Vital Football

Latest Millwall FC News

The men who've shaped Millwall - 1940's

The men who've shaped Millwall - 1940's

In the early 1880's a group of young lads from Scotland came to London to find work.
They found employment at Morton's jam factory in the West Ferry Road on the Isle of Dog's and within a few years had formed Millwall Rovers.

On Saturday 3rd October 1885 Millwall Rovers played their first ever game which they lost 5-0 against Fillebrook

As we celebrate Millwall's 125th year, we look at a significant player from each decade who has been part of the history of Millwall FC.

1940's Johnny Johnson

Johnson was born in Hazel Grove, Stockport on 11th December 1921.

Johnny Johnson came to Millwall's attention during the war years as a guest whilst serving in the forces. He
appeared in 24 games in the Football League South and made a good impression with his speed on the right
wing and an excellent shot. His favourite ploy was to come inside the full-back and shoot across the 'keeper to score inside the far post.
Millwall often played him at centre-forward when needed, although at 5ft 8in tall, it was his pace through the middle that they looked for, not any 'battering-ram' play.

In 1946-47, Johnson was the only Millwall player to reach
double figures, with ten goals.

Being an archetypal`tricky winger' he was the victim of some
rash tackles and twice nearly had to retire through injuries,
back came back both times. In the Summer of 1955, Millwall even transferred him to Tonbridge, thinking his league days were over, but he recovered so well that the Lions re-signed him in November 1955.

When his footballing career had finished he ran pubs in Hastings and Stowting, then became a postman before retiring to Sellindge, Kent.

Johnny Johnson (1946-1957)

Millwall career (competitive games only)

Football League: 309 appearances - 46 goals
FA Cup: 17 appearances - 2 goals
Other Competitions: 8 appearances - 3 goals

Join The Vital Debate

Date:Wednesday September 29 2010
Time: 1:35PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Millwall Articles

Vital Preview - Championship - 21st-22nd November 2017

The 2017-18 season continues with the latest round of games this midweek, 21st-22nd November.

Officials - Millwall v Hull (21/11/17)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game between Millwall and Hull City this Tuesday.

Vital View - Championship - 17th-18th November 2017

The Championship season continued with the latest round of games played over the weekend, 17th-18th November.

Stats: Sunderland v Millwall

All the stats from Sunderland (2) vs (2) Millwall, Stadium of Light, 18/11/17 Att: 27,399

Archived Millwall Online Articles

Millwall Online articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email
Editor email
Site Staff
Editor email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Millwall v Hull City
Suggested By:
Millwall win53%
Hull win25%
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Millwall Results (view all)

Millwall Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

2.midway lion181
6.King of The Jungle80
8.Kryan Bing62
The Vital Football Members League