This book contains a full record of all the football matches attended by me, Roger Clunn, my Brother David, my two Sons Benjamin and Thomas and my Granddaughter Maddison Clunn, during the Seasons 1960/61 to 2012/13 inclusive as follows:-
Roger 1960/1 – 2012/13
David 1963/4 – 2012/13
Benjamin 1980/1 – 2012/13
Thomas 1982/3 – 2012/13
Maddison 2007/8 – 2012/13
My Mum loved football and followed it closely, right up to her passing away at age 88, in particular Arsenal and Millwall. She regularly attended games in her formative years, with her two Brothers Albert and Fred ‘Ginger’ Murray. My Brother David followed in her footsteps, my Dad didn’t like football at all, although in the 1960’s and 1970’s he managed to get tickets for most of the big games at Wembley Stadium for my Brother and I.
Ben and Maddison, like me, are Millwall, my other Son, Tom, does not really have a team and over the years has attended games more or less in sufferance. David now lives in Melbourne, Australia and like Tom doesn’t go on a regular basis. My Granddaughter Maddison, who is seven started going to Millwall in September 2007, and been a Season Ticket holder since she was born. Hopefully she will love football and Millwall like her Dad Ben and I.
My first game on the 17 December 1960 between Millwall and York City would be the real start of a lifetime of love for the game and the passion for attending games both near and far, in the UK and world wide. That first game, at the Den, the wonderful old home ground of Millwall, which they sadly left in 1993, saw the home side come from two nil down to beat York City by three goals to two. Before that game I never imagined that Millwall Football Club would come to mean so much to me.
Travelling to the first game with my two uncles, my Mum, had arranged for her Brothers Albert and Ginger Murray, both lifelong Millwall supporters, to take me, I was both excited and a little apprehensive as there was rarely live football on the television other than the FA Cup Final in those days and I didn’t know really what to expect. We sat in the main stand, in fact the only stand, front row, halfway between the centre line and the home end, which was called the Cold Blow Lane End or shortened to the CBL.
I was one of 6706 at Millwall that day and like many of those there didn’t think much of their performance until the last fifteen minutes or so when the ’Lions’ scored three times to turn what I thought was certain defeat into a glorious victory, I was hooked and have followed Millwall ever since.
Over two thousand six hundred games later I love going to watch football as much now as I did all those years ago, long may it continue. Much credit must be attributed to a very understanding wife, Denise, who has absolutely no interest in football other than claiming she supports West Ham United. Like she says “Roger goes to football, I go shopping”. A partnership made in heaven in my opinion. Thanks to my Dad, my Brother David and I were at Wembley when England lifted the Jules Rimet Trophy in 1966, a great and wonderful occasion. Never to be forgotten or perhaps repeated.
However, it still doesn’t compare with Millwall at Wembley in 1999 in the Auto Windscreen Trophy Final when 49,000 Millwall fans were in a crowd of over 58,000. Or the Cup Final at the Millenium Stadium, Cardiff, in 2004 with Sons Ben and Tom and my Uncle Albert’s two children Kate and Tim. A life long dream fulfilled. My only regret is that my late Uncles, Albert and Ginger were not there with us to share that fantastic day. They like the rest of us they would not of believed that little old Millwall would ever reach the Football Association Cup Final.
Over the years many of the games I have attended have been with Albert, Ginger, David, Ben, Tom, Kate, Tim and Maddison and last but not least my best mate Graham Mills, a season ticket holder at his beloved Aston Villa, who with me has shared many great overseas football trips. To all I’m truly grateful for the good company and many happy days. This book contains all games the five of us have attended, with the full and half time score, and are set out under the person, per season and in the following order:-
Millwall Home Games
Other League Team Games
UEFA & FIFA Tournaments
Other National Stadiums
Non League Games
Other British Games
Foreign / Overseas Games
There is a also section for five a side football tournament games attended by my brother and I, these are not included in the matches attended totals.
International games played at a club ground will be under the specific club where the game has been played, for example England playing at Anfield will come under Liverpool. In addition if a club is playing a ‘home’ game at an other clubs ground the game will be found at the club where the game has taken place, for example Wimbledon playing at home at Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park will come under Crystal Palace. F A Cup Semi Finals will be found under the club or ground they are played at, for example a game at Villa Park will be found under Aston Villa. If the game took place at Wembley Stadium that is where it can be found.
If two teams play at a ‘neutral’ ground it will be found under the club where the game is played, for example Manchester City playing Norwich City at Stamford Bridge will be found under Chelsea. In addition there are other pieces of information and statistics such as extra time played with score at 90 minutes, aggregate scores, but only noted if second leg attended, abandoned games and the number of games attended per season. A section for grounds visited for a match is included and in addition shows grounds visited specifically with Millwall, except for David Clunn which shows grounds visited with Arsenal.
Overseas / Foreign / International teams and grounds have the following abbreviations:-
Albania – ALB; Australia – AUS; Austria – AUST; Belgium – BEL; Croatia – CRO; Czech Republic – CZE; Denmark – DEN; Estonia – EST; Finland – FIN; France – FRA; Georgia – GEO; Germany – GER; Greece – GRE; Iceland – ICE; Holland – NL; Hungary – HUN; Italy – IT; Luxembourg – LUX; Malta – MAL; Northern Ireland – NI; Norway – NOR; Portugal – POR; Republic of Ireland – ROI; Romania – ROM; Russia – RUS; Slovakia – SLO; South Africa – SA; Spain – SPA; Switzerland – SWI; Ukraine – UKR; United States- US.
I felt I needed to produce this book for both my family and as a comprehensive record of all the games we have attended. It has taken me a fair amount of time to put together. I hope there are not too many errors and or omissions. If you come across any please keep it to yourself.