Millwall chairman laughs off Lewisham councillor's claims

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JOHN Berylson has reacted with incredulity to claims made by Lewisham deputy mayor Alan Smith regarding the regeneration of the area around The Den.

Mr Smith has said that the council's recent deal with a property developer has ensured that the "futures of Millwall FC and the Millwall Community Scheme are both safeguarded."

But Berylson has dismissed those assurances out of hand, and says that the community scheme in particular cannot be secured by anyone other than the club itself.

Berylson said: "The council are under the illusion that a developer can somehow have the community scheme – they cannot. It has to be connected to the football club.

"They cannot get the players to attend events, or tickets for matches or essential funding from the Football League. They are dependent on the club paying their bills.

"Nobody other than the club has the ability to make the community scheme continue.

"The community scheme exists solely at my whim and as a club we support it because of their good work in the local area.

"It currently happens to be situated in Lewisham but it doesn't have to be there.

"The council's agreement with Renewal has thrown the future of the community scheme into doubt, not the other way around.

"If Alan Smith can safeguard the future of the community scheme, he can start work at 8am tomorrow morning and the club will withdraw its support."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

23 thoughts on “Millwall chairman laughs off Lewisham councillor's claims

  • February 26, 2014 at 16:41
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    That's it John. Keep it real and call out these corrupt twats! They''re only looking for one thing and that's profit, anything we hear from these kinds of politicians is all lies. Definitely something dodgy (bribery)!

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    • February 26, 2014 at 16:54
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      @harryfabian: Spot on Harry you are 100% right

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  • February 26, 2014 at 16:50
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    Can someone draw up a list of marginal seats in Lewisham?

    We can stand candidates in these, that's the only language these people understand, a threat on their cosy expenses fuelled lifestyle.

    'Defeat is only permanent when we stop fighting'

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    • February 26, 2014 at 17:51
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      @wongo: Local council elections are on 22 May. Probably best shot is Brockley where a Millwall Blue Party might oust the Green Party. Most of borough simply votes Labour every time so effectively very few marginal seats.

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  • February 26, 2014 at 17:30
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    What a clown Alan Smith sounds you knowshis more than likely

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  • February 26, 2014 at 17:32
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    Getting am earner out of it

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  • February 26, 2014 at 17:39
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    So basically Lewisham Council are doing what is in their best 'short term' interests, by jumping into bed with a private company unconnected with Millwall, but fully expect Millwall to do all the hard work connected with a community scheme.
    Millwall have moved once before from Isle of Dogs to current area, and would not be surprised if they move once again to guarantee their future

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    • February 26, 2014 at 17:43
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      Would not be a surprise, Dartford here we come!

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  • February 26, 2014 at 17:58
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    Dartford wouldn't be a bad shout to be honest. Relocation would help Millwall in the long run without a doubt

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    • February 26, 2014 at 18:30
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      @Dazi: southwark park is big enough to build a Mk style stadium...its sponsered by a massive Asda store....cobblers to bloody lewisham..cos we'll be in southwark

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      • February 26, 2014 at 22:43
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        @Jim28: I like the sound of that

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      • February 27, 2014 at 01:01
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        @">Jim28 don't forget the china hall would be right outside.

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        • February 27, 2014 at 01:35
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          @block 28: oh yah forgot akout that...hic

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    • February 26, 2014 at 18:34
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      @">Dazi dartford already has a local team. So I don't think the FA would sanction it. Anyway we hav a long lease so b******* to the council & renewal.

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  • February 26, 2014 at 19:17
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    Faith in you and respect to you JB.

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  • February 26, 2014 at 19:18
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    Who the hell really thinks we could move to dartford?
    Any move out of the area would kill the club plus Dartford has it's own club with ambition anyway & it's charlton country anyway , it's f****** Kent.Where's the connection?
    Let's keep it in Inner SE London eh!

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  • February 26, 2014 at 19:24
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    a new ground on a greyhound track is a rumour that continues to do the rounds.

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    • February 26, 2014 at 21:11
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      @drifter: Have we paid for/ do we own the New Den as it stands???

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      • February 27, 2014 at 02:09
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        @JonnyBanks: lewisham counc4l paid us £5 million to move out of the den...so they could build houses..& low & behold the new london stadium sprung up in one year...we were informed that its got a 100year cast iron 100year lease...if anyone could make it clearer please do

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  • February 26, 2014 at 22:41
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    Personally, you'll always have my respect & support JB. Enough said.

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  • February 27, 2014 at 05:39
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    First lewisham A and E now this s*** and my mate rents a flat in lewisham and lewisham council are trying to shaft him to make way for a foreign family to move in. His words not mine . Me thinks lewisham council want new flats fast and all 3 sites are potential flats to them.

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