The world hadn’t heard of the Spice Girls the last time Charlton beat Millwall.

It was March 9, 1996 when the Addicks last ‘got one’ over their London rivals.

Two in fact, as that season they did the double over the Lions, both by the same scoreline, 2-0.

And if any Charlton man remembers what it feels like to beat Millwall, it’s their manager.

Lee Bowyer was fresh on the footballing scene then, and 23 years later, he remembers the ferocity of derby day and how they went about silencing The Den faithful.

“It’s going to be intimidating!” he said.

“We know our fans will be singing, and Millwall will probably be doing a bit more than singing knowing the Millwall fans!

“But if we can take control of the ball and look a threat, take a lead, things can easily turn.

“The first goal is huge.”

Lucky Charm

Charlton sit 10th in the Championship while Millwall lay 17th just four points behind.

The form book goes out the window in such encounters however, something Bowyer is well aware of as he looks to lead his side to a huge three points in SE16 in his first attempt as manager.

“Maybe I’m a good omen, because we played them twice and beat them twice that season.

“Hopefully I’m that good omen now I’m back!”

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The last win came at The Valley, and although they’ll be on the road this weekend, the Charlton boss has fond memories of this fixture, having got in on the scoring act.

“I remember scoring, but I didn’t realise Charlton hadn’t beaten Millwall since that day!

“All I remember is a left foot overhead kick went in the corner, and we won.

“So good memories, but can’t believe it’s been that long.

“It makes me feel old!”

Bragging Rights

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For Bowyer and his counterpart Gary Rowett the fixture is huge in context to league standings, but just as important to the Charlton boss is chance to end the 23-year hoodoo.

“The most important thing is the three points, but we want to give our fans a good journey home having those bragging rights.

“They’ve been great for us, travelling up and do the country and hopefully tomorrow we can repay them for all their efforts.”

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