The A-Z of Millwall – S is for… Strikers

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As 'The A-Z of Millwall' makes its way to the letter S, it’s time to take a look at the Lions' strikers from over the years.

Some have become greats – others not so much – but all have played a part in Millwall’s history.

Readers of a certain vintage will remember the likes of Gordon Bolland, Len Julians and Derek Possee from the 1960s. Possee joined from Tottenham Hotspur for the grand fee of £25,000 in 1967 and would go on to make 245 appearances for the Lions, scoring 87 goals, whilst Bolland would notch 66 times in 273 games.

Julians would rack up the most impressive strike rate, however, as in his 138 starts, he scored 61 goals – almost one in two.

Perhaps the most famous name to come out of the swinging sixties, though, was that of Keith Weller. Before making the trip west to Chelsea in a £100,000 deal in 1970, Weller endeared himself to the Den faithful by scoring 41 times in 135 games.

The 70s saw the introduction of names such as Trevor Lee and Alf Wood, whilst the 1980s would provide Millwall with perhaps their greatest strike partnership of all time – Teddy Sheringham and Tony Cascarino.

Forty seven goals between them in the 1987-88 season meant that the Lions would taste First Division football for the first – and only – time in their history, as they won Division Two after a 1-1 draw at Hull City. Sheringham would go on to become Millwall's all-time leading goal-scorer – I'm sure I don't need to tell you who broke his record!

The 80s was a rich decade for Lions strikers – along with Teddy and Cas, the likes of Kevin Bremner, John Fashanu and Dean Neal (63 goals in 152 games) also made names for themselves – and the 90s would be no different.

Players like Malcolm Allen, Jon Goodman and Jamie Moralee dominated proceedings in the early part of the decade, but the second half would see the club possess an almost embarrassing abundance of talent up top, with names such as Neil Harris, Richard Sadlier, Paul Moody and Paul Shaw running the show, as Millwall looked for promotion out of Division Two, back up to the second tier.

Veteran Paul Moody (26 goals in 69 games) joined the ranks in the early 2000s as the club did indeed gain promotion, with Steve Claridge also assisting, initially on loan, before a move was made permanent at the end of the 2000-01 championship-winning season.

A young but evidently talented Harry Kane joined the club on loan a few years ago, but before that Moses Ashikodi became the Lions' youngest ever player, turning out against Brighton and Hove Albion in 2003, aged just 15 years and 240 days.

Lee Gregory and Steve Morison are the men charged with leading the Lions this season, with the likes of Jamie Philpot and Alfie Pavey waiting in the wings, ready to take on the mantle in years to come.

It's not always been that great, however; off the top of my head, I can think of eight players that would instantly fit into a 'Millwall Worst Strikers XI' (Don't wince too much at these names): Uwe Fuchs, Ricardo Fuller, Stefan Maierhofer, Bas Savage, Paul Wilkinson, Adebayo Akinfenwa, Rob Hulse and Bob Peeters.

Quite the line-up. Let's stick to the good times, shall we?

Mark Litchfield