe United - who beat Leyton Orient in an FA Cup replay to set up a 3rd round tie with Chelsea - that day).
Supporters who purchased tickets for the original date against Oldham can reuse them for the rearranged game. Those who purchased tickets but cannot make the new date should return them in person or by post to the Millwall Ticket Office for a refund. Details will be announced shortly for fans wishing to purchase tickets for Saturday 9 January. Those who purchased coach tickets for the original Oldham game will be eligible for free coach travel to the rearranged fixture.
17 November 2015
11 November 2015
The festive fun is being held in the Executive Lounge at The Den on Sunday 20 December from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm.
There are three easy ways to buy tickets:
We hope to see you all there!
2 November 2015
Millwall fans unable to make the long midweek trip for a first-ever match against Fleetwood Town will be able to watch all the action live on a beamback to The Den.
The clash at Town's Highbury stadium takes place on Tuesday 24th November (7.45pm) and a live stream has been arranged so that supporters can still watch the game together in The Den's Executive Lounge, which will be open from 6pm. Lions Legends Jimmy Carter and Brian Horne will be adding their own personal insight to the game by hosting the evening.
A meal of chilli con carne is included in the ticket price and pay-bar facilities will also be available. Tickets are now on general sale priced at £10 for adults and £5 for U16s (must be accompanied by a paying adult).
The club would again like to thank Principal Sponsor Wallis Teagan for sponsoring the beamback.
There are three easy ways to buy tickets:
26 October 2015
The Football League and Britain's largest car sharing site Liftshare.com have today announced a nationwide partnership that will bring low-cost, sustainable travel to fans of Football League clubs.
Football fans across the country now have access to the new ‘Get to the Game’ travel platform. The new service will enable supporters to save money and help the club fill seats while lowering congestion in each club’s city on match day.
Not only can fans can see all public transport options to any match quickly using Get to the Game, they can consult Liftshare to find other fans travelling their way. The tool allows drivers to post details of their match day travel and offer their spare car seats to other fans for a split of the total petrol spend to keep costs down. For more information on this service visit football-league.liftshare.com.
9 October 2015
5 October 2015
The cost of the coach journey is now £10 and we hope that this will be an added incentive to some supporters to make the journey to support the team. To buy coach travel, please contact the club ticket office via or 0844 826 2004.
Please remember that there is a no alcohol rule on all official coach travel. This is not a club regulation but the law of the land and the coach operator could lose its licence, if this law is broken.
28 September 2015
Quizmaster, MSC chairman Bob Asprey, will ask the questions and there will be a raffle during the break and prize giving at the end of the evening. Proceeds will be split between the Lionesses and Tobi Alabi’s Heart 4 More Foundation.
Tickets, priced at £10, include the traditional sausage and mash supper (with vegetarian option available) and are available from either the ticket office at The Den from 5 October, a member of the MSC Committee at the Blue Bus before home games up to Doncaster on 27 October, or by calling or emailing the MSC to reserve your place.
7 September 2015
3 September 2015
Proceeds on the day went to the Foundation for Jimmy Mizen, with a contribution to the Tommy Blackmore Fund, as we remembered two young Lion fans who lost their lives to street crime.
12 August 2015
In a long battle with the NHS to offer a new drug for Harvey and the 77 other children in the UK with ultra-rare disease, Morquio, the family has launched a petition online to try and get the issue debated in parliament. With a minimum of ten thousand signatures required for the topic to be raised in the House of Commons, Dean and Harvey’s mum, Vikki, are asking other Millwall fans to back their campaign.
Morquio is an inherited illness which means children like Harvey – who told the News his favourite things are “playing football and eating all the chocolate cake” – rarely grow to above three foot tall or live beyond their twenties. It also means his body and energy levels slowly deteriorate over time. A year ago Harvey was never seen without a ball in his hand, but now he struggles to have his beloved kickabouts because he is so tired and his joints ache from walking.
Since it was licensed by the European Medicines Agency in April last year, Harvey and his mum and dad have been waiting to hear whether the NHS would pay for the expensive drug to be offered in this country. The decision has been postponed until October, so the family are trying to get as much support behind them as possible before then. To sign the petition, which already has around 2,500 signatures, click here.
7 August 2015
Because of these changes, anyone whose subscription lapsed before 25th June 2015 will now need to sign up again with a new account as the upgraded site does not carry across any lapsed customer data.
We recommend that any fans wishing to listen to the Lions Player commentary of tomorrow’s opening fixture at Shrewsbury Town should check their subscription is active well in advance of kick-off.
22 July 2015
Everyone is welcome to attend, the more the better, to show support for the family. It would be really nice to make this a special day for Tommy and the family.
There will be a four team football tournament, bouncy castle and face painting for the kids, raffle and auction amongst other things on offer. All money raised will go towards the Tommy Blackmore Foundation. Please spread the word and get as many to attend as possible. Tickets cost £10 (kids free) and can be bought on the day.
22 July 2015
The club recently confirmed that our first team manager, Neil Harris, is available on this date, and the Forum has been finalised.
London Underground workers have recently announced plans to hold a second strike, starting at 9.30pm on Wednesday 5 August lasting for 24 hours, effectively meaning no service all day Thursday. Despite this, the plan is to continue with the Fans' Forum. The team has midweek fixtures in the following two weeks, making it difficult to find a suitable alternative date. Due to the manager's commitments, the forum has to be booked well in advance and we cannot guarantee that a further strike will not be called on any rearranged date.
As we all know, the nearest station to the ground is South Bermondsey, one stop from London Bridge on a National Rail line which is unaffected by the Underground strike; Surrey Quays is on the London Overground system, which is also unaffected; buses are similarly not involved in the strike action. The club car park will be open as usual for this event.
For these reasons, the intention is to proceed with the forum. Neil will be present for the first hour and, following a short break, chief executive Andy Ambler will answer questions from the audience. A full written review of the meeting will be available on this website, with details also in the MSC pages of the matchday programme.
If you plan to attend, please advise the MSC by providing your name and membership number. If you have any comments on these plans, you can contact the MSC through the usual channels: Telephone 07895 022325, email email@example.com or write c/o Millwall FC, The Den, Zampa Road, London SE16 3LN.
Millwall Supporters Club, c/o The Den, Zampa Road, London SE16 3LN - phone: 07895 022 325 - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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