Millwall boss slams "ridiculous" timing of Norwich fixture

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IAN Holloway has questioned why Millwall are making their 240-mile round trip to Norwich City on Boxing Day this season.

Holloway believes the Lions should be facing a London team on Friday, as used to be the tradition during the festive football schedule.

Millwall's players will get to spend part of Christmas day with their families before travelling to East Anglia in the evening.

They must then get back to London ahead of their game with Bournemouth on Sunday.

"It's absolutely ridiculous – for our fans, for the players, everyone," said Holloway. "It's just stupid.

"Christmas is a family time and it should be a local derby. Why that's changed I don't know. For me, it used to be Bristol City vs. Bristol Rovers if they were ever in the same division.

"We could have had Fulham, Charlton or Brentford and that would have been a wonderful scenario, but no, we've got to go to Norwich. Norwich!

"We'll be driving all the way up there on Christmas evening – that's about three hours on a coach. And then we play another game two days later, so it's massively testing."

It is understood the cost of policing local derbies has put paid to rival teams facing each other on December 26th.

Lions defender Mark Beevers, who is back in training after missing the Bolton game through illness, admits a long away journey is not ideal.

But the Yorkshireman says points take priority over presents at Christmas.

"It's different for me because I have got the little 'un this year, it's her first Christmas and we’re away from home," said Beevers.

"Last season we were away at Watford so we managed to get back up north for the evening. This year, we're going to stay down by ourselves.

"It'll be different but it's one of those things – I’ve moved away from home and I'm happy down here.

"It's going to be difficult not seeing my family around Christmas time but we've got games coming up thick and fast and they're the most important thing."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

19 thoughts on “Millwall boss slams "ridiculous" timing of Norwich fixture

  • December 24, 2014 at 10:01
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    Just wait until the ref fails to give us a penalty and sends off one of our players for a 50/50 challenge Ollie.

    That will really make your blood boil!

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  • December 24, 2014 at 10:03
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    Its only up the poxy road ffs..try going to wigan in midweek then you might have something to moan about

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    • December 24, 2014 at 10:08
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      @Jim28: jim he's deflecting!! Left it a bit late didn't he to have a moan up

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      • December 24, 2014 at 10:12
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        @lionrampant: surely your not suggesting he's getting an excuse in for why we're going to lose against Norwich?!

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    • December 24, 2014 at 10:10
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      @Jim28: ps.where did you get 3 hours travelling from.you want to jump on normins coach

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      • December 24, 2014 at 10:53
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        @Jim28: Yes Jim28, the 'STORM' will get you there and get you back ! LOL . ( NOLU , WDC ).

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      • December 25, 2014 at 00:52
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        @Jim28:
        I think they should, can't have 2 coach loads of window lickers going up there might aswell cram you all into one.

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  • December 24, 2014 at 10:15
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    What's he moaning about you know the score when you take the job on like bus drivers train drivers nurses etc etc . Shut up and get on with it

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  • December 24, 2014 at 10:16
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    He is always moaning that this and whatever is wrong.
    Sit in the stands and watch your team play c**p then you will have something to moan about - like we do each Home game.

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  • December 24, 2014 at 10:27
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    Make your mind up your last post said home games and shouting at the players doesn't help so traveling away should surely be a blessing ? also I hope some of the players are p***** off that's how we feel all week after watching them .

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  • December 24, 2014 at 10:32
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    Don't matter where it's played, eat ya turkey , kiss ya mother in law n win. Just win. To all on these pages have a great Xmas and keep safe. Cheers to all. COYL always

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  • December 24, 2014 at 11:55
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    Merry Christmas everyone, there's a great new year to look forward too and try not to eat too much........dare I say it.......Turkey.
    Peace on all of us,
    Love to all of us,
    Health to all of us,
    Wealth to all of us and a BLOODY GOAL SCORER FOR ALL OF US.

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  • December 24, 2014 at 12:28
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    Norwich away think its us being the turkey this year and getting a good stuffing.

    COYL prove me wrong!!!

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  • December 24, 2014 at 12:34
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    It is understood the cost of policing local derbies, so why is Chelsea playing the vermin.

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  • December 24, 2014 at 15:00
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    oh dear not excuses,"well the fixture has been there from the start of the season . last boxing day we got done 4-0 and lomas lost his job so ffs millwall get 3 points will ya

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  • December 24, 2014 at 15:47
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    Hey Wonka, what about coming on NAD and wishing all the fans a 'Merry Xmas' you miserable git.
    All you do is moan, moan, moan. You have a great gig, try being positive and happy for once.

    COYL's, let's try and stuff those Norfolk Turkeys.

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    • December 25, 2014 at 15:00
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      @lowdown:
      Looks like he read my ramblings.
      He has now posted a Merry Christmas video....lol....

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  • December 24, 2014 at 17:14
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    I think my kids would forgive me for missing Xmas night if I was on a pro footballers wages.

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