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Millwall supporters are known world-wide for their passion and occasional bouts of violence. Their greatest historic rivals are West Ham United, but the majority of their encounters took place before World War I due to the two teams playing at different levels for most of the time after. Their enmity has been the subject of big-screen films, though the last time they met in the Championship back in 2011/12, there were no incidents of any kind.
However, it’s a different story when it comes to Leeds United. Leeds and Millwall also rarely met over the majority of the 20th century – only 12 times between 1920 and 2003. But after Leeds were relegated from the Premier League in 2004, they met 25 times in 14 years. Both sets of supporters were heavily associated with football hooliganism back in the 1970s and 80s, calling themselves the “Leeds United Service” nicknamed “dirty Leeds”, and the “Millwall Bushwackers”, also known as “the scourge of football”. It was particularly fierce at Elland Road in 2007/08 when the two groups had a set-to against one another, as well as the police. It got worse the following year, when Millwall beat Leeds in the League One promotion play-offs.
Millwall are a part of the South London Derbies, together with Charlton Athletic and Crystal Palace, but neither of these rivalries can compare to those with Leeds, or even West Ham.
The club was established in 1885 by the workers of the J.T. Morton’s canning and preserve company in the East End of London, under the name Millwall Rovers. They held their initial club meetings in the pub called The Islander, with the 17-year-old Jasper Sexton, the son of the pub owner, as their first secretary. The club’s name was changed to Millwall Athletic in 1889, until they dropped the Athletic as well in 1920, just before they were invited to join the Football League Third Division.
They moved from ground to ground for the first 25 years in search of a permanent home, until they finally found it at The Den, New Cross, South London, in 1910. Millwall soon earned the status of a club extremely hard to defeat, especially in the cups, with their uncompromising fighting style posing a big challenge for any opponent.
As for their league adventures, it’s been a fight and a float between the tiers two and three for most of their time since, with two relatively short trips to the Fourth Division (1958-62 and 1964/65), and as has already been said, a two year stint in the top division between 1988 and 1990. This success was possible mainly due to the quality of the attacking duo of Teddy Sherigham and Tony Cascarino.
Their greatest cup success was reaching the 2004 FA Cup final, which they lost to Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United by 3-0.