Millwall’s changing communities

 

Experiences of football, community, and neighbourhood are central to this 2-year, Lottery-funded heritage project, led by Bede House. Whereas Millwall FC sits in an increasingly diverse part of South London Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) fans are a largely un-documented part of the history of Millwall. Accordingly, the idea of ‘Millwall’s changing communities’ concerns the present and historical role of the local football club in relation to a rapidly changing local population.

Why Millwall? (In)famous for the chant ‘No one likes us, we don’t care’, Millwall F.C. is historically known less for footballing achievements and more for a fan base with a reputation for intimidation and racial abuse of opponents. But by tapping into memories and experiences of BAME Millwall fans over a 50 year period, the project aims to challenge existing perceptions and present a more nuanced understanding of what it means to be ‘Wall’.

The recorded oral histories that constitute the core of the project will in the long term be held by the Southwark Local History Library, where they will be available to the wider public. But most of the thematic pages presented here also hold excerpts from these interviews.

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