Date of First Visit: 13th December 2014 ('3:00pm bells')
The New Den, New Cross, London
Millwall U18s 1
Newcastle United U18s 3 (Roberts(pen), Longstaff, Drennen (pen)
FA Youth Cup 3rd round
Attendance: 507 includin' approx. 20 'NUFC mad sad groundhoppers!' <(Some didn't make it to the Arsenal game!)
|CALLUM ROBERTS PENALTY *** 1-0 UP!|
(THE TOON ARE IN GREY)
The hardest day in mee 'NUFC supportin' life' started off @ 'The Central' where the '9:30 bells' train to King's Cross had been delayed by 15 minutes and would now not get to London til '1pm bells'! <(Great start!)
Az the Youth Cup game at Millwaall kicked off @ '3 bells' it didn't give me much time to grab a few 'liquid lubrications' and heed for 'New Cross'
Millwaall, yoo see, refused NUFC's request to bring the kick off time forward so the youngins could gan to Arsenal and watch the forst team in action.---"No one likes us--we don't care!", they sing and now we naa why!
A'd arranged to meet 'Dave from York and hiz sidekick 'Alex of St George' in The Compton Arms boozer near Arsenal's groond, where a quick pint of 'Guzzler' reel ale waz consumed before departin' for wor epic two game attempt!
Off we set at '1:45 bells' from the nearest tube station where a 22 minute ride to sooth London waz undertaken and then after a 20 waalk from South Bermondsey Station through darkened alleyways and railway sidings, we eventually foond worsels in the Executive Suite of Millwaall's main stand! <(we paid 'a tenner' to get in so we could get a drink in the bar!)
|2 TOON FANS 'RISK THEIR LIVES' WAALKIN' THROUGH |
A DARKENED ALLEY ON THE WAY TO THE DEN!
A quick 'gargel' 'there' and it waz time to find wor seats where the usual NUFC mad-sad groundhoppers' were congregated---a grand total of FIVE in aall! < (EIGHT plus us!)
Glennn from Ashington wasn't there but we heard that he waz in the lower 'cheap seats' (£5) alang with hiz mate Byzee <(Paupers!)
(We heard that there were aalso 10 othaa Toon fans who had made the 'pilgrimage' az well, who were in 'the lower tier'!)
|VIEW FROM EXECUTIVE AREA! <"WE'RE POSH YI NAA!"|
The Toon started off the better of the 2 sides and we took the lead in the 18th minute @ 'The Cold Blow Lane End' when Callum Roberts waz fouled in the box and he got up to take the resultin' penalty, which he scored from! (To light applause from the Toon faithful assembled!) (see top pic)
Wor lead waz soon doubled 10 minutes later when Sean Longstaff fired home past the Millwaall keeper---and that's the way it stayed til the break!----A quick half time 'gargel' waz then consumed in the executive bar before retornin' for the 2nd period!
Callum Roberts nearly made it 3 just after the restart when hiz shot rebounded off the post---but then the game waz made safe when a handbaall by a Millwaall defender in the box gave us a 2nd penalty---which Ben Drennen successfully took!
|BEN DRENNEN PENALTY *** 3-0 UP!|
Millwaall pulled a goal back through a 3rd penalty of the game to make the score 3-1 a few minutes later!
Extra time however looked a lang shot now and so it waz decided to leave @ '4:30 bells' to try and catch the train back to Islington and make the kick off for the forst teamers game against 'The Arse'!
We just missed the '4:45 train, but the next one waz 7 minutes later and we arrived @ the away tornstiles az the game waz aboot to kick off!----After a quick visit to 'the tool shed' <(coz aa waz 'burstin'!) aa entered the terrace where the clock told me that 2 minutes had been played <(thankfully we hadn't missed much of the game!)
THE ARSE 4 THE TOON 1 *** PREMYAA LEEGUE
('5:30pm bells') Emirates Stadium, Islington, London <(been here quite a few times before!)
"AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLEEETLEEE DIFFERENT!"
| ^JUST OWER AN HOUR LATER!^ |
Wor manager had just received the manager of the month award and this waz to prove 'the kiss of death' for us az we simply 'wornt at the races'!
A 4-1 defeat wasn't fair however! az the ref seemed completely biased towards the home side!
It didn't help that 'The Arse' were much the better of the 2 sides az well and they looked certain to score at some point soon!
They did in the 15th minute when Giroud heeded past 3rd choice Jak Alwick in The Toon goal (Krul and Elliot are still injured!)
Several Toon penalty claim were then torned doon by the ref who simply waved wor claims away!?
With the score at 1-0 at the break 'The Arse' went on aall oot attack and doubled their lead through Cazorla in the 54th minute when he lifted the baall ower Alnwick's heed!
Not lang after it waz 3-0 when Giroud again foond the back of wor net!---(game definatly ower!)
|GOUFFRAN CORNER 2nd HALF |
(View from 'The Cheap Seats'! * row 13, seat 641) <"BACK TO NORMAL!"
We pulled one back not lang after when Perez scored from a Colback free kick by heedin' past Szczesny <(hope av spelt that reet!?) in front of The 2,000 Toon fans!
'The Arse' restored their 3 goal lead when a penalty waz awarded and Cazorla lobbed the baall into the net!
We later foond oot that 'Glennn from Ashington' and 'Byzee' had stayed to the bitter end at Millwaall and had booked a taxi to take them to 'The Emirates' to make the kick off.
The taxi torned up 12 minutes late however and they missed the kick off by 6 minutes! <(they anly gave the taxi driver £20 instead of the £25 fare they had agreed beforehand and 'did a runner'!---The taxi driver waz NOT a 'happy bunny'!)
Everybody else who attended the 2 games had left Millwaall before the end and therefore NOT ONE Toon fan had seen both games in their entirety!
Toon team: Alnwick, Janmaat, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett, Tiote, Colback, Gouffran, Perez (Armstrong 82), Sammy Ameobi (Cabella 86), Cisse (Riviere 56)
Attendance: 59,949 (2,000 Toon fans)
|"WE WAZ THERE!"|