North Greenwich (football ground)

North Greenwich was a football ground and the home of Millwall Athletic Football Club from 1901–1910, the team who went on to become Millwall.[1] It was situated on the Isle of Dogs, East London. It was the fourth stadium that Millwall have occupied since their formation as a football club in 1885, and their last East London ground before they moved to South London.[2][3] Millwall played 249 games in all competitions at North Greenwich, winning 153, losing 46 and with 50 drawn.[4]

North Greenwich
Former namesEast Ferry Road
LocationNorth Greenwich
Isle of Dogs
London, England
Capacity16,300 (standing)
BuiltJuly-September 1901
Opened21 September 1901
Closed15 October 1910
Millwall Athletic F.C. (1901–1910)

History edit

Millwall playing Preston in the 1902 FA Cup at North Greenwich.

Millwall Athletic were forced to leave their third ground, The Athletic Grounds after the Millwall Dock Company told them they wanted to use it as a timberyard. The last game at the Athletic Grounds was a 4–0 win over Bristol City on 27 April 1901 in the Western League.[5] Millwall relocated for the start of the 1901–02 season to a location near their second home, which became known as North Greenwich.[6]

Their first game at North Greenwich was against Portsmouth on 21 September 1901, which they lost 3–2. The Game was watched by 6,000 people.[7] The last ever first-team game played on the Isle of Dogs was on 10 October 1910 against Woolwich Arsenal in the London Challenge Cup. Millwall won the game 1–0 in front of a crowd of 3000.[8][9]

Millwall Park now covers the land the ground used to stand on, and the railway viaduct forms part of the Docklands Light Railway.[8] During the early 1900s supporters found it difficult to get on to the island to watch games, with severe congestion caused by increasing traffic in Millwall Docks.[8] The Blackwall Tunnel opened in 1897 and the Greenwich Foot Tunnel in 1902 but due to lack of expansion space in the Millwall area of East London, Millwall moved to South London in 1910 and into their ground, The Den.[8]

Attendances edit

The record attendance at North Greenwich was 16,285 in the FA Cup, in a 1–0 win against Woolwich Arsenal on 10 February 1909 in a Second round replay.[10]

References edit

  1. ^ Tarrant & Lindsay 2010, p. 19.
  2. ^ "Millwall History". Millwall F.C. Archived from the original on 1 October 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
  3. ^ "Millwall origins". The Millwall History Files. Retrieved 28 August 2010.
  4. ^ Tarrant & Lindsay 2010, p. 129.
  5. ^ Tarrant & Lindsay 2010, p. 264.
  6. ^ Lindsay 1991, pp. 32–33.
  7. ^ Tarrant & Lindsay 2010, p. 266.
  8. ^ a b c d Tarrant & Lindsay 2010, p. 119.
  9. ^ "The Arsenal Collection". Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  10. ^ Tarrant & Lindsay 2010, p. 280.

Bibliography edit

  • Lindsay, Richard (1991). Millwall: A Complete Record, 1885–1991. Breedon Books Publishing Co Ltd. ISBN 0-907969-94-1.
  • Tarrant, Eddie; Lindsay, Richard (2010). Millwall: The Complete Record. DB Publishing. ISBN 978-1-85983-833-4.