The site is now occupied by Cascades. The pub was built around Its was used as changing rooms for Millwall Rovers in their first season. The pub was hit and destroyed in an air-raid in early hours of 7 September and it was not rebuilt. Above: A photo of Tinsmiths at work inside Morton's premises on Cuba Street and Terry Hurlock and Andy Ambler unveiling a memorial plague on the th Anniversary Not much survives of Millwall's old grounds on the Isle of Dogs, the name was even deemed unsuitable for the Dockland Light Railway Station, which was named Mudchute rather than Millwall Dock, over fears of attracting marauding away fans to wrong part of town.
So why did the Isle of Dogs, by the 's grow to be a solid working class district full of football mad immigrants from the North and Scotland. Its a story that encompasses the growth of London, the Age of Empire and the development of working class leisure time. Why after 25 years did Millwall Football Club uproot and move to New Cross on the other side of the river. Did Scotsmen found Millwall Rovers? The names of some of players in Millwall first season show the cosmopolitan mix that was the Isle of Dogs in those days.
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If, like me, you are a geographic pedant, you will of course be fully aware that this is not in Millwall…it is about 10 meters inside Cubitt Town. In fact, Millwall Rovers played for only one year in Millwall and never played there again! There were many large pubs in Cubitt Town, and the small pubs in Millwall — like the Islanders — could not compete with them when it came to large team and spectator sports. Almost certainly, Millwall Rovers was attracted by the better facilities, and perhaps also better financial terms, offered by landlady Elizabeth Brown at the Lord Nelson.
Both ferry and train were less than 5 minutes walk from the ground. The Lord Nelson and area today.
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Left, East Ferry Rd. Right, Manchester Rd. Almost certainly, however, the move was due to overtures from the ambitious landlord of the George, William Clark. The current pub is a rebuild of the original, much grander pub, built in A novel pneumatic device was employed which pumped the liquefied mud through a pipe over East Ferry Rd close to the pub , dumping it on the other side. The mud stank terribly, and Poplar Borough Council continually complained to the dock company that it was causing disease including diphtheria among locals, attempting unsuccessfully to have the mud dumping stopped.
Landlord of the George, William Clark, leased a ft by ft plot on the flat land, planning to develop an athletics stadium for football, cricket and tennis, with running and cycling tracks. The stadium was opened in June The original stadium included a person stand on the west side, and in a second stand was built.
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This was a grand stadium by the standards of the day, and it is a real shame that no photos appear to exist other than a few glimpses in team photos. It was around this time that Millwall Rovers was renamed to Millwall Athletic, to reflect its new home in the athletic stadium. Today, the whole site is covered by ASDA and its car park. East Ferry Rd looking north. Left is Millwall Docks station. The George is just visible in the background. On the right, dock fencing on the site of the former entrance to Millwall Athletic ground. East Ferry Rd looking north today.
Left is the Crossharbour DLR station. On the right, the entrance to ASDA. It had plans to install a large timber transporter, which would carry off-loaded timber from the docks to warehouses on the ground where the stadium was located, which would become known as the Transporter Yard.
The club was forced to find its 4th ground on the Island. The site of Millwall Athletic Stadium, viewed from the east, within the mudchute c This whole area was still known as the Transporter Yard, long after the timber transporter had gone. Judging from the map, the entrance to the ground was via a path under the railway arches from East Ferry Rd. In , newspapers reported a match between Millwall and Everton in the later park Millwall won , making it to the semi finals of the FA Cup , complete with photos.
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Winter fogs or winds would cause ferries to be delayed or even cancelled, which meant hundreds of dock workers would be late. But, the late arrival of skilled or specialist workers was a very expensive problem — the docks were reliant on a fast turnaround of ships, and the lack of just a few key workers such as crane operators would severely slow things down.
The foot tunnel had a similar impact on the ferry service from Greenwich to Cubitt Town Pier at the end of Pier St, which once extended to the river. The other major means of transport to Millwall matches was the train — very convenient with Millwall Docks Station literally across the road from the entrance to the ground. By then , the London and Blackwall Railway and the North London Railway had also seen a dramatic diminution in their passenger trade. The expansion of other railways north and south of the Thames, together with the opening of new dock systems downstream from Poplar, led to a drastic decline of river traffic from Brunswick Wharf during the second half of the nineteenth century.
From Sunday services on the London and Blackwall were reduced, and from passenger trains on the North London ceased to run to Blackwall and terminated instead at Poplar Station.
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The general introduction of telephones in offices during the s and early s dealt another blow to the London and Blackwall, which was much used by messengers operating between the City shipping offices and ships at the docks. Then both the London and Blackwall and the North London Railway suffered from competition from the electric trams, particularly when they began to run from Aldgate to Poplar in December , forcing the former to reduce its services.
Well done another great post, your on a roll! Superb article. Proper history of a club that gets very little credit for the positives of its communal strength and purpose.
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Great story. Has any research been done on Iona FC. A terrific description of how it all started. Thank you for a great article. My great uncle Davey Maher played for Millwall about I wonder if you have any pictures or history about him.
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Great bit of local history mick, my dad born in always told me, there was an entrance, to Millwall ground. To the left hand side, of the fire station, is that correct?? Lovely piece of history. Meanwhile, according to Pleat, the transport police at St Pancras had alerted the Bedfordshire police that they needed horses at the match. The criminals were creative in the confusion. An hour before kick-off the gates at the Kenilworth Road end — which was supposed to hold 5, Millwall fans — were stormed and the stand was soon holding nearly twice that number. Hundreds climbed out and started throwing bottles, nails and coins at Luton fans in the Oak Road end before violently appropriating the Bobbers stand, ripping up seats and attacking home supporters.
Says Pleat: "Two-thirds of Luton supporters in the Bobbers stand were pushed out by these hooligans and went home in a state of shock. We were told afterwards that a third of season-ticket holders stopped coming to home games. Whether they later returned, I don't know. Incredibly the game started on time. But after 14 minutes, with Millwall fans rioting and encroaching on to the pitch again, the referee, David Hutchinson, was forced to halt the game for 25 minutes. Eventually, after Millwall's manager, George Graham, talked to supporters and Hutchinson pleaded with fans "to co-operate, enjoy yourselves and let us entertain you", the game resumed.
But the fear and the fighting were never far away. Brian Swain, who reported on more than 2, matches for the Luton News across four decades, says that no part of the ground was safe. But I was sat there with a bloody good story on my hands so I stayed on.
At half-time, with Luton up after a 31st-minute goal from Brian Stein the eventual score , Pleat spoke to the referee. By the end policemen who had survived the earlier fighting were standing on the touchline, so when a ball went out it literally bounced off them and came back into play.
The whole evening was nasty, vicious and surreal. At the final whistle, the players raced to the tunnel, but the fans weren't far behind. And so began the worst violence of the night, with seats being thrown like spears and police fleeing before counter-attacking. Astonishingly, only 47 people went to hospital with injuries, while there were just 31 arrests, a figure that included several Chelsea and West Ham fans. As the Times reported two days later: "One miscreant was seen by his parents, stunned as they watched television, throwing a seat at the police after the game had ended.