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Bunny's latest News Shopper article

I tried to post this on the thread but it didn't appear.

Completely one sided ....always the victim although I liked Karren Brady's comment which I believe has a germ of truth about it.

MILLWALL columnist MATT LITTLE was very surprised by the crowd disorder which marred the end of Saturday’s Den derby with neighbours Charlton.

IN 1995 the then managing director of Birmingham City Karren Brady gave journalists a sound-bite they could have only dreamed of.

Brady, young and inexperienced, was put on the spot by the assembled hacks, old and grizzled.

They were demanding to know why followers of Birmingham City had thrown objects at away fans, invaded the pitch several times, assaulted Millwall players, and stabbed a Police horse in this top of the table clash.

Miss Brady, clearly shaken, blurted out it was because “Millwall bring out the worst in people”.

Sadly for her, damning evidence meant this off-the-cuff piece of deflection didn’t work, with the media agreeing the Lions were, on balance, the victims for once.

But hey, it was worth a try.

As a result I had always just viewed that amusing sound-bite as just that - an amusing sound-bite from a club, also with a somewhat tarnished reputation, trying to wiggle off the hook at our expense.

However, after witnessing the usually sedate followers of Charlton Athletic throwing flares and plastic blue seats onto the hallowed Den pitch I’m starting to think dear old Karren may have been on to something.

I know we are in no position to be racing up any hills to take the moral high ground or to give out lectures about supporter etiquette, but I will say I was a bit disappointed by the scenes at the end of the match, given the backdrop.

Before Saturday I hadn’t attended a Millwall v Charlton game at The Den since 1994, when Alex Rae completed his brace in injury time to nick a 2-1 win for the Lions.

It was played out in front of a modest 13,320 crowd, with the several hundred Charlton fans taking their defeat on the chin and quietly heading off home without much fanfare.

Not many fans at a local derby would have taken such a sickening defeat so well, but that’s Charlton, or it was.

Perhaps the spirit of that period when Millwall and Charlton fans used to alternate between The Den and The Valley before football tribalism became so profound was still fresh in the minds of most of those in attendance?

My own granddad was one of those Millwall fans who used to tag along with his Charlton supporting friend to a few games at The Valley, with his mate returning the favour by accompanying him to The Den every now and then.

A lot of Millwall and Charlton fans are connected by family or friendship and it was in this spirit both clubs decided to use this particular fixture to hold another tribute to the Mizen and Knox families, both followers of the respective clubs.

Leaflets were handed out before the game by the Jimmy Mizen Foundation proclaiming the match as ‘Jimmy’s Day’.

Inside it spoke of family values and the aims of the foundation, with the overriding message being we need to work towards making south London, the community both clubs play in, a safer and better place for young people to live.

The players and managers of both clubs played their part too, with signed Millwall tops donated to the Jimmy Mizen Foundation, and the Charlton players donating theirs to the charity set-up in the name of Addicks fan Rob Knox.

I am all too aware I am on shaky ground here, but I was genuinely miffed as to why a section of Charlton fans decided to hijack the day with petty violence and try to turn this fixture into something more than the keenly contested local derby it has always been. Okay, okay, I am not so naïve not to recognise a lot of Charlton fans do not particularly like us, but I thought it had always been in a bickering sibling kind of way.

Charlton fans often try to taunt us by saying ‘I thought that you lot didn’t care about us’ when highlighting the fact we have sold-out their last two visits.

However, not only does this neglect the fact we have simply grown as a club in the last 10 years or so and have had plenty of home area sell-outs in that time, but it totally misconstrues the nature of the rivalry from a Millwall point of view.

Maybe this is our own fault?

We’ve become so entwined with the legend of Millwall hooliganism that by dismissing them as anoraks or train spotters, Charlton fans think that we trying to imply a certain indifference towards them, which is simply not true.

This is a big game for us, but as a genuine local rivalry, not as a bitter grudge match.

Turning the argument around, Charlton have brought over 3,500 fans on their last two visits.

Now, even the most ardent Addick will admit they don’t take this kind of support anywhere else, not even close.

As a percentage of home support Charlton’s away following is one of the lowest in the entire Football League.

Therefore this is obviously a massive match for them, so perhaps we should just put all that silliness down to over-excitement among some of their fans trying to prove a misguided point on their big day out.

I hope so because this is the only genuinely big match that we have left without any restrictions, hence why we can achieve 18,000 gates, whereas other home sell-outs have seen the bottom tier of the away end left empty and restricted us to 16,500 odd.

This is also a fixture which both clubs felt that they could come together to show support for two south London families touched by tragedy.

Let’s not ruin that kind of relationship.

Loathe us by all means Charlton fans, but don’t turn this derby into something ugly.

As for the actual match, well, despite being under-siege for the entire second half the Addicks manfully stood up to the onslaught to earn a rare point in this fixture.

We sorely missed Liam Trotter, James Henry and Darius Henderson, but to be fair Charlton defended brilliantly and would have been hard to beat even with those three back.

The draw extended our unbeaten run to 13 games and contrary to what Ms Brady thinks we brought out the best in Charlton Athletic, on the pitch at least.
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    Don't think it is too bad.
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    Pointless
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    must be a nice guy he can spell
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    Bunny you have wasted a ( no doubt considerable amount) of your time writing that up.
    It has no direction nor purpose.
    Which crowd are you trying to engage? I reckon even millwall fans couldn't be arsed to finish reading that.

    The NS aren't paying you to do this are they?
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    She is a knob
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    Decent but forgot Millwall's part in not celebrating Jimmy's day.

    Always the victims.
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    She was always going to have a dig at us though wasn't she?
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    have you ever seen so much fuss over a flare from both sets of fans????

    ooohhhhhh someone lit a bright light and some smoke got into the atmosphere! then when it got too hot they threw onto the empty turf, narrowly missing a ball boy by 35 foot.

    Hardly The Firm is it.
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    I dont think it's that condemning...just not a good read.
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    "Loathe us by all means Charlton fans, but don’t turn this derby into something ugly."


    That's a bit rich, isn't it? Exactly what I've seen many Millwall fans do for the last 45 years!
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    is Bunny a woman? If so, have we had her as a Would'ya yet?
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    Funny really how Bunny's constantly trying to downplay Millwall's hooligan element, yet a quick look at his Twitter page doesn't really do him any favors.
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    Not a terrible article, but the 'I'm more disappointed than angry' act is total nonsense. Bunny was angry about it and also revels in the association with hooliganism when it suits.
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    Is that by Bunny? Why does she feel the need to write under a masculine pen-name? She should be proud of her gender.
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    Funny that Bunny now writes for a Charlton audience and constantly refers to comments on CL.

    Can't see the point of the NS having two Charlton bloggers.

    Otherwise a bit of a dull read
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    is Bunny a woman? If so, have we had her as a Would'ya yet?

    If I'd been stranded on a desert island for ten years and my balls were dragging on the ground I just couldnt with a wall fan, no matter how gorgeous (ok thats not very likely) so it's a no from me.

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    Funny that Bunny now writes for a Charlton audience and constantly refers to comments on CL.

    Can't see the point of the NS having two Charlton bloggers.

    Otherwise a bit of a dull read

    It is peculiar, but then she's a pretty peculiar lady, don't you think? Always on here, trying to mix it with the boys.
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    Bunny Bunny Bunny.............Good mate a Millwall fan, all year apart from 2 days ex cups we dont speak, he cant because he wants to fight!! you have no idea IMHO....
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    Seems like many of the so called "better" millwall fans, tries to be sensible and talk about improving there club but still in the end go back to defending there club over there much larger percentage of hooligan element in there fanbase rather then really trying to deal with the issue.
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    Bunny Bunny Bunny.............Good mate a Millwall fan, all year apart from 2 days ex cups we dont speak, he cant because he wants to fight!! you have no idea IMHO....

    ...huh
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    Thought it was a bit patronising basically saying turn up get beat and go home quietly no run along charlton and dont did it again
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    There's a new sheriff in town bunny
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    Always the victims....
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    More rabbit than Sainsburys
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    Bunny.

    Maybe on jimmys day, the very last thing you would want your fans doing is the slit throat gesture. I guess you will pass the blame onto us for that as well.
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    edited December 2012
    "Now, even the most ardent Addick will admit they don’t take this kind of support anywhere else, not even close."

    How many did we take to Fulham?
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    the main points you get out of the article are:-

    > she fancies Karren Brady

    end
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    Victimwall.

    Scousers of London.
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    How many did we take to Fulham?


    Bunny wouldn't know that.

    In any case, it would spoil his argument.


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    "I hope so because this is the only genuinely big match that we have left without any restrictions, hence why we can achieve 18,000 gates, whereas other home sell-outs have seen the bottom tier of the away end left empty and restricted us to 16,500 odd"




    OTHER home sell outs?
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