Monday, 4 February 2008

Teams I Hate (Part II)

Millwall


There needs to be little explanation as to why I hate Millwall. They are, after all, our closest neighbours and our local rivals.


It doesn’t help that they have an incredible record against us. Particularly bearing in mind the fact that they have been in a lower division for so many of the years we have both been league clubs.


It also doesn’t help that they have a reputation for being hard, and they always scared me. Actually I would go as far as to say they intimidated me. I remember my parents having a party in the eighties and Barry Horne the then Millwall goalkeeper came with a school friend and neighbour of ours. He was a very likable chap and showed the appropriate respect to a picture we had in our lounge of the Stoke game in 1985 that was, at that time, the last ever game at The Valley. Barry was a life long Millwall fan as well as being in their first team. Despite being very polite, he still made me feel uneasy. He was still Millwall, and I was relatively young (still at school) and at that time I was always wary of what to expect from Millwall fans.


The incredible run of defeats that we suffered at the hands of Millwall were made all the worse when we faced them in the First Division (Tier 1) at Selhurst and they beat us 3-0 and were two up by half time. The atmosphere that day was very close and there could well have been more Millwall fans there than Charlton and that was just terrible.


To be fair there is not much more I can add about a local rivalry, and the purpose of these posts is not to tell you what you already know, but to share with you strange reasons for hating teams you wouldn’t expect. However, I should point that the last two times I went with my Dad to Millwall away – one the real Den and one the New Den – my Dad’s car got broken into. One time to steam his car phone (for those of you that haven’t heard of a car phone, it’s like a mobile phone that was so big it needed to be powered by a car battery), the other time to rip out his car stereo. Needless to say we haven’t been back since, and nor will we, ever.

7 comments:

KENT YID said...

Dear Kings Hill Addict, rather than not attending away matches at the New den for fear ohaving your car broken into, have you ever thought of using public transport? Just a thought...

Anonymous said...

Dear Kings Hill ADDICK, apologies but surely if you love your team so much you'd still attend matches at your nearest rivals ground?? I have some concern that you really love CAFC...

Kent Yid said...

Dear KHA, I am a lifelong Spurs supporter. As you know, we have the best away support in the country behind Newcastle. We do not let trivialities such as car break-ins put us off. A few seasons ago I was on a corporate trip to Selhurst park to watch you play Palarse. You didnt even fill your allotted away section. Dont tell me, car break-ins are even worse at Selhurst? enough said.

Red Red Robin said...

Dear KHA, I can sympathise, I once broke a toenail on my way to watch my beloved CAFC and had to turn back and go home.

Kings Hill Addick said...

Kent Yid. I accept that the Palace away game was poorly attended, but it was on live TV. I, myself, was going to attend as I was invited by a former colleague on a corporate function but at the last minute he blew me out and it was then too late to secure a nornal ticket. I would point out, however, that we did sell out our allocation at Selhurst this season.

Kent Yid said...

Dear KHA, the excuse that it was on TV is a really poor one even by Charlton standards. Having said that, your anthem is...'always to be here at Valley Floyd Road' so why travel to away matches??

Chicago Addick said...

Who rattled the dilusional's cage?