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Millwall boss loses cigar wager with chairman Berylson

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© Edmund Boyden

CHAIRMAN John Berylson was able to celebrate Millwall's victory over Cardiff with a cigar – after winning a wager with Ian Holloway.

Holloway revealed that the Lions owner, making his first trip to the UK since the end of last season, would be lighting up in the boardroom to toast Saturday's 1-0 triumph.

A box of cigars was the stake for a bet on the Ryder Cup last month – with Berylson backing the winning European side.

The 61-year-old American had not been able to attend a Millwall game since undergoing knee replacement surgery.

But he saw his team win on his return to The Den.

"I'm delighted to see John again," Holloway said.

"I bought him some cigars because he conned me – I had the USA and he had Europe in the Ryder Cup.

"He very cunningly twisted it around and we had some cigars on it, and how I ended up with the Americans I don't know.

"But I've bought him some cigars and I'm sure he had one on Saturday.

"But sure they won't be big enough for him – they're as long as this table but that ain't no good. He does like a big cigar.

"It's nice for him and his family to be over and feel that optimism."

Holloway continued: "He's got to come over a bit more, I don't know what he's been doing!

"He's been having his leg cut to pieces and a bit of metal put in, but I don't feel sorry for him. Get over here a bit more and support your team!

"It's great to get a win in front of John because he's missed it and missed us. He's missed what we're trying to achieve here.

"He's the missed the work we've had done in the dressing room and my office, he missed the golf day last week and the kit launch.

"I know that he keeps in touch with everything because he deserves to have a good club and good people working for him."

The Millwall boss added that working for Berylson was "a joy".

"Luckily for me I don't have a chairman who expects to win this game, the last game or the game before that," he said.

"John doesn't come in and moan at me because he respects what I've done in the game.

"He understands that he's got to listen to me because he doesn't know anything about football really! And that's a joy."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

8 thoughts on “Millwall boss loses cigar wager with chairman Berylson

  • October 27, 2014 at 16:53
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    www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBWuDhIv9B0

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  • October 27, 2014 at 18:31
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    There are 9 teams below us in the Championship and six of them have sacked their manager with just 14 games gone. Leeds have sacked two, or is it three, I can't keep up.
    We are lucky to have John Berylson as chairman at our club. Any team only improves over time - maybe it takes three full seasons to get it right unless you are a 'loads-o-money' club (or have the parachute payment). We need to be patient and keep a stable coaching team in place. Well done to JB.

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    • October 27, 2014 at 21:23
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      @Glasshalffull: You're absolutely right. Riga at Blacpool given the boot tonight.

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    • October 28, 2014 at 14:56
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      @Glasshalffull: Totally agree. Even if we had of gone down last season, we needed to stick with IH. We need to stick with him whether or not he is everyone's favourite. A club of our size and finances are only here due to this stability (with a hiccup along the way).

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  • October 27, 2014 at 18:35
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    Hard to follow the last article..

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  • October 27, 2014 at 18:38
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    Great to see JB back at the Den, you got to laugh at Ollie though pulling no punches 'he should get over here more often'.

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  • October 28, 2014 at 08:27
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    You have to laugh at Olly.
    He has made the op sound like a Millwall away day in the 70's.
    "He's been having his leg cut to pieces and a bit of metal put in"

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