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Millwall FC: back in England's second tier
Founded in 1885 as Millwall Rovers, Millwall FC is a football club that plays its first team home games at The Den, a 20,000-seater arena in Bermondsey, South London. The name Millwall comes from the Isle of Dogs area of London, which is on the other side of the River Thames from Bermondsey. Despite having last played in Millwall in the early years of the 20th century, the football club has retained the name of the part of the capital it used to occupy. Returning to the Champioship (Englabnd's second tier in 2017), Millwall confounded expectations by finishing just outside the playoffs at the end of the season. The club's insignia is a rampant lion, from which the team gained its nickname: The Lions.
Millwall FC history
Players began forming a team and getting regular fixtures after they had been working together in a canning factory in the East End of London in the late 19th century. Their first games were played on a patch of waste ground before something a bit greener was discovered at the back of a local pub, the Lord Nelson. In 1886, the newly formed East End Football Association included Millwall Rovers, a team that performed well in its early competitions. Three seasons later, Millwall dropped 'Rovers' and went on to become founding members of the Southern Football League. Around this time, the club moved to North Greenwich, south of the River Thames, due to the fact that their playing surface had been turned into a storage facility.
In 1920, Millwall were invited to become fully-fledged members of the Football League. As a result, the club took part in in the 1920-21 season as members of the nascent third division, as it was then known. The club won their first game as a Football League team when they beat Bristol Rovers by two goals at The Den. Soon afterwards, in 1925-26, the team set a Football League record for keeping clean sheets. During the 1930s, it looked as though the club would be promoted to the first division and most fans agree that they probably would have done so had war not broken out in Europe in 1939.
Millwall were among the top clubs in the country in the immediate post-war period. They reached the FA Cup Final in 1945, which was held just prior to the war ending. In a contest held against London rivals Chelsea, the game was said to have been conducted in front of 90,000 spectators. However, over the next couple of decades, the club did not enjoy much success.
It was not until the late 1980s that Millwall eventually enjoyed top-flight football, when they started the season in the First Division. The side featured top players at this time, such as Teddy Sheringham and Tony Cascarino, both goal-scoring internationals. In 2004, as a second division club, Millwall contested the FA Cup Final once more, this time against Manchester United.
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