Reading Hung Out To Dry On Saville Row

George Saville scored two late goals in the last ten minutes to rob the points for Millwall with a 2-1 victory over Reading at the New Den.

Lowly Reading were desperately unfortunate to return to Berkshire empty handed as the evenings underdogs put up a cracking performance against a shell shocked Millwall and yet a header and a volley from Saville was enough to nick the goodies and propel Millwall further up the Championship table.

Millwall are on a good run at the moment but this looked likely to come to a full stop as Reading gave as good as they got and can feel hard done by with this loss. Yet at long last Millwall have broken a 13 year hoodoo against the Royals with their first win in 13 matches in battle with them. You have to go back as far as 2004 when the Londoners last came up trumps against their rivals and yet when Dave Richards broke the deadlock for Reading after 73 minutes you could be forgiven for thinking that run would continue.

However cometh the hour, cometh the man as George Saville notched a brace for Millwall in the same week he was called up to the Northern Ireland squad for the forthcoming World Cup matches against Norway and Germany. Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland side are already guaranteed a top-two finish in their group and will no doubt finish runners up to the mighty Germany.

Saville was certainly on song as he headed home from Shaun Williams’ corner with 80 minutes on the clock and just five minutes after that the excellent Conor McLaughlin’s cross dropped to the midfielder on the 18 yard box and Saville met it with a first time left footed thunderbolt leaving keeper Vito Mannone clutching at air.

Millwall manager Neil Harris spoke a lot about belief from his team after the game:

“Just when you were thinking about getting more quality on the football to hurt them, we conceded a poor goal. The goals were good, but the belief is the key. At this level, against good sides, to come from a goal down is a big ask. They’ve built that belief during the last six weeks with their performances. I couldn’t see Reading scoring, and we didn’t particularly trouble their goalkeeper either. I’m really pleased for George Saville, he deserved his goals.

“We’re still in that transition period [from League One to Championship]. But beating Norwich, beating Leeds, beating Reading, three big clubs at this level, shows we so far well and truly deserve to be here.”

Reading boss Jaap Stam was less that positive in his verdict of the match:

“Cruel game. It’s very disappointing. You’re hoping to maintain 1-0 lead and that they’re going to play even more direct, if it’s possible. Last season we sometimes had that bit of extra luck maybe more than we have now. Most of the time if that ball falls in the box it works against us. But you need to make your own luck.

“Sometimes certain teams start very well in the beginning of the season and then towards the end they go down. Lets hope for us we’re starting slow and within a couple of weeks can start winning games again and have a good run towards the end of the season.”

The match had seen the away side dominate the game with two thirds of the possession however you have to do something with the ball when you’ve got it and Reading failed in that regard. Too many cross field balls meant Reading were going nowhere fast in the centre of the pitch. In fact Millwall were better value in the first half. The Royals also appeared devoid of flair and direction when they did attempt to make inroads against a stubborn Millwall back line.

A crowd of 10,399 saw the London club shoot up to 12th position and Reading stay where they were at the beginning of the evening in 18th place. A Reading win would have seen them leapfrog Millwall into 14th place.

Millwall’s next game is on Saturday when they will entertain a struggling Barnsley at the New Den with the knowledge that a win could put them into the top 10.

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Stalemate For Millwall At Preston

Millwall battled hard and came away with a well deserved point in a 0-0 draw against Preston North End at Deepdale.

Following last weeks 1-0 win against leaders Leeds United, the Londoners were up against another Championship top 4 team in Preston and the Lions did not disappoint as their resilience held up well against their promotion chasing rivals.

Millwall stay in 16th position but are now unbeaten in the last 3 games with decent performances in each and the defence looking steely and solid, something you couldn’t have said about the Lions back 4 earlier in the campaign.

In truth it wasn’t the most glamorous game with few chances for either side but a point is a point is a point.

In a game no-one is going to remember in six months time, Millwall fought hard for this point and Steve Morison came closest for the Lions but fired over in the first-half.

The Lions started well enough and did have the chance to take an early lead when George Saville’s shot was parried away by Chris Maxwell.

Preston went close when Tom Barkhuizen cut into the area from the right-hand side and his low show was tipped wide of the far post by Jordan Archer in between the Lion’s sticks.

Sean Maguire sliced the ball into the side-netting from eight yards just before the break and that was it in a less than captivating first half.

With 53 minutes gone Johnson slid Barkhuizen in behind and his low cross found Preston’s Josh Harrop with an open goal, but the forward couldn’t get enough contact as he lunged at the ball three yards out and it embarrassingly squirmed away.

Preston had a lot of possession with 62% but couldn’t do much with it mustering just 2 shots on target although Millwall who have now scored in only one away trip in their five games this season only managed one shot on target. Preston North End did try and push for the win in the latter stages but the Millwall defence stood firm.

The home team for their efforts have at least extended their unbeaten league run to six matches but found Millwall too impenetrable throughout.

There was little further goalmouth action after the break, with Jed Wallace going closest for the Lions, flashing an effort just past the post after a flowing move.

Preston have kept six clean sheets in their opening nine Championships matches this season, but it was a frustrating afternoon for the Lilywhites and manager Alex Neil.  In fact Preston always find Millwall difficult customers as they have failed to find the net against Millwall in their last four meetings.

It was very much a stop start game with both teams guilty of slowing the game down with 34 fouls in total and yet it wasn’t an overly physical or dirty game.

Preston manager Alex Neil had a few words to say after the match:

“We knew it would be a tough match and they made it that way. We matched that but I’d like to see us do a bit better. It’s a home game and we wanted to win it. If you want to be at the top end of the table you have to win types of games like that.

“These are the games you need to win 1-0. If you do that you go away thinking it’s a great three points.”

Millwall boss interviewed after the game Neil Harris said:

“I think it wasn’t the best quality performance by us. There were moments when we were disappointed in our attacking play, but we have to stand strong and get something out of the game and that’s what we did.

“We realised that we weren’t affecting the game going forward. I was pleased with all their performances and what’s pleasing is when you’re not playing very well, you have to do your defensive responsibilities and we did that well. It’s two clean sheets in a row. Clean sheets are hard to come by and I’m delighted for the group. The fans will go home happy and proud of the team.”

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Boco Rescues Orient With Late Strike

Leyton Orient came back from being two goals down to snatch a late draw as they stopped the recent slide in form with a 2-2 away draw at leaders Aldershot Town.

How Orient might relish Romauld Boco’s 82nd minute goal come the end of the season as the form book was totally against them coming into this match. Aldershot were top of the league and on a superb run of form. They were also at home with a boisterous set of fans applauding their every move. Orient were on a dreadful run shipping goals like sardines and unable to find the net themselves in any way, shape or form. On the back of three successive defeats the omens were not looking good for the East London side particularly as they went 2-0 down with only 20 minutes of the match gone.

Yet the O’s pulled up their strides, found a bit of confidence (something desperately lacking in the last few weeks) and by hook or by crook managed to salvage a point over in Hampshire with the clock ticking down.

You’ve heard the old adage repeated many a time by managers throughout football ‘It was a game of two halves’, well this wasn’t. This was a game of two segments, the first thirty minutes belonged to Town with the remaining 60 minutes all Orient and the O’s may even have been disappointed returning to the big smoke with just a solitary point for their efforts.

You could be forgiven for thinking that Orient on recent form might crumble like a chocolate Flake in a wind tunnel but the O’s were resilient, solid and at times irresistible in those 60 minutes and in the fog of a long season this might be seen as a barometer of how the Londoner’s campaign changed for the better.

The draw leaves Leyton Orient in 13th place in the 24 team National League but this gutsy effort from Orient saw them throw off the demons of the last month and shot the Aldershot Club off the top of the pile as the army town slipped to second in their quest for automatic promotion back to the league proper.

These two clubs hadn’t met in the league for exactly thirty years but it wasn’t long before a goal was in the offing and unfortunately it all started so badly for the O’s when the home team snatched the lead with only minutes gone. Aldershot’s Jim Kellermann looked to find a fellow team member and was lucky to see his pass deflect into the path of right-back Alexander and the defender, under no pressure whatsoever, rocketed it in in from the edge of the penalty area.

Aldershot manager Gary Waddock looked on his side to build on their opening goal and with only 20 minutes gone a simple long ball forward was badly defended by Sendles-White at the back for the O’s, he got himself into a muddle and Town’s McClure was in on goal. He controlled well and shot past a disgruntled Grainger and hey presto it was 2-0 before you could say boo to a goose.

Rather than cave in and dismantle it was the kick up the backside Orient required as they spent the next 10 minutes re-establishing themselves in the game and Steve Davis team showed tremendous character to get back into the match.

Orient pulled one back just before the break when Craig Clay headed in Jobi McAnuff’s free-kick to see the visitors go in 2-1 down at half time.

The second half was one way traffic and the game belied both the two teams current form and positions in the table. McAnuff was unlucky to hit the woodwork, and Jake Cole was in cracking form to deny O’s striker Macauley Bonne.

The O’s threw everything but the kitchen sink to get back onto level terms and Steve Davis’s men deservedly levelled when Romuald Boco rounded the goalkeeper to score with eight minutes of the match remaining and Clay could have bagged all three points for the away team but missed a golden opportunity to win it in the last seconds.

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Getting More from your Blackjack Game

If you’re looking for a player-friendly casino game, then look no further than blackjack. With the lowest house edge, out of all the popular casino games, it can deliver plenty of thrills and wins, and you can improve your game by remembering a few points.

With a house edge that can drop as low as 0.5% to 1%, even for inexperienced players, it is possible, as with poker, to significantly influence the probability outcomes with skill – though it must be stressed that, as in all gambling, there is a large element of chance involved.

Stripping things down to basics, the essential things in blackjack are knowing when to split, double down and take a hit.

Things you can do to statistically improve your odds

  • Split pairs of Aces and 8s.
  • Split pairs of 2s, 3s, 6s, 7s, and 9s (unless the dealer has a 7 or higher).
  • Double down with a total of 10 (unless the dealer has a 10 or Ace).
  • Double down with 11 (unless the dealer has an Ace).
  • Take a hit with 11 or less.
  • When you have between 12 and 16, take a hit if the dealer has a 7 or higher.
  • Don’t take hits when you have a hard hand of 17 or higher.
  • Always take a hit with a soft hand of 17 or less.
  • Take a hit if you have a soft 18 and the dealer has a 6 or less.

Things to avoid, to statistically improve your odds

  • Avoid splitting pairs of 10-value cards, like 10s, Jacks, Queens, and Kings.
  • Don’t buy insurance when playing Basic Strategy.
  • Avoid taking hits with a soft 19.

Basic Strategy

You should try to split pairs of 8s or Aces, as a pair of 8s total 16, which is the worst hand. On the flip side, a pair of 10-value cards gives you a total of 20, and equates to a good hand to risk.

Dealers must hit on 16 and stand on 17 under ‘dealer rules’, but players don’t have to follow this. When both player and dealer bust, the dealer will win, hence this rule only benefits the dealer.

Facts and Tips

  • Blackjack evolved from a game known as twenty-one, which dated from the late 16th or early 17th centuries, and was originally played in areas of France and Spain.
  • Today, blackjack is the most widely played casino banking game in the world.
  • Blackjack inspired both Spanish 21 and pontoon.
  • Overall chances of winning in blackjack are said to be around 42%.
  • The chance of winning six hands in a row is 0.99%.
  • The probability of a blackjack in a 6-deck shoe is a little lower than 5%.
  • Absolute probability refers to anything that happens more than 50% of the time, whereas relative probability is anything than happens less than 50% of the time. For blackjack, always think in terms of absolute probability (e.g. with a hard 18 it is an absolute probability you’ll go bust if you take another hit).
  • Always keep in mind how many cards there are in the pack, when you’re figuring out what cards can turn up.
  • Analyse the real statistical probability of a particular card appearing – you’ll want it to be as close to 50% as possible. If you’re assuming the dealer’s hole card is 10, because it “probably” is, consider that there are 16 from 52 cards that count as 10s, meaning that the probability of it being a 10 is less than 30%.

Card Counting

OK, so everyone has heard of card counting, but what exactly is it, and can it help?

Hi-Lo Strategy: consider that high valued cards (10s, faces and aces) count as ‘-1,’ the low valued cards (2-6) count as ‘+1,’ with 7s, 8s, and 9s making ‘0.’ The aim is to get a picture of all of the cards appearing in the game, or a ‘running count.’ For example: K, A, 2, 7, J, 9, 3, 5, K. You count: -1 -1+1+0-1+0+1+1-1= -1. This makes it possible to count the real casino edge at a particular time.

But, you will also count the ‘True Count’ i.e. divide the running count by the number of decks. For example, if your running count is 6, and there are 5 decks left, that’s 6/5 = 1.2. A higher true count signifies a higher advantage over the casino.

But, before you get too excited, because in online software-run blackjack games online the decks are automatically shuffled after each hand, card counting doesn’t work. Even with online live dealer blackjack, in which a traditional shoe is used, card counting sounds like a useful trick, but in reality, has been proven to only increase chances of winning by a slither, and you’ve got to be seriously good to pull it off.

Also, remember, that most land-based casinos these days consider card counting to be against the rules, and you may well get booted out for attempting it!

All About Attitude

Of course, as with any game where chance plays a large part, the critical rules to follow in order to get the most from your game are actually ones of self-control. Always make sure you are betting with money that you can afford to lose – only then will you be able to remain calm and level-headed. Always look at the big pictures, as everyone will have good and bad days. Don’t get disheartened when things aren’t going your way, but likewise, don’t get carried away when you’re on to something good.

Blackjack is, at the end of the day, a game of pure mathematical probabilities. A better understanding of how those probabilities are working will enable you to take advantage of them, but can never guarantee success. First and foremost, learn the rules thoroughly, before you start playing for money. Then, as you go forward, follow your head (remember, maths is a cold, unemotional beast), not your heart.

Being as though blackjack has very clear-cut rules, and statistics that can be studied, solid probabilities can be worked out. For example, if a dealer is standing on a soft 17, he will, statistically speaking, go bust approximately 29% of the time. Knowing these probabilities allows players to make educated decisions to improve their odds, unlike in games like roulette which feature blind odds.

Above all, always remember to keep the following in mind when playing blackjack:

  • Set a bankroll and never go over that.
  • Never, ever, ever drink whilst playing.
  • Make sure you aren’t distracted when playing.
  • Know when to walk away. Never chase losses.
  • Remember that, as with any gambling, statistically you are likely to lose more times than you win. This doesn’t mean you can’t end up making a profit, but you should never bank on it.
  • Never believe anything or anyone who claims they have a ‘guaranteed’ winning strategy.
  • Above all, remember it is a game and you should always be playing because you enjoy the game!

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Millwall Football Club Entertains EnergyBet

Millwall football club entertains EnergyBet as they take on table topping Leeds United at the Den. New in stadium betting partners, EnergyBet are treated to a good lunch and even better football.

I was there together with Russell Yershon the UK Country Manager, representing EnergyBet, a new and progressive sports betting company, and the in-stadium betting partner of Millwall FC. The synergy of this partnership is clear. Both Millwall FC and EnergyBet are at key stages of development. Like Millwall, EnergyBet wants to establish itself in the top flight and win over new fans. Also like Millwall, EnergyBet has chosen a blend of youth and experience to help them achieve this. We also have a ‘Top’ manager 🙂

Millwall FC – The Family Club

This club has had to deal with a fair amount of negativity over the years. It has gained a reputation, and that reputation isn’t good. However, the global image of Millwall football club has undergone a spectacular transformation recently. So much so that they now receive accolades where once there was only criticism.

Many were surprised when Millwall FC was named ‘Family club of the year’ by the English football league in 2016. Let’s be honest it surprised me! However, from the moment that I entered the vicinity of the ground I encountered only happy, friendly, (mostly) positive fans. Many of the faithful were predicting a tough match against the league leaders. One fan though suggested that Millwall would lose 3-0! I must have been stood at the wrong end of the ground because 3-0! Honestly! I don’t know how he could face his kids in the morning.

This club has worked hard to establish itself as a family club, and it shows. ‘The Millwall family’ are as dedicated and loyal supporters as you will find in the Championship. It came as no surprise to them when they were given this award.

Stuart Lock – Head of Commercial & Retail at Millwall FC with Nick Shephard  – VIP Hospitality & Events Manager in EnergyBet

Millwall Entertain

There’s a line from one of Millwall football club’s terrace chants, which goes, Let ’em all come down to the Den. Well, Leeds United came down, but they didn’t really turn up. Millwall dominated the game from the very start.

Millwall is a club that prides itself on its academy and its youth. There was some genuine fine young talent out on that pitch. They were not in any way overawed by the mighty Leeds. Quite the opposite, the young Lions tore into Leeds United. They were however, unable to convert their chances. That all changed in the 73rd minute when Aiden O’Brien converted a Jed Wallace low cross to finally give Millwall the lead.

With 20 shots at goal for Millwall, compared with only 6 for Leeds it could have been a lot worse for the visitors, and their supporters knew it. I happened (just by chance) to meet up with some of their fans after the game and they reluctantly admitted that Millwall had outplayed them. If Millwall could consistently keep up that level of play during the season then (in my opinion) the play-offs are a distinct possibility.

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Hartlepool Beat The O’s

Orient continued their poor form of late with their third consecutive defeat, 2-1 to a Hartlepool team brimming with confidence at Brisbane Road.

Having started the season so well Leyton Orient are dropping down the National League table like flies as Hartlepool in difference are climbing the table thanks to a Rhys Oates winner two minutes into the second half that was enough to grab all three points for the visitors.

This was the second home defeat on the trot and the Orient team are not only out of form but are losing every game without much fight of late. Only two and a half weeks ago there was a 20 place difference in the league between the two clubs with a buoyant Orient team sitting in second and Hartlepool down in 22nd place. Today Orient have slipped dramatically to 13th while Hartlepool aren’t far behind and up to 15th and breathing down the necks of their East London opponents.

It’s difficult to see exactly where things are going wrong but the O’s midfield seems to be over run almost constantly of late and a lot of passion and heart appears to be missing from the team in general, a far cry from the opening 7 or 8 games of the season where there was a real expectancy from the fans and the club.

The goal difference of -3 is sending out alarm bells too. Minus three is not good for a team hopeful of promotion in 2017/18 while in contrast Hartlepool who are on a fantastic run of 4 wins and a draw in the last 5 games are on a better goal difference of only minus one.

A decent crowd of 3,867 were hoping to see the O’s get back on track following consecutive defeats to Halifax Town and Boreham Wood but they were to be hugely disappointed as Hartlepool came to Orient with a solid game plan that worked like concrete.

It was only a few months ago that these two teams were slugging it out like retired boxers on a last pay day and inevitably both teams weren’t good enough and were relegated from the Football League for the first time in both their respective histories. However the old adage of a new broom sweeping clean couldn’t have been more apt as both clubs had a major clearout of personnel over the summer. At first Leyton Orient were on fire (we’ll forget the Bromley massacre) while Hartlepool couldn’t light up a barbecue. However the last few weeks their contrasting results have proved an eye opener with Hartlepool finding bite and eagerness and Orient struggling to make any impact and looking woefully out of their depth at the current time.

Orient started well enough and opened the scoring as early as the 18th minute when David Rooney’s shot from Josh Koroma’s superb through-ball was excellently saved by goalkeeper Scott Loach between the sticks but the loose ball was tucked away nicely by Jobi McAnuff and a sense of relief rang around a mainly jubilant Brisbane Road.

In fact Orient could have been 2-0 up as Macauley Bonne came close to adding a second as his half-volley across the keeper came back off the left-hand post and away to safety.

The game which was surprisingly televised by BT Sport of all people looked to be heading for the break with the O’s a goal to the good but it was not to be as Hartlepool’s Jonathan Franks smartly turned the ball home after a free kick had not been dealt with by the Orient defence who looked out of sorts.

A goal apiece at the break and It got worse for the East Londoners immediately after the break. Just over a minute had gone into the second half when Nicky Deverdics’ pinpoint free-kick was superbly headed home by Rhys Oates. A sucker punch for the O’s and they never really recovered.

Pool striker Ryan Donaldson’s deflected shot hit the right-hand upright, and although at the other end Orient’s Bonne was denied by Loach and Koroma had a goal ruled out for offside, Hartlepool were victorious.

Leeds Shocked By Electric Londoner’s

Millwall turned the form book upside by beating top of the table Leeds United by a goal to nil at the New Den to send the visitors back to Yorkshire with ‘nowt’.

The London team were good value for their win as an Aiden O’Brien 73rd minute goal was enough to silence the travelling fans as Millwall deservedly overcame Leeds United to end the Championship leaders’ unbeaten start to the season.

A dominant Lions could and should have wrapped the game up a lot earlier. The home side had a whopping 20 shots to Leeds United’s 6 shots none of which the away side’s efforts were on target at all. The corner count was just as bad reading for the visiting team as they could only muster 2 in the whole game while a rejuvenated Millwall managed 14.

If the scoreline was a surprise so was the manner in which Leeds lost as United had won all three of their previous away games this season but were definitely on ‘Planet Inadequate’ as Millwall took the game to the Yorkshire club.

An attendance of 16,447 saw Millwall breathe life into their season and move them up to 16th position in the Championship. A defeat would have left them hovering above the relegation places. Meanwhile Leeds still retain the lead in the league but manager Thomas Christiansen will be wondering where it all went wrong on their day trip to London.

The fact that Millwall left it until only 17 minutes from time when O’Brien fired home from Fred Onyedinma’s pass would have left The Lion’s fans sweating a bit. Still better late than never and fully deserved for the Londoners who also saw a Steve Morison effort ruled out for offside, while Jed Wallace hit the post with a volley from 20 yards.

The Yorkshire team also finished with 10 men after Pontus Jansson went off injured after Christiansen had used all their substitutes, however they were second best to a Millwall side who have now won eight of their last nine home league games against Leeds, including the last four games without conceding a goal.

Leeds were without captain Liam Cooper because of the back injury he picked up in the win over Birmingham this week and were on the back foot from the start as Morison was denied by the offside flag and saw an effort cleared off the line by Cooper’s replacement Conor Shaughnessy.

Felix Wiedwald between the sticks for Leeds was Man of the Match pulling off a string of saves to deny Steve Morison, Shaun Williams and Shaun Hutchinson as his defence were mauled by the Lions.

Kalvin Phillips flicked a header wide from Leeds’ best chance but, after Wallace hit the woodwork, O’Brien made no mistake with his opportunity to secure Millwall’s second victory of the season.

Interviewed after the game Millwall manager Neil Harris had this to say about the game:

“We’ve played in a lot of games this year where we’ve been as good as that and not got the points, so it’s very pleasing to play that well and get the three points. We worked very hard on Thursday and Friday to make sure the team’s got a game-plan to stop them playing, and the credit goes to the players for executing it.

“Not only were we the better team on the pitch, with the ball and without the ball, but you’ve got to remember that last Saturday at Wolves, almost an identical team played for 30 minutes with 10 men.”

Head coach Thomas Christiansen in reply for Leeds was relatively upbeat despite his team being out fought and out thought throughout the majority of the match:

“I want to see a reaction after a defeat. We have to learn from our mistakes and bring it to the next game. I cannot complain (about) the players for anything because if we are in the first position, still now, it’s because of them, so I will not complain for one loss in a very bad game.

“I’m of course not happy with the result, but we have to face the fact that we didn’t play a good game and Millwall deserved this win.”

Next up for Millwall is an away match at Preston next Saturday.

 

Getting to Know Millwall FC

EnergyBet has just entered into an exciting 2-year partnership with South-East London based Millwall FC – one of Britain’s most fascinating and famed football clubs. So, we thought we’d put together a few interesting facts about The Lions!

Millwall, just not in Millwall

Did you know that Millwall FC doesn’t actually play in Millwall, and haven’t done so since 1910! Yep, though the club originally formed as Millwall Rovers, in the Isle of Dogs area of London’s Docklands way back in 1885, they have long been based south of the River Thames, in Bermondsey.

Blue and White Forever

Ever wondered where Millwall’s iconic blue and white colours come from? They are very reminiscent of the Scottish flag for sure, and that’s for a good reason! When the club formed as Millwall Rovers, it was pretty much the company team of JT Morton – an Aberdeen based preserve manufacturer that had expanded by opening a canning factory on the banks of the River Thames just over a decade earlier.

Changing Grounds, Changing Names

Interestingly Millwall have had three different names. First off was, as we’ve seen, Millwall Rovers, then they became Millwall Athletic in 1889. Their present name of Millwall Football Club wasn’t adopted until 1920. It wasn’t just the names that changed in the early years either: Millwall had no fewer than four different grounds on the Isle of Dogs, before moving to the famous Den stadium, and then finally to the New Den – that is, once again, simply known by today’s fans as the Den.

Famous Fans

Millwall’s fans are well-known for their dedication and passion, easily being amongst the most loyal in English football, and they also have their fair share of celebrity fans, from notable Londoners to Hollywood A-listers, including comedian, DJ and writer Danny Baker, boxer David Haye, actors Daniel Day-Lewis, Denzel Washington, Emilio Estevez, Gary Oldman and Blake Harrison (of The Inbetweeners fame), TV presenters Michael Barrymore, Gregg Wallace (Masterchef) and Claudia Winkleman, entertainer Des O’Connor, journalist Ron Liddle, musician Lars Frederiksen (Rancid), and the singer Morrissey. Now that’s quite a star-studded supporters club!

Record Scorers and Victories

Who holds the goalscoring record for The Lions? That would be Neil Harris, who notched up an impressive 138 goals, passing previous record holder Teddy Sheringham’s total of 111 back in 2009. We wonder if anyone from the current squad will be smashing this record at some point in the future? Millwall’s biggest ever victory margin was achieved in 1927, when they beat both Torquay United and Coventry City by 9-1 at the Den, but we’re sure there’s another, even bigger victory lying ahead!

Home-Grown Talent

Unusually for a contemporary English club, The Lions currently have a squad dominated by home-grown talent, with no less than 20 English players, 2 Northern Irishmen, 1 Scot and 1 Welshman, though there are also players hailing from as far afield as Ireland, Australia, Canada, Nigeria and Antigua and Barbuda.

League Achievements

Currently playing in The Championship, the second tier of English football, The Lions have played 90 seasons in the Football League (1920-21 to 2016-17), during which time they’ve been promoted eleven times and, unfortunately relegated ten times – moving up and down between the second and third tiers of the league. However, for a brief period of glory from 1988-90, Millwall did play in the First Division. A memorable occasion for Millwall, was reaching the FA Cup final and qualifying for the UEFA Cup, in 2004 – The Lions had previously reached the FA Cup semi-finals in 1900, 1903, 1937 and 2013. Another notable moment was winning the Football League Group Cup in 1983.

Londoners and Proud

Millwall, as a club, epitomises that indefatigable London spirit – with a ‘no surrender’ attitude and a down-to-earth view on life. To underline this, the official club song, “Let em’ Come” by Roy Green is played as The Lions and the visiting team walk on to the pitch at the Den. Written specially for Millwall, the song’s lyrics reflect traditional London culture, including that unsettling local delicacy of jellied eels, and drinking a glass of beer before a match.

Over the years Millwall have also used such musical gems as “London Calling” by the Clash and “Town Called Malice” by The Jam, to get fans warmed up, and the epic “Rockin’ All Over the World” by Status Quo is played after every home win. One things for sure, Millwall aren’t afraid of making some noise!

Long Running Rivalry

No discussion of Millwall would be complete without a mention of local rivalry. Out of all the football clubs in England, The Lions share perhaps the most intense rivalries of all – especially with West Ham United! In fact, the clubs have seldom met in recent years, as they play in different leagues, with the majority of matches played long ago, before the First World War (60 between 1899 and 1915)! In total, they’ve clashed 99 times, with Millwall winning 38, drawing 27 and losing 34. But, if there is one thing that The Lions are proud of, it is history, so the rivalry looks set to continue, though with a distinctly friendlier nature than in the far past!

The Future

As we’ve seen, Millwall FC are a fascinating club with a colourful and proud history, and EnergyBet is absolutely thrilled to be partnering with such a determined team and dedicated fans. With so many matches lying ahead, in a very competitive league, no one can predict the future, but we’re confident that The Lions will be giving it their very best, with that true London spirit, and EnergyBet will be with them every step of the way!

 

Halifax Knock The Stuffing Out Of Orient

Halifax Town came away from Brisbane Road with all 3 points as they out witted the O’s with a combative performance in a 3-0 win.

Leyton Orient came into the game looking to come back from last Saturday’s defeat at Boreham Wood to return to winning ways but it never looked likely from the off as the visitors took the lead on only 5 minutes.

Orient looked shell shocked throughout the game against a Halifax team on a great run who could absorb pressure whenever the O’s pressed in the last third of the pitch. Two defeats on the bounce now for the O’s which will put a few question marks over manager Steve Davis’ teams direction. In four days those 2 defeats have seen no goals scored and 5 conceded and will certainly ring a few alarm bells. It’s obviously far too early to say that Orient are in trouble but it’s sharp contrast to a fortnight ago when the O’s were riding high in second place in the National League table.

Town to be honest looked cool, classy and in control and if you were a neutral you would have bet your bottom dollar that Halifax were the home team. With this win the Shaymen moved up to second in the league. Perhaps Leyton Orient could do with their own Shamen as this was a poor performance in front of exactly 3,600 paying punters.

This defeat sent the O’s down to 9th place in the division and more worryingly with a goal difference of minus two, currently the worst goal difference of the top 16 teams!

Due to injuries if there are any excuses then the O’s had no choice but to make two changes to the team from Saturday’s defeat at Boreham Wood. Orient were without first-choice centre back George Elokobi and Josh Coulson after the pair picked up hamstring and groin injuries respectively.

Jamie Sendles-White made his full debut for Leyton Orient against a Halifax Town team that had made the lengthy trip down to East London. Sendles-White, a summer signing, was handed his first Orient game in a competitive fixture and the former Swindon Town defender lined up alongside Michael Clark, one of several youth graduates in Steve Davis’ squad. In all Davis made five changes as James Dayton also missed out due to a tight hamstring, so Rommy Boco was given another chance on the right. Henry Ochieng and David Mooney who both had extremely poor games at the weekend were also dropped to the bench as well with Alex Lawless and Matt Harrold coming into the starting line up.

After Saturday’s gutting performance it was another bitterly disappointing match for Steve Davis’ team, as they saw their strong form at Brisbane Road come to an abrupt halt with their first defeat at home this season and their first home defeat in the National League.

It started badly for the O’s and never really improved as Tom Denton flicked on for former Liverpool striker Adam Morgan to rocket the ball home with just 5 minutes on the clock.

Orient were over run by the speed and cohesion of the Halifax midfield and Denton powered home a bullet of a header to double the lead in the 29th minute. In between Matt Harold almost scored for the O’s with a header from a McAnuff cross but it whizzed wide of the Town goal.

Macauley Bonne had a couple of chances off target and one other went begging when hitting the target appeared an easier option while McAnuff produced a wonderful 25-yard strike, but saw his effort ricochet off the inside of the post and away from danger.

The rain came down just like on Saturday and again Orient were second best and went 3-0 down from a penalty. Clark was adjudged to brought down Denton inside the penalty area and referee Christopher Pollard awarded a penalty on 73 minutes. Kosylo stepped up, made no mistake and sent Grainger the wrong way.

The 153 Halifax supporters would have returned to the North happy as Steve Davis his men return to the drawing board.

Next up is Hartlepool United on Saturday, the team relegated with the O’s last season.

EnergyBet Signs 2-Year Sponsorship with Millwall FC

EnergyBet is pleased to announce a new two-year in-stadia betting partnership with Millwall Football Club.

One of the oldest football clubs in the capital (being originally founded as Millwall Rovers way back in 1885), Millwall FC is famous for its rich heritage and passionate fans, and EnergyBet is thrilled to be given the opportunity to be a part of its bright future.

The exciting deal will enable Lions fans to make the most of EnergyBet’s mobile betting service at The Den on matchdays.

Energybet.com will also be running numerous online promotions especially for Millwall fans, offering ‘money can’t buy’ prizes, bonuses, and special odds for matches.

The entire EnergyBet team will be rallying around The Lions this season, and are determined to help make the next two years among the most successful in the club’s long and illustrious history. Make sure you look out for the EnergyBet team (including the stunning EnergyGirls) at every match!

Orient Express Derailed At Boreham Wood

Orient endured a bad day at the office as they came crashing down to earth in front of a record attendance as Boreham Wood thrashed them 2-0 in a game where the scoreline flattered the O’s.

1,920 crammed into Boreham Wood’s Meadow Park ground to witness Leyton Orient second best for most of the match as goals from Dan Woodards and Kieran Murtagh were enough to send Orient home empty handed and the club drop down the table to 4th position in the National League.

Worse still was that with six minutes to go George Elokobi limped off possibly with a hamstring problem. Elokobi who has been an absolute rock for the O’s so far this season will be assessed on Monday to see if he will be available for Tuesday’s game against former league team Halifax Town.

Orient suffered a reality check as the train came off the tracks in their push for automatic promotion back to the league as Boreham Wood’s patient fluid style allowed them to over run the O’s in the middle of the park.

The home side climbed up to eighth but the scoreline should have seen Boreham Wood finish the game with more goals as Bruno Andrade missed a golden opportunity to snatch a third late in the match.

The Wood as they are affectionately known to the Meadow Park faithful certainly had the O’s barking up the wrong tree and realistically could have wrapped up the game by half time if they had taken their chances. Instead Orient can count themselves lucky to be down by only a single goal at the break.

The O’s went into the match with three wins and one draw from their previous four games, 10 points from a possible 12 but were hardly invincible in the rain as Steve Davis men were cut down to size.

Orient were unchanged from the 4-1 win over Guiseley last Saturday as Davis stayed with Henry Ochieng in the middle and David Mooney up front.

Boreham Wood included ex-Orient winger Blair Turgott (his name always sounded like a brand of washing up liquid) in their starting formation after he joined on loan from Stevenage as late as Friday.

In the first ten minutes Orient started well with efforts from Ochieng and Clay that were high and wide but it turned out to be their best patch of the game as Boreham Wood came out of the forest to dominate in large chunks.

Bruno Andrade had an effort curl away from the Orient goal as The Wood really took the game to the O’s and sustained a significant period of pressure and eventually the Leyton Orient defence caved in.

Kieran Murtagh fired past O’s keeper Grainger but Elokobi got back to clear off the line. His clearance only went as far as Danny Woodards and the left-back drilled home from 12 yards with 35 minutes played.

Orient almost nicked an undeserved equaliser just before half time as David Mooney played a brilliant through ball straight through the Boreham Wood defence. Bonne the O’s striker latched on to it but snatched at the chance and fired over and the ball actually went out of the ground with Alan, the Boreham Wood cocker spaniel mascot looking on in relief.

In the second half it wasn’t long before Orient were right under the cosh and they were two down by the 50th minute. Elokobi played a ball your Grandmother would have been disappointed with as he passed without looking and Bruno Andrade picked up the loose pass before cutting back for Murtagh to slot past Grainger.

Andrade almost notched just before the hour but shot just wide and Shaun Jeffers was set up perfectly but the home forward also tapped wide.

There was no urgency in the O’s which was frustrating even with Davis making all three changes. When Elokobi limped off with with 7 minutes remaining the game was already up and the visitors had to finish the game with 10 men.

Orient did create a decent opportunity in additional time when Bonne found Koroma and he screamed past the defender, but could only shoot wide of goal.

Tuesday’s home game against Halifax will be a good barometer of where Leyton Orient really are  after 10 matches of the season as Halifax are up to sixth place following their 3-2 win against Maidenhead on Saturday.

 

Leyton Orient, EnergyBet Player of the Month

If you’re an Orient fan, make sure you vote for August’s EnergyBet Player of the Month! You could win a pair of hospitality tickets and the opportunity to present the award to the winning player, on the pitch, before a game!

To vote, just head over to EnergyBet’s Twitter @energybet_com and chose from one of the following four nominated players:

Charlie Grainger

Wearing the O’s number one shirt this summer, Grainger has made some crucial saves, and can claim three clean sheets over the course of August.

George Elokobi

As one of the O’s newest players, Elokobi has quickly made his mark as a capable defender, and scored his first goal in the 3-1 home victory against Solihull Moors.

James Dayton

Another new Orient player, Dayton has already proven to be a solid, dependable player, providing a number of assists and being central to the O’s wins in the opening month of the season.

Macauley Bonne

The O’s top scorer in August, racking up four goals throughout the month, Bonne has demonstrated skill, energy and enthusiasm, and has stood out as one of the teams’ real powerhouses.

So, make your decision and go to @energybet_com to vote. You can vote until 10am on Monday, 11th September, and the winner will be announced shortly after.



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