The Den. The stadium which can arguably produce the best football atmosphere in the world in relation to the number of fans that make it. There is truly no other place on Earth quite like it. Despite the horrendous reputation that the British press has given Millwall Football Club, and subsequently forced down the British public's throats, the ground truly is a family friend vicinity which can hold up to 20,000 passionate, friendly and banter-loving football fans who all just want to see their beloved football team win. If you're in and around Bermondsey at 3:00pm on a Saturday afternoon, pop in and see for yourself. Tickets range from £10-£28 depending on age and seating area.
Sports fans from time to time can get a little unruly. Opposing football fans especially enjoy beating each other around the head with whatever they can lay their hands on. It is unfair to tarnish all fans this way though because not everyone is like that. Going to watch a football team should be an enjoyable occasion and often is.
Going to watch Millwall FC play football tends to have an edge of violence circling like vultures over a fresh corpse.
I was unlucky enough to be at the ground when Millwall lost. The Millwall fans are well known for violence. Being in the vicinity of large groups of clearly unhappy, agitated and clearly under the influence men who have just lost a game is not pleasant.
The abuse and threat of violence is unsettling and unpleasant. There are several great football grounds to watch a game in London, Millwall FC is not one of them.
I have made three visits to the New Den. Twice as an away fan and once in the home end. The repuation of Millwall FC goes before them and this ground was one of the first all seater stadiums in Europe finished in the early 1990's.
I can reccommend going to the ground to watch a game. It is a unique expereince. The stadium has four identical sides both with two tiers but the top tier is the favoured one so you could get to see a game with empty lower tiers pitch side.
The home fans sit in one behind the goal end and both sides. The fans love a singsong and to bait the away fans who give it back verbally from the safety of their own end, entrance and exit to the local station south Bermondsey. This is served by trains taking four minutes from London Bridge so most away fans do their pre and post match drinking there.
Tickets range from £10-20 depending on the game and can often be bought on the door or from millwalltickets.com
I love The New Den - there's arguably no better place to watch a football match. Millwall and their fans have a reputation for being a bunch of thugs. Is this true? Quite possibly. That's kind of why I like it.
I get to live vicariously through going to Millwall. I am well behaved and polite in general. But when I'm mixed in with a few thousand fans, screaming offensive expletives at mildly talented footballers - I get to be someone else. Of course, I don't have parents or girlfriends to live up too when I'm at Millwall. It's just me and a heap of bitter Millwall fans, most of them scarred by years of underachievement.
What's hilarious is that Millwall are kind of victimised. Referee's hate them. You are guaranteed to see blatent penalties waved away and perfectly legal goals ruled offside. Last season when Millwall played Oldham, the ref literally sprinted off the pitch at the end because he was petrified by what the fans would do to him after his abysmal performance. And this is what I love about Millwall. I mean, as I sit there with my Kit-Kat and badly-brewed tea; I'm not going to hurt anyone, I'm not going to offend anyone, but I can, at least for 90 minutes, pretend there is the possibility.
Oh and one piece of advice. If you have a friend who is a West Ham fan, don't take them. Trust me.
Sure their hooligan following is more famous than the club and that is the problem. The club is never able to get past this and move up and win things. Seriously, why is their fiercest rivals West Ham able to actually win FA Cups and do some damage once in a while in the Premiership with a similar supporters base?
Something has to give and the New Den seems not to have done the trick.
The football game was fun! When I went to the new den, they were playing against Scunthorpe, and I was talking to an enthusiastic fan next to me, saying how crazy and chaotic the games get, and I was able to slightly witness it. The venue was difficult to get to, but it was a fun game, especially since Millwall won! next time i suggest learning the chants so you will be prepared to sing a long with the fans.
Been to Millwall a few times and i must say it has done very well to get ride of that bad club image so thumbs up to them.
Millwall the best club in London, nothing better to do on a Saturday afternoon. This ground is amazing when a big game is on! The crowds here are the most passionate in the country and for people who think Millwall are just thugs, times have changed and this is now a pretty freindly family club on match days, and I go quite offen and I never really see any trouble! A must see in London
I take my 9 year old to Millwall every week, she loves it! The cafe in the grounds is our main stop when we get there. She always comes away with a few autographs aswell. MILLWALL TIL I DIE
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