NewsAtDen writers' Millwall Team of the Decade

FROM the promotion-winning side of 2010 up to the current group who are hinting they could be an outside bet for the top six, our writers pick the best of the decade. 

John Kelly

4-4-2



Manager: Neil Harris

GK: Jordan Archer

There are really only two to choose from, and Archer gets the nod over David Forde. It didn't end well for Archer at Millwall, but he provided many memorable moments: his header off the line from Mark Beevers' back-pass; his save one-on-one against Bradford's Billy Clarke in the League One play-off final. He also made some superb saves as Millwall finished eighth in the Championship in 2017-18.



RB: Mahlon Romeo

He joined on a free transfer just after Neil Harris had taken over at the end of the 2014-15 season and made a goal-scoring debut the following February in a 3-0 win at Walsall. The modern full-back, he has improved each season and in this campaign has excelled when he has played right wing-back.

CB: Danny Shittu

A bit of a cult hero for Lions fans. He also almost scored Millwall's goal of the century:

CB: Paul Robinson

He scored the goal in the 2010 play-off final against Swindon that returned Millwall to the Championship after four seasons. His experience was crucial in the following campaign as the Lions finished ninth and conceded just 48 goals in 46 games.

LB: Tony Craig (C)

One of the first players Harris turned to in the summer of 2015, Craig arrived along with Steve Morison that pre-season to lead the Lions squad. Craig returned from a serious knee injury to captain the side in two play-off finals, lifting the trophy at Wembley in 2017.

There was also this legendary double fist-pumping celebration after an outstanding goal-saving tackle against Bury:

RW: Jed Wallace

This doesn't require much justification. He was a huge miss when Kenny Jackett recalled him early from a loan spell from Wolves meaning he missed the 2016 play-off final. He works his socks off, never stops running, tackles, and his end product gets better all the time. Also great for a good line or two in interviews.

CM: George Saville

He may have left in acrimonious circumstances, and it certainly affected the harmony of the squad when he departed for Middlesbrough in the first month of the 2018-19 season. But he was outstanding the previous campaign when he scored 10 goals as Millwall just missed out on the Championship play-offs. Two of those goals arrived inside the first minute in successive games against Hull and Brentford.

CM: Shaun Williams

Ian Holloway. Harris. Now Gary Rowett. Williams has been one of the most consistent performers for Millwall under three managers. Excellent on the ball and perhaps underappreciated out of possession when he wins important interceptions and gets the team going forward. It was his cross, when he looked close to out on his feet, that led to Morison's winning goal against Bradford at Wembley.

Oh, and he also scores from halfway:

LW: Aiden O'Brien

O'Brien became a Republic of Ireland international under Harris' guidance. He scored 13 goals in all competitions in Harris' first full season in charge and 15 the following campaign. His hat-trick at Crewe in September 2015 is up there with the best in Millwall's history for quality. He has provided some memorable moments, including the winner against Leeds at The Den in September 2017 and his finish against Brighton last March to put his side agonisingly within touch of the last four. His Lions career has hit a bit of a crossroads, but he has given a lot to the shirt.

CF: Steve Morison

Is there any argument here? On holidays in Portugal in 2015 he met Harris and asked, 'so when are you going to sign me?' He was arguably Harris' best bit of business. He top-scored in 2016-17 with 19 goals – including that winner at Wembley after two in the second leg of the play-off semi-final at Scunthorpe – and the following season, even at 34 years of age, so many Championship defenders couldn't handle him in the air. There were so many other moments, including the winner against Watford on Millwall's epic FA Cup run in 2017, and he will one day be welcomed back with open arms in a coaching capacity.

CF: Lee Gregory

Gregory maybe did more than anyone when Millwall were struggling so badly in 2018-19 to help the side avoid relegation. A measure of how highly he is thought of among Millwall fans can be taken by how few had a problem that he ran his contract down last summer to go to Stoke. He flicked on that Williams cross against Bradford for Morison's winner. At £250,000 from Halifax, one of the Lions bargains of the decade.

Archer; Romeo, Shittu, Robinson, Craig; J Wallace, Saville, Williams, O'Brien; Morison, Gregory.

Alex Grace

4-4-2

Manager: Neil Harris

GK: David Forde

He edges out Jordan Archer. The Irishman was part of Millwall's 2010 play-off winning group and served the club for five years in the Championship before relegation back to third tier where he was eventually replaced by Archer.

RB: Alan Dunne

Another tough choice between Dunne and Mahlon Romeo, with the former Millwall captain just getting the nod. Dunne played a vital role in Millwall's run to survival in the Championship in 2013-14, taking over as captain for the final eight games as the Lions stayed up on the last day under Ian Holloway.

CB: Paul Robinson (C)

The passionate captain of the 2010 promotion-winning team rightly takes his place in my team of the decade as the skipper. A long-serving club favourite who also chipped in with key goals at the right time, none more so than the winner in that play-off final and the goal against Huddersfield that sealed Millwall's place at Wembley.

CB: Shaun Hutchinson

From a defender of the past to one firmly in the present. Hutchinson has been a vital part of Millwall's team in recent seasons, and headed the winner in the epic 4-3 victory at Bristol Rovers on the last day of the 2016-17 season to put the Lions into the play-offs. He played every game as Millwall went within touching distance of the 2017-18 play-offs.

LB: Tony Craig

Another former captain makes my team. Craig was part of both the 2010 and 2017 play-off winning teams, one of three in this side. He got his hands on the trophy after disappointment 12 months previously.

RW: Jed Wallace

Harris first brought Wallace to Millwall in 2016. He returned in 2017 and played in the play-off final victory over Bradford. He has become a crucial part of the Lions team and is currently the joint top-scorer this season.

CM: George Saville

While he may only have been at the club for one full season, he was sensational in that campaign. His partnership with Shaun Williams in the centre of midfield in 2017-18 was very successful and Millwall suffered last season after the Northern Ireland international moved on to Middlesbrough.

CM: Jimmy Abodu

The second player to be part of both promotion-winning campaigns. He joined Millwall the previous decade and played in four play-off finals. He finally left the club in 2018 after decade in a Millwall shirt.

LW: Jason Puncheon

Although he didn't play that many games for the club, he was very productive scoring five times in seven appearances including a hat-rick against Crystal Palace on New Year's Day in 2011. A great way to introduce yourself to Lions fans.

CF: Steve Morison

'Moro', who retired this season, spent six seasons of the decade at Millwall and made it up to third in the club's all-time top-scorers list behind only Teddy Sheringham and Neil Harris with 92. He was part of both play-off winning sides and scored the only goal as Millwall beat Bradford in the 2017 final.

CF: Lee Gregory

Gregory struck up a wonderful understanding with Morison, and they were Millwall's main strike partnership for four years. Between them they scored a total of 112 goals in that time. Gregory, who was top scorer in four of his five seasons with the club, became a fan favourite for his work rate and desire to achieve and to do his best for himself and his team-mates.

Forde; Dunne, Robinson, Hutchinson, Craig; J Wallace, Abdou, Saville, Puncheon; Morison, Gregory.

Lucas Ball

4-4-2

Manager: Neil Harris

GK: David Forde

We aren't spoilt for choice here – it's between Jordan Archer and Forde. While Archer had a couple of successful seasons, his last two really let him down so Forde wins the battle for me – especially after establishing himself in the Ireland squad, something which Archer failed to do with Scotland.

RB: Carlos Edwards

Another that is sure to cause debate. Mahlon Romeo has done well in recent seasons, though makes too many errors to be in my XI. Alan Dunne's discipline wasn't good enough, either. Despite Dunne being a Lions legend, I'll go for Edwards. A fan favourite during his time in SE16 and a reliable servant.

CB: Paul Robinson

A no-brainer here, for me.

CB: Shaun Hutchinson

There are a few contenders, but I'll go for Hutchinson who, on his day, is one of the best defenders in the Championship. Honourable mentions to Mark Beevers and Darren Ward.

LB: Tony Craig

Scott Barron's injury problems meant we didn't see as much of him as we should have, so it's between Andy Frampton and Craig. Taking into account Craig's captaincy during our most recent promotion season, it has to be TC.

RW: Jed Wallace

One of the toughest picks of the lot, but Wallace takes it over James Henry. Both players had and have the ability to turn games on their head single-handedly, but Wallace's end product is improving to a level beyond that of the former Reading man.

CM: Jimmy Abdou

What more can be said than Nadjim Abdou for the first midfield spot? The man is a real Millwall legend having spent 10 years in south London. He worked his way in under a number of different managers and was key to both promotion-winning sides in the decade.

CM: Ben Thompson

Next to Abdou, I'll go with Thompson. Shaun Williams has been a good servant but the Lions have never played a system to really suit his strengths, as much as he has done well throughout his spell at the club. Thompson's never-say-die attitude and meteoric rise since returning from Portsmouth mean he takes the spot.

LW: Danny Schofield

Tough to choose between Schofield and Andros Townsend. Townsend was only here on loan, but impressed hugely. However, Schofield was a crucial part of the 2010 promotion-winning side and also made 31 appearances in the Lions' return season to the second tier, when they finished ninth under Kenny Jackett.

CF: Steve Morison (C)

No doubt about it. The man is a Millwall legend and deserves more respect than he gets from some quarters of the fan base; he epitomises the fan base more than most. His record speaks for itself, as much as he dropped off significantly in 2018-19.

CF: Lee Gregory

The pair were key to almost every success under Neil Harris as manager and the Lions would not be back in the second tier without them. Harris himself didn't play enough in the decade to warrant a space, and Harry Kane misses out having only been with Millwall for four months. Honourable mention to Chris Wood.

Forde; Edwards, Robinson, Hutchinson, Craig; Wallace, Abdou, Thompson, Schofield; Morison, Gregory.

Frankie Christou

4-3-3

Manager: Neil Harris

GK: David Forde

An unmatched pick for any Millwall side past and present.

RB: Alan Dunne (C)

Fifteen years of service and 341 appearances, no other right-back even comes close to the shift Dunne put in for the shirt.

CB: Paul Robinson

Characterised by that all-important winner against Swindon back in 2010, and you knew when he was on the pitch he gave his all.

CB: Jake Cooper

Edging towards 100 consecutive league starts for the club and for that reason alone he gets the nod.

LB: Joe Martin

One who went under the radar for Millwall, but his importance to the side during those two years in League One means he's in over Tony Craig.

Martin scored this beauty in the second leg of the 2016 play-off semi-final at Bradford:

CM: Jed Wallace

The edge-of-your-seat player which you so rarely see down The Den. By far the most technically gifted winger Millwall have had this decade.

CM: Jimmy Abdou

Rumour has it N'Golo Kante used to have a picture of him on his wall as a child. An absolute legend.

CM: Ben Thompson

Given the Lions have not been blessed with top midfielders, Thompson's passion and potential edges the likes of George Saville and Liam Trotter.

CF: Steve Morison

A marmite character, but there is no denying that the man scored some important goals for the club in all three of his spells.

CF: Lee Gregory

A fan favourite for a reason, his partnership with Morison was the foundation of much of Millwall's success in the latter half of the decade.

CF: Darius Henderson

A striker who encapsulated what it meant to play for Millwall. It was a natural fit from the off and he averaged a goal every other game during his two seasons at the club.

Forde; Dunne, Robinson, Cooper, Martin; J Wallace, Abdou, Thompson; Morison, Gregory, Henderson.

Graphic: @Frankiechristou 

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