Millwall loan watch: Forde promoted with Pompey

DAVID Forde could yet be playing League One football next season even if he leaves Millwall.

Forde has won promotion to the third tier with Portsmouth, who have ended their four-year stay in League Two.

Paul Cook’s side defeated Notts County 3-1 on Monday and are 10 points clear of fourth-placed Luton with three games to go.



It’s just the second promotion of Forde’s career in English football, after Millwall’s play-off win in 2010 that saw them reach the Championship.

Forde could still claim a first league title, but Pompey need to win their last three games and hope Doncaster and Plymouth collapse.

Forde’s Millwall future is in doubt, with Neil Harris set to retain stoppers Jordan Archer, 23, and Tom King, 22, next season.



Forde’s Lions contract runs out this summer, and he is a popular figure at Portsmouth, where he has played 44 times this season and kept 18 clean sheets.

Elsewhere this week, Sid Nelson came on as a 75th-minute substitute in Newport’s 6-1 defeat at Plymouth.

Despite that result, Newport are just a point off safety. They were 11 points adrift of third last in the table in early March before they sacked Graham Westley, and his successor Mike Flynn led them to five wins in eight games.

Monday’s defeat was their first in four games after three successive 1-0 wins.

In the National League, Kris Twardek and Kyron Farrell were unused substitutes in Braintree’s 3-1 defeat at Torquay. Braintree are in the last relegation spot and face a battle to beat the drop after reaching the play-offs last season.

Alfie Pavey came off the bench for Dartford in the 86th minute as they clinched a play-off place in National League South after a 3-1 win at home against Hampton & Richmond Borough.

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6 thoughts on “Millwall loan watch: Forde promoted with Pompey

  • April 19, 2017 at 13:41
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    We have 2 perfectly good keepers why would we want Forde back,was over the hill when he went out ,now he's ready for the old people's home...so thanks for the seasons you were here playing well..now it's goodbye

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  • April 19, 2017 at 16:55
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    I'm living in Portsmouth at the minute, and spoke to a couple Portsmouth fans about their season...they pretty much all said "We're playing really well but our keeper's crap". Didn't even tell them I'm a millwall fan

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  • April 20, 2017 at 06:04
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    He's ok - reliable, confidence has grown, and is good at marshalling his defence. But is a little slow down. He has been unlucky though - in as much as many of the goals he *has* conceded, have sometimes the only or or 1 of 2 (2 of 3 etc) shots on target in a whole game - of which it seems a higher percentage then 'normal' (?) go in..! To be fair, a lot of them are really good 'hits'.

    We owe him for:
    a) Turning back on Republic of Ireland to make sure he was available for us (even if he was only #3 for them)
    b) Being strong enough to ignore the criticism - which reached it's peak around Christmas, and installing belief back in the defenders (in him).
    c) He claimed a lot of high balls into the box in recent games.

    On balance, people would probably rather we brought another keeper in, not least as he's not getting any younger - but equally, I think many would be happy to see him given a 1 year deal (on not big wages) as back-up.

    He is meant to be a strong (& good) presence in the dressing room.

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    • April 20, 2017 at 06:06
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      @Wally Street: P.S. He's got the most clean sheets in League 2, and was selected in the PFA League 2 team of the season...

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      • April 20, 2017 at 06:10
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        @Wally Street: P.P.S. We still really like Paul Robinson (& many wished he'd stayed), he was unlucky.

        He showed a lot of class, both when he left, and in wishing the man who let him go (Cook) many congratulations when promotion was clinched. He seems to have enjoyed his year on the South Coast, he was rated by the vast majority of Pompey supporters, but Cook wanted ball-playing centre-backs, and (to be fair) they've done well. Led to believe he wanted assurances (even tho' made skipper) that he would play almost every game (difficult as we have a couple of good central defenders, and got another in).

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        • April 20, 2017 at 06:12
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          @Wally Street: P.S. (Mk IV!) He (Robinson) is obviously a 'dyed-in-the-wool' Millwall fan, no doubt about that, just comes across as a really good guy. Good stopper too. Glad he's done well at Wimbledon. But his heart will always be with you guys.

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