MILLWALL F.C.
Founded: 1885


Also Known As:
MILLWALL ROVERS (1885-89)
MILLWALL ATHLETIC (1889-1920)
MILLWALL (1920-)




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MILLWALL F.C. (Football Club)
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BRIEF HISTORY of MILLWALL FOOTBALL CLUB (reproduced from 'Wikipedia' pages)

Millwall Rovers were formed by the workers of J.T. Morton's canning and preserve factory in the Millwall area of the Isle of Dogs in London's East End in 1885. Founded in Aberdeen in 1849 to supply sailing ships with food, the company opened their first English cannery and food processing plant at Millwall dock in 1872 and attracted a workforce from across the country, including the east coast of Scotland, primarily Dundee. In April 1889, a resolution was passed for Millwall to drop 'Rovers' from their name and they were now playing under the name Millwall Athletic, inspired by their move to their new home The Athletic Grounds. They were founding members of the Southern Football League which they won for the first two years of its existence, and were runners-up in its third. They were forced to move to a new ground North Greenwich in 1901, as the Millwall Dock Company wanted to use their land as a timberyard. Millwall Athletic reached the FA Cup semi-finals in 1900 and 1903, and were also champions of the Western Football League in 1908 and 1909. Millwall moved to a new stadium, named The Den, in New Cross, South London in 1910. Millwall, who had now also dropped 'Athletic' from its name, were invited to join the Football League in 1920 for the 192021 season, along with 22 other clubs, through the creation of the new Football League Third Division. In the 192526 season Millwall had 11 consecutive clean sheets, a Football League record, which they hold jointly with York City and Reading. Millwall became known as a hard-fighting Cup team and competed in various memorable matches, notably defeating three-time league winners and reigning champions Huddersfield Town 31 in the third round of the 192627 FA Cup. In the 192728 season Millwall won the Third Division South title and scored 87 goals at home in the league, an English record which still stands.

Despite languishing in the Third Division for most of the 1930s. Millwall were one of the most financially wealthy clubs in England. The loss of so many young men during the Second World War made it difficult for clubs to retain their former status. This was especially true for Millwall, who appeared to suffer more than most. From being one of the country's biggest clubs before the war, Millwall were reduced to one of its smallest afterward. The Den sustained severe bomb damage on 19 April 1943, and one week later a fire, determined to have been caused by a discarded cigarette, also destroyed an entire stand. One of the biggest Cup upsets came in the fourth round of the 195657 FA Cup on 26 January 1957, when Millwall beat Newcastle United 21 in front of a crowd of 45,646. At the time the club was fighting for Third Division survival. During the late 1950s and early 1960s Millwall's form was poor, and they were relegated into Division Four. The first time in their history they had competed in the fourth tier of English football, which they remained in for four seasons until 1962. They returned for the 196465 season, but were immediately promoted. This is the last time Millwall played in the fourth tier. By remaining unbeaten at home in Division Two for the 197172 season, Millwall became the only club to go through an entire season without losing a match at home in four different divisions 192728 Division Three South, 196465 Division Four, 196566 Division Three and 197172 Division Two. In 1974, Millwall hosted the first game to be played on a Sunday against Fulham. The Lions reached the quarter-finals of the League Cup in 1974, and again in 1977.

George Graham managed Millwall from 1983 to 1986, and during that time he guided the club to a Football League Group Cup win, beating Lincoln City 32 in the final in the 198283 season. The 198485 season was particularly successful, Millwall reached the FA Cup quarter-finals and gained promotion to the Second Division, going unbeaten at home again in Division Three, winning 18 games and drawing five. In the FA Cup they were beaten 10 by First Division Luton Town at Kenilworth Road. Graham's replacement was Glaswegian John Docherty. In his second season as manager, Millwall won the Second Division championship and gained promotion to the top flight of English football for the first time in the club's history. Starting the 198889 season strongly, Millwall topped the league on 1 October 1988 having played six games (winning four and drawing two) and rarely slipped out of the top five before Christmas. This was mainly due to Tony Cascarino and Teddy Sheringham, who scored 99 goals between them in three seasons playing together. Millwall's first top division season ended with a tenth place finish, which was the lowest place occupied by the club all season. The following season, they briefly led the league for one night in September 1989 after beating Coventry City 41, but won only two more games all season and were relegated in 20th place at the end of the 198990 season.


CLUB FACTS & INFORMATION

Official Name
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Millwall F.C.
Club Nickname
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The Lions
Year Founded
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1885 (129 years ago)
English County
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Greater London
Current Ground
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The Den
Ground Location
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London, England
New Cross, district/ward of S. London
(London Borough of Lewisham)
Club's Owner
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Millwall Holdings plc
Club Chairman
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John Berylson
Current Manager
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Neil Harris
Current League
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League One
Last Season
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The Championship, 22nd place
(relegated)


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INTERESTING STADIUM FACTS & INFORMATION


THE DEN
Zampa Road, London, SE16-3LN, England

OPENED: ......... August 4, 1993
SURFACE: ........ Grass
COST: .............. 16 Million
CAPACITY: ...... 20,146
RECORD: ......... 48,762 (1937 vs Derby County)
OWNER: ........... Millwall F.C.
OPERATOR: ..... Millwall F.C.
FIELD SIZE: ...... 112 x 74 yards (102 x 68 meters)



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