Friday, 22 May 2009
Anybody else want Millwall to win?
I know we are supposed to hate Millwall, I know the history between the clubs, I know that there is a contemptible element amongst their fan base, I know Green Street The Movie has filled the heads of impressionable idiots with thoughts of urban warfare, but I, for one, will be cheering Millwall on in the playoff final against Scunthorpe.
Why? Well Millwall are a London club for starters. I always favour the London clubs in a head to head against our northern brethren. Then there is the relative status of the two clubs. Millwall are a Championship club, but Scunthorpe, bless them, belong in the old division three. In fact, ask nine out of ten fans where Scunthorpe is and they won't be able to tell you. Have they ever won anything? I doubt it. Ever got close to the top division? Probably not. OK that is a form of football snobbery I suppose but I am a traditionalist. I hate Leeds United but it feels wrong for them to be in the old Division Three. I was so pleased to see Leicester bounce back at the first attempt and I hate the idea of Southampton being down there next season.
For me, Millwall is Derek Possee and Harry Cripps, players I loved before anybody told me that I was supposed to hate them because they played for the hated Millwall. I like Danny Baker and would love to see Millwall win the playoff just for him. Millwall are also Sherringham and Cascerino for me and although I was old enough by then to feel the rivalry, I couldn't help but admire those two as a strike force.
So, I hope Millwall prevail and get back to where they belong, in the second tier of English football. I don't want them climbing any higher of course, the Premiership needs Millwall like Brown needs another bad headline, but let them taste a little bit of glory!
Posted by Hammersfan at 19:07