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New Millwall book out on the 27th
09 September 2011 11:01 Post ID: #1052981
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Choosing these 50 matches has been enjoyable, and though some readers might not agree
with this selection I have tried to be as discerning as possible and have attempted to maintain
a situation where a majority of older Millwall supporters, and those a bit younger will
have cause to remember most of these matches.
Within, it records one of Millwall’s best away victories over Tottenham in 1900 and the
equally outstanding result in 1929 against the same opposition. The same decade saw the
superb performances at Bradford City, a game that was threatened by a snow storm and the
Lions only victory so far over Manchester United.
Following hostilities the game many old-timers like to recall is the defeat of mighty
Newcastle United in 1957 in which Millwall, against all odds won through. There are two
classic encounters with Port Vale at The Den in 1958 and 1962, but the 1960 clash with
Chester was drifting aimlessly along until a six-goal burst in the last 20 minutes or so, gave
the game a totally false impression.
Concluding the ‘Swinging Sixties’ are three matches against Middlesbrough, Carlisle
United and Sheffield United went to show how much Millwall’s vociferous crowd could
influence the outcome of game by their unremitting backing.
The high-scoring 5–4 defeat at Exeter in 1981 came in a period of flux for the Lions as they
struggled to find consistency. But by 1988 they had arrived at the top table, and duly won
their initial First Division home game against Derby County. Later that season came the
memorable and unforgettable televised classic against Norwich City. When the move to
new ground occurred in 1993 Millwall reached a level that even their most optimistic fan
never thought the Lions would aspire to.
The New Den would witness five Divisional Play-offs, a fine run that would eventually see
Millwall reach their first FACup Final in 2004 and their first-ever foray into European football
against Ferencvaros. The ‘Mother’s Day’massacre ofWest Ham United and latterly the
Titanic struggles with Leeds United. An added bonus was the twoWembley appearances in
2009 and 2010.
All in all, following the Lions over three decades has been a roller coaster ride that has not
only excited but also brought despair. Nonetheless, it illustrates what a great and unique
football club Millwall are. Available from Amazon and all good book shops or call 01332 851588 Price £14.99
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