Millwall drawing up licence application for Europa League

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MILLWALL have begun drawing up a licence application to play in the Europa League next season ahead of their FA Cup semi-final against Wigan.

Victory over the Latics at Wembley next month would all-but guarantee the Lions' passage into the UEFA competition for the first time since the 2004-05 campaign.

Chief executive Andy Ambler has been readying the paperwork to ensure any application would be successful – as teams have been banned from competing for missing the deadline in the past.



Millwall would enter at the play-off stage of the competition – as they did in 2004 – where they would have to win a two-legged tie before they could proceed to the group stage.

"We've had the forms through from the Football Association just in case," Ambler told NewsAtDen. "The deadline is towards the end of April, so we have to do all the work now.

"It's quite a detailed licence application – but there is no issue other than having to put together lots of information. We comply with everything – the pitch is fine, the stadium is fine.



"There's nothing that will stop us from entering should we be successful against Wigan. It is a bit like a fit and proper persons test – but for a football club and not an individual.

"Are your floodlights the right lux? Is the pitch the right size? Have you filed your yearly accounts on time? Have you got any debt to the government? Those are the sort of things we have to answer.

"It is something we've got to be prepared for. We can't leave it until the last minute – if we do end up in Europe, we have to be ready to send the information off on time.

"We're not getting ahead of ourselves, we're just making sure we are prepared."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

27 thoughts on “Millwall drawing up licence application for Europa League

  • March 25, 2013 at 18:17
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    If we get through hopefully we'll draw someone easier than Ferencvaros like last time!! I need tickets for the semi-final, I'm not a STH/member. Where can I get any?!

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  • March 25, 2013 at 19:01
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    We're all going on a European tour a European your a European your, we're all going on a European tour a European tour a European tour. COYL.

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  • March 25, 2013 at 19:37
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    Articles like this worry me and I honestly don't understand what Andy Ambler thinks it achieves by publishing it.

    Of course we are filling in the required forms, all this will ever do is wind up Wigan and set us up for a fall if you ask me. Tut

    In response to Marknorman: Is it not a league format from the get go meaning a guaranteed 6 matches? Or is their a qualifying round as in the Champions League?

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    • March 25, 2013 at 21:39
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      Millwall would enter at the play-off stage of the competition - as they did in 2004 - where they would have to win a two-legged tie before they could proceed to the group stage.

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      • March 27, 2013 at 08:35
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        Why are people getting wound up about this? It's got nothing to do with getting ahead of ourselves or bragging. ALL the teams in the semis have to fill out the paperwork. The FA demand it. In 2004 even Tranmere had to do it when our quarter final went to a replay.
        Wigan will be going through the same exercise and even Manchester United/City have to do it even though there's almost no chance of them needing it.
        Relax and enjoy the ride people

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        • March 27, 2013 at 09:42
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          Hedge it looks like people are just fed up about the ticketing allowance for the STHs, but they will be buzzing to know that if they are members Andy ambler, yep, the same Andy ambler they're all p***** with, is letting them have 2 tickets each. And as you've said it's just routine and needs to be done, it's not the club larging it. There's obviously not much going in right now so they're just letting us know what they're upto.

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  • March 25, 2013 at 19:40
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    Marknorman3, tickets4football.co.uk have all levels, allegedly? From £96, never used them tho

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  • March 25, 2013 at 20:26
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    I's one qualifying round home and away.
    Agree about Ambler. Can't think why he would let that one out of the bag. Idiot.

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  • March 25, 2013 at 21:38
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    Foregone conclusion. Ambler may as well post the application now

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  • March 25, 2013 at 21:42
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    doverlion. Now I know who to blame if it all goes down the s******.

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    • March 25, 2013 at 21:45
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      Keep the faith. We, the supporters are the 12th man. We must make that pay

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  • March 25, 2013 at 22:58
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    Andy rambler we don't want to know about the paper work, you bock.

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  • March 26, 2013 at 05:12
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    Not IF we qualify for Europe, WHEN we qualify for Europe. COYL!!!!!!

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  • March 26, 2013 at 05:38
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    Bit unfair to point the blame at ambler, I doubt he just came out with all this he was most likely asked the question. And he certainly didn't publish the article.

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    • March 26, 2013 at 06:47
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      Good point well argued.

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  • March 26, 2013 at 08:25
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    I get the feeling that our fans generally like to stick it to 'The Man' and basically Ambler gets most of his criticism simply due to the fact he is a symbol of authority. I am not saying he is perfect but does he deserve this criticism?

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  • March 26, 2013 at 09:41
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    He's already drawn up the ticketing arrangements for the home leg - season ticket holders will be allocated 15 tickets each. Any remaining tickets will then go on sale to Members and other assorted lowlife, subject to availability.

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  • March 26, 2013 at 13:12
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    I hope it does wind up Wigan ..... I bet the're bricking themselves...... Tell the world we are Millwall we are in the semi final of the best cup competition in the world.... We are filling in the paperwork for the Europa league ...... Suck that up West Ham

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  • March 26, 2013 at 18:03
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    This of course is the final piece of the jigsaw. No need to worry about attendances as season ticket holders have been able to apply for as many tickets as they like since 2004. The tickets they buy can go to anybody they know who has heard of the competition and may at some stage have heard of Millwall. The last leftover ticket will be shared equally amongst the people who have bothered to show some allegiance to the club by taking out membership in the first place. Bitter, what me bitter!

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  • March 26, 2013 at 19:14
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    Millwall amended member allocation to 2 each as Season Tickets purchases only at 16k thus far. Great news, perhaps all the rants/panic was unnecessary in hindsight as it appears there should be enough to go round.

    Cheered me right up that news. I have tickets as my ST pals kindly sorted me out. Happy for my friend and family I can hopefully help out.

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  • March 26, 2013 at 19:46
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    Question: why are our tickets sold via an independent company when we have a very slick website that works fantastically well week in week out?

    We get charged a £2 booking fee per ticket and £6.25 delivery whilst Wigans are sold via their own ticket site and there is only a minimal fee for Wigan:

    1-4 tickets - £2.00
    5-8 tickets - £4.00
    9-12 tickets - £6.00
    13-16 tickets - £8.00
    17-20 tickets - £10.00

    http://www.wiganlatics.co.uk/news/article/13-03-18-ticket-details-fa-cup-semi-final-723090.aspx?pageView=full#anchored

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  • March 26, 2013 at 22:09
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    Johnny
    Couldn't agree more.

    As for the rest they get two tickets each to take persons who have may have heard of Millwall eh chipple and y still ain't happy!!!

    So just so you know we ain't all bought tickets for nobodies who ain't heard if Millwall just like you probably won't.

    So stop fcukin moaning and enjoy your day out.

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  • March 27, 2013 at 08:37
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    Why are people getting wound up about this? It's got nothing to do with getting ahead of ourselves or bragging. ALL the teams in the semis have to fill out the paperwork. The FA demand it. In 2004 even Tranmere had to do it when our quarter final went to a replay.
    Wigan will be going through the same exercise and even Manchester United/City have to do it even though there's almost no chance of them needing it.
    Relax and enjoy the ride people

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  • March 27, 2013 at 13:24
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    Anyone got any semi tickets for sale?

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