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.