Portsmouth - From the vault: Opponents in focus - Millwall
UK time is: 17:26:31
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

From the vault: Opponents in focus - Millwall

Another of Pompey's no power championship opponents will be Millwall, so they are next to come under the microscope as Pompeytim has a look at them - we revisit this ahead of the meeting tonight...



Ah yes, one of the benefits of dropping out of the safe, clean, plastic surrounds of the Premier League and into the rough-and-ready lands of the Football League below is that we get to re-acquaint ourselves with an old friend from South East London - Millwall.

It is probably fair to say that Pompey-Millwall is a fixture that some look at and think, "I won't be going there!" as there has been a fair amount of trouble associated with the fixture over the years. I remember a few years back watching the "away" match at The Den from Fratton Park on a big screen because Pompey fans were banned from the ground.

In a more modern, sophisticated era, it can be hoped that the tension will simply feed into an electric atmosphere and not spill over into violence. Regardless, the choice of fixture dates (a Tuesday night & Boxing day) should make the fixture less of a powder keg than it could otherwise have been.

Head-to-head

Pompey have the advantage when we dust off the history books - with Pompey having won 18 of the 56 meetings, and Millwall only 14, the rest being draws. Pompey have managed a lot more goals however, 71 versus Millwall's 50.

Memorable games over the years include the 5-nil drubbing by Pompey in 2003 (with no fans allowed), and a 6-1 Pompey win in 1992. Can anyone (without looking it up!) say who the goal scorers were that day?

League Standings in Last 5 years

09/10 - Promoted from League one, having finished 3rd & winning the Play-offs
08/09 - Finished 5th in League one, but lost the play-off final to S****horpe (censored!)
07/08 - Flirted with relegation, finishing 17th in League one
06/07 - Solid Mid-table in League one - 10th
05/06 - Relegated from the Championship, finishing 23rd

Fixture Dates

Millwall - Pompey - Tuesday 19 October
Pompey - Millwall - Boxing Day

The Man in Charge

Kenny Jackett. Jackett is a former Welsh international, who played most of his club football with Watford, a team he later went on to manage. He had an indifferent time with Watford, before moving back to Wales & managing Swansea City. After a reasonable spell with City he moved to London & Millwall where he has had his most successful spell as a manager to-date.

Key Player

Arguably Steve Morison, due to the 23 goals he bagged to help fire Millwall to the Championship, but special mention should go to Neil Harris who has survived cancer and gone on to find the net 88 times for the Lions.

Stadium

The New Den is a far cry from the old Den at Cold Blow Lane, a stadium I was "lucky" enough to have visited along with the new one. The New Den is a tidy, modern, all-seater stadium, located just a quarter of a mile away from where the old one used to be. It is located just south of the river in Bermondsey. The stadium holds 20,146, although average attendances over the last 5 years have been around the 10,000 mark.

Written by Pompeytim.

The views within this article are the views of the individual who wrote and submitted this piece, sometimes solely theirs. They are not necessarily shared by the Vital Pompey Site Journalists.

Opponents in focus: Barnsley FC - here.
Opponents in focus: Bristol City - here.
Opponents in focus: Burnley - here.
Opponents in focus: Cardiff - here.
Opponents in focus: Coventry - here.
Opponents in focus: Crystal Palace - here.
Opponents in focus: Derby - here.
Opponents in focus: Doncaster - here.
Opponents in focus: Hull - here.
Opponents in focus: Ipswich - here.
Opponents in focus: Leeds - here.
Opponents in focus: Leicester - here.
Opponents in focus: Middlesbrough - here.
Opponents in focus: Millwall - here.
Opponents in focus: Norwich - here.
Opponents in focus: Nottingham Forest - here.
Opponents in focus: Preston - here.
Opponents in focus: QPR - here.
Opponents in focus: Reading - here.
Opponents in focus: Scunthorpe - here.
Opponents in focus: Sheffield United - here.
Opponents in focus: Swansea - here.
Opponents in focus: Watford - here.

  • Click here to make your prediction: Millwall v Pompey.

    Join the Vital Pompey Debate

    Trust

  • Frippy's Virtual Bookies - latest update and place your bets!




    Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



    Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

  • The Journalist

    Writer: Pompeytim Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Tuesday October 19 2010

    Time: 4:10PM

    Your Comments (oldest first)

    Change to most recent first
    No one liked them, no one liked them- and with good reason, despite in Paphitas a great owner and having the kind of council support Pompey could only dream of, they can't rise above thuggish behaviour for more than a few months at a time, even when the mist of the rest grew out if it. And that's a real shame cos some of their support us truly up with the best in the land.
    russellm
    Report Abuse
    19/10/2010 16:54:00

    That's why I'm in the 'I'm not going there' crowd Russell. Although midweek is difficult as well. Lets hope the team do the business on the pitch tonight. PUP!
    tracyc
    Report Abuse
    19/10/2010 17:48:00

     

    Have Your Say

    Log in...
    with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

    Recent Portsmouth Articles

    On this day in history...23rd May (Saturday May 23 2015)

    Wallace opts for Wolves (Thursday May 21 2015)

    Do we think that more might leave? (Thursday May 21 2015)

    On this day in history...21st May (Thursday May 21 2015)

    On this day in history...20th May (Wednesday May 20 2015)

    Archived Portsmouth Articles

    List All Vital Pompey Articles
    Have your say
    Click here to suggest an article
    Click here to suggest a poll
    ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

    Vital Members League (view all)

    1. pompeyrug 90
    2. Et_tu_Pompeii 50
    3. Pompeytim 37
    4. storagematt 21
    5. Emsworthianblue 19
    6. mslorna48 18
    7. Copnor43 18
    8. eastneydave 18
    9. bhhardinge 12
    10. Jimsmithswig 11

    League Results (view all)

    League Table (view table)

    Team P W D L GD Pts
    13. Oxford 46 15 16 15 1 61
    14. Dag & Red 46 17 8 21 -1 59
    15. Wimbledon 46 14 16 16 -6 58
    16. Portsmouth 46 14 15 17 -2 57
    17. Accrington 46 15 11 20 -19 56
    18. York 46 11 19 16 -5 52
    19. Cambridge 46 13 12 21 -5 51

    Breaking League News

    George Baldock
    Oxford : 23/05/2015 14:17:01
    Fans joining in numbers
    Oxford : 23/05/2015 14:03:00
    On this day in history...23rd May
    Portsmouth : 23/05/2015 09:00:01
    The Preview: Southend v Wycombe Wanderers
    Southend : 23/05/2015 07:25:00
    Former loanee joins Stags
    York : 22/05/2015 17:28:01

    Current Site Poll (view all polls)

    Is Cook the right man?
    Suggested By:  pompeyrug
    Yep, ticks the right boxes 80%
    Nope, not what we needed 5%
    Unsure...too soon to say 9%
    Maybe, I'm quietly confident though 6%