Long-stand­ing Lions fan ANT MEADS ex­plains why he’s taken the life-chang­ing de­ci­sion to aban­don his boy­hood club...

Late Tackle Football Magazine - - CHANGING CLUBS -

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

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