Ollie needs to think twice before criticising Millwall fans again

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News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , Millwall columnist

What a fantastic start to the season, not just to win the first game, but it’s always great to beat Leeds, who still think they are back in their successful top tier days 20 years ago.

The Lions looked up for it - and with Dunney as skipper they were ready for the normal tricks Leeds throw at us.

Our fans were great and really got the atmosphere rocking at The Den.

Unfortunately Ollie decided to pop the fans off to the press for a Jimmy Savile chant, which was aimed at the Leeds fans.

Not surprisingly, that was the main thing that the national press concentrated on.

The Daily Mail actually made a two page spread on it.

For someone who is very media savvy, I am really disappointed Ollie said anything at all.

I would have thought after him supposedly knowing Kenny Jackett so well, Kenny would have told him how the press like to hold on to and exaggerate anything negative about Millwall or the fans.

Only time will tell how long this “Gung-ho – I say what I want” approach will wash with the fans, because if his negative comments about us keep making big headlines in the papers it won’t be long before he potentially makes himself a very unpopular person in SE16.

On to last night’s cup game at home to Wycome Wanderers.

As usual we made hard work of the 1-0 victory, and it was great for Matt Briggs to score his first goal for the Lions in the 27th minute.

However, his celebration of taking his shirt off earned him a yellow card, which he would laster regret as he got another in the 58thminute for a tackle and was off for an early bath.

The subs bench was the first in nearly 10 years to be nearly full of home-grown players all chomping at the bit and ready to prove themselves.

It’s a great relief to see that Neill Harris and Scott Fitzgerald are certainly doing something right with the youth set up.

 I am really looking forward to seeing some of these fellas in the first team on a regular basis.

Now it’s on to the next round of the league cup and of course Fulham away on Saturday.

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2:20pm Wed 13 Aug 14

maskofanarchy says...

Bit of elementary research might be in order if you have ambitions to do better than the news shopper - Leeds were in the top tier alot more recently than 20 years ago. As for Holloway, credit to him for showing that he is a degree or several more civilised than your neanderthal supporters, acknowledging that Leeds are a 'great club' something which Milwall, with their meccano stadium, eternal record of failure and fan club comprising 43 ex-dockers and the chairman's dog, are plainly not.
Bit of elementary research might be in order if you have ambitions to do better than the news shopper - Leeds were in the top tier alot more recently than 20 years ago. As for Holloway, credit to him for showing that he is a degree or several more civilised than your neanderthal supporters, acknowledging that Leeds are a 'great club' something which Milwall, with their meccano stadium, eternal record of failure and fan club comprising 43 ex-dockers and the chairman's dog, are plainly not. maskofanarchy
  • Score: 58

2:26pm Wed 13 Aug 14

MKLUFC says...

"Leeds, who still think they are back in their successful top tier days 20 years ago."

On what basis? Uninformed lazy assertion.

"the normal tricks Leeds throw at us"

Same as above.

Millwall fully deserved their win and no Leeds fan is under any illusion that they are pure as the driven snow, or their team is anything better than mid table fodder right now, but if you're going to write nonsense at least make it interesting nonsense.

ps the Saville stuff (not to mention Istanbul) is out of order and Holloway was right to call it out. No point moaning about being misrepresented when so many were joining in (and, sickeningly, encouraging their kids to make stabbing motions). 'Others are just as bad' is no defence either.
"Leeds, who still think they are back in their successful top tier days 20 years ago." On what basis? Uninformed lazy assertion. "the normal tricks Leeds throw at us" Same as above. Millwall fully deserved their win and no Leeds fan is under any illusion that they are pure as the driven snow, or their team is anything better than mid table fodder right now, but if you're going to write nonsense at least make it interesting nonsense. ps the Saville stuff (not to mention Istanbul) is out of order and Holloway was right to call it out. No point moaning about being misrepresented when so many were joining in (and, sickeningly, encouraging their kids to make stabbing motions). 'Others are just as bad' is no defence either. MKLUFC
  • Score: 47

2:28pm Wed 13 Aug 14

SDoco1507 says...

Why wouldn't Holloway criticise morons who make vile and sick Jimmy Saville taunts. I suppose you also condone the same 'fans' who wore Turkish shirts last year? I can't believe you are having a pop at him!

Absolutely disgusting behaviour from a group of knuckle draggers. Their families must be sooooo proud.
Why wouldn't Holloway criticise morons who make vile and sick Jimmy Saville taunts. I suppose you also condone the same 'fans' who wore Turkish shirts last year? I can't believe you are having a pop at him! Absolutely disgusting behaviour from a group of knuckle draggers. Their families must be sooooo proud. SDoco1507
  • Score: 40

2:34pm Wed 13 Aug 14

maskofanarchy says...

Curious too that the news shopper chooses to employ as a columnist someone who thinks barbaric sex crimes against children are a suitable subject for public 'humour' - and notably declines to condemn the chanting herself. Perhaps the editor might like a word.
Curious too that the news shopper chooses to employ as a columnist someone who thinks barbaric sex crimes against children are a suitable subject for public 'humour' - and notably declines to condemn the chanting herself. Perhaps the editor might like a word. maskofanarchy
  • Score: 34

2:42pm Wed 13 Aug 14

ScarlettGray says...

So I take it you condone the Jimmy Saville and Istanbul chants? I don't think the majority of Millwall fans are blinkered enough to know that kind of behaviour is wrong ... certainly the ones I know and speak to don't condone it.

Neither is the manager to blame if the papers make an issue of it ... truth be told the media should be highlighting this kind of thing .. no matter who is doing it ... it's wrong and not related to football. I suspect the reason you don't like it is because it highlights a (recurring) negative on a very positive start for Millwall .. but please don't go around giving the impression you approve of this kind of behaviour.
So I take it you condone the Jimmy Saville and Istanbul chants? I don't think the majority of Millwall fans are blinkered enough to know that kind of behaviour is wrong ... certainly the ones I know and speak to don't condone it. Neither is the manager to blame if the papers make an issue of it ... truth be told the media should be highlighting this kind of thing .. no matter who is doing it ... it's wrong and not related to football. I suspect the reason you don't like it is because it highlights a (recurring) negative on a very positive start for Millwall .. but please don't go around giving the impression you approve of this kind of behaviour. ScarlettGray
  • Score: 28

3:52pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Bradders8 says...

I can see lots of Leeds fans writing comments on this but from a Millwall fans point of view I'm disgusted as well, glad Holloway brought it up as it shows he doesn't want this at our club!

I think this is a terrible article and paints a worse picture of us Wall fans than the idiots who actually sang the chants, well done Ayse for sticking up for the disgusting fans!!

How would you like it if you was raped or your mum was raped as a young girl by any man, not just Jimmy Saville???? You would be happy to hear those chants as a victim???
I can see lots of Leeds fans writing comments on this but from a Millwall fans point of view I'm disgusted as well, glad Holloway brought it up as it shows he doesn't want this at our club! I think this is a terrible article and paints a worse picture of us Wall fans than the idiots who actually sang the chants, well done Ayse for sticking up for the disgusting fans!! How would you like it if you was raped or your mum was raped as a young girl by any man, not just Jimmy Saville???? You would be happy to hear those chants as a victim??? Bradders8
  • Score: 26

4:00pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Bradders8 says...

ScarlettGray wrote:
So I take it you condone the Jimmy Saville and Istanbul chants? I don't think the majority of Millwall fans are blinkered enough to know that kind of behaviour is wrong ... certainly the ones I know and speak to don't condone it.

Neither is the manager to blame if the papers make an issue of it ... truth be told the media should be highlighting this kind of thing .. no matter who is doing it ... it's wrong and not related to football. I suspect the reason you don't like it is because it highlights a (recurring) negative on a very positive start for Millwall .. but please don't go around giving the impression you approve of this kind of behaviour.
I absolutely agree with your post, it's spot on and such poor journalism!!
[quote][p][bold]ScarlettGray[/bold] wrote: So I take it you condone the Jimmy Saville and Istanbul chants? I don't think the majority of Millwall fans are blinkered enough to know that kind of behaviour is wrong ... certainly the ones I know and speak to don't condone it. Neither is the manager to blame if the papers make an issue of it ... truth be told the media should be highlighting this kind of thing .. no matter who is doing it ... it's wrong and not related to football. I suspect the reason you don't like it is because it highlights a (recurring) negative on a very positive start for Millwall .. but please don't go around giving the impression you approve of this kind of behaviour.[/p][/quote]I absolutely agree with your post, it's spot on and such poor journalism!! Bradders8
  • Score: 3

4:03pm Wed 13 Aug 14

forzaleeds says...

News Shopper: the very title sums you up - a third rate rag with a "journalist?" who has just scraped a pass in GCSE Media Studies.

While the chanting was par for the course for the Milwall imbeciles, I find it more interesting that the Millwall Mr. Big Mr.Andy Ambler, doesn't appear to have said a word. Strange, when Mr. Ambler is such an important person - a Football League Board Member no less.

Yes, you've got it - he's one of those who went out of the way to insult Mr. Cellino .

Why does'nt smeone ask Mr. Ambler to give his views on the riff-raff who turn up at his ground - presumably hs silence inicates tha he does'nt care a jot .
News Shopper: the very title sums you up - a third rate rag with a "journalist?" who has just scraped a pass in GCSE Media Studies. While the chanting was par for the course for the Milwall imbeciles, I find it more interesting that the Millwall Mr. Big [if such a term can be applied to anything to do wth Mllwal] Mr.Andy Ambler, doesn't appear to have said a word. Strange, when Mr. Ambler is such an important person - a Football League Board Member no less. Yes, you've got it - he's one of those who went out of the way to insult Mr. Cellino [not a fit and proper person etc.]. Why does'nt smeone ask Mr. Ambler to give his views on the riff-raff who turn up at his ground - presumably hs silence inicates tha he does'nt care a jot [as long s they are not Italian!]. forzaleeds
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4:50pm Wed 13 Aug 14

JimMNeal says...

Once again sanctimonious Leeds fans get outraged by behaviour that their own contingent of ‘morons’ carry out up and down the country.

It must be so painful having once been a big club to have to come down to this level and get beat three years in a row by tiny Millwall.

Come back and throw stones when you have your own house in order
Once again sanctimonious Leeds fans get outraged by behaviour that their own contingent of ‘morons’ carry out up and down the country. It must be so painful having once been a big club to have to come down to this level and get beat three years in a row by tiny Millwall. Come back and throw stones when you have your own house in order JimMNeal
  • Score: 8

5:08pm Wed 13 Aug 14

maskofanarchy says...

'Tiny'? Tiny brain, certainly.
'Tiny'? Tiny brain, certainly. maskofanarchy
  • Score: 1

10:01pm Wed 13 Aug 14

SanMiguelMalaga says...

I was planning to state the obvious about this pitiful article but thankfully Millwall fans have done that for me already. Credit to you. As another real club you have a lot of good things to build on. A pity that morons like this woman, and those who run this rag, website or whatever it is allow things like this, which do nothing but harm to the future of Millwall FC, to be aired.

The basis of the article is that Holloway shouldn't talk about such behaviour as Millwall fans may not forgive him. Of the many glaring points that it blindly misses is the fact that it is this very article that really harms Millwall, and not anything that even the Daily Mail could write for its own readers to lap up. I shudder to think what this woman's blog must be like and dread to think that she also encourages her young kids to mimic stabbing gestures, laughing about the fact a lad of a similar age never saw his dad again after he went to watch his football team play a match.

And as for thinking we are what we were twenty years ago, or even ten as was correctly pointed out above, now that really is laughable. Coming to places like Millwall on a hiding to nothing year after year has long taught us how far our once-Mighty club has fallen.
I was planning to state the obvious about this pitiful article but thankfully Millwall fans have done that for me already. Credit to you. As another real club you have a lot of good things to build on. A pity that morons like this woman, and those who run this rag, website or whatever it is allow things like this, which do nothing but harm to the future of Millwall FC, to be aired. The basis of the article is that Holloway shouldn't talk about such behaviour as Millwall fans may not forgive him. Of the many glaring points that it blindly misses is the fact that it is this very article that really harms Millwall, and not anything that even the Daily Mail could write for its own readers to lap up. I shudder to think what this woman's blog must be like and dread to think that she also encourages her young kids to mimic stabbing gestures, laughing about the fact a lad of a similar age never saw his dad again after he went to watch his football team play a match. And as for thinking we are what we were twenty years ago, or even ten as was correctly pointed out above, now that really is laughable. Coming to places like Millwall on a hiding to nothing year after year has long taught us how far our once-Mighty club has fallen. SanMiguelMalaga
  • Score: 3

1:01am Fri 15 Aug 14

ScarlettGray says...

Bradders8 wrote:
ScarlettGray wrote:
So I take it you condone the Jimmy Saville and Istanbul chants? I don't think the majority of Millwall fans are blinkered enough to know that kind of behaviour is wrong ... certainly the ones I know and speak to don't condone it.

Neither is the manager to blame if the papers make an issue of it ... truth be told the media should be highlighting this kind of thing .. no matter who is doing it ... it's wrong and not related to football. I suspect the reason you don't like it is because it highlights a (recurring) negative on a very positive start for Millwall .. but please don't go around giving the impression you approve of this kind of behaviour.
I absolutely agree with your post, it's spot on and such poor journalism!!
I used to work in Canary Wharf and know a number of Millwall supporters and I know the club is much better than this article reflects. I know football brings out the worst in some people ... Leeds fans are bad too sometimes. It was a good start for Millwall and it's good to see a team trying to play passing football. Don't let this woman tarnish a good start :-)
[quote][p][bold]Bradders8[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ScarlettGray[/bold] wrote: So I take it you condone the Jimmy Saville and Istanbul chants? I don't think the majority of Millwall fans are blinkered enough to know that kind of behaviour is wrong ... certainly the ones I know and speak to don't condone it. Neither is the manager to blame if the papers make an issue of it ... truth be told the media should be highlighting this kind of thing .. no matter who is doing it ... it's wrong and not related to football. I suspect the reason you don't like it is because it highlights a (recurring) negative on a very positive start for Millwall .. but please don't go around giving the impression you approve of this kind of behaviour.[/p][/quote]I absolutely agree with your post, it's spot on and such poor journalism!![/p][/quote]I used to work in Canary Wharf and know a number of Millwall supporters and I know the club is much better than this article reflects. I know football brings out the worst in some people ... Leeds fans are bad too sometimes. It was a good start for Millwall and it's good to see a team trying to play passing football. Don't let this woman tarnish a good start :-) ScarlettGray
  • Score: 1

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