Mill­wall’s Foot­ball League Tro­phy win­ners of 1982-83

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Neil Fissler

MILL WALL keeper Paul San­some be­lieves win­ning the Foot­ball League Tro­phy helped the for­tunes of the club turn around.

The Tro­phy was sup­posed to be a pre-sea­son com­pe­ti­tion which was in­tro­duced to re­place pre-sea­son friendlies and took place a week be­fore the league pro­gramme be­gan.

The Lions, un­der play­er­man­ager Peter An­der­son, were paired in Group 8 with Lon­don ri­vals Wim­ble­don, Brent­ford and Crys­tal Palace.

They started with a de­feat against Wim­ble­don be­fore fol­low­ing it up with vic­to­ries over Brent­ford and Crys­tal Palace to progress.

The Lions, strug­gling in the Third Di­vi­sion, then sacked An­der­son and un­der care­taker Barry Kitch­ener took their place in the last four with a win on penal­ties over Brad­ford in De­cem­ber.

Ge­orge Gra­ham took charge on the night they beat Brad­ford and a month later Read­ing were seen off 3-1 and a place in the fi­nal against Lin­coln City beck­oned.

By the time they vis­ited Sin­cil Bank in April 1983 they had won their last three games and the great es­cape from rel­e­ga­tion was un­der­way.

Lin­coln opened the scor­ing through Mar­shall Burke be­fore the Lions took con­trol with Dean Neal scor­ing twice and an Alan McLeary ef­fort sand­wiched in-be­tween.

Lin­coln missed a penalty while Burke added a sec­ond to set up a tense fin­ish but Gra­ham’s side hung on for a never to be for­got­ten vic­tory.

“It was sup­posed to be a pre-sea­son tour­na­ment and has now be­come the Johnstone’s Paint Tro­phy,” said goal­keeper San­some .

“When Ge­orge took over we were strug­gling. And he came in and changed be­tween six and eight play­ers.


“He bought in quite a few play­ers and we stayed up and went onto bet­ter things from that sea­son.

The fi­nal at Lin­coln was played in driv­ing rain – but was a night to re­mem­ber.

“It was hor­ri­ble and wet. Macca scored one of the goals and he didn’t score many so that was one to re­mem­ber,” added San­some.

“It wasn’t held in the same es­teem as the League Cup or the FA Cup but it was still a com­pe­ti­tion that you wanted to win be­cause it’s al­ways good to win some­thing.

“We weren’t ex­pected to get to the fi­nal and Lin­coln weren’t a bad side at the time. Colin Mur­phy was man­ager. Play­ing away at Lin­coln with the things that Colin liked to do – switch off the heat­ing in the chang­ing rooms and make sure the wa­ter was cold – that sort of stupid stuff.

“It was one of his party tricks and he was no­to­ri­ous for try­ing to up­set you.

“What he had for­got­ten was we had come from the old Den so we were used to that kind of thing.

“We didn’t even cel­e­brate win­ning the Tro­phy be­cause it was dur­ing the sea­son. It was some­thing like half a lager on the way home!”

1. Alan McLeary:

2. Dean Hor­rix:

Af­ter work­ing in man­age­ment and coach­ing McLeary has been a sports tour op­er­a­tor and a foot­ball agent.

Striker who was trag­i­cally killed aged 28 in March 1990 fol­low­ing a car crash just ten days af­ter leav­ing the Lions for Bris­tol City.

3. Alan West: Mid­fielder lives in Lu­ton and is a Se­nior Pas­tor for the Lu­ton Chris­tian Fel­low­ship and is also Lu­ton Town’s chap­lain.

4. Paul Robin­son: Since his ca­reer was ended by a bro­ken leg he has worked in IT Ser­vice de­liv­ery man­age­ment and works for Xerox UK in Chiswick.

5. Andy Massey: Has coached in Mill­wall’s academy and works as a win­dow cleaner.

6. Terry Long: Coached at Palace, Ori­ent, Mill­wall and man­aged Bea­cons­field United, he worked as a car sales­man. Is now re­tired liv­ing in Yately, Hamp­shire.

7. Cliff Speight: Run­ning his own phys­io­ther­apy prac­tice near his home in Hod­des­don, Hert­ford­shire.

8. David Martin: Eng­land youth cap­tain worked as a project man­ager for a dry line com­pany and is now a cab driver in the cap­i­tal.

9. Trevor Aly­ott: Striker who is still liv­ing in Chisle­hurst, Kent. He drives a black cab and works as a stats man for the Press As­so­ci­a­tion.

10. Peter Glea­sure: Goal­keeper who lives in his na­tive Lu­ton where he runs the the Wils­den School of Mo­tor­ing.

11. Paul San­some: Goal­keeper who since re­tir­ing in 1997 has been a di­rec­tor of Alpine Power Tools in Kent.

12. Keith Stevens:

Cen­tral de­fender man­aged the Lions then em­i­grated to Aus­tralia, where he owns Sub­way fran­chises and coaches at the South­port School in Bris­bane.

13. Lawrie Mad­den: De­fender who is now a free­lance foot­ball re­porter and lec­turer at Stafford­shire Univer­sity.

14. Barry Kitch­ener: Lions leg­end was a youth coach be­fore run­ning sou­venir shops in Cais­tor and Great Yar­mouth prior to his death in March 2012, aged 64.

15. Roger Cross: He went onto coach at QPR, Tot­ten­ham and was then chief scout at West Ham un­til be­ing sacked in April 2011. 16. Austin Hayes: Repub­lic of Ire­land winger trag­i­cally died of lung cancer in De­cem­ber 1986, aged 28 just three weeks af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed. 17. Paul Roberts: Went to school with for­mer Mill­wall team mate Kevin O’Cal­laghan and is an­other mem­ber of the squad who works as a cab driver in Lon­don. 18. Sam Allardyce: Cen­tral de­fender who went into man­age­ment and is cur­rently bat­tling to keep West Ham in the Pre­mier League 19. Peter An­der­son: A char­tered ccoun­tant who founded Bayshore Tech­nolo­gies Inc in Tampa Bay, Florida in 1997. Is now pres­i­dent and CEO 20. Nicky Chatterton: Mid­fielder who was duty of­fi­cer at a leisure cen­tre Colch­ester be­fore re­turn­ing to East­bourne to be­come a win­dow fit­ter. 21. Wil­lie Carr: Mid­fielder who was a rep for en­gi­neer­ing sup­plies firm Abec Trans­mis­sion in Birm­ing­ham for many years be­fore his re­tire­ment. 22. Phil War­man: Lives in Kent where he was a li­censee be­fore work­ing for a se­cu­rity com­pany and in cus­tomer ser­vices for BMW. NOT PIC­TURED Dean Neal: Is now driv­ing a Lon­don taxi.























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