The men who've shaped Millwall - 1950'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.
1950's Alex Jardine
Jardine was born in Motherwell on 22nd September 1928.
In a 1950 trial match, Jardine appeared in the line-up as 'Mr X'
because Millwall did not want to alert other League clubs to a player with such potential. He was signed three days after the trial,
on 15th August 1950 from Dundee United for £700, a snip of a price for a player who turned into one of Millwall's best ever full- backs.
A solid, reliable player with a quick turn of speed, he was so fast that Millwall used him as an outside-right in a few games. He had to compete with Des Quinn for the right back spot during 1950-51, but began the 1951-52 season in fine form and made that position his own for the next seven seasons, becoming a great favourite with the critical Millwall fans.
Jardine was selected to play for the Third Division South representative side in 1954/55, 1955/56 and 1956/57 (both games).
He proved to be an effective penalty-taker. He scored six in 1955-56, the season he played a couple of games at outside-right and scored in each game.
Jardine missed some matches through injury at the end of 1956-57, and
in April 1958 he received the Achilles tendon injury which ended his
After he retired from football he worked locally in the docks until his death in Catford, London on 6th June 1978, aged 52.
Alex Jardine (1950-1958)
Millwall career (competitive games only)
Football League: 299 appearances - 25 goals
FA Cup: 22 appearances - 1 goal
Other Competitions: 7 appearances - 1 goal