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Ambler: Millwall stint important in Townsend's development

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CHIEF executive Andy Ambler believes Andros Townsend's loan spell at Millwall two years ago was an important moment in the England winger's career.

Townsend scored on his Three Lions debut against Monetenegro and put in another dazzling performance against Poland last night to help Roy Hodgson's side qualify for next summer's World Cup finals in Brazil.

The 22-year-old midfielder was loaned out by parent club Tottenham nine times during his development, but Ambler believes his time at The Den was especially crucial.

After three successful spells in League One, Townsend made the step up to Championship football, first with Ipswich Town and then with Watford, but struggled to make his mark.

It wasn't until Leytonstone-born flyer was taken on by Kenny Jackett that he kicked on again, scoring twice in 11 appearances for Millwall.

Ambler said: "We're delighted for Andros. When he came here in 2011, it was a short stint but a good one and it was important for his development. We took him from Spurs on a youth loan knowing that there was no chance of keeping him permanently.

"We got him back on track after his loan spell at Watford, which for some reason did not work out. We took him on and gave him another chance, which he seized with both hands.

"He showed glimpses of what he could do way back when he was with us, so his level of performances for England are not surprising. It shows that we are situated perfectly to give young players an opportunity – and if it suits us to do it, it's a win-win situation. Young players can thrive at Millwall."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

38 thoughts on “Ambler: Millwall stint important in Townsend's development

  • October 16, 2013 at 13:46
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    Maybe millwall stint will come good for the current squad this seaon.
    Cause so far not so good.

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  • October 16, 2013 at 13:46
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    That will be zero points Ambler for the most embarassing pitch for youth players I've ever read.

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    • October 16, 2013 at 20:07
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      @NICKOLA: spot on Nickola.a.a. is really just a chancer.in the good old days people connected to the club did nt court the media in any shape or form or swallow their own foot.tut tut a.a. bandwagon rider

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    • October 16, 2013 at 21:28
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      @NICKOLA: exactly my thoughts, seems like a distraction from current circumstances and piggy backing on quite detached success.

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  • October 16, 2013 at 13:47
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    Don't think we had much to much to do with this kids success, but i wish him all the luck in the world.

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    • October 16, 2013 at 13:48
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      @Windy: Should read "Don't think we had to much to do with this kids success, but i wish him all the luck in the world."

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    • October 16, 2013 at 16:24
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      @Windy: Apparently Gerrard puts his inspiration down to once playing against us in the league cup and Rooney is still in awe of our performance against United in the Cup Final.

      Is this really a story? At least there was a period in the 90's when you could have made up a pretty decent Premiership team of proper ex-Millwall players - usually home-grown.

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  • October 16, 2013 at 13:49
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    SHAME WE DIDNT HAVE THE SAME IMPACTED ON HULSE AND TYSON..

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  • October 16, 2013 at 13:49
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    Why is AA even getting involved in this? he should be concentrating on something to do with the current squad ( dont know what he could be trusted with though)

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  • October 16, 2013 at 13:56
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    I see Old Les' post has just been removed, that will dampen his usual sunny disposition. lol

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  • October 16, 2013 at 13:56
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    So Mr ambler, are we meant to be proud as a club what he has gone on to achieve for Spurs and England ? Cos I really don't give a f***! Only interested in what is happening to millwall at the present moment

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  • October 16, 2013 at 13:57
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    Another non story from News at Den. Glad to hear young players can thrive though so I'll expect to see some of our own breaking through, rather than borrowing someone else's so they can fluck off a few weeks later.

    Not the slightest bit interested in Andy Ambler's opinion of Townsend and he'd be better employed doing some work to get the crowds upt han spouting dross on here

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    • October 16, 2013 at 20:11
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      @Old_Les: that's why millwall employed him as dross officer apparently he the best in the uk.

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    • October 16, 2013 at 20:23
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      In fairness to him Les, he's made a start. The size of his ego alone will add 10 to the gate on Saturday.

      @Old_Les:

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  • October 16, 2013 at 13:58
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    If that's the case, where has Lomases "Give A Pensioner A Home" policy come from.

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  • October 16, 2013 at 13:58
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    PATHETIC! AA YOU ARE TURNING OUR CLUB INTO A LAUGHING STOCK. SORT IT!

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  • October 16, 2013 at 14:05
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    Puncheon, Townsend, Kane and Wood all developed well on loan to us under KJ's coaching and he should receive more credit for this than Millwall Football Club. I doubt if SL is capable of doing the same thing with young players. If he could why can't we have the same impact on our own youth players?

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    • October 16, 2013 at 16:13
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      @denslions: To be fair to Lomas, at St. Johnstone he did nurture a few decent young players in his time with them. Before everyone jumps on me I ain't pro or against Lomas. He has only had 4 months in the job and the state we were in last season it would have been the same for anyone else who would've took the job. There are signs with Lomas, the 3 wins on the trott that we can play good football. I really believe the inconsistency in results will disappear sooner rather than later.

      COYL

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  • October 16, 2013 at 14:57
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    I'm pleased Andy's trying to take some credit for this. Not every player will be complimentary to the clubs they received experience from when there were so many. When push comes to shove!!!

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    • October 16, 2013 at 20:14
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      @Sidcup_Lad: are you one of a.a. drinking buddies.he is slack in his job and unworthy of his paid position.

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  • October 16, 2013 at 15:20
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    Good luck and well done Andros. I really enjoyed watching you play and your contribution to the team when you was with us. I totally agree that Kenny Jackett deserves a lot of credit here.
    England have come alive as a result of having a balnce of youth and experience. Pay attention Mr Lomas.

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  • October 16, 2013 at 15:47
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    What is with this crap news lately, less talk more action. lets hope the boys get a result on Saturday, i'll be down thats for sure!

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  • October 16, 2013 at 16:00
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    What is NAD going on about England for and AA should be working for MFC not trying to get some secondhand credit for a Spurs loanee from a couple of years ago, I and I am sure nearly all who read this site are more interested in how we are going to do on Saturday.

    How many players have we got injuried during the international break (as we usually get some) so lets try to find some news that will interest us regarding Millwall this weekend.

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  • October 16, 2013 at 16:31
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    Let's try not to be cynical Andros has had two brilliant games for England his energy, persistence and positive attitude should be an example to every Millwall player, the manager, fitness (?)coach, Ambler and the board. Where there is a will there is a way and what we want to see from the team is the same level of commitment, talk is easy, doing is harder. So I hope AT did gain experience at Millwall, and I hope we can see some of Millwall's youth progressing into the first team soon, I want to see some of that experience Ambler claims AT gained coming through Millwall.

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  • October 16, 2013 at 17:13
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    We all remember the story of budding cricketer Pele who attended a football programme fair in Brazil , on show was a third division south Programme of Millwall versus Aldershot.

    The rest as they say is 'I story.

    Gawd help us!

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  • October 16, 2013 at 17:22
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    Ambler, I just knew he would jump on the bandwagon & try & claim that he was an instrumental part of Townsend's development. Utter nonsense.

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  • October 16, 2013 at 19:02
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    When Andros was with us he didn't exactly set the pitch on fire. It is inevitable that quality players rise to the top at some stage in their career.

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  • October 16, 2013 at 19:03
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    Yeah , I bet Andros can't believe how lucky he was to play in front of 9000 at the Den 2 years ago.........................I've met Neil Harris a few times over the years , I'm sure that helped him become top goalscorer for us too.........................What a crock of desperate s#it !

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  • October 16, 2013 at 19:10
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    STRAWS CLUTCHING AT FOR CREDIT SOME........work it out.............Eagles song....Desperado

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  • October 16, 2013 at 19:19
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    seems like my previous angry comment has been removed lol bit like the pride of our club aye hahaha what a joke this is , sorry but it's embarrassing i hope this stays on this site and don't filter anywhere else . and at the end of the day if ya don't want us giving millwall grief don't put ridiculous statements like this up on our website and expect us to be happy with the fact our chief executive is a stand up comedian for all the wrong reasons . this should not even be a factor compared to whats actually going on jesus christ! let's focus on the state of our own players which at the moment is not great , rather than clinging onto something you had NO part of ffs we might as well all f*** off and support fulham or charlton. next we will have new age fans with their own little block eating prawn sandwiches @block 8 exactly desperate to say the least !

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    • October 16, 2013 at 20:53
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      @steveomfc5: As long as they pay their money at the gate as far as I am concerned they can eat what they like.

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  • October 16, 2013 at 21:56
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    Judging by current prices in the Den kiosks a prawn sandwich would be approx. £32.90 and served by the brain dead as usual. Disgusting food at the Den fit only for people without taste buds or children who like chips that taste only of ketchup. I will never eat at the Den gain and go before games to a little Polish place up the road - very nice food lovely service decent price although I would much prefer to be served by someone English.

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  • October 16, 2013 at 22:05
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    Is this Ambler's idea of good PR for the club, I think he is touting us because lomas has blown the budget and were in the s***. Come on prem clubs loan us your players and we will turn them into internationals for you, B***** Andy that's what it is and you know it.

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  • October 17, 2013 at 08:27
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    They threatned Townsend at Spurs - pull your finger out or we'll send you back to Millwal!

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    • October 17, 2013 at 09:19
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      @tommylion1: Yeh I used to do the same thing with my boy, if he didn't eat his dinner I threatened to take him to the game.

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  • October 17, 2013 at 14:28
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    ..."it's a win-win situation. Young players can thrive at Millwall."

    Bloody sign some then!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!....not these OAP reject players.

    Young and hungry - "I can do the business here, become loved by fans, move on to the prem for a nice fee and earn a fortune. But first, i've got to do the business here"

    OAP's - "Yeah i'll do a job to pay for my viagra, wont bust a gut incase it falls out my a*se though"

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