WHY I HAD TO QUIT MILLWALL
Long-standing Lions fan ANT MEADS explains why he’s taken the life-changing decision to abandon his boyhood club...
after the Millwall Community Scheme and asking, ‘Tranmere away, you got a mascot yet? Cos if not, my lad will do it’. So that was the reason we left a family holiday in Devon on a Tuesday morning in 1988 and travelled the length of the country for me to run out in the freezing cold at Prenton Park before leaving after the final whistle, doing the seven-hour journey back down and carrying on with the holiday. It’s fair to say my parents were committed to ensuring I had the best possible Millwall experiences. When Millwall finally made it to the top tier, for the first time in their history, we bought season tickets. We then proceeded to do almost every away game that season too.
The excuses sent in to school mainly focussed on doctors and dentists that insisted on my leaving primary school at lunchtime on a Tuesday most weeks. And of course returning with jet lag and frostbite from another lengthy journey to Old Trafford or Goodison.
My parents divorced when I was only 13 but those memories of travelling the length and breadth of the country to watch our team will live in the memory long after I’ve forgotten a