One of the longest rivalries in England is also one of the ferocious, despite the fact it’s rarely been played in recent years. A fixture with a history spanning over 100 years, West Ham United vs Millwall is certainly a sight to behold.
Back in the late 1800s to early 1990s, both sides were based in London east end, with fans of both often competing for work on the dockyards of the River Thames, intensifying the level of competitiveness between the between two groups. Having first played in the FA Cup of the 1900 season, the two would meet an incredible 60 times in just sixteen years as the English league was in its formative years, though the Lions later moved south of the Thames in 1910.
Still, the fact Millwall now operate in Bermondsey, just two miles from London’s city centre, has done little to dampen the fiery flames of ferocious competitiveness between two of the capital’s oldest clubs.
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The last meeting between the two came in the second tier of English football back in 2012, with the Hammers managing to beat their bitter rivals in what would be the final game at their old ground, Upton Park.
The home side took the lead through club legend Carlton Cole just before the interval, before they visitors grabbed one back after a sustained period of pressure through Liam Trotter. Still, the drama wasn’t over at that point, with Irons star Winston Reid (skipper these days) replying just three minutes later, further endearing himself to the club’s fanbase.
While the League Cup doesn’t always get the credit it deserves, the clash at the Boleyn Ground in September 2009 added some fuel to the second round, while West Ham coming out on top in what was a thoroughly dramatic affair. A Neil Harris strike had the visiting Lions roaring, before Junior Stanislas took the game to extra time with a late equaliser.
He scored a second in extra-time, ensuring his place in the club’s folklore, and Zavon Hines sealed a famous comeback in the 100th minute.
Though the last two games were West Ham wins, the Lions welcomed the Irons to the Den back in 2004 and certainly pounced on their most bitter of rivals. In truth, the visitors looked shell-shocked by the occasion and were completely overawed, with Christian Dailly scoring an own goal early on.
Two Tim Cahill goals, either side of Marlon Harewood’s reply, and a Nick Chadwick sealed one of the most famous Millwall wins in decades on home soil.
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