Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I Always Hated Going to Millwall - I Don't Think It's a Great Deal Different Down There Now, Either

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I Always Hated Going to Millwall - I Don't Think It's a Great Deal Different Down There Now, Either

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MILLWALL... I despised going there!

It was a horrible and hostile place for visiting teams and visiting supporters.

The old ground, The Den, was one of the most inhospitable places in the entire league.

You got cold showers, the changing rooms were small and dirty, there were bits of plaster falling off the roof, it was dark and dingy. You just didn't want to be there.

Then you got out on the pitch and had to face the supporters and they were sheer mental.

They were all big, gnarled old dockers who would scream and shout at you before kick-off and never let up the entire game.

If you did something good on the ball they would start booing and baiting you and if you did something bad they would laugh and crucify you.

It was never any place for the faint-hearted that's for sure.

And to be fair I don't think it has changed too much since they moved a few yards to the New Den.

The ground may have changed but the hostile atmosphere hasn't.

Mark Proctor told me when he was there a few years ago he was taking a dog's abuse from the fans every time he stepped out of the dug-out.

I think that was the game where Boro were winning and their fans charged down from the back and started throwing bottles at the linesman.

So it's never a nice place to go.

And this time we have to face a fired-up Scott McDonald too.

Believe me, he will by working his socks off to score against Boro. I know I would.

Strikers always want to score against their former clubs and former teammates.

But McDonald will have an extra edge because he knows that Boro spent a year and a half trying to force him out because of his wages and I think he will still feel a wee bit aggrieved at that.

He will feel he was Boro's top scorer and he was forced out for nonfootball reasons and, given his fiery character, he will be desperate to score. …

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