Millwall win 1000th league game in honour of Barry Kitchener

The Lions were founded 126 years ago and against Hull City they won their 1000th home league game which is an amazing accomplishment.

Millwall are currently 19th in the Championship

Not only was it a historic victory but also a much needed victory with the current team struggling at the wrong end of the Championship, they needed to try and pull themselves away from the relegation scrap. It was a long awaited victory at home too as they had been waiting for quite a while to reach this landmark, this is their first home win in 2012 which just shows the problems manager Kenny Jackett has had this season. Maybe the players and staff had this record playing on their mind and it needed something else to give them the inspiration to go out and perform which they did. It was a very emotional day at The Den with the club paying tribute to former centre back Barry Kitchener who sadly died at the age of 64 last week. Kitchener, was a fantastic servant to the club and he himself must have seen many home wins and he was the record appearance maker for the club which most certainly makes him a club legend.

The home side must have wanted to win for him and the club as a special tribute to him wore a special white kit, this clearly inspired the players to perform as the defended brilliantly and looked like they could have scored more goals than they should have done in the game. Harry Kane and Andy Keogh grabbed the goals but Paul Robinson at the back was immense and there was no chance he was going to let an opposition striker score.

Looking to the future and Millwall could have a bright future, if given the time to grow because they have a fantastic and sometimes underrated manager in Kenny Jackett who has kept calm even when the club were right in the thick of the relegation battle. They have a very strong captain in Paul Robinson who on his day could possibly be playing in the Premier League but has been very loyal to Millwall and the fans seem to love him too.

They do have a lot of talent in the midfield too with Liam Feeney a winger that possess real quality and has pace to burn and in the centre they have Liam Trotter who for a player that may be seen as more of a holding midfielder can grab the odd important goal.

Darius Henderson is one of their main strikers and he isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but there is no doubting his effort and commitment when he goes onto the pitch. Add this to his 19 goals this season and you have a player that is very useful at this level and if they can get it right at the back next season they maybe outsiders for the playoffs.

The fans at Millwall do get a rough ride for their reputation but in recent years there has been a massive improvement and they show all their passion every week to support their team. Football hooliganism does need to be stamped out of the game but in the match against Hull in memory of Barry Kitchener, both sets of fans were amazing and they gave the great man an honourable send off.

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4 thoughts on “Millwall win 1000th league game in honour of Barry Kitchener

  1. Nice article Patto, with some very, in my opinion, correct observations of the current situation involving Club, Manager and players!!! Many thanks!!! :star: B)

    My only disappointment :( is that the word ‘Hooliganism’ had to be used in the article, there was no need.
    It’s about time the press and sports writers alike started looking at, and acknowledging, the improvements our club and fans have made over the years. Our Club is at the forefront of anti racism campaigns as well as supporting causes involved with social issues outside of football.

    The Millwall Family is a strong and united one, they will strive to earn the respect of others in football, with a doggedness that comes from deep within their roots as South Londoners!

    Once a Lion always a Lion!! :heart:

    • Yes I do understand what you are saying but I believe for one reason or another Millwall will always have this tag against them and in my defence I did not slate them for it and I said they have improved in recent years. I actually praised the Millwall fans and in the 80s a lot of teams had problems with hooliganism but they don’t seem to get as much publicity about it now

  2. Rivalry rater than hooligism, passion in abundance against Hull expect the same for the remaining games from all the team. C.O.Y.L

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