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Taking a look at... Millwall

We take a glance at the Lions ahead of the 2018-19 Championship campaign

16 July 2018

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We run our eye over the south-Londoners, who had an excellent first campaign back in the Championship last season...

WHAT HAPPENED IN 2017-18?

It was to be a successful return to the second tier for the Londoners, who probably overachieved in finishing eighth in the Championship following a couple of years away. After struggling for consistency at the beginning of the campaign, Millwall were in something of a relegation battle for spells. But good January transfer business and adjusting to the division resulted in The Lions storming up the table from February onwards. Neil Harris' side went on a 17-game unbeaten streak in the league, winning nine of 11 games in that sequence. Two defeats in the final three games of the campaign meant they just missed out on the play-offs, but finishing eighth was certainly a brilliant achievement and they'll be looking to build on that in 2018-19. 

A BIT ABOUT THE BOSS

A former Millwall player, club legend Neil Harris appeared more than 400 times for the club and is the Lions' all-time top goalscorer with 138 strikes to his name. Originally on the books at non-league side Cambridge City, Harris linked up with Millwall in 1998 and would go on to prove a shrewd piece of business for the south-Londoners, with the forward appearing over 300 times over the course of the following six years. Following a short loan stint with Cardiff City, Harris departed Millwall in 2004 and spent three years at Nottingham Forest, although the final campaign on the Trent would be taken nearer to home by joining Gillingham on a season-long loan deal. In January 2007 Harris left Forest by mutual consent and made a return to The Den to continue his Lions love affair. This time he would spent four years there, play his part in taking the club to the Championship via the play-offs in 2009-10 and become the record scorer before moving to boyhood club Southend United in 2011. Injuries hampered his two-year spell at Roots Hall, and after hanging up his boots in 2013, returned to Millwall as Under-21s boss before getting the first team gig in 2015. He would achieve similar success as he did as a player, winning the League One play-offs at the end of the 2016-17 season before keeping the Lions in the division comfortably last season.

WHAT'S THE GROUND LIKE?

The Den has a capacity of just over 20,000 and is renowned for being one of the most hostile EFL grounds. Opened in 1993, The Den has hosted international football matches as well as Millwall games, and has also been the place where Michael Bentt suffere lost his WBO World Heavyweight Championship fight to Herbie Hide in 1994. Rovers fans will be accomodated in the North Stand for our visit to south London, and that end can cater for up to 4,000 supporters.

THE LAST TIME WE LOCKED HORNS

Two late second half goals earned all three points for Rovers as Rudy Gestede and Jordan Rhodes did the damage when Millwall visited Ewood Park in April 2015.

WHO'S PLAYED FOR BOTH?

Ex-Rover Ben Marshall spent time on loan at the Den from Wolves last season, whilst DJ Campbell played for the Lions on loan from Rovers in January 2014. Kevin Davies is another striker to have represented both clubs, as is Liam Feeney and Simeon Jackson. Midfielder Chris Taylor had stints at Millwall either side of signing for Rovers in 2013. Midfielder Steven Reid appeared over 100 times for both Rovers and the Lions.

FAMOUS FANS

Masterchef presenter Gregg Wallace is a fan of the Lions, and so is former WBA heavyweight boxing champion David Haye. Filmmaker Gary Oldman is a Lions fan, as is well known Hollywood actor Daniel Day-Lewis. Star of the Inbetweeners, Blake Harrison - who plays Neil in the comedy - is another big supporter of Neil Harris' side.


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