1988–89 Millwall F.C. season

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Millwall
1988–89 season
Chairman England Reg Burr
Manager Scotland John Docherty
Stadium The Den
First Division 10th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Third round
Full Members Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League:
Tony Cascarino (13)
All:
Teddy Sheringham (15)
Tony Cascarino (15)
Highest home attendance 22,103 (vs. Liverpool)
Lowest home attendance 11,394 (vs. Middlesbrough)
Average home league attendance 15,468

During the 1988–89 English football season, Millwall F.C. competed in the Football League First Division. This was Millwall's 62nd season in the Football League, and first ever season in the top tier of English football, after achieving promotion from the Second Division as Champions in 1987–88.

Season summary[edit]

Few had tipped Millwall to do well in their first season ever in the First Division, but the Lions defied the naysayers to stand at the top of the First Division at the beginning of October, after 4 wins and 2 draws from 6 games. The team slipped from there, though they were still in the top five by Christmas, and their final tenth place finish was the lowest placing they had occupied all season. Perhaps the only low point of the season was being defeated by arch-rivals West Ham United twice during the season; the Hammers were relegated in 19th place. Millwall's high placing owed much to the strike partnership of Teddy Sheringham and Tony Cascarino.

In his autobiography, Sheringham said of the season, "It was a crazy exhilarating time. There we were, little Millwall, in our first season in the First Division and topping the table until about March. Everybody said it couldn't last and of course it couldn't and it didn't, but we gave them all a good run for their money. We were beating the best teams when we shouldn't and getting away draws to which we had no right."

Squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Brian Horne
England DF Ian Dawes
England DF Alan McLeary
England DF Keith Stevens
England DF Dave Thompson
England DF Sean Sparham
England DF Darren Treacy
England DF Neil Ruddock
England DF Steve Wood
Cyprus DF Danis Salman
England MF Les Briley (captain)
No. Position Player
England MF Jimmy Carter
England MF Terry Hurlock
England MF Paul Stephenson
Republic of Ireland MF Kevin O'Callaghan
England MF Darren Morgan
England MF George Lawrence
England MF Wes Reid
England FW Steve Anthrobus
England FW Dean Horrix
England FW Teddy Sheringham
Republic of Ireland FW Tony Cascarino

Final table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Arsenal 38 10 6 3 35 19 12 4 3 38 17 73 36 + 37 76 Excluded from
the European Cup 1989–90 [notes 1]
2 Liverpool 38 11 5 3 33 11 11 5 3 32 17 65 28 + 37 76 Excluded from
the 1989–90 European Cup Winners' Cup[notes 1]
3 Nottingham Forest 38 8 7 4 31 16 9 6 4 33 27 64 43 + 21 64 Excluded from
the UEFA Cup 1989–90[notes 1] [notes 2]
4 Norwich City 38 8 7 4 23 20 9 4 6 25 25 48 45 + 3 62 Excluded from
the UEFA Cup 1989–90[notes 1]
5 Derby County 38 9 3 7 23 18 8 4 7 17 20 40 38 + 2 58 Excluded from
the UEFA Cup 1989–90[notes 1]
6 Tottenham Hotspur 38 8 6 5 31 24 7 6 6 29 22 60 46 + 14 57 Excluded from
the UEFA Cup 1989–90[notes 1]
7 Coventry City 38 9 4 6 28 23 5 9 5 19 19 47 42 + 5 55
8 Everton 38 10 7 2 33 18 4 5 10 17 27 50 45 + 5 54
9 Queens Park Rangers 38 9 5 5 23 16 5 6 8 20 21 43 37 + 6 53
10 Millwall 38 10 3 6 27 21 4 8 7 20 31 47 52 – 5 53
11 Manchester United 38 10 5 4 27 13 3 7 9 18 22 45 35 + 10 51
12 Wimbledon 38 10 3 6 30 19 4 6 9 20 27 50 46 + 4 51
13 Southampton 38 6 7 6 25 26 4 8 7 27 40 52 66 – 14 45
14 Charlton Athletic 38 6 7 6 25 24 4 5 10 19 34 44 58 – 14 42
15 Sheffield Wednesday 38 6 6 7 21 25 4 6 9 13 26 34 51 – 17 42
16 Luton Town 38 8 6 5 32 21 2 5 12 10 31 42 52 – 10 41
17 Aston Villa 38 7 6 6 25 22 2 7 10 20 34 45 56 – 11 40
18 Middlesbrough 38 6 7 6 28 30 3 5 11 16 31 44 61 – 17 39
19 West Ham United 38 3 6 10 19 30 7 2 10 18 32 37 62 – 25 38
20 Newcastle United 38 3 6 10 19 28 4 4 11 13 35 32 63 – 31 31
  • Pld = Matches ; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points
  1. ^ English teams were banned by UEFA from its competitions from the season 1985–86 on until the season 1990–91 because of the Heysel Disaster in 1985,
    involving Liverpool fans.
  2. ^ Nottingham Forest were the 1989 League Cup winners.
Key
League Champions, excluded from the European Cup
FA Cup Winners, but excluded from the Cup Winners' Cup
UEFA Cup spot, but excluded
League Cup winners, excluded from UEFA Cup
Relegated

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Out[edit]

Results[edit]

First Division[edit]

[1]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

  • 3 December: Millwall 0-1 West Ham United
  • 10 December: Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Millwall
  • 17 December: Millwall 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday
  • 26 December: Wimbledon 1-0 Millwall
  • 31 December: Derby County 0-1 Millwall

January[edit]

  • 2 January: Millwall 1-0 Charlton Athletic
  • 14 January: Manchester United 3-0 Millwall
  • 22 January: Millwall 2-3 Norwich City

February[edit]

  • 4 February: QPR 1-2 Millwall
  • 11 February: Millwall 1-2 Arsenal
  • 21 February: Millwall 2-0 Middlesbrough
  • 25 February: Millwall 1-0 Coventry City
  • 28 February: Arsenal 0-0 Millwall

March[edit]

  • 11 March: Luton Town 1-2 Millwall
  • 18 March: Millwall 2-0 Aston Villa
  • 25 March: Everton 1-1 Millwall
  • 27 March: Millwall 0-1 Wimbledon

April[edit]

  • 1 April: Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 Millwall
  • 8 April: Millwall 0-0 Manchester United
  • 11 April: Millwall 1-2 Liverpool
  • 22 April: West Ham United 3-0 Millwall
  • 29 April: Millwall 0-5 Tottenham Hotspur

May[edit]

  • 3 May: Nottingham Forest 4-1 Millwall
  • 6 May: Newcastle United 1-1 Millwall
  • 13 May: Millwall 1-1 Southampton

FA Cup[edit]

January[edit]

  • 7 January: Millwall 3-2 Luton Town
  • 29 January: Millwall 0-2 Liverpool

League Cup[edit]

September[edit]

  • 27 September: Millwall 3-0 Gillingham

October[edit]

  • 11 October: Gillingham 1-3 Millwall

November[edit]

  • 2 November: Aston Villa 3-1 Millwall

Simod Cup[edit]

  • 9 November: Millwall 1-1 BarnsleyAET (Millwall won 3-0 on penalties)
  • 29 November: Millwall 2-0 Leeds United
  • 20 December: Everton 2-0 Millwall

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