Cahill: My Millwall return with Australia will be very special

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TIM Cahill says playing at The Den again will be a special moment in his career.

The midfielder is set to feature in the Australia team that takes on Ecuador on Wednesday night in an international friendly.

And Cahill, who scored 52 goals in 217 appearances for the Lions between 1998 and 2004, admits returning to SE16 will be an "emotional" experience.

"This is where it all started," he said, speaking at a pre-match press conference.

"I learned my trade here, played with some great players and it has definitely helped define who I am as a footballer today.

"I still have the same traits as I did when I was 16 purely because of what I learned from the players I played with, the fans and the club.

"When I come back and see the same people working for the club, people who love the club, it's something special."

Cahill, who currently plays for the New York Red Bulls in the MLS, added that the backing he has received from Millwall fans since leaving the club has been phenomenal.

"I'm very active on Twitter and Instagram – their support has been unbelievable," he said.

"Hopefully I can get some game time tomorrow night because it will be a special occasion. It's a weird feeling being here again.

"If you can't play in front of Millwall supporters, then you should stop playing football. They are the most passionate fans in the world. They live for football.

"They go to work during the week for their team and The Den is their outlet on a Saturday.

"When you get to know that football is a way of life for your fans, you know what it is to be a Millwall player."

"Playing in front of these fans is the best feeling ever – I've been on the other end, when the fans haven't been happy, but if you can play at Millwall, you can play anywhere in the world.

"That's the greatest thing I can say because the fans have been great to me. I've had some of my greatest moments in football here."

Cahill will become the Socceroos' all-time leading goalscorer if he finds the target against the South American side.

"I was speaking to someone really close to me last week about how the stars can align like this," he said.

"This is where it all started, so to score tomorrow, if I play, will be a very special moment in my career. Millwall, along with Everton, is the place I call home.

"It's great that the game is at The Den and for me to have that sentimental moment, but for us as a team, we're in a new era and breeding a lot of youngsters.

"I'm the oldest player in the squad and it's all about preparing for the World Cup."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

39 thoughts on “Cahill: My Millwall return with Australia will be very special

  • March 4, 2014 at 18:22
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    I hope somebody can convince you to stay while your here and show some of these jokers what it means to wear a Millwall shirt with pride.

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  • March 4, 2014 at 18:41
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    Welcome home Tim.

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    • March 4, 2014 at 23:54
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      Good luck tomorrow, true legend.

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  • March 4, 2014 at 18:52
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    model professional and always welcome here tim mate. if only some of the players we have now shared that same desire and realness , unfortunately for us the likes of you , harris and rae are what our team is desperately missing right now. i hope you start the game 2moro and bang in a couple ! all the best cahill a true millwall player if ever there has been one 🙂

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  • March 4, 2014 at 18:55
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    You should ask Ollie to let u do the team talk or even training with them. Then we would be in the championship next season. Good luck. Top man

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  • March 4, 2014 at 18:57
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    All the best Tim hope you break the record at your home!!

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  • March 4, 2014 at 19:31
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    Welcome home Tim & Good luck Wednesday night. It's been said before but PLEASE stay a while & rub off some of that pride to wear a Lions shirt to the batch of players we ave now. True legend & took us to the FA Cup. Thanks for the memories

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  • March 4, 2014 at 19:45
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    It was a sad day when you left, welcome home

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  • March 4, 2014 at 19:48
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    Certainly one of the best midfielders I've had the pleasure to see in a Millwall shirt. Hope you get some game time tomorrow and grab a goal or two. All the best Tim.

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  • March 4, 2014 at 20:35
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    I would love to have Cahill on loan for the rest of the season. Tim's the best ever player I've seen in a millwall shirt. #truelion

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    • March 5, 2014 at 01:31
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      @harry cook: Sorry a good man, but Kitchner, Cripps, Snowden, Dunphy, Burnet, were as good.

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      • March 5, 2014 at 11:00
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        @hernebaylion: and Gordon Hill. Phil Walker, Trevor Lee, John Fashanu, Terry Hurlock Les Briley etc ect!

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      • March 5, 2014 at 20:34
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        @hernebaylion: @hernebaylion: if Harry is a younger fan like myself he may not have had the pleasure of seeing those that you've just mentioned.

        Could do with a few more Cahills at wall.

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  • March 4, 2014 at 20:53
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    Millwall legend! He'd show are useless bunch of t**** what it means to wear the shirt with true pride and passion!

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  • March 4, 2014 at 21:06
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    "If you can't play in front of Millwall supporters, then you should stop playing football. They are the most passionate fans in the world. They live for football.
    "They go to work during the week for their team and The Den is their outlet on a Saturday.
    "When you get to know that football is a way of life for your fans, you know what it is to be a Millwall player."

    Well said Tim. I hope our current squad of so called professionals read this article.
    Good luck tomorrow night and hope that one day you become involved in our great club once again.

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    • March 4, 2014 at 21:22
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      @Syd the Lion: well said. Ollie get the whole squad to read this thread & hope it has the same affect it had on me & others on here. TRUE MOTIVATING WORDS

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  • March 4, 2014 at 21:53
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    This statement needs to be printed onto posters and plastered on the walls of our home dressing room, in the tunnel and anywhere that our current and future players can see it before games. Cahill is a true modern day legend for our club and sums up what any aspiring professional should bring as a pure minimum to the game; commitment, determination, desire and most importantly HEART!!! Truly miss the days when our club had the facility to produce our own talent. All the best Tim!!!

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    • March 5, 2014 at 10:10
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      @davesavagesleftfoot: A goal every 4 games from a midfielder, wish we had a striker who could do that.
      Could sorely do with him now.

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  • March 4, 2014 at 22:03
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    welcome home tim.thanks for everything.

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  • March 4, 2014 at 22:13
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    It's a shame that McDonald and Lowry weren't picked for Australia with the game being played at The Den.

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    • March 5, 2014 at 10:12
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      @millwalldownunder: McD can,t even justify his place in the MFC team, so had no chance in the Aussie side.

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    • March 5, 2014 at 11:19
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      @millwalldownunder: Macdonald is useless, you want to win the game!
      Don't worry Tim will do you proud as he always did for the lions, never let us down, top man !

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  • March 4, 2014 at 22:16
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    MILLWALL LEGEND !! Can't think of many if any in the current squad fit to lace Tim's boots ! thanks Tim I cried when you scored against Sunderland

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  • March 5, 2014 at 00:51
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    When you were being sold to palace...i thought any ciub but palace..you didn't dissapoint us..you said in the paper that you couldn't do that to us & turned the move down...then became one of the best premiership players...PROPER MILLWALL

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  • March 5, 2014 at 06:35
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    So proud that u,r an aussie but a lot prouder that u,ve showed respect to the millwall football club and given joy to its supporters with you're talents. To see you return home for this game is fantastic mate, The den, no better place to be!!!

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  • March 5, 2014 at 09:53
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    What fantastic words.
    Tim Cahill. True Millwall legend.
    I remember seeing you in the Lord Palmerston about an hour after the game sometimes. True gent and one of us.
    I will be there tonight and hope to see you get that goal.
    Good luck.

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  • March 5, 2014 at 10:31
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    Ollie put this artical on the wall of the dressing room and make that lot read several times before they go onto the pitch, it may instill some pride and fight into them, because thats what is required to keep us in the Championship, great words "Tim top man" (dont you fancy 5 or 6 games to keep you sharp with us for old time sake).

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  • March 5, 2014 at 13:11
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    Great passionate player for Millwall (Everton).
    Loved it when he was playing for Everton, (Although sent off)
    When Cabaye (Newcastle) bullied a young ball boy, TC nearly strangled him...LOL...

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  • March 5, 2014 at 13:33
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    FA Cup Semi Final v Sunderland, enough said

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  • March 5, 2014 at 14:13
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    Please stay Tim and become a player/coach for us.THERE'S ONLY ONE TIM CAHILL!!!

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  • March 5, 2014 at 14:52
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    Semi final v Sunderland Tim mate you made me cry ! One of the happiest days of my life. TRUE WALL LEGEND, GOOD LUCK MATE !

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    • March 5, 2014 at 17:36
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      @DiggerWall:top millwall player top premiership player .played for 2 international countries ( somoa ) & Australia...above all that the man who got us to the F.A,CUP FINAL..24 carat diamond

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  • March 5, 2014 at 17:19
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    Scored past us for Everton in the cup shortly after leaving. Never celebrated at all. True Gentleman , true Millwall Legend.

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  • March 5, 2014 at 20:30
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    Congratulations on breaking the goal scoring record! Haven't seen it but knowing you it must have been a header?

    Hope some of the wall lads are watching to pick up some scoring tips.

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  • March 5, 2014 at 20:41
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    Super tim cahill! Millwall legend

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  • March 5, 2014 at 20:50
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    Grabs a 2nd!

    At risk of being the leading scorer at the Den this season if he keeps this up.

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  • March 5, 2014 at 20:51
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    Once a goalscorer,always a goalscorer.If only we had Tim Cahill now.

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  • March 5, 2014 at 21:11
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    Tim scored the goal at Wrexham which got us promoted. As a younger lion fan, best player I've seen in a Millwall shirt. You could tell he was class from the start and he stood out amongst that great team of Harris, Neill, Reidy, Warner, Ifill and co. Oh for people like that to be at the Den now. Kids who wanted to put on that shirt and play. Welcome home Tim.

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  • March 5, 2014 at 21:44
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    Don't feel to bad now. That's the first goal for England since march so there's hope for us yet. & Well don Tim

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