A look into the Lions' Den for the 2015-16 season.
A look at how the Lions are shaping up ahead of the 2015-16 season, as they look to make an instant return to the Championship
Who are this lot then?
Millwall Football Club are back in League 1 following their disappointment in the Championship last season. Former FA Cup finalists back in 2004, Millwall suffered a 3-0 defeat to a Manchester United side that included the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Scholes, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Ryan Giggs and Roy Keane. However, despite getting into the Championship via the play-offs in 2010, their stay came to an end at the end of last season.
Did they get up to much last season?
It was a disastrous campaign for the Lions, who just couldn't get going under Ian Holloway. Holloway departed the club in March 2015, leaving them one off the bottom. Former Southend forward and Millwall legend Neil Harris came in to replace the Bristolian but couldn't keep them in the division, but was appointed permanent successor to Holloway a day after relegation was confirmed.
Who's the boss?
Neil Harris (below) is a familiar name to Southend supporters, having spent the later years of his playing career with the Blues – his boyhood club. He appeared 40 times after signing in 2011 but after a couple of injury problems, hung up his boots in 2013. Beginning his career with Cambridge City, Essex-born Harris joined Millwall in 1998 and spent six years at Millwall, finding the new 93 times in just over 200 games for the club. After a loan with Cardiff City he played for Nottingham Forest before a loan with Gillingham. Returning to Millwall in 2007, he totalled another 150 games for the club in four years before joining Southend on a free transfer.
Any stand out players?
Shaun Williams (below in blue) joined the Lions from Milton Keynes Dons for an undisclosed fee in January 2014 and has been a bright spark since his arrival at the Den. A set piece expert, Williams is the free kick and penalty taker for the club. Sid Nelson is a young centre back who Millwall have high hopes for, whilst John Marquis – a former target of Southend – scored goals in League 1 during a loan stint with Gillingham last season.
As well as Neil Harris, Dave Martin is a former Blue and Lion, with Martin making just under 100 appearances for Millwall and under 50 for the Blues during his season with us. Others to have represented both include Nicky Bailey, Theo Robinson, Charlie MacDonald and Dave Cusack.
What's the ground like?
The Den was the first all-seater stadium in England, completed in 1993. The stadium cost £16 million to construct and has been the home of Millwall Football Club ever since. The capacity is over 20,000 and Southend fans will be housed in the North Stand, behind one of the goals.
How far away is the place?
A journey to the Den is an 80-mile round trip for Blues fans leaving from Southend.
Any big name fans?
Boxing World Champion David Haye is a Millwall supporter, as is well known actor Daniel Day Lewis, another actor, Gary Oldman is a fan, as is former England striker Ian Wright. Hardman actor Tamar Hassan is also a Millwall fan. Masterchef's Gregg Wallace has been seen watching the Lions as well.
Good memories against them?
Southend United wins: 23
Millwall wins: 32
We first took on each other way back in 1925, September 19th, to be precise, which resulted in a 8-1 win away to the Lions. Although Millwall were victorious the first match, we've won the latest, in an emphatic 4-1 home win in the FA Cup in January 2014. The last time we met in the league was in a League 1 fixture in January 2010, which Millwall won.
What are the odds on that?
Millwall are priced at 3/1 with Sky Bet to earn promotion from Sky Bet League 1 in 2015-16.