Millwall Football Club

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  • Zampa Road, South Bermondsey
  • SE16 3LN

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Millwall Football Club Founded in 1885 as Millwall Rovers by workers at Mortons Jam Factory on the Isle of Dogs adopting the colours of blue and white as most of the factory workers were of Scottish extraction. Their original nickname, "The Dockers" emanated from the occupation of the majority of the club's supporters.

Formation & Early years Millwall's first fixture was in 1885 against Fillebrook, who played in Leytonstone. The newly formed team was well beaten 5 - 0. In November 1886, the East End Football Association was formed, and along with it came a Senior Cup Competition. Millwall won the East London Senior Cup at the first attempt and went on to win it for the following two years and the trophy became their property. The club became founder members of the Southern League which they won for the first two years of its existence. In those days, The Football League was in its infancy and the Southern League was not only seen as a rival league, but more prestigious. Millwall were also the Western League Champions in 1908 and 1909. It was not unusual for Millwall to attract thirty or forty thousand spectators to a game, especially at their second ground at North Ferry Road. This was quite an achievement, given that travelling facilities were sparse. Millwall turned down an invitation to join the Football League, and the place was offered instead to a small club from south east London called Woolwich Arsenal. The club used four different grounds on the island, Glengall Road, The Lord Nelson in North Ferry Road, East Ferry Road and North Greenwich and also changed their name to Millwall Athletic before relocating across the river to The Den and dropping the Athletic from their name in 1910.

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The Lions Den Their most famous ground was The Den at New Cross. The first match was against Brighton & Hove Albion, who spoiled the celebrations by winning 0 - 1. The price of the official Match Programme was one penny. Many supporters from the East End of London continued to follow "The Lions" in the early years after their move south of the River Thames by walking through the Greenwich foot tunnel to join the new supporters drawn mainly from Surrey Docks. The Den also hosted a full England international match against Wales on March 13, 1911. England won the game 3 - 0. Millwall's first Football League match at The Den was on August 28, 1920. They beat Bristol Rovers 2 - 0. The game was played in the Football League Division 3 South of which Millwall were founder members. They became known as a good Cup team and reached the FA Cup semi finals on three occasions. On April 7, 1945, Millwall appeared in The War-Time Southern FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium against Chelsea which they lost 2-0. A German bomb hit The North Terrace of The Den on April 19, 1943 and on 26 April, a fire destroyed the main stand. The club accepted offers from neighbours [Charlton Athletic]?, Crystal Palace and [West Ham United]? to stage games. On 24 February 1944 Millwall returned to The Den, to play in an all-standing stadium. In the 1958-59 season, Millwall became founder members of Division Four. In the 60's, Millwall established an incredible record of 59 home games without defeat from: 22 August 1964 to 14 January 1967. In 1974 Millwall hosted the first game to be played on a Sunday against Fulham. Millwall repeated this exercise against Fulham on 27 April 1982, hosting the second game to be played on a Sunday. Millwall are also the only club to be unbeaten at home in four different divisions: 1927-28 Division 3 (South), 1964-65 Division Four, 1965-66 Division Three, 1971-72 Division Two, 1984-85 Division Three. Millwall won the Football League Trophy in 1983, beating Lincoln City 3 - 2. In 1988 Millwall gained promotion to the top flight of English football for the first time in their history. Millwall had been the only professional team in London never to have played in the top flight. During this season, Millwall were the first club to open a creche in the Football League. Millwall were also voted "Community Club Of The Year".

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The New Den Millwall moved to their current home,(a 20,000 capacity, all-seater stadium) which was opened by the late Labour Party leader John Smith M. P. on 4 August 1993. During the 1996-97 season the club also experienced extreme financial difficulties that resulted in them being placed in financial administration for a short period of time. In 1999 Millwall made their first ever official [Wembley]? appearance. They faced Wigan Athletic in the Auto Windscreens Final. However, Millwall, who were playing in front of 49,000 of their own fans, spurned numerous chances to win the game, and lost by a single injury time goal. In 2004 the club got to the first FA Cup final in their history (excluding the 1945 War Cup Final). They played the Cup final on May 22, 2004, at The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, losing 3-0 to Manchester United. As Manchester United had already qualified for the Champions League, Millwall were assured of playing in the 2004/05 UEFA Cup.

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Currently Millwall are playing in League one


Football League First Division (top tier) Best finish: 10th (1988-89)

Football League Second Division (second tier) Champions: 1987-88

Football League Third Division (third tier) Champions: 1927-28, 1937-38 (then Division Three South), 1968-69, 2000-01 (by then known as the Second Division) Runners-up: 1965-66, 1984-85 Promoted: 1975-76

Football League Fourth Division (fourth tier) Champions: 1961-62 Runners-up: 1964-65

UEFA Cup Best performance: First Round (2004-05)

FA Cup Runners-up: 2004. Semi Finalists: 1900, 1903, 1937.

Football League Cup Best performance: quarter-finals (1976-77, 1994-95)

Football League Group Trophy Winners: 1982-83

Associate Members Cup Runners-up: 1999

War Cup South Best performance: runners-up (1945)

FA Youth Cup Winners: 1979, 1991. Runners-up: 1994.

Southern League Champions: 1895, 1896. Runners-up: 1897.

Western League Champions: 1908, 1909.

United League Champions: 1897, 1899.

London League Champions: 1904.

East London Senior Cup Winners: 1887, 1888, 1889.

East London FA Cup Joint Winners: 1886.

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