Vital QPR takes a look at Championship side Millwall
FACTS & FIGURES
Founded: 1885 as Millwall Rovers
Nickname: The Lions
Ground: The Den – 20146
Manager: Kenny Jacket
FA Cup – Runners Up: 2004
Football League Division Two – Winners: 1987-88
Football League Second Division – Winners: 2000-01
Football League One Playoffs – Winners – 2009-10
Football League One Playoffs – Runners Up – 2008-09
Football League Third Division (South): Winners: 1927-28, 1937-38
Auto Windscreen Shield – Runners Up: 1998-99
Record Attendance: 48,672 v Derby County (New Den, 1937)
Record league victory: 9-1 v Torquay United (Division Three (South) 29.08.1927)
Record league defeat 1-8 v Plymouth Argyle (Division Two, 16.01.1932)
Record Buy: Paul Goddard – £800,000 from Derby County
Record Sale: Mark Kennedy – £2,300,000 to Liverpool
Record Appearances: Barry Kitchener – 602
Record Goals: Neil Harris – 135
Millwall, like their fellow promotees Leeds United, are now able to put years of toil and struggle behind them as they finally ascend back to the Championship.
Victories over Swindon Town not only secured their playoff place, but also their Championship status as former QPR man Kenny Jackett saw the Lions to promotion.
This is a very different test for his side, with the standard of play ramping up somewhat and effort alone will not be sufficient against some of the more experienced sides at this level.
Millwall desperately need a good start to the campaign if they are to retain their Championship status this season, and in my opinion are destined to spend the season fighting against the drop.
The effort, desire and commitment should see them through if they can get runs together at the right time of the season, but they lack the depth and talent in their squad to challenge higher.
Both they and Crystal Palace will be tussling at the foot of the table, but the Lions should have enough to stay in the division if they retain the same commitment applied to previous campaigns.
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