Many visitors have found the New Den to be quite intimidating and advise covering club colours around the ground. All in all, a very enjoyable day out as most London away days are. Yes, I have been a few times before so wasnt to bothered about going again and this time it was to see a win at Millwall for QPR, the first time since 1990. Getting Used to It. I would strongly advise you to do what most travelling fans do and drink in the London Bridge Area. I might have a chance of getting in. He was 16. Ticket prices for Cat B games are 3.00 less. Numerous You can tell the architects werent feeling too adventurous when they designed it but it suits its purpose very well I guess. It has an overall rating of three-and-a-half We then headed to the Shipwright's Arms to watch the end of the North London Derby before heading down to The Den. With 2 goals in 50-odd games for Wolves, when he shaped up to shoot, few people, myself included, expected the ball to fly into the top corner. I recognise that my experience might have differed had I been there as a Forest fan and not a neutral, but the most important thing was that at no point did I feel intimidated or threatened both within the Millwall ground or around the Millwall fans, which would seem to bear out the good work the club has done to quell the hostility around it. I was very keen to go game as it was the Southern final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, with Oxford having a real chance at reaching the final at Wembley Stadium. We were locked into the ground after the match to let the home fans leave, once the gates had finally opened it was fairy quiet and easy to get out of. I thought, 'Well, the old mans Old Bill. The day seemed to be looking up. We almost, almost nicked it at the death though. After about 4 miles, turn left into Ilderton Road and left into to Zampa Road. If you see any details here that need updating, please let us know by submitting updates on the pub. 3. ago No don't come, we will BBQ you with garlic and chilli. I found Millwall to be one of the better London away days and well worth the trip and encountered no problems at all. Bannon, 48, asks to meet at a caf around the corner from the now-empty Brockley police station, above which his small team was based in its earliest weeks. There were about 80 of us at this point. The goal was widely celebrated by the locals. Avoid local pubs. Michael Olise inspired a Crystal Palace turnaround to spare Jack Butland's blushes and help the Premier League side avoid an FA Cup shock at Millwall. The Lions Year Ground Opened: Glad I hadn't taken the kids! Getting away from the ground was really easy but we did have to wait for all the home fans to disperse. Several fans have reported that despite a cursory search on entry to the ground, the game was interrupted by sections of both home and away fans throwing missiles at each other and onto the pitch. I bypassed the Bermondsey "crawl" and took advantage of the fayre on offer on the concourse. Went on the supporters coach good scenic drive through London. At Paddington station we jumped onto the Bakerloo line and remained on it until we got off at Waterloo, where we swapped over and got onto the Jubilee line. The atmosphere was good. Look at his glasses! The joke succeeded. June 7, 2017. Unfortunately a Millwall supporter was taken seriously ill early in the second half and after that all fans around the stadium were very quiet as a mark of respect to the poor supporter, To be honest the game really should have been stopped at this point but it continued until the 90th minute at this point a few fans came on the pitch to get the game finished and the referee blew his whistle immediately. I genuinely felt affronted, he says. The thought of spending 12 hours on Boxing Day travelling to, watching, and travelling back from, Millwall v Wolves might not be to everyones taste, but I enjoyed it. Millwall fans are old school and create a good atmosphere. Special thanks to Chris Hartford for providing some of the photos of the Den Millwall. Chris surrounded by Millwall. They were aggressively asking Bannons partner what he was staring at. This goal was to make it an anxious finish; but the Lions held on for a 2-1 win to secure their Championship status for another year and ending Leicester's hopes of sneaking into the play-offs. Developments such as CCTV and all-seater stadiums have done much to reduce football hooliganism. We decided to take a train intoLondon Victoria to go to a pub. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.. Game was a bit dull with Chesterfield winning 2-0, a very professional away performance. It's tight, it's compact, it's intimidating. and in Millwall we've met our southern equivalent. The concourse area was okay, with beer at just over 4 a pint. I just hope we can keep this momentum going for the next few games at least. The end of the Seventies had seen the emergence of the perception of hooliganism as a national problem, with Millwalls Bushwhackers frequently involved in some of the most egregious scenes. According to the Millwall away end seating plan, around 4000 away fans can be seated in The New Den. Whys he doing that? I've been before and knew what to expect. Anyone coming from further afield I can recommend the Southbank area if you have an hour or so to kill. I was in the second row from the front of the Upper tier so had a great view although I suspect that the view is pretty good from any seat in the Upper Tier. Now living close to London I had done all away games in the area so Millwall was another reasonable close ground to get to. What have other Away Fans said about their trip? We were there just before 3pm. A few Millwall fans were there, but there wasnt any trouble. Official Matchday Programme 3 He had these thick glasses on. It gave Bannon an idea. WebGuide to good pubs in Millwall. At 7pm on Friday April 3 1987, two novice undercover police officers left Brockley police station for a drive down the Old Kent Road in south London. Their next stadium though would become a name synonymous with Millwall; it wasnt, however, anything to do with the fact the ground was designed by the highly respectable Archibald Leitch. Went for a few beers in the Barrow Boy and Banker pub just a matter of few yards from London Bridge station. Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Den? I think it was helped by it being the last day of the season, a fairly low-key game, and the beautiful weather of course. At 4.70 a pint, its a little more than I pay back home, but then again, London prices! The atmosphere was predictably noisy and raucous throughout the game from the Millwall fans, who launched into several blasts of the legendary Lions roar and took great and understandable pleasure in trying to get under Steve McClarens skin with chants of wheres your brolly gone? and you let your country down. Average Attendance No issues with opposing groups of supporters with everyone mingling happily. Richard Langran a visiting Leicester City fan adds; We chose to drive down to Millwall and park away from the stadium. At the Den Football really doesn't matter when something like that happens. Reddit and its partners use cookies and similar technologies to provide you with a better experience. Mick Hubbard adds; Also on Borough High Street is the George Inn, which is owned and leased by the National Trust. WebOPEN for Indoor (Standard) & Outdoor Dining Click here to Book a Table or Call 012955647 Monday to Sunday A La Carte menu 12pm - 9.30pm Last Bar orders 11:30pm ( Sunday to Wednesday) & midnight ( Thursday to Saturday) LIVE MUSIC TIMES Weeknights Monday - Wednesday 7.30pm - 9.30pm Thursday 9.00pm -11.00pm Friday 8.30pm - 11.30pm 270 police officers were deployed, 36 pubs were One of the easiest. If anything on the day resembled a throwback it was the attitude of the Police. When Millwall entertain Crystal Palace things do get spicy. Luke Fern a visiting Bolton Wanderers fan informs me; Inside the ground, the concourse is mostly concreted and looks very dull. Responsibly, Map showing the location of the Den Football Ground and Railway Station. Millwall upped their tempo, we retreated to virtually on top of our keeper and the inevitable equaliser duly arrived and 1-1 it stayed with some good defending from us. Thats the difference., Does he maintain he never stepped over that line? Just when we felt wed be going into half time behind, we levelled with virtually the last kick of the half. The food was reasonably priced and so were the beverages. It had all the hallmarks of an early season game, Millwall seemed to be suffering a relegation hangover and yet to find their true form. home fans friendly? scores 1 cos they sold beer. 6. It was a tight area at the entrance but once inside the facilities were good as well. 20,093 v Arsenal Fair play to Millwall they knuckled Down and made a game of it, pulling a goal back in the second half. A 1978 riot had begun at Millwalls ground, The Den, and spread into the surrounding streets. Yes. To be quite honest, and without wishing to upset anybody, I was slightly disappointed by the atmosphere amongst the home fans. Facilities wise, as I mentioned above, the concourse wasnt particularly spacious, but served a purpose. Leicester started off well and were showing their quality on the ball as well as squandering a few good chances. The ground has open corners with a railway line running the length of one stand and the away end. If I pick a bat up and run at a load of West Ham fans, theres no justification in that, he says. Most visitors report a very large Police presence at the ground. Interestingly, the seating at the Cold Blow Lane end was unreserved so you could sit anywhere, which I preferred as I was able to get a seat behind the goal in the upper tier albeit at the expense of having the guy next to me spread out and encroach onto my seat but I doubt the few hundred Forest fans had the same luxury as they were flanked by police and stewards in the upper tier of the opposite North Stand. It is a nice pub with good grub. What you do not need is any confrontation between rival fans, even a small one. Millwall has two price structures. For the rest of the half Leicester had a lot of the ball but didn't do much with it, and Millwall were battling away creating a few chances. FA Cup 3rd Round, 10th January 1994. The New and Slightly improved but *sometimes* active Millwall Subreddit #COYL, Scan this QR code to download the app now. I highly recommend all always fans to go as it is not as bad now. Thats how it finished, and we celebrated our third win in three! The North Stand boys in the mid/late 70's, Gate 17 had the Bridge a reputation but it is fair to say our general support in numbers never met our away in terms of ratio to the opposition. It's crunch-time. It was like a church. That intense mood was thickened by the presence of individuals that he recognised from surveillance tapes as being highly dangerous. It was just about enough to save him. The Den first opened its doors on August 4, 1993, with a friendly match between Millwall and Sporting Portugal from Portugal. It was like exits from any event, a big rush, everyone trying to get on a train but at a small station so everyone was packed in like the proverbial sardines. But he insists the relationship never became sexual. A total, unmitigated disaster.. A change from the identikit bowls that were also built in that era. Very easy from London Bridge. I had never been to the Den and my team needs as much support as it can get. I dont think itll ever go away. He is not afraid of retribution now that hes revealed his identity nobody went to prison and it was a long time ago and, in fact, he says he hopes, theres a certain admiration for what I did., But, he adds, Im sure theres a part of them thats like, 'that cheeky little, Running with the Firm (Ebury, RRP 14.99) by James Bannon is out now. Chris Lynskey a visiting Scunthorpe United fan recommends; The Shipwrights Arms on Tooley Street, near London Bridge. Stewards were easy going, and fans were allowed to sit where they wanted. WebStill a Millwall pub last time I went past, which was during the last year. He hated it. Calling all Millwall Taxi Companies Why not advertise your company here?. Adults 29 (B 26) (C 24), Over 61s 20 (B 17) (C 15), Under 18s 16 (B 14) (C 12), Under 16s 14 (B 12) (C 10),Under 12s 9 (B 7) (C 5)**. An early kick off kind of scuppered much drinking. It's neat, functional and surprisingly welcoming. Marco Stiepermann set the ball rolling, slamming home a rebound after 16 minutes before the hosts levelled through Shaun Williams from a corner to make it level at the interval. Boro started off well, but that was very brief, Millwall got a goal, (great through ball to set it up) and then added a second, which was embarrassing from our point of view. The stewards were mostly tolerable but mainly very helpful and friendly. The journey down to London was good, we travelled on the supporters coach. Visiting fans have noted that limited street parking is available of the estate next to the stadium. The volume of the home fans is amplified by a large set of speakers, which I guess are there to try and dampen out the noise from the away support. document.getElementById( "ak_js_1" ).setAttribute( "value", ( new Date() ).getTime() ); 2023 Football Ground Guide. After the match had ended all away fans were held in the ground for what seems like forever, but is probably about half hour. The stewards were relaxed, the food at the ground was well priced and varied and much better than a lot of Premiership grounds I have been to. Tweet. As for the match Millwall started the game the brightest eventually winning a penalty gifted to them by City keeper Lee Burge, although he redeemed himself by saving Lee Gregory's penalty which sent the away fans into raptures From hear on in Coventry's dominance began and we soon took a lead in the 6th minute through a Adam Armstrong wonder goal, Ruben Lameiras soon doubled the lead in the 19th minute we ended an unbelievable 25 minutes of football by making 3-0 through Armstrong again! Capacity: Yellow and Black. Millwall Supporters Club. The entertainment was heightened when the pitch sprinklers were set off and nearly drowned one of the boys trapped inside the ball! Bannon was further tested when he fell in love with the sister of one of the senior hooligans. We parked at the O2 Arena (which is not cheap at 11!) WebAway pubs. Millwall is not as threatening as it once was, however it is not for the faint hearted. Therefore the place to drink is the I play soccer for Leigh Genesis FC and support Man Utd. Real Ale is NOT Available I met people Id quite happily have had as lifetime friends. Harvey's Old Ale on offer at 3 a pint. We didn't hit any traffic until we got into London but even then it wasn't that bad. I didn't eat lunch as I'd had breakfast at the Mallard in Doncaster. It was just gone 8pm when the two men entered one of the Bushwhackers favourite pubs, The Old Castle. He and Chris were to pretend to be painters and decorators. Your email address will not be published. In 2001, 250 Millwall hooligans stormed The Feathers pub where Wolverhampton's Subway Army were drinking and slashed their rivals in the face with Overall brilliant day out As a 53 year old thats seen football all over world I will look forward to visiting the Den again. We were both looking forward to this trip with me being a little apprehensive due to the clubs' reputation. Each two tier stand must be the same inside, and unlike most two tier stands, there is only one concourse inside, so you have to descend three flights of stairs to get to the bar. Had a laugh with some Millwall fans on route. If you want that Eastern Europe intimidating atmosphere then this away day is for you, and as the police have got keeping the two sets of fans apart down to a fine art I might even bring my scarf next time! That saw them move just a few hundred yards and theyve remained there since the changeover in 1993. We had chosen to drive down to West Ruislip and then jumped on the overland train which connects through to Central London and the tube network. I had been to the old Den in the 1980s. I'm looking forward to another visit before this season is out. I was quite amused by the stick given out to the referee for every decision against the home side. Away fans are located at one end of the ground in the North Stand (usually in the upper tier only). The second half began with Forests only period of dominance against a tiring Millwall side which culminated with Robbie Findlay hitting the post. The result was great and it was nice to see the Reds get their just rewards for a change. Contains a comprehensive listing of Millwall pubs with customer reviews, ratings, photos and maps. Most City fans were in buoyant mood and did not seem to mind so no issues! The Club moved the relatively short distance to then was called the New Den after leaving their original Den ground which was their home for 83 years. I think the Millwall fans were too spread out to really make much noise. Millwall were relying more on the long ball. Overall a great day. The support from the home fans was absolutely fantastic and is stillthe best home support I have seen. The only thing I was looking forward to was meeting my Romford based pal for a few pre-match ales. because my mate had the genius idea of getting the river bus to London Bridge which costs 7.30 per person each way (pay on Oyster card or contactless), with the added bonus that there is a bar on the boat! The transfer did not happen in the end but prior to the game the Bantams were linked with Millwall's defender Mark Beevers (again nothing came of it) It was certainly an interesting experience. Fans weren't made to sit down and I didn't witness any problems. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be): We weren't planning on going to this game at all. The area around Millwall is about as desolate as it gets. A bit noisier and four TVs showing different programmes, including football, plus background music. The stewards didnt give us any hassle. .css-1vdylis{cursor:pointer;overflow:hidden;display:-webkit-box;-webkit-line-clamp:2;-webkit-box-orient:vertical;text-overflow:'More';}The Den is a venue in or near London that is most often used for Soccer. I had heard a lot of bad things about the Millwa ll supporters but I wanted to see what they were really like. By accepting all cookies, you agree to our use of cookies to deliver and maintain our services and site, improve the quality of Reddit, personalize Reddit content and advertising, and measure the effectiveness of advertising. My half-time was spent not standing in a queue for either the toilets (strong bladder) or the food counters (resolved not to buy any food at matches anymore as its just too expensive) but watching the entertainment of a race between youngsters from both clubs around the perimeter of the pitch and trying to work out a new journey home; as news filtered through from the PA that South Bermondsey station was suffering severe delays and wed all be better off going to other nearby stations instead, but more of that to come. Luke Moore pulled one back and nearly grabbed an equaliser in the last minutes. West Stand (Zampa Lower Family Area): Everyone knows, the first time you go into any pub, particularly a Millwall pub, you dont stare at anyone, he says. Up there in my top three away days I think. The lower tier is usually empty. I thought the Leicester fans were a bit monotonous of their chanting of 'Leicester, Leicester, Leicester'. Newer Than: Search this thread only; Search this forum only. Fans are well supervised to ensure safety, but I would still advise to be cautious at this ground. With a nice tour of London on the way home. Millwall fans were passionate and mounting a play off run. Away fans driving from the South should follow the A20 / A21 into London. About a 400 metres walk from the station to the stadium. Where I lived, everyone stole cars, he says. From a Forest perspective, the game was nothing to write home about. Although even as a Hartlepool United fan drinking in there on one of my many trips to watch millwall, I never had any bother and always had a good chat with a few lads just having a good (very good) drink before or after the game. It was the poorest performance from us this season and Millwall fully deserved the win. Scores of innocent people had been injured. As a result of this we didn't meet any home fans. Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub . Sometimes you see a team and a stadium match each other perfectly, and that was certainly the case with the Lions and their ground. My friend threw a sicky! Aston Villa were clearly saving themselves for the play-offs making several team changes and, for much of the game, not playing with a very high tempo (not that we play with a high tempo anyway!). We walked around the stadium, under the tunnel through Zampa Road and then up Ilderton road to South Bermondsey train station. To say they were objectionable was putting it mildly. Very easy to get away from the ground as the crowd was only 3,600 though we caught a lot of traffic in Central London. The 90-minute tour went by quickly and would be very entertaining even if you dont support Millwall. Canning Town is only a 7-minute Docklands Light railway journey away, with regular Jubilee Line connections to London Bridge. Cup of tea for 1. Considering our train from London Bridge to South Bermondsey was ten minutes late, myself and about 300 other Ipswich fans missed the opening five minutes. It's only the American melts of r/soccer that stigmatize FA Cup 5th Round, 20th February 1937. It is superbly located, within 20 minutes of London City Airport. If you are travelling by the train then you will find a few Town fans in pubs around Liverpool St, London Bridge and Borough Market. When approaching the ground there were stewards ushering our coaches into the away end. The only real option for away fans is by train. Ex- Red Bradshaw put a header wide, but Barnsley's fragile defence were never really troubled. There was plenty of kiosks for supporters along the concrete concourse serving the usual fayre with a decent pint at more than reasonable prices so no need to take your own. In theendwe did well not to concede a few more, Stuart Downing gave us some hope when his effort was helped in by the keeper, but overall not a great performance fromeithteam.Millwall held on to win 2-1, taking all three important points. The pies, drinks on offer were on the expensive side. Before visiting, we advise that you check ahead by phone or via social media to avoid disappointment. I don't think many small groups go there and give it " large" you will come unstuck. The match tickets were very reasonably priced at 26. All fairly straightforward. The Den isnt anything too special. home fans friendly? The four stands are identical and unremarkable, however by keeping it small means only about 10,000 home fans are required to pretty well fill the home end and so give the place plenty of atmosphere. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground? A fantastic day out spoiled by 90 minutes of shambolic football. However we came across another local pub nearby which was nice. Stewards were really friendly and helpful, normal facilities under the stand. Instead, he almost became a hooligan himself. The Den is a neat little ground that is ideal for any League One team and most sides are almost identical to each other. Two minutes later, once again we were cut open down the left hand side, and an over hit pass was rolled back to George Saville who struck down the middle to make it 2-0.