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