The Den

Capacity: 20,146 (all seated)
Address: Zampa Road, London SE16 3LN
Telephone: 020 7232 1222
Fax: 020 7231 3663
Ticket Office: 0844 826 2004
Pitch Size: 105 x 68 yards
Club Nickname: The Lions
Year Ground Opened: 1993
Shirt Sponsors: Wallis Tegan
Kit Manufacturer: Macron
Home Kit: Blue With White Trim
Away Kit: White and Blue

The Den
The Den
Dockers and North Stands
Dockers and North Stands
Dockers Stand
Dockers Stand
Cold Blow Lane End
Cold Blow Lane End
North Stand
North Stand

The Club moved the relatively short distance to then was called the New Den after leaving their original Den ground which was their home for 83 years. This was first new major football ground to be constructed in London since before the Second World War. The stadium is made up of four separate two-tiered stands that are of the same height and look fairly similar. On one side is the Barry Kitchener Stand (named after a former player) which has the players tunnel and team dugouts at its front. This simple looking stand, has the same characteristics as both ends with windshields to either side in the upper tier and with the upper tier slightly overhanging the lower tier. The Dockers Stand on the other side, is slightly different having a row of executive boxes running across its middle. Between the East & North Stands in one corner is a large video screen.

Away fans are located at one end of the ground in the North Stand (usually in the upper tier only). Around 4,000 away fans can be accommodated in this end. Like the general improvement in football, a trip to Millwall is not as threatening as it once was. However, it is hardly a relaxing day out and I found the Den to be quite intimidating. The large police presence at the match I attended did nothing to dampen this feeling. I would advise that you exercise caution around the ground and not to wear club colours. The most popular method of travel for away fans to the Den, is by official club coach, or by train from London Bridge. The Police are well drilled in dealing with the coaches and supporters arriving by train. Once inside the ground you will generally find the stewards helpful & friendly. 

Richard Langran a visiting Leicester City fan adds; 'We chose to drive down to Millwall and park away from the stadium. It was somewhat intimidating walking to and from the ground and the Leicester fans were kept back inside the stadium for quite a long time after the final whistle'. Luke Fern a visiting Bolton Wanderers fan informs me; 'Inside the ground the concourse is mostly concreted and looks very dull. It is also very cramped with little space available for fans to get around those queuing for food and drinks. However the view from our seats was excellent and the stewards were very tolerant and friendly. We had traveled by official Club coach and had to wait 45 minutes after the game had ended before we were allowed to exit the stadium car park'.

There are not many pubs located near to the stadium and those should be avoided by away supporters.  If travelling by train then it is probably best to grab a beer around London Bridge before moving onto the ground. I would advise keeping any colours covered, even when drinking in the London Bridge area. There are bars at the back of the stands at the stadium, that serve alcohol as well as some decent food such as chicken and chips.

Chris Lynskey a visiting Scunthorpe United fan recommends; 'The Shipwright Arms on Tooley 
Street, near London Bridge. Come out of London Bridge tube station, turn right and its only 200yds 
down the road on your right hand side. A lovely little pub which also serves food. We left the pub at 2.15pm to go and catch the train to the stadium and made it comfortably for kick off'.

On the Borough High Street by London Bridge is the Barrow Boy & Banker, which is a Fullers pub and has the benefit of a large screen showing SKY Sports. Further down the High Street is the Borough Market, which on nearby Stoney Street is situated the legendary Market Porter pub. This pub is also a regular listing in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and always has 9 real ales on tap. Mick Hubbard adds; 'Also on Borough High Street is the George Inn, which is owned and leased by the National Trust. It is an outstandingly beautiful building, and the pub itself retains its wooden flooring and wall panelling. It serves its own ‘George Ale’ which went down nicely'.

There are number of ways of getting to the ground, but the most straightforward, if not the shortest in distance is to follow the A2 into London from Junction 2 of the M25. The A2 actually passes the ground. Once you go past New Cross Gate tube station on your right the ground is about a mile further on. The only awkward bit is about half way in-between New Cross Gate and the ground where the road splits into two. Keep to the right following the signs A2 City/Westminster. You will come to the ground on your right. Street parking can be found on the small estate on your left just past the ground. There are no sizeable car parks around the ground (typical British Planning!). 

Post Code for SAT NAV: SE16 3LN 

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It is probably best to go by rail, as South Bermondsey Railway Station is only a few minutes walk from the ground. There is a direct walkway specifically built for away fans which takes you directly to the away end and back to the station afterwards. This has made the Police's job of keeping rival supporters apart so much more manageable. If your team brings a sizeable following, then an 'away fan' football special may be laid on from London Bridge. In these instances the police are well drilled in getting away fans into the ground from the special train and safely away afterwards. Although don't be surprised if you are held in the stadium for sometime after the final whistle, before being allowed back up the walkway to the station. There are also two London Underground stations in the area, Surrey Quays & New Cross Gate, which are both on the East London Line. They are about 15-20 minutes walk away from the ground.  

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Like a number of Clubs, Millwall have a category system (A & B) for ticket pricing, whereby the most popular games cost more to watch. Category A prices are shown below, with Category B tickets in brackets:

Home Fans*:
Barry Kitchener Stand (Upper Tier):  Adults £30 (£27), Over 60's £20 (£17), Under 16's £13 (£10), Under 12's £7 (£5)*
Barry Kitchener Stand (Lower Tier):  Adults £29 (£26), Over 60's £19 (£16), Under 16's £13 (£10), Under 12's £7 (£5)*
Dockers East Stand (Upper Tier):  Adults £29 (£26), Over 60's £19 (£16), Under 16's £13 (£10), Under 12's £7 (£5)*
Dockers East Stand (Lower Tier):  Adults £29 (£26), Over 60's £17 (£14), Under 16's £13 (£10), Under 12's £7 (£5)*
Cold Blow Lane (South) Stand:  Adults £26 (£23), Over 60's £17 (£14), Under 16's £13 (£10), Under 12's £7 (£5)*
West Stand (Zampa Lower Family Area):  Adults** £25 (£22), Over 60's** £17 (£14), Under 16's £11 (£10), Under 12's £7 (£5)* 

Away Fans: 
North Stand:  Adults £26 (£23), Over 60's £17 (£14), Under 16's £13 (£10), Under 12's £7 (£5)*

* Under 12 tickets available only when purchased with an adult or senior ticket. 
** Adult & Senior tickets only available when purchased with an Under 16 or Under 12 ticket.

In addition Under 21's can purchase tickets at the Over 60's price, providing they are club members.

Millwall FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Official Matchday Programme £3
No One Likes Us (NOLU) Fanzine £1
The Lion Roars (TLR) Fanzine £1.50

West Ham United, Crystal Palace and Charlton Athletic.

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Record Attendance

At the Den; 48,672 v Derby County, FA Cup 5th Round, February 20th, 1937.

At the New Den, 20,093 v Arsenal FA Cup 3rd Round, January 10th, 1994.

Average Attendance
2014-2015: 10,902 (Championship League)
2013-2014: 11,063 (Championship League)
2012-2013: 10,559 (Championship League)

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Millwall v Southend United
League One
Saturday 29th September 2015, 3pm
John & Stephen Spooner (Southend United fans)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Den?

First visit to Millwall and the New Den, with mixed feelings about potential for trouble from local fans. Neil Harris the Millwall manager finished his career at Southend. Millwall had been relegated last season and despite back to back away wins coming into this game they had lost 3 home games. Southend had lost 3 home games but were unbeaten away with 3 draws.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We live in North Wales so it was a round journey of nearly 500 miles rather than Southend locals only travelling 80 miles. Left at 7am and travelled via M6, M1, M25, M11 and A12 via Blackwall tunnel to meet up with relatives in Lewisham and then taxi ride of about 4 miles that took 30 minutes due to traffic congestion.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We left Lewisham at 2pm and traffic was so busy on a warm sunny day we only arrived 25 minutes before kick off, so straight into the ground after meeting more family. There was a visible police presence at the turnstiles to help prevent any problems. We did not meet any locals but once inside, the Millwall fans nearest to our stand were vociferous and a few were offensive but too far away to pose any real threat.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

The ground is quite impressive and modern. We were seated in the upper North stand which appears to be a bit remote from the the two side stands. Seating was adequate and there is a good view. The floodlights are built into the side stands roof and the pitch was in pristine condition.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

A crowd of 10,228 including 1,097 Southend fans generated a good atmosphere and the acoustics of the North away stand is good. Stewards were easy going, and fans were allowed to sit where they wanted. Southend managed to take the lead with a Mooney header at the home end after 37 minutes. Half time entertainment consisted of Millwall and Southend youngsters pedaling inside a plastic transparent sphere in a race from penalty area to penalty area. The entertainment was heightened when the pitch sprinklers were set off and nearly drowned one of the boys trapped inside the ball! Southend scored a second after 49 minutes with a Barrett header in front of the Southend fans to ensure a happy afternoon.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We walked out of the away stand onto the street outside the main entrance and after a few minutes took our taxi back to Lewisham and an easier but long journey back to North Wales.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A good win at a ground that we thought would be a tough fixture. Fans are well supervised to ensure safety, but I would still advise to be cautious at this ground. Traffic congestion is a factor if travelling by car.

Millwall v Coventry City
League One
Saturday 15th August 2015, 3pm
Alex Smith (Coventry City Fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the Den (or not as the case may be)?

This is quite an awkward one to answer - On the one hand the Den is a new ground for me to visit that I need to tick off! And the fact my club had a great start to the season. But on the other hand you have with Millwall a reputation tarnished by a history of hooliganism and a hostile welcoming to away fans, But I decided I had to go someday so why not now?

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We left Coventry station on the 08:51 train to London Euston and arrived just before 10am. We then took a tube journey on the Northern Line to London Bridge where we stopped for a few drinks. We left London Bridge for South Bermondsey at around 1.45pm as it is only one stop down the line, As you may know away fans have their own walkway from South Bermondsey Station, directly to the away end, so finding the ground was no problem.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

As mentioned previously, we spent most of our time around London Bridge and got a drink in a Wetherspoons pub called the Pommelers Rest. The pub was Football Shirts and Kids friendly and was only a two minute walk from Tower Bridge. So be sure to go there if you want to grab a drink before leaving for The Den! When we arrived at South Bermondsey the Millwall fans we encountered kept themselves to themselves but were not as hostile as expected!

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Den Stadium?

The Den is a neat little ground that is ideal for any League One team and most sides are almost identical to each other. - Although the barbed wire outside the away end was unnerving to say the least! The concourse was a bit dull and could do with a lick of paint. There were no stanchions inside the ground to restrict the view from your seat and there was plenty of leg room.

The Teams Line Up Before Kick Off

The Den Millwall

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc...

With 1,500 traveling Sky Blue Army and a load of noisy South Londoners the atmosphere was optimistic and very loud! I did not purchase refreshments at the ground so can't comment. As for the match Millwall started the game the brightest eventually winning a penalty gifted to them by City keeper Lee Burge, although he redeemed himself by saving Lee Gregory's penalty which sent the away fans into raptures - From hear on in Coventry's dominance began and we soon took a lead in the 6th minute through a Adam Armstrong wonder goal, Ruben Lameiras soon doubled the lead in the 19th minute - we ended an unbelievable 25 minutes of football by making 3-0 through Armstrong again! In the second half we never took our foot of the gas and truthfully it could have been about 5 or 6 but Millwall's defence drastically improved. We sealed the victory in the 81st minute, Jim O'Brien making 4-0, The Stewards were obviously prepared for potential trouble as they looked like they knew what they were doing whilst being completely approachable

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After such a resounding victory the Police decided it was appropriate to keep us in for 20 minutes after the final whistle, just to let the understandably annoyed home support leave the area. Most City fans were in buoyant mood and did not seem to mind - so no issues!

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Brilliant day out! Even better result, Don't believe what you read and see on TV about Millwall - They are a club who receive a lot of poor press when in reality safety of all fans is their number one priority. They are trying to build a positive reputation which is unfortunately tarnished by a handful. Good Luck to them!

Millwall v Bolton Wanderers
Championship League
Saturday February 15th, 2014, 3pm
John Power (Bolton Wanderers fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

As a visiting Bolton Wanderers supporter the trip to the new Den was eagerly awaited as I had missed the previous seasons fixture.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We had chosen to drive down to West Ruislip and then jumped on the overland train which connects through to Central London and the tube network. After arriving at London Bridge Railway Station, we discovered that South Bermondsey station was closed and a replacement bus was provided.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

With time to kill we had a couple of drinks in the big pub opposite London Bridge station that was showing the early game on television. Food was also served and some good cask ciders were available. No issues with opposing groups of supporters with everyone mingling happily.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Having got off the replacement bus service at South Bermondsey, we were surprised to see that there were no Police to be seen. It appeared quite okay for both home and away fans to be walking down the same road to the ground, amazing considering that they usually they have you in a covered walkway from the station which is segregated completely and under CCTV. Seems like rail works override all this!

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

No issues getting to the ground though, the actual structure was visible a good way off and away supporters entrances well marked. Plenty of " football factory" comments as we saw both of the tunnels though. The stewards were relaxed, the food at the ground was well priced and varied and much better than a lot of Premiership grounds I have been to.

The game was great if you were a neutral a one all draw with us missing a penalty, having a goal disallowed but also clearing off our own goal line twice!

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Although we never saw any trouble and we walked back to Surrey Quays tube station in the midst of all the Millwall supporters, we were always on our guard. This is a spooky place and the locals are hostile believe me. I don't think many small groups go there and give it " large" you will come unstuck. 

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

The ground atmosphere was really good. It is evident that the Millwall supporters both young and old have no problem letting the opposing fans, players, officials and anyone else that is remotely outside their clique, know exactly what they think about them. Overall a great day.

Millwall v AFC Wimbledon
Capital One Cup, 1st Round
Tuesday August 6th, 2013, 7.30pm
James Anstee (AFC Wimbledon fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I was looking forward to going to the Den as I had never been before due to the fact that the paths of our respective clubs had only crossed once since our inception. I had heard many rumours regarding the reputation of the club and in particular the Millwall fans so that was something that slightly concerned me, but the fact that it was a Capital One Cup tie I thought it may be much quieter than usual (a point that was proved to be right).

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I found the journey very pleasant as I took the official supporters coach. The journey itself was good, seeing different parts of London for different angles was great and found the atmosphere in the coach extremely pleasant. However the only down point to the travel had to be that we left Kingsmeadow at 4:30pm, which is only about 40mins to and hour away from The Den so unfortunately we were there around 5:30pm for a match that started at 7:30pm. This meant that we had to hang around at the back of The Den waiting for the turnstiles to open so that was a bit of a pain, however that’s something to do with the organisation of the coach not the ground itself.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

I had eaten prior to getting the coach so I didn’t get a chance to sample to Millwall food, but due to the fact that we were so early I know plenty of us did grab something from either the Millwall café or from inside the ground when we were finally let in. The range of food seemed good looking at the menu board with pies, burgers and chips all making an appearance. As for what I did before the match was mainly hang around the outside areas designated for away fans but so others braved the outside of the away fan compound to buy a programme and have a look round. The home fans were few and far between when we arrived due to the fact that we arrived at 5:30pm but although many stared at the coach nothing was shouted or gestured towards us.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

When you initially arrive into the away end there isn’t much there only the turnstiles and the away exit from the train station, however when you get into the ground itself there is plenty of toilet facilities and an area to buy food which was handy for many of the fans who hadn’t eaten prior to getting the coach. The area under the stand were these are situated is very dark and mainly made of concrete but as soon as I took my seat in the North Stand (upper tier)  I was really impressed with the view as well as the turn out from the rest of the Wimbledon fans.

View From The Away Section

View From The Away Section at the Den

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc...

The game itself was fairly poor from our point of view due to the fact we failed to really make an attacking movement until the last twenty minutes. Millwall looked to make so decent passages of play and tested our keeper Worner on a number of occasions. In the second half Worner slipped leaving Andy Keogh to score and we conceded a second after another mistake. Luke Moore pulled one back and nearly grabbed an equaliser in the last minutes. The atmosphere from us was brilliant and we sung from the first until the last minute even if the Millwall fans didn’t really get behind the team. There was a little trouble in our end with some flares being let off during the last ten minutes which were dealt with very well by the stewards. The toilets were nice and there was no trouble getting around the ground.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

As for getting away from the ground, there was no trouble at all in fact I was out of my seat and into my seat onto the coach within about three minutes which was a huge positive. As the Millwall fans were few and far between throughout the match itself there was really no fans around to cause any trouble which was great.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
I had a great night out at Millwall, and despite the result which left us out of the cup it was a decent match overall and was nice to get such a warm welcome from the AFC Wimbledon players as they came out to begin a warm up. Overall a lovely looking ground that I’m sure on a Championship match day its buzzing.

Millwall v  Leicester City
Saturday April 14th 2012, 3pm
Championship League
Jack Stanley (Neutral fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

We weren't planning on going to this game at all. Me and a few friends were on a day out seeing and experiencing the wonderful attractions of London, and we were in town and went to London Paddington station at approx 1:30pm planning to get a tube to Waterloo. However inside the station, it was packed with football fans making their way to their respective games in London, plenty of West Ham fans were there especially. Seeing this really got us in the mood to go to a local game, and we picked Millwall v Leicester at The Den. I've always wanted to go there to experience it after hearing everything about it.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

At Paddington station we jumped onto the Bakerloo line and remained on it until we got off at Waterloo, where we swapped over and got onto the Jubilee line. We then got off at Bermondsey tube station and walked to the ground after receiving numerous directions. It took approx 20-25 mins of walking to reach the ground, and after walking through Bermondsey I can see why they say bad things about a visit to Millwall!
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We actually had a Burger King back at Paddington station before we decided to come to the game, so food wasn't an issue at this point.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

We walked down Ilderton Road (following the crowds) and couldn't see the ground, then everyone took a left turn into Zampa Road, and through the tunnel you can see it. We got to the ground just after half 2, and saw the blue bars on the back of the stands which make the ground look very modern indeed. We got our tickets from the ticket office and were sat in the East Stand upper tier, block 16 just to the left of the halfway line. These seats offered us a great view of the pitch and stadium, and were impressed considering they were some of the cheapest seats. However one problem we experienced throughout the afternoon was that when the sun comes up above the West stand (situated opposite), it gets in your eyes and is really annoying.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Millwall went into the game knowing that they were pretty much safe but a win would mathmetically confirm it, whereas Leicester still had a chance of making the play-offs. However defeat here would end their hopes, so we were expecting a fiesty game. Leicester started off well and were showing their quality on the ball as well as squandering a few good chances. But it was the Lions who moved into the lead after 23 minutes, a free kick was delivered from the right to the back post where captain Paul Robinson headed back across goal, and on loan Spurs striker Harry Kane was there to smash home into the top corner from close range. For the rest of the half Leicester had a lot of the ball but didn't do much with it, and Millwall were battling away creating a few chances. The most notable thing about Millwall was their work rate, especially the two lads up front Keogh and Kane.
Millwall came out in the second half looking for the second goal, and they got it on the 55th minute when Keogh cheekily dinked his penalty into the net from 12 yards to send The Den into raptures. Despite being 2-0 down and needing the win, Leicester didn't really show much and were letting Millwall boss the middle of the park, especially the lad Josh Wright who had a terrific game and looked a quality player. It was only in the last 10 minutes where Leicester started to play again, and on the 82nd minute substitute Danny Drinkwater finished well into the bottom corner from the edge of the box. This goal was to make it an anxious finish; but the Lions held on for a 2-1 win to secure their Championship status for another year and ending Leicester's hopes of sneaking into the play-offs.
The Den holds around 20,000 but it was just over half full with 11,525 turning up including 1,400 from Leicester. Despite this the atmosphere was generally good, with the top 2/3 rows of the upper tier of the stand to our left (South stand upper tier) making a good go of things. We noticed to our right, their were a group of about 100-200 Millwall fans on the end of the East upper creating a good atmosphere as well being situated next to the Leicester fans. The main song sung was 'no one likes us we don't care' and this 'miiiiiiiiiii' chant which does sound good to be fair, it also drowns out the oppositions' fans and makes it intimidating.  I thought the Leicester fans were a bit monotonous of their chanting of 'Leicester, Leicester,  Leicester...'.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Straight after the final whistle most of the crowd stayed behind to applaud the team off for surviving and gaining a good result, singing 'miiiiiiiiiii' at the same time. We walked around the stadium, under the tunnel through Zampa Road and then up Ilderton road to South Bermondsey train station. The train took about 4 minutes to get to London Bridge where we got off. Our train was full of Millwall fans who were continuing the 'miiiiiiii' chant into London Bridge station! However local rivals West Ham and Crystal Palace were also at home that day, and their fans reached London Bridge at approximately the same time causing a bit of aggro, At London Bridge we jumped on the Jubilee line and got off at Waterloo, changing over to the bakerloo line and getting off at London Paddington again.
Again at Paddington, there were plenty of West Ham fans, and because both scouse teams had played each other in the smei-final of the FA Cup at Wembley earlier that day, Paddington was covered with Liverpool and Everton fans. Most of the Everton fans we came across sounded to be true scousers whereas the Liverpool fans had some southern accents, surprise, suprise. Our train was delayed for an hour and when it did come about 800 people tried to clamber on! We managed to get seats and took about 40 mins to get back to Reading, getting back about half 7.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Considering we'd been in London since 10am and hadn't planned to go to the game, we all really enjoyed our day out apart from walking through Bermondsey! I've always said it, but after visiting The Den, I think it's a smaller version of Wolves' Molineux Stadium except both ends at Millwall are two tiered. The experience had increased my love for the city of London, what a place! I will definitely be visiting The Den again next season hopefully.

Millwall v Nottingham Forest
Championship League
Saturday 13th, August, 3pm, 2011
Jason Jandu (Neutral fan)

My first trip to a competitive match this season saw me making the journey to Bermondsey to see Millwall play Nottingham Forest in the Championship. I had decided upon this game, as it seemed the most attractive and affordable fixture near me on that particular weekend and also gave me my first opportunity to go to a ground which might have been a no-go for a lot of people until recent years. A friend of mine said that he thought I was “brave” to go there;  that said, Millwall have made great play in recent years of their efforts to make the club and their matches less intimidating to watch. With that in mind I wasn’t overly worried about going to The Den - although I did have the advantage of not going as an away fan, I guess.

The journey to the ground from my home in Bexleyheath involved a straightforward train to Peckham Rye and then one to South Bermondsey, after which a five minute walk down Ilderton Road and Zampa Road past a few burger stands and a cafe brought you to The Den. I must admit I didn’t do much hanging around before going into the ground, but I didn’t feel I had the time to as I had to collect my ticket from the box office first – which actually didn’t take long at all – and buy a programme for £3, the Millwall version of which is a very smart and well-designed small glossy magazine.

After making my way to the Cold Blow Lane end and going through a turnstile which could do with some WD40, I got into The Den itself. I would describe it as a modern, no-frills ground with its four, two-tier stands. The concourses were a bit on the dingy side with their bare breezeblocks and low-level lighting, but the blocks were well signposted. Generally it’s a smart enough ground compared to some of the others in the Football League.

Interestingly, the seating at the Cold Blow Lane end was unreserved so you could sit anywhere, which I preferred as I was able to get a seat behind the goal in the upper tier - albeit at the expense of having the guy next to me spread out and encroach onto my seat – but I doubt the few hundred Forest fans had the same luxury as they were flanked by police and stewards in the upper tier of the opposite North Stand.

After the pre-match routine of music and announcements – not that I could understand them, as Millwall’s PA system is a bit ropey – and Zampa the Lion prancing about with a brolly to emulate the Forest manager, the match began. The home fans saw Millwall dominate almost all of the first half against a lethargic looking Forest side. The workrate was high, the pressing was hard, the passing was crisp and this led to a deserved early goal when Darius Henderson flicked in a corner at the near post.

My half-time was spent not standing in a queue for either the toilets (strong bladder) or the food counters (resolved not to buy any food at matches anymore as it’s just too expensive) but watching the entertainment of a race between youngsters from both clubs around the perimeter of the pitch and trying to work out a new journey home; as news filtered through from the PA that South Bermondsey station was suffering severe delays and we’d all be better off going to other nearby stations instead, but more of that to come...

The second half began with Forest’s only period of dominance against a tiring Millwall side which culminated with Robbie Findlay hitting the post. But the match was fully secured by the home side when substitute Danny N’Guessan sprinted past Forest’s left-back and pulled the ball back from the by-line to be turned in by Liam Trotter – a goal which illustrated Millwall’s impressive wing play throughout the match.

The atmosphere was predictably noisy and raucous throughout the game from the Millwall fans, who launched into several blasts of the legendary Lions roar and took great and understandable pleasure in trying to get under Steve McClaren’s skin with chants of “where’s your brolly gone?” and “you let your country down”. You don’t need me to tell you that the language was very spicy at times but I didn’t feel that the atmosphere become overly hostile in any way, which as I mentioned at the beginning has become something people almost expect to be the case at Millwall matches.

During the second half the PA announcer repeatedly reminded us of the situation with South Bermondsey, but I begun to wonder whether this was a bluff in order to get both sets of supporters to disperse themselves more thinly at other nearby stations – and this combined with not really knowing alternative ways to get home made me go to South Bermondsey anyway. The approach road and staircase to the platform was inevitably lined with police vans and police officers to potentially deal with both sets of supporters ending up there, but fortunately I got there early enough to catch the last train heading to London Bridge for an hour to change over for one to Bexleyheath.

In conclusion, my trip to The Den was an enjoyable one overall. It would’ve been better had Nottingham Forest made an even match of it. I recognise that my experience might have differed had I been there as a Forest fan and not a neutral, but the most important thing was that at no point did I feel intimidated or threatened both within the Millwall ground or around the Millwall fans, which would seem to bear out the good work the club has done to quell the hostility around it.

If you keep yourself inconspicuous, and maybe steer clear of the volatile matches like Cardiff or West Ham, you should enjoy going to see Millwall too – particularly if they play as well as they did against Forest.

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Updated 21st October 2015