Millwall match preview




Joint statement from West Ham United and Millwall FC

West Ham United and Millwall would like to update supporters who are planning to attend the West Ham United versus Millwall match at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday 4 February.

Both football clubs have been working closely with the Metropolitan Police and the British Transport Police since August to ensure fans of all ages enjoy an excellent afternoon of football.

The game between the two sides in 2009 was a testing occasion for all concerned and many of the lessons learnt from that night have already been implemented.

When the two teams met at The Den in September 2011 fans from both sides supported their teams in exactly the right way; with passion and noise but with respect for those around them. That helped to create an electric atmosphere inside and outside of the stadium where the football was the main talking point afterwards. It is hoped that fans attending the return game at the Boleyn Ground will continue this positive attitude.

To help deliver a safe game for all there will be a complete alcohol ban in the stadium and in all surrounding pubs and off-licenses. This ban complements the existing Designated Public Places Order (DPPO) already in place across the borough of Newham.

While it is hoped and expected that fans will behave in a respectful manner both inside the stadium and in the surrounding areas, there will be a zero tolerance policy towards anybody who attempts to cause disruption.

There will be a large and noticeable police presence on the day to ensure the safety of supporters and they will also deal with any inappropriate behaviour quickly and robustly. Anybody causing a disturbance can expect a lifetime ban from both clubs and possible prosecution.


• West Ham United go into Saturday's London derby with Millwall top of the npower Championship table, on 53 points from 28 matches played. The Hammers have won their previous three home league matches, defeating Barnsley (1-0), Coventry City (1-0) and Nottingham Forest (2-1).

• Millwall go into Saturday's fixture sitting 21st in the npower Championship table, having collected 29 points from 28 matches. The Lions have won just one of their previous five league matches, but that victory did come in their previous away match at Barnsley (3-1) on 21 January.

• West Ham United have not won any of the previous seven league meetings between the clubs, all of which have come in the Championship. However, the Hammers did taste victory in the most-recent fixture at home to their near-neighbours, scoring a 3-1 League Cup second-round victory at the Boleyn Ground on 25 August 2009.

• The Hammers' most-recent league victory over Millwall took place on 24 February 1991 with a 3-1 win at home in the old Division Two. Frank McAvennie scored twice.

• Millwall have never won at the Boleyn Ground in the Football League. However, the Lions did score a 1-0 Southern League First Division success in the club's first-ever meeting at the Memorial Grounds on 2 January 1904.

Us and Them

• The first-ever meeting between the two clubs at the Boleyn Ground took place on 1 September 1904 and ended in a 3-0 Southern League First Division success for West Ham United. Billy Bridgeman netted twice and Jack Flynn once in front of a 10,000-strong crowd.

• The Hammers' most-recent league victory over Millwall took place on 24 February 1991 with a 3-1 win at home in the old Division Two. Frank McAvennie scored twice.

• Millwall's only victory at the Boleyn Ground since the two clubs joined the Football League came in the shape of a 2-1 Full Members Cup first-round win on 10 November 1987. Alan Dickens was on target for the Hammers in front of a crowd of just 11,337.

West Ham United have beaten Millwall by a three-goal margin on four occasions since the two clubs joined the Football League. The Hammers beat the Lions 4-1 in the FA Cup fifth-round tie at the Boleyn Ground on 15 February 1930, with Vic Watson scoring twice. West Ham also scored 3-0 victories in Division Two on 17 September 1932 and 7 October 1978 and in Division One on 22 April 1989.

• The largest crowd to witness a West Ham United versus Millwall fixture was the 41,300 who turned out to watch the clubs play out a goalless Division Two draw on 27 December 1938.

• Millwall's Irish goalkeeper David Forde spent two years at West Ham between 2002 and 2004 but never featured in the first team. He moved to Millwall in 2008.

• West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce spent two seasons with Millwall as a player between 1981 and 1983, scoring twice in 63 league appearances.

• Billy Bonds and Pat Holland have both formed part of the Lions' management in recent years.

• The following players wore the colours of both West Ham United and Milwall: Clive Allen, Paul Allen, Charlie Ambler, Joe Blythe, John Burke, Dennis Burnett, Albert Carnelly, Tony Cottee, Harry Cripps, Brian Dear, Charlie Dove, Benny Fenton, John Hamilton, Joseph Hart, Tommy Inns, Jimmy Jinks, Jack Landells, Dave Mangnall, Tommy Moore, Frank Neary, Lucas Neill, Harry Obeney, Anton Otulakowski, Graham Paddon, Joe Payne, John Payne, Harold Pearson, Teddy Sheringham, Frederick Shreeve, James Smith, Jim Standen, HS Sunderland and Mauricio Taricco.

• Thirty players have made their West Ham United debuts against Millwall, 21 of them during the clubs' time as Southern League rivals - Tommy Moore and Robert Allan (September 1900), William Jenkinson (October 1901), Charles Cotton, Ernest Watts, William Kirby, Herbert Lyon, William Ingham and Charles Satterthwaite (all September 1903), Frederick Mercer (January 1904), Matthew Kingsley, Tommy Bamlett, Dave Gardner, Frank Piercy, John Russell, William McCartney, Jack Fletcher, Charles Simmons and Jack Flynn (all September 1904), Joseph Hughes (November 1911), Arthur Stallard (April 1914), George Proudlock (March 1939), Derek Parker (September 1946), Tommy Moroney (September 1947), Harry Cripps and Ron Boyce (October 1959), Pavel Srnicek (March 2004), Mauricio Taricco and Darren Powell (November 2004) and Sam Baldock (September 2011).

• West Ham United new boy Nicky Maynard has scored three goals in two league matches for Bristol City against Millwall this season. The striker netted both goals in a 2-1 victory at The Den on 20 November 2011 and a 1-0 win at Ashton Gate on 3 January 2012.

• Sam Baldock scored twice in a 4-0 League One victory for MK Dons at Millwall on 4 October 2008.

• Henri Lansbury scored a 90th-minute winner for Norwich City in their 2-1 Championship victory over Millwall at Carrow Road on 1 February 2011.

Team news

West Ham United

• Sam Allardyce could hand debuts to deadline day signings Nicky Maynard, Ricardo Vaz Te and Ravel Morrison.

• Mark Noble is hoping to be fit after requiring stitches in a mouth injury suffered at Ipswich Town on Tuesday evening.

• Guy Demel will also hope to be involved after returning to action after six weeks out with a thigh injury suffered at Reading on 10 December 2011.

• Papa Bouba Diop is set to miss a second consecutive match with a hamstring injury.

• DR Congo left-back Herita Ilunga and Academy graduates Matt Fry, Sergio Sanchez, Jordan Brown and Ahmed Abdulla have been released by mutual consent, while Peter Kurucz, Paul McCallum (both Rochdale), Cristian Montano (Dagenham and Redbridge), George Moncur (AFC Wimbledon), Jordan Spence (Bristol City) and Pablo Barrera (Real Zaragoza) are out on loan.


• Millwall could hand a debut to Republic of Ireland forward Andy Keogh, who joined from Wolverhampton Wanderers on deadline day.

• Defenders Paul Robinson and Jordan Stewart have returned to training this week and could be involved, while goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall faces a race against time to be fit after having an injection in his ankle.

• Winger Hamer Bouazza will not recover from a groin injury in time to feature on Saturday, while long-term absentees Therry Racon (ankle) and Tamika Mkandawire (knee) are definitely out.

• Striker Josh McQuoid has joined Burnley on loan until the end of the season.

Last time out

Tuesday 31 January 2012
npower Championship
Ipswich Town 5-1 West Ham United
West Ham United: Green, Faubert, McCartney, Reid, Tomkins, Lansbury, Noble (Baldock 46), Nolan, Collison, Taylor (Hall 69), Cole (Nouble 69)
Subs not used: Faye, O'Neil
Goals: Collison 45

Tuesday 31 January 2012
Millwall 0-2 Watford
Millwall: Forde, Smith, Craig, Barron, Ward, Trotter, Abdou, Feeney, Mason (Marquis 57), Henderson, Kane (Hackett 57)
Subs not used: Allsopp, Wright, Lowry
Goals: None

Previous meetings

• The most-recent meeting between the two clubs ended in a 0-0 npower Championship draw at The Den on 17 September 2011.

West Ham United: Green, Faye, O'Brien, Faubert, Tomkins (Reid 30), McCartney, Noble, Taylor (Bentley 59), Lansbury (Baldock 74), Nolan, Cole
Subs: Boffin, Carew

Millwall: Forde, Robinson, Mkandawire ('Guessan 87), Ward, Stewart, Dunne, Bouazza (Simpson 64), Trotter, Abdou, Feeney (Henry 64), Marquis
Subs: Mildenhall, Smith

• This will be the 26th meeting between the two clubs. West Ham United have nine wins, with eleven draws and five victories for Milwall.

Head to head
(Last six meetings - Championship unless stated))

17 September 2011 - Millwall 0-0 West Ham United
25 August 2009 - West Ham United 3-1 Millwall AET (Carling Cup second round)
16 April 2005 - West Ham United 1-1 Millwall
21 November 2004 - Millwall 1-0 West Ham United
21 March 2004 - Millwall 4-1 West Ham United
28 September 2003 - West Ham United 1-1 Millwall

Overall record v Millwall (all competitions): W 9, D 11, L 5

Ten-year records

West Ham United

2010/11 Premier League 20th (33 points)
2009/10 Premier League 17th (35 points)
2008/09 Premier League 9th (51 points)
2007/08 Premier League 10th (49 points)
2006/07 Premier League 15th (41 points)
2005/06 Premier League 9th (55 points)
2004/05 Championship 6th (73 points - promoted to Premier League via play-offs)
2003/04 Championship 4th (74 points)
2002/03 Premier League 18th (42 points - relegated to Championship)
2001/02 Premier League 7th (53 points)


2010/11 Championship 9th (67 points)
2009/10 League One 3rd (85 points - promoted to Championship via Play-Offs)
2008/09 League One 5th (82 points)
2007/08 League One 17th (52 points)
2006/07 League One 10th (66 points)
2005/06 Championship 23rd (40 points - relegated to League One)
2004/05 Championship 10th (66 points)
2003/04 Division One 10th (69 points)
2002/03 Division One 9th (66 points)
2001/02 Division One 4th (77 points)


• Saturday's referee will be referee is 43-year-old Mick Jones.

• An experienced official, Jones was promoted to the Football League list of referees in 1997, with his first match in charge being Mansfield Town versus Hull City on 9 August of that year.

• Jones has refereed more than 30 matches every season since the 1997/98 campaign, totalling more than 500 senior matches over the last 14 years.

• The official has also taken charge of his fair share of big matches, being selected to referee the 2007 League Two Play-Off final between Bristol Rovers and Shrewsbury Town, and the 2007 FA Trophy final between Stevenage Borough and York City.

• In 2008, Jones became a Select Group referee, allowing him to officiate games in the Premier League. His first match in the top-flight was Hull City versus Wigan Athletic on 30 August of 2008.

• Jones has not taken charge of a West Ham United or Millwall match so far this season, but he has refereed 13 Premier League fixtures and three high-profile cup matches.

• In all, he has refereed six Hammers fixtures - the most-recent being the 1-0 Premier League defeat at Arsenal on 30 October 2010. Jones has also refereed two Millwall matches.

• Jones will be assisted by Ceri Richards and William Smallwood, while the fourth official will be Patrick Miller.

Up next

• West Ham United travel to Peterborough United in the npower Championship on Saturday 11 February 2012, with kick-off at 3pm.

• Millwall travel to Southampton for an FA Cup with Budweiser fourth-round replay on Tuesday 7 February 2012 for a 7.45pm kick-off.

General information

• Supporters should note that NO tickets will be on sale at the Boleyn Ground on matchday - please do not come to the stadium if you do not have a ticket.

• The weather forecast is for sunny intervals with a daytime high temperature of 3C (38F).