Sunday 25 October 2009 9.03am
I lived just off of the Old Kent Road
until 1969 and Millwall was my local team. I couldn't afford to follow them around the country, but I went to most home games when my shift work on the buses allowed. However, it seems I moved away at the right time, because that's just about when things started to go rapidly downhill. Sharpened pennies and darts were being thrown indiscriminately into the crowds of away supporters and I can remember a ghastly picture in the 'Daily Mirror' of a guy with a dart imbedded in the bridge of his nose being helped by a St Johns ambulance man. This was also around the time when Bobby Robson, who was manager of Ipswich Town at the time, made his famous quote. After his team had won at the old 'Den' and the home supoporters had been a little 'less than friendly' he was asked his opinion on how to solve the problem of the Millwall hooligan element. His reply?...."Get the flame throwers out and burn them on the terraces." Things aren't as bad as that any more, thank God. I live just a few hundred yards from Southend United's ground and they were hosts to Millwall a couple of weeks ago. I didn't go to the match, (I'm a Saturday t.v. racing man these days,) but I didn't hear of any trouble.