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1908-09 Friendlies

FIRST XI v. RESERVES : First Public Practice Match
Upton Park
2 - 1
17 August 1908
Att: 3,000

REDS: 2 (Burton 2)

Kitchen

Shreeve

Gault

Yenson

Piercy

Jarvis

Frost

Shea

Foster

Burton

Blackburn

BLUES: 1 (Waggott)

Clark

Taylor

Harwood

Tirrell

Young

Allison

Lee

Waggott

Miller

Dyer

Ashton

East Ham Echo
The public practice match attracted 3,000 and receipts were £47. The Reds defeated the Blues 2-1. Burton scored both goals for the Reds.

FIRST XI v. RESERVES : Second Public Practice Match
Upton Park
4 - 5
24 August 1907
Att: ?

REDS: 4 (Frost 2, Foster, Shea)

Line-up Unknown

BLUES: 5 (Ashton 3, Grassam, Waggott)

Line-up Unknown

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READING : Reserves
Upton Park
5 - 2 (Shea 3, Dyer, Randall)
5 December 1908
Att: 3,000

Dawson

Hammond

Bourne

Allison

Chalkley

Tirrell

Yenson

Dyer

Shea

Brown

Randall

REPORT:

MILLWALL ATHLETIC : London Professional Charity Cup
Upton Park
5 - 1 (Costello 2, Shea 2, Blacburn)
26 April 1909
Att: ?

Kitchen, Shreeve, Bourne, Yenson, Piercy, Randall, Ashton, Shea, Costello, Blackburn, Brown

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WEST HAM HOSPITAL CUP CLUBS : West Ham Hospital Fund
Upton Park
4 - 4 (Baldwin 2, Shea 2)
29 April 1909
Att: 2,500

Dawson

Shreeve

Taylor

Yenson

Piercy

Randall

Ashton

Shea

Baldwin

Blackburn

Brown

REPORT:

OTHER MATCHES at UPTON PARK
MILLWALL ATHLETIC v. TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : London Challenge Cup
2 - 0 
22 March 1909
Att: 5,000

MILLWALL ATHLETIC 2 (Cunliffe, Twigg)

Joyce, Stevenson, Jeffrey, Riley, Comrie, Blythe, Dean, Cunliffe, Twigg, Jones, Morris

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 0

Boreham, Coquet, Burton, Bull, Steel, Darnell, Woodruff, Massey, Morton, Macfarlane, Middlemiss

Typical Cup-tie tactics served Millwall in good stead when they met Tottenham Hotspur at the Boleyn Castle, before 5,000 spectators. They played an open game throughout and gained a well-deserved victory by two goals to love. End to end play, in which both goalkeepers were called upon, marked the early stages.

After twenty-five minutes Twigg opened Millwall's account. Dean ran down and centred finely, Burton endeavoured to clear, but the ball cannoned off Cunliffe to Twigg, who took a first time chance and scored with a powerful drive. Twenty-two minutes after the interval Cunliffe put them further in front from a centre by Morris to win by two goals to love.

MILLWALL ATHLETIC v. BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : Western League Play-off
1 - 1 
5 April 1909
Att: ?

MILLWALL ATHLETIC 1 (Twigg)

Joyce, Stevenson, Jeffrey, Riley, Comrie, Blythe, Dean, Cunliffe, Twigg, Jones, Morris

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION 1 (Martin)

Whiting, Leeming, Stewart, Booth, Wilson, Atkinson, Jee, Longstaff, Martin, Robertson, Webb

Western League Championship.—Millwall v. Brighton and Hove Albion

As winners of their respective divisions these teams met on the ground the West Ham United Club Monday, to play off for the championship, but the result of the tussle was indecisive, and will necessitate a further encounter. It was not great game by any means, and until Millwall scored the opening goal by Twigg about fifteen minutes after the interval there was little life or date about the proceedings. ' Subsequently, however, matters livened considerably, and when Brighton had equalised through Martin the players went all out until the finish, but neither side could obtain a deciding goal, and the match ended in draw one goal all.

Replay at Upton Park arranged for 23 April 1909.

NORTH EAST HAM v. BECTON : East Ham Hospital Cup Final
2 - 1 
12
 April 1909
Att: ?

NORTH EAST HAM 2 (Unknown)

Line-up Unknown

BECTON 1 (Unknown)

Line-up Unknown

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MILLWALL ATHLETIC v. LEYTON : London Challenge Cup Final
2 - 0 
19
 April 1909
Att: ?

MILLWALL ATHLETIC 2 (Unknown)

Line-up Unknown

LEYTON 0

Line-up Unknown

REPORT:

MILLWALL ATHLETIC v. BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION : Western League Play-off
Replay

2 - 1 
23 April 1909
Att: 1,500

MILLWALL ATHLETIC 2 (Cunliffe, Unknown)

Joyce, Stevenson, Jeffrey, Riley, Comrie, Blythe, Dean, Cunliffe, Vincent, Twigg, Harris

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION 1 (Martin)

Whiting, Stewart, Leeming, Atkinson, Wilson, Booth, Webb, Robertson, Martin, Longstaffe, Hall

As the respective winners of sections A and B of this competition these teams met at Upton Park to replay the Championship match. It was raining slightly when play started, but it soon became fine, and 1,500 spectators’s witnessed a fast and interesting gone. The teams were excellently matched, and Millwall, who won two goals to one, were rather lucky so, for there was little to choose between the side. If anything the Brighton forwards, although missing a few opportunities were best, but the excellence of the London Club’s defence, and particularly Joyce’s goal keeping, kept them from scoring, and was an important factor causing the Sussex men to return home beaten team. The game started in an interesting manner, for after only five minutes' play Millwall forced a corner, and from Dean’s kick headed through. Then after more aggressive play by the East Londoners, the Sussex forwards began to assert themselves. They made three combined attacks on the Millwall fortress, which ended in Webb putting ball straight across the Greenwich team's goal, and Martin scoring at close quarters. Subsequently Brighton played the best football, but opposed to Millwall's excellent defence they failed to obtain a lead. The football was very fast and several excellent individual efforts were made by members of both sides, but nothing accrued, and at half-time the teams were level.

The second half opened evenly, but Millwall after few minutes went away, and following a good attack Morris sent the ball across the net to Cunliffe, who shot into goal. Whiting tried to save, but slipped up, and the ball entered the net. To the end of the game Brighton were making strenuous efforts to equalise, but without effect. In doing so they often tested Joyce, who brought off several good saves. The pace was always fast until near the end, when, the result of their exertions, both teams tired.

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