Millwall reiterate support for Lewisham A&E department

© Andy Worthington
© Andy Worthington

MILLWALL have reiterated their support for the campaign to save the A&E department at Lewisham Hospital ahead of their FA Cup quarter-final against Blackburn Rovers.

Lions players are taken to A&E if they are seriously injured in training but the unit is due to be axed as part of proposed government cuts – despite outrage in the local community.

As they did prior to their victory over Aston Villa in the fourth round, Millwall's players will wear 'Save Lewisham Hospital' t-shirts during their pre-match warm-up on Sunday.

Boss Kenny Jackett said: "We work hard at backing the local community and sticking together. This has come under the guise of being a local point of interest.

"Our physiotherapist Bobby Bacic believes in the campaign and believes in it strongly so, from the point of view of myself, the club and the players, we've backed him.

"Generally, when there is a serious injury that is where we go. There have been incidents where a player has needed to go to hospital straight away. Our medical team have links there too.

"It is part of a manager's job to work on the integration between the club and the community – my main job is to win games of football, but beyond that you have to look after the community."

Midfielder Josh Wright added: "It's a fantastic thing that the club is doing. It's a good cause that can help everyone – we're supporting it as much as we can.

"I play for Millwall, I wear the badge and I support what they support as much as they do. I've dealt with the hospital many times, having lived locally and played for Charlton in the past.

"John Marquis was born there so he'll be supporting the campaign as much as anyone."



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