One key aspect of Millwall fandom has been the manner in which the next generation is socialised into being Millwall. Entering The Den for the first time becomes an important milestone, going to the pub afterwards, eating pie ’n’ mash.
‘It’s a sort of like, it’s a mile stone in your life, you know, it’s the exciting milestone. You think, I’m big enough, look at my boys being, “yeah, I’m going with daddy to Millwall”, you know, “and I’m going to get Coke and I’m going to get crisps and I’m going to go down the pub with him afterwards, and then my mum’s going to pick me up”.’
(Carole Brady, White British)
‘The day I was born, the old man walked, because we didn’t have cars or anything like that in those days, at least our family didn’t, my old man walked from Victoria Ward, Guy’s Hospital to the old Den to tell his mates who he knows there in the office and to sign his son up as a Millwall supporter.’
(Frank Preston, White British)
‘Now, I have an interest in football, all football, my son has an interest in football, and went on to play. So, unless you don’t have that stuff going on I suppose you can miss the boat. Plus, look what young people have now. They’ve got loads, too much sometimes. So, football is just a slice.’
(Ron Bell, Black British)