I left my Heart At Cold Blow Lane - Millwall F.C.
Millwall were formed on the 3rd of October 1885 as Millwall Rovers. Within 4 years the name changed to Millwall Athletic, as they moved to a new stadium named 'The Athletic Ground'. They were founder members of the Southern Football League and won it twice in it's first two years. They also won the Western Football League in 1908 and 1909. They then moved stadium once again in 1910, to The Den, their 4th stadium in 25 years. They were invited to the Football League in 1920 and by then, having dropped Athletic from their name, became a side more well known for their cup runs than their league form, defeating reigning champions Huddersfield 3-1 in one match and gathering crowds of nearly 50,00 in cup games against Sunderland and Derby.
After the Second World War, Millwall, who before had been able to claim one of the largest squads in the country, now had one of the smallest. The stadium was partly destroyed, but a huge effort by fans of The Dockers, the nickname at the time, was able to solve the problem. After all this, Millwall dropped into Division Four (League 2). The club was on the rise however, and they nearly made it into Division One (Premier League) in 1971. However, the 'Class of '71' was not able to make it to the top as they missed out by one point.
The club was back on the decline, and were relegated to the Third Division (League 1). However, George Graham took charge in 1983 and guided them back up to the Second Division, going unbeaten in the Third Division to top the table. However, violence at Luton in an FA Cup tie left 81 injured. Graham left in 1986, but was replaced by John Docherty who helped them to promotion, and Millwall were in the top flight. They started strongly though, and were rarely out of the top five. They ended in tenth, which was the lowest place the club had occupied in the whole season. Next season, disaster struck. They led the league in September, but only managed 2 more wins after that and were relegated back to the Second Division. Millwall moved into the New Den, but popular manager Mick McCarthy (weird, I know) left to take the Republic of Ireland job. The new manager was less successful as Millwall were relegated down to the third tier.
After relegation, the club faced severe financial trouble. The new chairman announced former West Ham manager Billy Bonds as boss, and he nearly took them down to the basement division of league football. He was soon replaced by the first pair of co managers in the club's history, who took them to Wembley for the first time ever for the Football League trophy final, which they lost 1-0 to Wigan. They lost the Play off Semi Final too, and a new manager, Mark McGhee, was soon appointed.
It was an inspired choice as The Lions won promotion to the Second Division in just eight months. They were knocked out in the Play offs by Birmingham City, and after failing to reach them the next season, McGhee was on the way out.
Where are they now?Newly appointed player manager Dennis Wise took them into the F.A. Cup final in 2003, but there was no upset in the final and Millwall were defeated 3-0 by Man United. With United having qualified for the Champions League, Millwall were in Europe, however they were unable to overcome Hungarians Fevencvaros and lost 4-2 on aggregate. The club was relegated to League One in 2006 under Dave Tuttle. Kenny Jackett was appointed manager and after 3 seasons he took them to the Championship, where, for now, they stay.
The club initially wore a dark navy blue. However, in the 1930's they changed to a much brighter royal blue strip. Some years, the club even wore all white strips. For the 125th anniversary season, Millwall wore a navy blue shirt again. It was retained for the next season too.
Key FactsThe club is based in the Millwall area East London, and they share a massive rivalry with local side West Ham, who have been more successful than them for the most of the club's history. They are looking to change that.
The club's famous chant is 'No one likes us, we don't care...' The club is commonly associated with hooliganism in sport, having a large hooligan following in the 80's and very violent rivalry with West Ham United. The two sides have met nearly 100 times and a massive riot broke out in 2009 when they faced the Hammers at Upton Park. There was calls for next meeting between the two sides to be held behind closed doors, but neither side were fined or banned in the end.
StadiumThe New Den was built to replace The Den, Millwall's home for nearly 100 years. It was completed in 1993, with Millwall in the First Division (the Championship). It was built after the Den was deemed unsafe during the Taylor Report. The stadium holds 20,00 fans.
So, here is my new story. I will be ending my Castel di Sangro story, which I believe has not been supported as much, and I will go back to what made my Kammy story so great. Except I won't be Kammy