Exclusive: Millwall's Great Escape inspired by lucky goldfish

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MILLWALL'S Great Escape was inspired by a lucky goldfish.

The fish was "watching over" Alan Dunne and David Forde as the Lions avoided relegation on the final day of the season.

Ian Holloway's side have not lost a game since life-long supporter Tommy Pratt, who is close friends with Dunne and Forde, bought the fish at the beginning of April.

Tommy, whose company Southwark Metals have a box at The Den, was inspired to get his new pet after meeting celebrity therapists The Speakmans.

"I had a very bad fear of flying," Tommy told the Southwark News.

"The Speakmans showed me a film about a girl who'd fallen in the sea and had an irrational fear of fish – she couldn't go near a fish and chip shop. It made me understand my fear.

"Dunney and Fordey asked me how I got on, so I replied: 'may the fish be with you'. They thought I'd been put into a trance!

"The next day, we got a goldfish – and since then, before every game, I have been texting Dunney and Fordey saying 'may the fish be with you'.

"Gary Alexander was also texting the boys the same thing – and so was Greg Wallace from MasterChef because he's a big Millwall fan too."

Dunne said: "The fish has been everywhere with us – it came out to dinner a few weeks ago.

"It became funnier and funnier after every game because we were still unbeaten and the fish was still alive and going strong.

"The fish has been our lucky mascot."

Tommy has revealed that Martyn Woolford's stoppage-time equaliser against Watford last month was down to the magic fish.

"We were 2-1 down – it was the only game I've missed this season – but we were singing to the fish, willing us to score a goal and then we equalised!" he said.

"It gets put by the TV at home and it flies around its bowl during the games."

But Tommy had to resuscitate the Lions' gilled good-luck charm when the fish diced with death.

"The fish was on its back, laying on top of the water," he said. "I got it out of the bowl, blew in its face and within 15 minutes it was swimming around as normal.

"We were bricking it because we thought the fish had died."

"The fish came back to life," added Dunne. "Tommy didn't tell me about that incident until we were safe because he didn't want to worry me."

Millwall beat Bournemouth last weekend to stay in the Championship.

"Everyone would have thought we were raving mad if we'd come out with this eight games ago, but something has definitely worked," added Tommy.

"Whether it was the fish or Dunney and Fordey's pure Millwall blood, who knows? They were fighting in the trenches and the fish was watching over them."

Asked about the lucky fish, manager Holloway joked: "Maybe we should get some Koi carp for the training ground!"

Alan Dunne
Dunne with 11-year-old Dylan Pratt and the lucky goldfish

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

29 thoughts on “Exclusive: Millwall's Great Escape inspired by lucky goldfish

  • May 8, 2014 at 14:13
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    No b*******, there's something fishy going on here!!!

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  • May 8, 2014 at 14:40
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    he looks like sordell, he looks like sordell, OH THAT FISH HE LOOKS LIKE SORDELL!!! hahahahaha

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  • May 8, 2014 at 14:45
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    We could've done with the fish at centre back for most of the season !

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  • May 8, 2014 at 14:51
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    it cod have been a lot worse
    sorry ill get my coat

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  • May 8, 2014 at 15:55
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    I can see the fish going down the toilet if we lose

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  • May 8, 2014 at 16:39
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    This has got to be a wind up, we are being done up like a KIPPER

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  • May 8, 2014 at 16:57
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    'may the fish be with you' - great story but it would have been funnier if they'd done it on May the 4th . . . ? (be with you)

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  • May 8, 2014 at 17:06
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    Sign the fish up for a year - I can see it being unstoppable at Charlton when it rains!

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  • May 8, 2014 at 18:19
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    Looks like it's going to be a long summer on NaD! No porpoise to this story.

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  • May 8, 2014 at 18:24
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    f****** FUNNY ! THE FISH IS SORDELL AND LONG MAY HE SWIM , IM CRACKING UP BLINDING . COYL!

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  • May 8, 2014 at 18:24
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    you lot carping on....cant you come up with anything batter than that

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  • May 8, 2014 at 18:27
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    I has a goldfsh when I was little boy, it was called Jonny. Evertime it floated on the top of the water we put a drop of brandy in the bowl, revived him and he lived till he was 7.

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  • May 8, 2014 at 18:30
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    What a lot of old cods, what about my lucky underpants!

    Since I have worn them we have yet to be relegated to div 2.

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    • May 8, 2014 at 18:49
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      @wongo: no wonder the air quality in london is poor! time to wash them me old mucker!

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  • May 8, 2014 at 18:36
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    Perhaps next season we could get a lucky bowl of chips to go wit the Goldie! Eel be happy with that!

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  • May 8, 2014 at 19:16
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    I smelth something about this story, a right whiff. Can't believe what I am herring; sounds like pollocks. We are not all suckers and I am struggling to get the angler of this story and it is a bit crappie - the whiting is on the wall newsatden as this is clearly a load of cobblers. Before anyone gets goby at me and wants to roughy me up and knock out one of my molas or give me a shiner, I am a good sole for heaven's hake. Last thing I need is to visit a sturgeon.

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    • May 8, 2014 at 19:37
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      @SE14:

      A fin effort SE...you are scale ing new heights you shoal surely be the winner

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  • May 8, 2014 at 20:43
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    Never mind the fish , Dunne should be arrested for those strides

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  • May 9, 2014 at 01:03
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    There was a big fight at a seafood restaurant, 3 fish got battered!

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  • May 9, 2014 at 08:21
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    This is the fin end of the wedge!

    Can we stop carping on and let this topic tail off?

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  • May 9, 2014 at 10:14
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    Dunne said: "The fish has been everywhere with us - it came out to dinner a few weeks ago.

    Hahahaha how funny

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