To get a better understanding of the origin of Millwall. Or “the Lions” as their nickname is, let’s get the name out of the way. Where the first mention comes in 1885 when local factory worker funded, Millwall Rovers, that got changed to, Millwall Athletic after moving from Lord Nelson Ground to the Athletic Grounds in 1889. Yet, to get shortened down in 1920 to Millwall Football Club, at the same time as they joined the Third Division for season 1920/21. After an invitation from the Football League. And what a great start the Club had, where the first match against Bristol Rovers on August 28th ended in 2 to 0. In a benefit for Millwall F.C. With that brief history unveiled, let’s see how the rest of the Clubs honours has unfolded.
UEFA club coefficient ranking
At the current time (2020) Millwall has not contributed enough to UEFA club coefficient ranking to get listed. However, old records tell us that the Club did have some fortune in surrounding years of 2004 to 2007. In fact, during that period, the Club did hover around on the 92nd place. Just in front of Southampton F.C
(93rd) and West Ham United F.C
How many times have Millwall won the Premier League title?
If you wonder how many times Millwall has fought for the English Premier League
(EPL) title, well actually the answer to that question is, none. And of now (2020) the Club meet the rivals in the Sky Bet Championship
. However, “The Lions” has indeed played in the top-flight. Although, the recorded best position was in season 1988/89 when the club finished in a 10th place. Other than that, there is not that much to report on, well at least in their tier one contribution. As such, let’s find out the actual wins.
Titles, Trophies, and Triumphs by Millwall
In fact, Millwall has 20 plus, major honours tribute to them, that started with a triple East London FA Cup (1886, 1887, 1888) wins. Followed by Second Division (1987/88), East London Senior Cup (1889), and a Southern Football League (1894/95) victory. But also by the United League (1897, 1899), London League (1904), and Western Football League (1907/08, 1908/09) successes. After that, it took 19-years to get back on the board with Third Division South (1927/28, 1937/38), Third Division South Cup (1937) and, Fourth Division (1961/62). That led into the long dry spell, and the first win in a while came in the FA Youth Cup (1979), and Football League Group Cup (1983). Where once again the Club had to wait a bit to lift the gold in the FA Youth Cup (1991) and Second Division (2000/01). So as you can see, Millwall has a good track record worth mention indeed.
Kit and colours
Through its complete existence, the Club has worn some type of blue and white kit combination as home colour. Even during its early years as Rovers and Athletic, the colour was the same. Yet, there has been some minor alteration happen. For instance, some scattered years here and there the Club did have black and red added to their socks. Plus, some years all in white. However, the most notably colour change was when the Club changed its navy blue for a more dominant blue, from season 1936/37. Yet, for its 125th anniversary in 2010, the Club returned to the original navy blue colour and has stuck with “The Lions” since.
Millwall’s social responsibilities
With the official Millwall Community Trust fully operational the Club aims to improve the quality of life for Southwark, Lewisham, and the close community as a whole through sports. What’s more, it all caters to every type of people, where the Club organises such things as “Walking Sports” directed to the senior citizens. And “DS Lions” program that provides different sports activities and opportunities for people with Down’s Syndrome. But also things like soccer schools, Development Centres, and a Football Academy.
Stadiums and capacity
The road to Millwall’s current home, “The Den” has been a slivering path, jumping from one area to another. And this is roughly how the years have played out from the Clubs first home, Glengall Road. That changed to Lord Nelson Ground (1886 to 1890) only to get booted out after the owner received a better offer on the grounds, which leads us to the Athletic Grounds and the Clubs brief stay when the owner wanted to convert the land to a timber yard. Forcing the Club to move in 1901 to North Greenwich. Yet to relocate in 1910 to New Cross, “The Den.” Though this was not the last move for the Club, and the final step was to the “The New Den” in 1993. By now (2020), the 20,146 capacity stadium simply referred to as “The Den.”
Millwall transfers and rumours
Millwall’s fan base
Looking at the season (2019/20) “The Lions,” operate its stadium on a 68% capacity, on its home games. Which means that around 14,000 attend their home matches. Now, if we introduce a broader sample pool, and include all game days for the same season, it looks even better. In fact, overall, 16,200 people showed up on average to give the Club support. But what’s more, that has been more or less the figure for the last 3 season in the Sky Bet Championship for Millwall.
Women football in Millwall
The men’s team are the “The Lions,” so it’s fitting that the women’s team play as “The Lionesses.” By which is one of the older women branches in the UK football vertical, with an early mention in 1972. Where the women’s team, for instance, led the charge for the foundation of FA Women’s Super League 2. That, later on, got re-named to FA Women’s Championship. However, in 2019 the Club reported that the “The Lionesses” would break away from the men’s official affiliation. And operate under the Community Trust instead.
Stakeholders and other financial interests in Millwall
For its current structure and ownership, the situation looks as follows. With the main shareholder Chestnut Hill Ventures LLC, that controls 70.39%. For the rest of the noticeable stakeholders, we have Sports Regeneration LTD 4.51%. And JP Morgan Securities LLC 3.18%. This, alongside major, platinum, and bronze partners like sportsbook operators, a formalwear supplier. And a job recruitment company.
Fun facts and other pub quiz trivia
Did you know that Millwall had an unbeaten home period stretching from 1964 to 1967? With 59 matches, where the Club won 43 and drew 16. But the impressive figures are that during the prosperous time, “The Lions” took on 55 different Clubs, scoring 112 goals versus 33 conceded. While keeping a clean sheet for 35 of the games. Plus, the “The Lionesses” was the first women’s team to get officially linked to a professional men’s team in the UK.