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The Den
The Den
(previously The New Den) is a football stadium in Bermondsey, south-east London, and the home of Millwall
Football Club.[1] It is situated adjacent to the South London
railway line originating at London
Bridge, and a quarter-of-a-mile from The Old Den, which it replaced in 1993. Built on a previous site of housing, a church and the Senegal Fields playgrounds, it has an all-seated capacity of 20,146, with the highest match attendance during the 2015–16 season being 16,301. The Den
The Den
is the sixth ground that Millwall
have occupied since their formation in the Millwall
area of the Isle of Dogs
Isle of Dogs
in 1885.


1 History 2 Stands 3 Average attendances 4 International matches and other events

4.1 Celebrity Soccer Sixes 4.2 In drama

5 Transport and access 6 Notes 7 External links

History[edit] The New Den, as it was initially known to distinguish it from its predecessor, was the first new all-seater stadium in England to be completed after the Taylor Report
Taylor Report
on the Hillsborough disaster
Hillsborough disaster
of 1989. It was designed with effective crowd management in mind (particularly given Millwall's crowd problems at The Old Den), with the escape routes being short and direct. After chairman Reg Burr decided that it would not be viable to redevelop The Old Den
The Old Den
as an all-seater stadium, he announced in 1990 that the club would relocate to a new stadium in the Senegal Fields area in south Bermondsey. Originally, it was planned to have a seating capacity of between 25,000 and 30,000, however, the club opted to wait so the capacity was kept to just over 20,000.[2]

View from the west lower stand during a 4–0 win over Charlton Athletic during the 2009–10 season

played their final game at The Old Den
The Old Den
on 8 May 1993 after 83 years and then moved to the new stadium a quarter-of-a-mile away from Cold Blow Lane. The £16 million New Den was opened by John Smith, the leader of the Labour Party and of the Opposition at the time, on 4 August 1993 prior to a prestigious friendly against Sporting Portugal, which Sporting won 2–1.[3] The Den
The Den
was the first new stadium constructed for a professional football team in London
since 1937. Millwall
have experienced mixed fortunes since relocating to The Den. Their first season at the stadium (1993–94) saw them finish third in Division One — their highest finish since relegation from the top flight four years earlier. However, their dreams of Premier League football were ended by a defeat in the playoffs and they were relegated to Division Three in 1996, not winning promotion from that level until 2001. They came close to reaching the Premier League
Premier League
again in 2002, finishing fourth but once again losing in the playoffs. The Lions reached the FA Cup final
FA Cup final
for the first time in 2004, and despite a 3–0 defeat by Manchester United they qualified for a European competition for the first time in their history. Millwall
have been relegated twice since then; going down in 2006 and 2015, but have also won promotion in 2010 and 2017. However, the stadium has yet to host Premier League
Premier League
football - Millwall
had played in the old First Division for two seasons from 1988 during their final few years at their previous stadium. In September 2016 Lewisham Council approved a compulsory purchase order of land surrounding The Den
The Den
rented by Millwall, as part of a major redevelopment of the "New Bermondsey" area. The plans are controversial because the developer, Renewal, is controlled by offshore companies with unclear ownership, and is seen by the club and local community to be profiteering by demolishing existing homes and businesses as well as Millwall's car-park and the highly acclaimed and well recognised Millwall
Community Trust - to build up to 2,400 new private homes, with no council housing and less than 15% of 'affordable housing'. Millwall
had submitted their own plans for regeneration centred around the football club itself, but the council voted in favour of Renewal's plans.[4] In December 2016 Private Eye
Private Eye
reported how Renewal had been founded by a former Lewisham Council leader and senior officer, suggesting potential bias, and that the decision to approve Renewal's plans may have been made as long ago as 2013 despite the fact that no due diligence had been able to be carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers due to "poor" and "limited" access to information and management at Renewal, which is registered in the Isle of Man.[5] Stands[edit] On 20 January 2011 the east stand of The Den
The Den
was renamed as the Dockers Stand, paying tribute to Millwall's earlier history and supporter-base of Thames dockers.[6] The south stand is known as the Cold Blow Lane stand, which was the name of the road which led into The Old Den. The north stand is for visiting supporters and the west stand was renamed the Barry Kitchener stand, named after Millwall's longest serving player. It houses Millwall's family enclosure, press box and executive seats.

A panorama view of The Den
The Den
from the Dockers stand. Directly opposite is the Barry Kitchener stand, to the left is the Cold Blow Lane stand and to the right is the north stand

Average attendances[edit]

League One

2015-16: 9,108 2016-17: 9,340

The Championship

2014-15: 10,902 2013-14: 11,330 2012-13: 10,559 2011-12: 11,484 2010-11: 12,438

League One

2009-10: 10,835 2008-09: 8,940 2007-08: 8,669 2006-07: 9,452

The Championship

2005-06: 9,529 2004-05: 11,656

Division One

2003-04: 10,500 2002-03: 8,512 2001-02: 13,380

Division Two

2000-01: 11,442 1999-00: 9,463 1998-99: 6,958 1997-98: 7,022 1996-97: 7,753

Division One

1995-96: 9,559 1994-95: 7,687 1993-94: 10,100

International matches and other events[edit] In 1994, a boxing match was held at The Den. Local boy Michael Bentt lost his WBO World Heavyweight Championship to Herbie Hide. The fight was Bentt's last after being rushed to the hospital and told he could never fight again, after suffering brain injuries in the loss.[7] On 1 May 2006, The Den
The Den
hosted the FA Women's Cup Final between Arsenal L.F.C. and Leeds United L.F.C.. Arsenal Ladies won the Cup 5–0. Three international matches have been hosted at The Den. Ghana 1–1 Senegal (21 August 2007), Jamaica 0–0 Nigeria (11 February 2009) and Australia 3–4 Ecuador (5 March 2014). Former Millwall
player Tim Cahill scored two of Australia's goals, becoming the country's all-time top scorer. On September 5, 2015, the ground hosted Rugby League as Wigan Warriors
Wigan Warriors
defeated the Catalans Dragons
Catalans Dragons
42-16 in a Super League
Super League
Super 8s match in front of a crowd of 8,101.[8] Celebrity Soccer Sixes[edit] The Den
The Den
hosted the Samaritans Celebrity Soccer Sixes on 18 May 2008. Film and Television stars played at The Den, the first time the event has not been hosted by a Premier League
Premier League
Club. Babyshambles
failed to retain the trophy, losing 3-2 to dance act Faithless.[9] The winners of the women's trophy were Cansei de Ser Sexy. Around 150 celebrities took part including McFly, Tony Hadley, Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse
and ex-Millwall fan favourite Terry Hurlock to raise money for the charity.[10] In drama[edit] The Den
The Den
doubles as The Dragon's Lair, home ground of Harchester United in the TV series Dream Team. It also appeared in an episode of the ITV show Primeval. The Base[clarification needed] is often used by the TV and film industries. It was used to film The Bill
The Bill
episode of Gun Runner: Kick Off featuring their home game against Leyton Orient in March 2008 (aired on ITV in June 2008). Sportswear giant Nike filmed their Take It To The Next Level advertistment over a period of three days and nights at The Den, also in March 2008. In 2010, Kit Kat
Kit Kat
made their own 'Cross your Fingers' advert using clips from Arsenal, West Ham, Oxford United and also Millwall's Den.[11] Transport and access[edit]

View of The Den
The Den
from South Bermondsey
railway station.

The Den
The Den
is served by the National Rail
National Rail
station South Bermondsey, which is a five-minute walk away from the ground. Away supporters have their own walkway link, which is available to them on match days. There are no official car parking facilities for supporters. The P12[12] bus stops closest to the ground in Ilderton Road, just a two-minute walk away. The 21, 53 and 172 buses all stop on the Old Kent Road, a ten-minute walk away from the ground. The closest tube station to The Den is Canada Water (on the Jubilee line), which is a 20-minute walk away. The former East London
Line stations of Surrey Quays and New Cross Gate (now part of London
Overground) both are a 15-minute walk from the stadium.[13] The New Bermondsey
railway station, a London Overground line adjacent to the Den, is currently under construction, with 1/3 already being complete. Work will begin again by the end of 2015.[14] The Quietway
1 cycle route runs around South Bermondsey
station and past the Den. However, the route is closed and diverted in the vicinity of the stadium on Millwall
match days.[15] Notes[edit]

^ "Views of The Den". millwallfc.co.uk. 13 September 2010. Archived from the original on 15 May 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2010.  ^ Moving On: The New Den ^ Sporting Lisbon 1993/94 season (in Portuguese) ^ " Millwall
Football Club 'to fight' compulsory purchase order". BBC News. 8 September 2016.  ^ "Pitch battle". Private Eye. London: Pressdram Ltd. 9 December 2016.  access-date= requires url= (help) ^ The Dockers stand ^ "Sports People: Boxing; Bentt Released From Hospital". The New York Times. New York, NY. 22 March 1994. p. B-15. Retrieved 27 August 2009.  ^ " London
Calling". 29 July 2015.  ^ "Doherty swaps music for football". BBC News. 19 May 2008.  ^ Celeb spotting Millwall
News Breaking News Breaking News ^ Location location Millwall
News Breaking News Breaking News ^ "Walking directions to The Den
The Den
from closest bus stop". google maps. 13 September 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2010.  ^ "Walking directions to The Den
The Den
from Surrey Quays station". google maps. 13 September 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2010.  ^ New Bermondsey
http://www.newbermondsey.com/transport ^ Sustrans, http://www.sustrans.org.uk/news/millwall-quietway-cycle-path-connects-waterloo-greenwich

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to The Den.

Millwall's official site The Den
The Den
at Football Ground Guide Picture Gallery Den on londonfootballguide.com

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