Holloway: Millwall v Leeds United rivalry should just be about football

Ian Holloway meets a young Lions fan before Saturday's derby with Charlton. Picture by Edmund Boyden.

Ian Holloway meets a young Lions fan before Saturday's derby with Charlton. Picture by Edmund Boyden.

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Ian Holloway hopes Millwall’s football does the talking when they face fierce rivals Leeds at Elland Road on Saturday.

Millwall’s meetings with Leeds are always heavily policed due to several clashes in the past between both sets of fans and Holloway thinks it is a shame the two teams still carry such a reputation.

He said: “Everybody has got rivalry with Leeds because they had a massive crew who would go around fighting people and so did we.

“I’m not proud of that and nobody should be, but we were good at it and so were they.

“That was when it was fashionable and it wasn’t just us. That is all we are remembered for and I think it is a shame.”

Millwall’s community work, such as dedicating Saturday’s game against Charlton to Jimmy Mizen, is often overlooked and Holloway wants to help change the image of the club.

The Lions boss said: “I’m really proud of everything about the place - what a fantastic club.

“We are honest, hard-working people and Millwall have always been that.

“They stand up for what they believe in, they won’t back down, they’re brave and they were strong in a time when football had a terrible, shameful behaviour about it.”

Holloway added: “I want us to be remembered for the way we play and the way we go about it and the passion that we all have. I have felt it immensely here.

“I don’t want people using football as a vehicle.

“We are going to go to Leeds and try and score and hopefully we can all talk about the performance that we put in.”

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3:29pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Stevetheleedsfan says...

There is no rivalry.milwall are just obsessed with the tragic deaths of two leeds fans in turkey. Milwall and holloway want to emulate and better the great support, the passion and even now firm. It will be hilarious to see how many milwall fans make the journey to leeds. 185 last year. Joke support for a rivalry and cup final for milwall. Milwall have one of their highest attendances against leeds. Yet they are too scared to go to leeds.
They claim they boycott the match.
There is no rivalry.milwall are just obsessed with the tragic deaths of two leeds fans in turkey. Milwall and holloway want to emulate and better the great support, the passion and even now firm. It will be hilarious to see how many milwall fans make the journey to leeds. 185 last year. Joke support for a rivalry and cup final for milwall. Milwall have one of their highest attendances against leeds. Yet they are too scared to go to leeds. They claim they boycott the match. Stevetheleedsfan
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