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Friendlies Through The Years

June 5, 2019

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Pre-season is always a strange time for football clubs.  If the opposition is deemed not normally worthy of making the trip to watch then there are not many who shout and scream with delight when you win, regardless what the result is.  On the other hand, if your team are beaten by the team who are deemed not normally worthy of making the trip to watch, then this can put early doubt in before the season has even begun.  Millwall's seasons are not normally dictated by their summer time fixtures, but for this article and with the Lions' 2019-20 pre-season schedule announced, we take a look over the past few years and how we have fared against lower league sides, semi-professional teams and international outfits.

 

 

2013-14

 

Crawley Town 0-2 Millwall

Brentford 3-0 Millwall

Gillingham 1-3 Millwall

Millwall 1-0 Rayo Vallecano

 

Final League Position: 19th

 

There were plenty of goals to talk about in Millwall’s first, and only, pre-season under Steve Lomas.  A goal from Jermaine Easter in the first half and a second half header from Dany N’Guessan was enough to defeat the Red Devils in a friendly fixture that at times went over thirty degrees in temperature.  The action on the pitch was also sizzling as the Lions came close a few times to extend the lead, but the 2-0 score line was a fair result.  This victory was followed by a humbling defeat at Griffin Park, as three goals from the Bees ensured the South London side would not have an unbeaten summer time campaign, but a convincing 3-1 away win at Priestfield against Gillingham put Lomas’ side back on track.  The final game before the season opener with Yeovil Town was Paul Robinson’s testimonial against Spanish side Rayo Vallecano and it was a goal from Steve Morison in front of 5,193 cheering fans that saw the home side run out winners.

 

 

2014-15

 

Dartford 0-1 Millwall

Stevenage 2-2 Millwall

Millwall 1-0 Real Mallorca

 

Final League Position: 22nd

 

After a turbulent season which saw changes in the managerial hot seat, it was Ian Holloway’s turn to lead the Lions into a new Championship campaign and what a way to start with an unbeaten pre-season!  For the second successive pre-season opener it was Jermaine Easter who found the back of the net when his goal saw Millwall record a narrow victory at Princes Park against Dartford.  This was followed by a high-scoring and lively away fixture with Stevenage. Nicky Bailey’s first half goal saw the Lions go in at the break 1-0 up, but two goals from Simon Walton saw Stevenage take the lead.  For the second successive game, Jermaine Easter showed he was a good egg and his goal ensured the game finished level.  The last fixture before the anarchy of Holloway’s reign and the appointment of Neil Harris saw that man Easter pop up again for his third goal in as many pre-season games.  The 3,817 in attendance left the game feeling confident of what they thought would be good things to come for Millwall…

 

 

2015-16

 

Bromley 2-2 Millwall

AFC Wimbledon 1-1 Millwall

Stevenage 0-1 Millwall

Millwall 2-2 Welling United

Millwall 2-3 Tondela

 

Final League Position: 4th

 

Compared with the season before, Neil Harris ensured his side had a more action-packed pre-season and with five games this time, Millwall were put through their paces!  It was Bromley who took the lead in the first of these games and although Ben Thompson and Fred Onyedinma’s efforts saw the Lions go ahead, a Tony Craig own goal saw the game end a draw.  A 1-1 draw at Kingsmeadow followed before Millwall finally recorded their first summer win thanks to a Mark Beevers’ finish against Stevenge.  A second 2-2 finish from a Millwall XI vs. Welling United at the Lions’ training ground was next and the pre-season campaign ended with a 3-2 home defeat at The Den against Portuguese side, Tondela.

 

 

2016-17

 

Bromley 1-2 Millwall

Dartford 0-3 Millwall

Crawley Town 2-3 Millwall

Dover Athletic 2-0 Millwall

Millwall 1-1 Brentford

 

Final League Position: 6th

 

Millwall’s next pre-season tour was becoming like a Jolly Boy’s Outing with the same teams seemingly all meeting up in the summer to have a friendly kick-about.  The Lions dominated the opening three fixtures and goals from Fred Onyedinma, Lee Gregory, Shaun Williams and Steve Morison saw Bromley, Dartford and Crawley all fall to the Lions’ sword, but an away defeat at Dover Athletic stopped any momentum that was built.  The last game of the season saw Tony Craig face his former side, Brentford in his testimonial and it was a Steve Morison goal that helped the South London side produce a draw.

 

 

2017-18

 

Dartford 1-1 Millwall

Barnet 1-0 Millwall

Stevenage 0-0 Millwall

Millwall 3-0 Granada

 

Final League Position: 8th

 

After promotion from League One the season before, Neil Harris reduced the competitive pre-season friendlies to keep his side fresh for the upcoming Championship campaign.  A 1-1 draw at Princes Park with Dartford was followed by a 1-0 away defeat at the hands of Barnet at The Hive.  A second consecutive away draw was next for the Lions as Stevenage held the Lions to a 0-0 draw and the last game before what would a memorable season was a 3-0 home win against Granada thanks to goals from Jed Wallace, Shaun Williams and Aiden O’Brien.

 

 

2018-19

 

Dartford 0-5 Millwall

Cambridge United 0-2 Millwall

Colchester United 2-1 Millwall

Millwall 1-0 VFL Bochum

 

Final League Position: 21st

 

It may have been the Three Lions of England who were on everyone’s lips around the country, but that did not stop Millwall producing their own impressive display as the destroyed Conference South side Dartford 5-0 at Princes Park.  Goals from Jed Wallace, Aiden O’Brien, Mahlon Romeo and Steve Morison all in the first half defeated the Darts and goals from Tom Elliott and Aiden O’Brien saw the Lions win away at Cambridge United.  A disappointing 2-1 away defeat at the hands of Colchester United saw Millwall suffer their first defeat of this pre-season and the final game saw a thunderous shot from Jed Wallace be the perfect goodbye for Jimmy Abdou in his testimonial against VFL Bochum.

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