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Millwall CEO: Football League should explore overseas games

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MILLWALL chief executive Andy Ambler has suggested that Football League clubs could play competitive fixture on foreign soil in the future.

Ambler, who also sits on the Football League board, believes the concept of the '39th game' – or the 47th – should be debated throughout English football.

The idea was overwhelmingly rejected by Premier League clubs in 2008 but is now thought to have growing support.

And Ambler says the 72 clubs outside of the top division could also explore the possibility of playing one match a season overseas.

He told the Football League Paper: "At Championship level in particular, I think we need to realise that our product is exceptional.

"We have arguably the most talked-about game anywhere in the play-off final – certainly the richest game going.

"I just wonder if there is an argument to take the Football League around the world. Why not?

"The Premier League couldn't get acceptance for the 39th game – it is a radical idea and fans perhaps wouldn't like it.

"However, we now have owners from all around the world. The model is changing. You have got clubs associated with different countries and cities. It has to be worth exploring.

"I'm looking at other sports and asking how they are expanding.

"Could Millwall play Bournemouth in Boston, where our owner is from? Once a season say?

"I could see it happening and flourishing."

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39 thoughts on “Millwall CEO: Football League should explore overseas games

  • October 9, 2014 at 15:13
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    First we need to do the business here in front of our own fans, and I would love to see how they would market Millwall Vs Leeds or to think of it any other team we would be playing against in another Country, get real AA. talk about that when we are in the Prem.

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  • October 9, 2014 at 15:14
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    What a pathetic statement. 1) the play off final isn't the most talked about game in the world. Ever heard of the World Cup final? 2) Who would turn up to see Bournemouth vs Blackpool in New York? Get a grip Ambler, more pressing issues at hand.

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  • October 9, 2014 at 15:16
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    What a load of crap!!! Don't we spend enough money travelling this country to see us play?

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    • October 10, 2014 at 10:07
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      @Barnylion: I agree its a silly idea for important games like league and cup games, but would you really think we would get any fans in America when we only take 490 to Derby and 365 to Huddersfield yes it costs a fair bit of wedge but with average gates of 10,000 approx at home we need to get a better away following in this country before you can even think about going overseas. Why cant we replicate 4000+ at Fulham where the 12th man roars the Lions on to a hard fought victory . NOLU WDC

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  • October 9, 2014 at 15:38
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    WHAT A LOAD OF B******S !!!!!!!!!

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  • October 9, 2014 at 15:38
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    note to self, don't bother reading news at den on a non matchday

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  • October 9, 2014 at 15:45
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    It's bad enough when Scudamore and Co talk about Premier League as a 'Global Brand' , but now we've got Ambler talking about taking Championship Millwall v Bournemouth to the USA! Imagine if that had been us last May playing Bournemouth out in Boston - how would that benefit Millwall fans?

    All the money in the premiership and nearly all of it goes to players and agents, whilst fans end up being priced out - a great model to follow. We can't even fix our scoreboard, never mind appeal to a global audience. Just concentrate on trying to improve our attendances down the Den.

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  • October 9, 2014 at 15:49
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    Go home Ambler, you're drunk.

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  • October 9, 2014 at 15:56
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    Ridiculous idea. Ambition is one thing stupidity is another. It will be 'flourishing' for AA as he'll go business class all expenses paid, for us supporters it will be sh*t.

    Also he states fans might not like it, why do it then?

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  • October 9, 2014 at 16:01
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    He told the Football League Paper: "At Championship level in particular, I think we need to realise that our product is exceptional."

    That's the funniest thing I've read for ages - has he seen us play at all this season?

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  • October 9, 2014 at 16:44
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    This club has enough trouble arranging friendliest in Ireland.

    Perspective Mr Ambler please!

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  • October 9, 2014 at 16:46
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    I think it's got to be a "tongue in cheek" remark and he's taking the p;;s out of the fans.

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    • October 9, 2014 at 17:23
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      @Old lions exile: typical ambler talking complete crap as usual.what planet does he come from and the fact hes our CEO is more worrying...your bonkers mate

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  • October 9, 2014 at 17:16
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    They would never include Millwall in such plans as we all know they dont want us travelling abroad.
    It has reminded me though of some brilliant memories in Budapest that will last forever.

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  • October 9, 2014 at 17:24
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    If it were to generate more revenue for the club then it could be a viable option worth exploring. People are always moaning on this site that we need to improve the attendance at the Den! Let's be honest, no matter how much people whinge and moan the attendance isn't improving! We can go to Wembley and fill it with half of South East London. But we can't fill the Den. So unless people have got ways and means to pack out our ground on match day then what's the problem with exploring alternative means? Just a thought!

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    • October 9, 2014 at 21:25
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      @Millwaller: Ways and means to fill our ground should be simple or at least made simpler by the club.... Ambition or at least an attempt to show some. The club are clearly content with doing just enough to stay where we are, our signings and lack of progress at points when we have been in good positions (ie: Chris Wood era etc) and had the opportunity to press on were passed up and continue to be by the look of things. How can you or the club expect to attract more fans other than the core base? Days at Wembley will attract the casual fan won't they by definition. Getting to Wembley means the team are winning games and its a great day out/spectacle for those casual fans.

      You tell me where we are heading as a club or what is considered acceptable by the board and where they want us to be and then be honest with yourself and cons to the conclusion it's a scenario where it's going to fill the ground???

      Fans will react to progress and ambition.... We show very little of either at this time.

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  • October 9, 2014 at 17:30
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    Ambler you muppet, how rich do you think we are? Anyone who wants to pay £1000 to go to the other side of the world to watch a football game has too much money and should be investing it into charity, or more importantly, our club!

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  • October 9, 2014 at 17:44
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    I'd go , would be a great day out. Winging tarts on here can stay at home.

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    • October 10, 2014 at 05:05
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      @Lincolnshire Lion:
      Can't really have a 'day out' half way across the world though can you? It's not somewhere you pop to for the day. That's the problem, some people could afford it, and it would be a unique experience. But for your average supporter it's a s*** idea, and I'm not sure the Americans would be queuing up to watch a championship team when they don't even turn out for certain prem teams when they play over there. How will WE make money if no ones interested? ambler just wants a nice all expenses paid trip abroad.

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  • October 9, 2014 at 18:08
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    Isle of dogs yes!!! COYL!!!

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  • October 9, 2014 at 18:34
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    Glue sniffing is so 80's.

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  • October 9, 2014 at 18:56
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    Just thought I'd give everyone an update.

    Going by some of these forums. 100% were wearing pink next season. You've got f****** Arsenal and Palermo fans voting

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    • October 9, 2014 at 19:17
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      @Dazi: burn the lot of em

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  • October 9, 2014 at 19:22
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    Cost would be prohibitive most probably but if any smaller club had a chance of generating interest on a world scale millwall would be 1 of the most likely. Millwall v west ham at etihad stadium in melbourne with the right sort of promotion would be berserk. Only selfish thinking on my part and somehow would require all you guys to be there to get the ball rolling but s***, old melbourne town knows how to host a party, anyway il roll another reefer and keep dreamin.

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  • October 9, 2014 at 19:27
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    Never heard so much s***. Obviously Andy Ambler has nothing else to do but talk b******s.

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  • October 9, 2014 at 19:30
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    #AgainstModernFootball

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  • October 9, 2014 at 20:00
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    They don't even want us in our own league never mind anywhere else.

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  • October 9, 2014 at 20:20
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    Aldridge if u don't like people's opinion why put a stupid post on in the first place.

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      • October 10, 2014 at 00:21
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        @Alex Aldridge: what the part about him not standing up for the fans & making us go to a service station in the middle of nowhere & the old bill treating us like dirt last year I had to sit with the northern scum coz they wouldn't give me a ticket. Then u put him on here talking complete rubbish now that's what I call abuse not a couple of bad words.

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          • October 10, 2014 at 09:54
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            @Alex Aldridge: whats gonna happen with the vote for away kit.considering no mfc fan voted for pink..

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  • October 9, 2014 at 20:34
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    Right then AA (dubious initials...) I am ready for the 47th game in Europe, with a preference for Italy:

    nessuno ci ama non ci interessa, nessuno ci ama non ci interessa

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    • October 10, 2014 at 08:56
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      @sierraleone: will you be bringing E.Bowler to the Den for the wolves match as we need all the support we can get.
      Also translation needed for us knobheads !.

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      • October 10, 2014 at 13:14
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        @wandererwall: No one like us, we don't care...

        Luigi

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  • October 9, 2014 at 20:38
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    Ridonkulous idea. NFL at Wembley in 2018 meaning the National football team have to vacate their national arena in order to pay the Bill for the stadium they can't fill because the team are cack.

    Millwall consistently blame the average gate for our lack of funds and in turn progress. There are two immediate solutions... Either lower prices to fill the ground (ie: bring a friend or kids for a quid) more often to fill the Den to create the atmosphere we know intimidates teams. Or push on and speculate to accumulate and spend a few quid on a striker who can attract fans in by actually scoring and by getting us wins.

    These ramblings of AA are pathetic. It's all business isn't it without a care for the fans. It's all about bottom lines for these jokers. Yes JB has done his bit to get us to where we are, but where are we actually? What do these board members actually want?

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  • October 10, 2014 at 07:40
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    I've defended Ambler on here on a number of occasions and been abused for it and I still think that fans are too quick to blame him for everything negative about the club, even the results some times! But this is nonsense and he's done himself no favours coming out with this claptrap. It shows a complete disregard and/or lack of understanding of what football is and of who the most important people in the sport are.

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  • October 10, 2014 at 09:08
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    What a load of bolloxx concentrate on getting the fans to the den not trying to fill the Macarena !!

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