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Ex-Millwall favourite announces retirement from football

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FORMER Millwall striker Gary Alexander has retired from football.

Alexander wrote himself into Lions folklore when he scored a 40-yard screamer in the 2009 League One play-off final at Wembley – a goal which has been talked about ever since.

Last year, the strike against Scunthorpe United was voted the best goal ever to be scored in a play-off final at the national stadium.

Speaking about it, Alexander said: "The ball sat up nicely, so I thought 'why not try it?' I hit the ball so sweet, it was unbelievable.

"Luckily for me it ended up in the top corner.

"I've scored a few good goals in my career, but probably not as good as this one, that's for sure. Coming at Wembley makes it very special.

"I'll look back when my career is over and I'll remember the goal I scored.

"People still talk about it and it's something I'll always remember. It's amazing to be voted number one.

"There have been so many goals scored in the play-offs, so to come out number one is fantastic. I'm just proud of it."

Under manager Kenny Jackett, the frontman scored 25 goals during a three-season stint at The Den between 2007 and 2010.

He went on to play for Brentford, Crawley, Burton and AFC Wimbledon.

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31 thoughts on “Ex-Millwall favourite announces retirement from football

  • July 1, 2014 at 10:50
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    A proper Millwall player.... played like he had the Millwall Lion tattooed on his heart, couldn't have asked for more from him!!

    A belting goal at Wembley which I will never forget!!

    Good luck for the future Gary, all the best!!

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    • July 1, 2014 at 11:11
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      @Bradders:

      All the best son great goal at wembley and always put a shift in

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    • July 1, 2014 at 12:09
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      @Bradders: The goose bumps that goal gives me.. Just happy to say I was there.. The most crazy 5 minutes supporting Wall that day and then going 2-1 up only for Gary to miss the sitter in the second half.. typical! 😉

      True Wall legend Gary and hope we see you back here one day..

      du du du GARY ALEXANDER!

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    • July 1, 2014 at 19:38
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      I was there, 5 minutes after the goal was scored it was kicked into the stands and now sits proudly in my cabinet, priceless!!!

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  • July 1, 2014 at 11:13
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    One of us, and a lions legend!

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  • July 1, 2014 at 11:13
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    Good luck Gary in everything you do, a good honest player.

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  • July 1, 2014 at 11:16
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    It will be one of the best goals I will ever see live in my lifetime! Literally, only Christophe Kinet's goal against Preston away comes anywhere near it. Thank you for that memory Gary. All the very best with everything.

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  • July 1, 2014 at 11:31
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    Not the most prolific of scorers as per his 25 goals 3 seasons but that doesn't tell the whole story because he helped with many assists as well. His 100% commitment even when he wasn't having a good game puts some of our signings during the last couple of seasons to shame. We can add him to the list of true Milllwall players.

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  • July 1, 2014 at 11:46
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    Never forget that goal at Wembley. Proper Millwall player with a great attitude. All the best Gary.

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  • July 1, 2014 at 11:49
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    Great lad and what a memory to savour, cheers Gary.

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  • July 1, 2014 at 12:07
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    Shame you have to retire. I remember shouting get rid of it. You did & scored the best goal I've seen only one that comes close is Gordon hill. Good luck top man.

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  • July 1, 2014 at 12:29
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    Somehow its the sitter he missed late on to equalise that seems to stick in my memory.

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  • July 1, 2014 at 12:35
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    Top player. Good luck, Gary

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  • July 1, 2014 at 12:46
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    Legand Gary you were brilliant for Millwall and what a goal worthy of winning a league title i wish you the very best of luck with your future and would love to see back at The Den as a coach?

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  • July 1, 2014 at 13:19
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    Three cheers!

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  • July 1, 2014 at 13:39
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    I enjoyed watching Gary play for us and also a Millwall supporter

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  • July 1, 2014 at 13:41
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    Good luck to you Gary a top man allways played like millwall players should

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  • July 1, 2014 at 14:04
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    We've had a few at the den that you could call true blu..gary falls into that cat.cant say he's the most gifted but made up with that with hard work did hear from someone close to the staff that he wept when told he's gonna be released by the club..GOOD LUCK MATE

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  • July 1, 2014 at 14:14
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    Best of luck to him , a true Millwall legend. The applause he got at the Den when taking his penalty against us for Crawley in the Coca Cola cup 2 or 3 years ago sums him up.
    As for that Wembley goal , what more could I possibly add ??

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  • July 1, 2014 at 14:20
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    One of the most spectacular goals you will ever see, anywhere. Thanks for the memories and enjoy your retirement. (He does read this site doesn't he?)

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  • July 1, 2014 at 15:25
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    Don't know if anyone has seen, but on our website Holloway has said that we're in the market for 2 strikers and a utility player. Assuming Sam Hutchinson is the utility player, who would you target as 2 possible strikers?

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    • July 1, 2014 at 21:44
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      @James_SE16: I wonder if Jay Emmanual-Thomas at Bristol City is one of the strikers we are interested in. He is 23 years old,over 6 feet tall and Ollie had him on loan from Arsenal when he was Manager of Blackpool. He scored 13 goals for Bristol City last season and formed a prolific partnership with Sam Baldock. He could be on Ollie's radar to see him doing the same with Lee Gregory. Just a thought.

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      • July 1, 2014 at 22:16
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        @denslions: the 2 you
        mentionedt have what it takes..you can tell if they can score while playing for a crap team..,plus one striker i wouldn't take its that s*** shearer..after using millwall as a cheap shot.(moron)

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  • July 1, 2014 at 15:34
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    Top goal and best of all me and me mates were in the tv clip going spare!

    Thanks for the memories... Also thought I read an interview once saying you'd give the knowledge a stab, if you need a call over partner let me know

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  • July 1, 2014 at 16:02
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    Loved everything about him apart from the song we sang to him.
    His wembley goal is and will remain the best ever seen at the temple of football.
    Happy retirement.

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  • July 1, 2014 at 16:33
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    Wishing you all the best Gary, your goal will live with us all for a long long time, never a better time to score the goal of your life , at Wembley , for the team you support in front of what was to my knowledge at the time the most support a club had taken to Wembley, but also not to forget all the shifts you put in for us at the Den as well , good luck chap

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  • July 1, 2014 at 18:50
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    What a legend. I'll never forget that goal at Wembley for two reasons - firstly, it was one of the best goals I have ever seen from anyone in any league and secondly, my wife was due to give birth the next day and the almighty scream I let out nearly made her drop early! If it had been a boy, it would have almost certainly been called Gary!

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  • July 1, 2014 at 19:23
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    Poorly worded headline on this. He is an ex-Millwall player but will never be an ex-favourite because he is one of the legends.

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  • July 1, 2014 at 19:39
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    Gary A ,,, thanks for the memories ,,, true MILLWALL ,,,,,,,Wish you all the best to you & your family for the future ,,,,LEGEND ,,,, COYL!,,

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