South London derby
|Other names||South East London derby|
|Locale||South London, England|
|Teams||Charlton Athletic, Crystal Palace, Millwall, AFC Wimbledon|
|First meeting||Millwall 0–3 Crystal Palace[a]
(PFA Charity Fund, 31 October 1910)
|Latest meeting||AFC Wimbledon 1–1 Charlton Athletic
(League One, 11 February 2017)
|Most wins||Millwall (93)
Crystal Palace (79)
Charlton Athletic (44)
AFC Wimbledon (1)
|Largest victory||Millwall 6–0 Charlton Athletic
(Second Division, 3 January 1931)
South London derby is the name given to a football derby contested by any two of Charlton Athletic, Crystal Palace, Millwall and AFC Wimbledon, the four Football League clubs based in South London, England. It is sometimes more specifically called the South East London derby when played between Charlton and Millwall. The close geographical proximity of the teams contributes significantly to the rivalry. Charlton Athletic and Millwall are located in South East London, with Millwall's The Den and Charlton's The Valley being less than four miles apart. Crystal Palace are based further south in the suburb of South Norwood, their stadium Selhurst Park still being only six miles from The Den and eight from The Valley. AFC Wimbledon play at Kingsmeadow, which is eight miles west of Selhurst Park, 11 from The Den and 15 from The Valley.
The fixture between the teams has been contested over 300 times and the rivalry dates back to 1906, when Crystal Palace and Millwall Athletic first met in the Southern League. Often competing in the same division, the two teams have contested the most derby games, over 130. Charlton entered the Football League in 1921, competing at the same level as their counterparts for the first time. Wimbledon became a Football League club in 1977 and contested their first derby in 1980. In 2003 Wimbledon were relocated to Milton Keynes and reformed as Milton Keynes Dons. A new team founded by supporters against the move in 2002, AFC Wimbledon, won a quick succession of non-League promotions to gain Football League status. AFC Wimbledon played their first derby in 2009, a cup game against Millwall.
According to a survey conducted in 2012, Charlton fans regard Crystal Palace as their main rival, with Millwall ranking second. Palace fans regard Brighton & Hove Albion to be their main rival, with Millwall placing second and Charlton third. Millwall's main rival is West Ham United, with Palace placing second and Charlton as third. AFC Wimbledon fans regard the Milton Keynes Dons as their biggest rival, with Palace as their second biggest (even though they've never played them competitively.) As of the 2017–18 season, Crystal Palace play in the Premier League, Millwall play in the The Championship and Charlton and AFC Wimbledon play in League One.
- 1 History
- 2 Notable matches
- 3 Charlton Athletic v AFC Wimbledon
- 4 Charlton Athletic v Crystal Palace
- 5 Charlton Athletic v Millwall
- 6 Crystal Palace v Millwall
- 7 Millwall v AFC Wimbledon
- 8 All-time results
- 9 Crossing the divides
- 10 Wimbledon and AFC Wimbledon
- 11 See also
- 12 Notes
- 13 References
- 14 External links
Millwall were founded in 1885, some 20 years before Charlton Athletic and Crystal Palace, who were both founded in 1905. Soon after Crystal Palace were formed, they joined the Southern Football League, which Millwall were founding members of. The two teams played against each other for ten seasons in this league. The first contested competitive game between the sides was played on 17 November 1906, with Palace winning 3–0 although the fixture was not yet a South London derby — Millwall were based in East London until 1910. Up until that point the most successful team based in South London was Woolwich Arsenal, who were the first Southern member elected to the Football League in 1893.
Charlton Athletic's early years were somewhat hindered by the presence of Woolwich Arsenal, who were the closest team in locality and were well supported. Charlton spent the first years of their history playing in non-professional leagues and did not play either Palace or Millwall. Eventually, Woolwich Arsenal moved to North London, losing the 'Woolwich' from their name, in 1913. The same year Charlton adopted senior status. They became a professional team in 1920, joining the Southern League. Both Millwall and Crystal Palace joined the Football League in the 1920–21 season, playing in the Third Division, while Charlton Athletic joined the year after for the 1921–22 season, finally competing at the same level as both their South London neighbours. Wimbledon became a Football League club five decades later in the 1977–78 season, playing their first South London derby against Millwall in 1980.
All in the same league
There have been two occasions where all four South London teams have played in the same league together. In the 1985–86 season, Charlton Athletic, Crystal Palace, Millwall and Wimbledon all competed in the Second Division. Charlton finished 2nd and Wimbledon 3rd, both being automatically promoted. Palace finished 5th and Millwall 9th. The 1989–90 season signifies the only time all four teams competed in the First Division together, the top tier of English football. Wimbledon finished the season 8th, Palace 15th and Charlton and Millwall were relegated, finishing 19th and 20th respectively.
During World War II Millwall's ground The Den was severely damaged by a German bomb and a fire destroyed a stand a few days later. For a brief time the club was invited by their neighbours to play their games at The Valley and Selhurst Park. In 1984 Charlton went into administration. The club were forced to leave the The Valley just after the start of the 1985–86 season after its safety was criticised by league officials. The club began a groundshare with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, which lasted for six years until 1991. After another year groundsharing at West Ham United's Upton Park, Charlton moved back into The Valley in 1992. Wimbledon groundshared at Selhurst Park from 1991 until their relocation to Milton Keynes in 2003. The relocation prompted the formation of AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow, which the team shares with semi-professional non-league side Kingstonian.
- Crystal Palace 3–0 Millwall Athletic (17 November 1906)
- The first meeting between any of the three original teams saw Palace, who were only formed a year prior, secure a comfortable victory over the visitors from East London. It was a Southern League match watched by 6,000 fans at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.
- Millwall 0–3 Crystal Palace (31 October 1910)
- This was the first game between the teams since Millwall moved to South London (in 1910), making this the first true South London derby. 3,000 supporters watched a Palace victory at The Den in a London PFA Charity Fund game. The match against their new neighbours was Millwall's second game at their new ground.
- Millwall 0–1 Crystal Palace (15 January 1921)
- First derby contested in The Football League. Palace won the Third Division (south) game with a second half goal in front of 20,000 fans. Palace also won the reverse fixture 3–2 which was held only a week later on 22 January 1921, to complete the first South London Football League double and continue their early dominance of Millwall.
- Millwall 2–0 Charlton Athletic (10 October 1921)
- This London PFA Charity Fund fixture was the first contest between the two teams, which Millwall won 2–0 in front of 10,000 supporters at The Den.
- Millwall 0–1 Charlton Athletic (31 December 1921)
- On New Year's Eve of 1921 the teams met for their first League match, which Charlton won 1–0 at The Den. This was Charlton's first season as a Football League club and they completed a rare double over Millwall, winning the return fixture at The Valley 2–1.
- Charlton Athletic 1–1 Crystal Palace (14 November 1925)
- The first competitive game played between the teams took place in the Third Division (south), and ended with a 1–1 draw at The Valley.
- Millwall 6–0 Charlton Athletic (3 January 1931)
- This Second Division game between the sides remains the widest winning margin between any of the clubs. Millwall led 1–0 at half-time and scored five more times in the second half, with goals from Harold Wadsworth (2), Joe Readman (2), Andrew Swallow and Jack Landells.
- Millwall 2–2 Wimbledon (5 April 1980)
- Wimbledon's first South London Derby was away at Millwall in the Third Division. The game ended in a draw in front of a crowd of 5,364. This was the Wombles third season as a Football League club, they finished bottom of the table and were relegated.
- Charlton Athletic 1–3 Crystal Palace (aggregate score, 12 & 15 May 1996)
- Crystal Palace and Charlton met in the 1996 First Division play-off semi-final, after they finished third and sixth in the league respectively. Palace won the first leg at The Valley 2–1, and 1–0 in the second leg three days later. Palace went on to lose the play-off final to Leicester City 1–2 at Wembley.
- Wimbledon 0–1 Millwall (24 March 2004)
- A crowd of just 3,043 at the National Hockey Stadium in Milton Keynes saw Wimbledon's last game against South London opponents before they were renamed as MK Dons. A goal in the first half from Tim Cahill was enough to seal a win for Millwall against a Wimbledon side that finished bottom of the First Division and were relegated. Technically, Wimbledon's last derby in South London was at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace on 23 August 2003 (they moved in September 2003.) Wimbledon were groundsharing and were considered the home team. They lost the game 1–3.
- Charlton Athletic 2–2 Crystal Palace (15 May 2005)
- Despite being ahead 2–1 with seven minutes left to play, Palace were unable to see out a win over their rivals. Charlton defender Jonathan Fortune scored an equaliser in the season's final game. Had Palace won they would have avoided relegation from the Premier League but instead became the first club to be relegated from the top-flight of English football four times.
- Millwall 4–1 AFC Wimbledon (9 November 2009)
- AFC Wimbledon's first competitive South London derby was a match against Millwall at The Den in the first round of the FA Cup. Kenny Jackett's League One side won 4–1 against the Conference National side.
- Charlton Athletic 4–4 Millwall (19 December 2009)
- The first meeting of the sides since 1996 ended in the highest scoring game between the teams. Millwall went 2–0 up through two Steve Morison goals but Charlton converted two penalties through Deon Burton. Millwall's Jimmy Abdou was sent off early in the second-half and The Lions went twice behind to the home team but Danny Schofield scored a last-minute equaliser. Both teams wore special kits for the match in honour of murdered local teenagers and supporters Jimmy Mizen and Rob Knox. The logos of both clubs' shirt sponsors were replaced by the text, "Street violence ruins lives".
- Charlton Athletic 1–2 AFC Wimbledon (17 September 2016)
- AFC Wimbledon's first win in a south London derby. Also their first derby in the Football League, with their two previous derbies against Millwall being losses in cup competitions. Wimbledon came from a goal down to win, with a Tyrone Barnett goal in the 85th minute.
Charlton Athletic v AFC Wimbledon
- As of 11 February 2017.
|Competition||Played||Charlton wins||Drawn||AFC Wimbledon wins||Charlton goals||AFC Wimbledon goals|
Full list of results
- Score lists home team first.
|17 September 2016||1–2||AFC Wimbledon||League One||The Valley||11,927||First ever league meeting, first Wimbledon win in a South London derby.|
|11 February 2017||1–1||Draw||League One||Kingsmeadow||4,595|
Charlton Athletic v Crystal Palace
- As of 23 September 2015.
|Competition||Played||Charlton wins||Drawn||Palace wins||Charlton goals||Palace goals|
|Full Members Cup||1||0||0||1||0||2|
|Football League play-offs||2||0||0||2||1||3|
This table only includes competitive first team games, excluding all pre-season games, friendlies, abandoned matches, testimonials and games played during World War I & II.
Last two results
- Score lists home team first.
|2 February 2013||2–1||Palace||Championship||Selhurst Park||17,945||League double (6th for Crystal Palace)|
|23 September 2015||4–1||Palace||League Cup||Selhurst Park||16,576||Third round, Dwight Gayle scored a 27 minute hat-trick.|
Charlton Athletic v Millwall
The teams first met in 1921, with Charlton winning at The Den 1–0. They won the return fixture at The Valley 2–1, completing the first league double over their local rivals. Millwall hold the record for the longest unbeaten run between the teams at 14 games. Between 1922–1930, the Lions won eight and drew six. Charlton's longest unbeaten run against Millwall is six games, between 1934–1968 they won three and drew three. The longest period the clubs have gone without playing each other is 31 years (between the 1935–36 and 1965–66 seasons), due to being in different leagues. Millwall also have a run of 12 games unbeaten between 1979–1992, where they won six and drew six. Millwall have completed the double over Charlton nine times (in 1923–24, 1924–25, 1931–32, 1932–33, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1988–89 and 1992–93) compared to Charlton's three (in 1921–22, 1934–35 and 1995–96). Millwall have the most wins in a row in the derby with five (twice). Charlton have won two games in a row (four times). The teams didn't play each other for 13 years, competing in different leagues between the 1996–97 and 2008–09 seasons. Millwall are currently on a ten-game unbeaten streak against Charlton, with five wins and five draws between 2009–2017.
- As of 14 January 2017.
|Competition||Played||Charlton wins||Drawn||Millwall wins||Charlton goals||Millwall goals|
|Kent FA Challenge Cup finals||18||9||5||4||36||31|
|London Challenge Cup||1||1||0||0||1||0|
|Football League Jubilee Fund||2||1||1||0||2||1|
|London PFA Charity Fund||5||2||1||2||7||5|
This table only includes competitive first-team games, excluding all pre-season games, friendlies, abandoned matches, testimonials and games played during the First and Second World Wars.
Full list of results
- Score lists home team first.
|31 December 1921||0–1||Charlton||Third Division (South)||The Den||25,000||First competitive game, first Charlton win.|
|14 January 1922||2–1||Charlton||Third Division (South)||The Valley||18,000||League double (1st for Charlton)|
|4 November 1922||1–1||Draw||Third Division (South)||The Den||25,000|
|11 November 1922||0–2||Millwall||Third Division (South)||The Valley||18,000||First Millwall win.|
|22 September 1923||0–1||Millwall||Third Division (South)||The Valley||15,000|
|29 September 1923||1–0||Millwall||Third Division (South)||The Den||14,000||League double (1st for Millwall)|
|10 April 1925||0–2||Millwall||Third Division (South)||The Valley||25,000|
|13 April 1925||1–0||Millwall||Third Division (South)||The Den||12,000||League double (2nd for Millwall)|
|3 October 1925||1–1||Draw||Third Division (South)||The Den||25,337|
|13 February 1926||1–4||Millwall||Third Division (South)||The Valley||22,000|
|25 September 1926||3–0||Millwall||Third Division (South)||The Den||20,239|
|12 February 1927||1–1||Draw||Third Division (South)||The Valley||20,000|
|8 October 1927||1–1||Draw||Third Division (South)||The Valley||27,212|
|18 February 1928||5–0||Millwall||Third Division (South)||The Den||25,498|
|5 October 1929||1–1||Draw||Second Division||The Den||32,218|
|8 February 1930||1–1||Draw||Second Division||The Valley||35,000||Highest attendance, Millwall 14 games unbeaten (longest streak)|
|6 September 1930||2–0||Charlton||Second Division||The Valley||22,000|
|3 January 1931||6–0||Millwall||Second Division||The Den||14,687||Largest winning margin in a South London derby.|
|10 October 1931||1–3||Millwall||Second Division||The Valley||25,000|
|20 February 1932||1–0||Millwall||Second Division||The Den||17,381||League double (3rd for Millwall)|
|12 November 1932||2–1||Millwall||Second Division||The Den||13,908|
|25 March 1933||1–4||Millwall||Second Division||The Valley||33,000||League double (4th for Millwall)|
|29 September 1934||3–1||Charlton||Third Division (South)||The Valley||25,725|
|9 February 1935||1–3||Charlton||Third Division (South)||The Den||29,263||Football League double (2nd for Charlton)|
|27 August 1966||0–0||Draw||Second Division||The Den||20,364||First game in 31 years, longest period without meeting.|
|31 December 1966||0–0||Draw||Second Division||The Valley||29,529|
|2 September 1967||0–0||Draw||Second Division||The Den||18,240|
|6 January 1968||1–0||Charlton||Second Division||The Valley||24,092||Charlton six games unbeaten, their longest streak.|
|10 August 1968||3–4||Millwall||Second Division||The Valley||27,504||First win at The Valley for 35 years.|
|1 March 1969||3–2||Millwall||Second Division||The Den||23,011||League double (5th for Millwall)|
|16 August 1969||1–1||Draw||Second Division||The Den||20,451|
|7 October 1969||2–2||Draw||Second Division||The Valley||21,718|
|5 September 1970||1–3||Millwall||Second Division||The Valley||15,867|
|27 March 1971||2–0||Millwall||Second Division||The Den||13,399||League double (6th for Millwall)|
|30 August 1971||2–1||Millwall||Second Division||The Den||18,588|
|25 April 1972||0–2||Millwall||Second Division||The Valley||26,582||Possee scores 8th goal against Charlton, League double (7th for Millwall)|
|27 December 1976||1–1||Draw||Second Division||The Den||20,914|
|8 April 1977||3–2||Charlton||Second Division||The Valley||16,481|
|24 September 1977||1–1||Draw||Second Division||The Den||13,309|
|28 February 1978||0–2||Millwall||Second Division||The Valley||15,671|
|28 October 1978||0–2||Charlton||Second Division||The Den||10,054||First win at The Den for 43 years.|
|10 March 1979||2–4||Millwall||Second Division||The Valley||9,908|
|6 September 1980||2–0||Millwall||Third Division||The Den||6,895||Lowest league attendance recorded.|
|17 March 1981||0–0||Draw||Third Division||The Valley||12,700|
|29 March 1986||2–2||Draw||Second Division||The Den||20,451|
|15 April 1986||3–3||Draw||Second Division||Selhurst Park||21,718||Charlton were groundsharing with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.|
|10 September 1988||0–3||Millwall||First Division||Selhurst Park||13,735||First meeting between the teams in the top flight.|
|2 January 1989||1–0||Millwall||First Division||The Den||17,025||League double (8th for Millwall)|
|22 August 1989||2–2||Draw||First Division||The Den||14,806|
|8 December 1989||1–1||Draw||First Division||Selhurst Park||11,017|
|22 September 1990||0–0||Draw||Second Division||Selhurst Park||10,970|
|10 April 1991||3–1||Millwall||Second Division||The Den||15,382||Sheringham scores a hat-trick, taking his tally to 5 goals in the derby.|
|26 February 1992||1–0||Millwall||Second Division||The Den||12,882||Millwall 12 games unbeaten (their second longest streak)|
|7 March 1992||1–0||Charlton||Second Division||Upton Park||8,177||Charlton were groundsharing with West Ham at Upton Park.|
|2 September 1992||1–2||Charlton||Anglo-Italian Cup||The Den||3,975||Lowest attendance recorded, first cup tie played between the sides.|
|18 October 1992||0–2||Millwall||Division One||Upton Park||7,527||First and only Football League win at Upton Park for Millwall.|
|25 April 1993||1–0||Millwall||Division One||The Den||10,159||Last derby at The Old Den, league double (9th for Millwall).|
|1 September 1993||2–2||Draw||Anglo-Italian Cup||The Den||4,003||First game between the teams at The New Den.|
|11 September 1993||0–0||Draw||Division One||The Valley||8,413||First derby at The Valley since Charlton returned home.|
|15 March 1994||2–1||Millwall||Division One||The Den||13,320|
|1 January 1995||1–1||Draw||Division One||The Valley||10,655|
|8 April 1995||3–1||Millwall||Division One||The Den||9,506|
|5 December 1995||0–2||Charlton||Division One||The Den||11,350|
|9 March 1996||2–0||Charlton||Division One||The Valley||12,204||League double (3rd for Charlton)|
|19 December 2009||4–4||Draw||League One||The Valley||19,105||Highest ever scoring game in the fixture, first game in 13 years.|
|13 March 2010||4–0||Millwall||League One||The Den||17,632|
|1 December 2012||0–0||Draw||Championship||The Den||18,013|
|16 March 2013||0–2||Millwall||Championship||The Valley||18,514|
|13 September 2013||0–1||Millwall||Championship||The Valley||15,917|
|15 March 2014||0–0||Draw||Championship||The Den||16,102|
|22 November 2014||0–0||Draw||Championship||The Valley||16,102|
|8 April 2015||2–1||Millwall||Championship||The Den||15,917|
|21 December 2016||3–1||Millwall||League One||The Den||14,395||Morison scores his 5th and 6th goals against Charlton in the derby.|
|14 January 2017||0–0||Draw||League One||The Valley||15,315||Millwall 10 games unbeaten (their third longest streak)|
Crystal Palace v Millwall
The first meeting between the sides was in 1906 in the Southern League, when Millwall Athletic were still an East London side. Palace won the game 3–0 at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. Millwall moved south of the river in 1910 and the first true South London derby between the teams was held on 31 October, 1910. It was a London PFA Charity Fund game, which Palace won 3–0 and was just Millwall's second game at their new ground, The Den. The first derby contested in The Football League was on 15 January, 1921. Palace won the Third Division (south) game 1–0. They also won the reverse fixture which was held a week later; 3–2, to complete the first Football League double over their South London neighbours. Palace have completed a Football League double over Millwall seven times (in 1920–21. 1949–50, 1963–64, 1968–69, 1977–78, 1963–64, 1986–87, 1989–90.) Millwall have completed a Football League double over Palace six times (in 1925–26, 1926–27, 1957–58, 1959–60, 2001–01, 2010–11.) Palace's longest unbeaten streak is seven games, they won six and drew one game against Millwall between 1986–1993. Millwall's longest unbeaten streak against Palace is 19 games, between 1950–1958 they won 11 and drew 8 games.
- As of 30 April 2013.
|Competition||Played||Palace wins||Drawn||Millwall wins||Palace goals||Millwall goals|
|Football League Trophy||1||0||0||1||0||3|
|Southern Football League||20||12||3||5||28||11|
|Western Football League||2||0||0||2||3||5|
|London Challenge Cup||1||1||0||0||4||3|
|London PFA Charity Fund||3||1||0||2||5||4|
|Kent FA Challenge Cup finals||1||0||1||0||1||1|
|Kent Senior Shield||5||1||2||2||7||4|
|Southern Floodlight Cup||2||1||1||0||4||3|
Full list of results
- Score lists home team first.
|15 January 1921||0–1||Palace||Third Division (South)||The Den||20,000||First Football League game between the sides.|
|22 January 1921||3–2||Palace||Third Division (South)||The Nest||18,000||League double (1st for Crystal Palace)|
|28 January 1922||0–0||Draw||FA Cup||The Nest||25,000||Second round.|
|1 February 1922||2–0||Millwall||FA Cup||The Den||35,800||Second round replay.|
|29 August 1925||1–2||Millwall||Third Division (South)||Selhurst Park||20,000||First South London derby held at Selhurst Park.|
|2 January 1926||1–0||Millwall||Third Division (South)||The Den||18,126||League double (1st for Millwall)|
|18 December 1926||1–0||Millwall||Third Division (South)||The Den||15,445|
|7 May 1927||1–6||Millwall||Third Division (South)||Selhurst Park||15,000||Biggest winning margin for Millwall, league double (2nd for Millwall)|
|15 October 1927||0–4||Millwall||Third Division (South)||Selhurst Park||25,000||Six wins in a row (longest streak in fixture)|
|25 February 1928||1–1||Draw||Third Division (South)||The Den||27,736||Second round.|
|26 January 1929||0–0||Draw||FA Cup||The Den||40,460||Fourth round, highest attendance in a South London derby.|
|30 January 1929||5–3||Palace||FA Cup||Selhurst Park||26,406||Highest-scoring game between the sides, Fourth round replay.|
|10 November 1934||1–1||Draw||Third Division (South)||Selhurst Park||11,000|
|23 March 1935||3–2||Millwall||Third Division (South)||The Den||9,630|
|2 November 1935||5–0||Palace||Third Division (South)||Selhurst Park||20,000||Biggest winning margin for Crystal Palace.|
|18 April 1936||4–0||Millwall||Third Division (South)||The Den||14,498|
|5 December 1936||3–0||Millwall||Third Division (South)||The Den||19,063|
|14 April 1937||1–0||Palace||Third Division (South)||Selhurst Park||7,000|
|4 September 1937||2–2||Draw||Third Division (South)||The Den||25,894|
|15 January 1938||0–0||Draw||Third Division (South)||Selhurst Park||22,000|
|28 August 1948||1–1||Draw||Third Division (South)||Selhurst Park||30,500|
|1 January 1949||1–0||Millwall||Third Division (South)||The Den||19,484|
|8 October 1949||2–3||Palace||Third Division (South)||The Den||30,005|
|25 February 1950||1–0||Palace||Third Division (South)||Selhurst Park||30,300||League double (2nd for Crystal Palace)|
|16 September 1950||1–0||Millwall||Third Division (South)||The Den||29,768|
|25 November 1950||1–4||Millwall||FA Cup||Selhurst Park||14,817||First round.|
|20 January 1951||1–1||Draw||Third Division (South)||Selhurst Park||23,354|
|1 September 1951||3–1||Millwall||Third Division (South)||The Den||22,386|
|29 December 1951||1–1||Draw||Third Division (South)||Selhurst Park||20,752|
|6 September 1952||0–0||Draw||Third Division (South)||The Den||25,886|
|17 January 1953||0–1||Millwall||Third Division (South)||Selhurst Park||24,924|
|5 September 1953||2–2||Draw||Third Division (South)||The Den||21,952|
|16 January 1954||2–3||Millwall||Third Division (South)||Selhurst Park||16,106|
|30 October 1954||5–2||Millwall||Third Division (South)||The Den||19,385|
|19 March 1955||1–1||Draw||Third Division (South)||Selhurst Park||13,645|
|3 September 1955||1–1||Draw||Third Division (South)||The Den||16,454|
|31 December 1955||2–2||Draw||Third Division (South)||Selhurst Park||12,248|
|15 September 1956||2–2||Draw||Third Division (South)||Selhurst Park||16,112|
|5 January 1957||2–0||Millwall||FA Cup||The Den||26,790||Third round.|
|19 January 1957||3–0||Millwall||Third Division (South)||The Den||16,145|
|28 August 1957||0–1||Millwall||Third Division (South)||Selhurst Park||22,680|
|2 September 1957||3–0||Millwall||Third Division (South)||The Den||19,770||League double (3rd for Millwall)|
|4 October 1958||2–1||Millwall||Fourth Division||The Den||19,190||Millwall 19 games unbeaten (longest streak).|
|21 February 1959||4–0||Palace||Fourth Division||Selhurst Park||15,365|
|28 October 1959||1–2||Millwall||Fourth Division||Selhurst Park||27,929|
|12 December 1959||1–0||Millwall||Fourth Division||The Den||17,136||League double (4th for Millwall)|
|31 March 1961||0–2||Millwall||Fourth Division||Selhurst Park||37,774||Highest ever attendance in the fourth tier of the Football League.|
|3 April 1961||0–2||Palace||Fourth Division||The Den||15,503|
|26 December 1962||3–0||Palace||Third Division||Selhurst Park||20,411|
|1 April 1963||1–1||Draw||Third Division||The Den||21,586|
|12 October 1963||2–1||Palace||Third Division||The Den||25,056|
|22 February 1964||0–1||Palace||Third Division||Selhurst Park||19,239||League double (3rd for Crystal Palace)|
|15 October 1966||1–1||Draw||Second Division||The Den||28,644|
|25 March 1967||1–2||Millwall||Second Division||Selhurst Park||30,845|
|18 November 1967||2–2||Draw||Second Division||Selhurst Park||30,304|
|13 April 1968||5–1||Millwall||Second Division||The Den||14,782|
|23 November 1968||0–2||Palace||Second Division||The Den||27,913|
|19 March 1969||4–2||Palace||Second Division||Selhurst Park||32,516||League double (4th for Crystal Palace)|
|17 November 1973||1–1||Draw||Second Division||Selhurst Park||30,054|
|13 April 1974||3–2||Millwall||Second Division||The Den||20,176|
|13 December 1975||1–1||Draw||FA Cup||The Den||14,920||Second round.|
|16 December 1975||2–1||Palace||FA Cup||Selhurst Park||18,284||Second round replay|
|20 December 1975||2–1||Millwall||Third Division||The Den||9,989|
|30 March 1976||0–0||Draw||Third Division||Selhurst Park||38,075||Highest Football League attendance in the derby.|
|20 August 1977||0–3||Palace||Second Division||The Den||15,246|
|2 January 1978||1–0||Palace||Second Division||Selhurst Park||27,259||League double (5th for Crystal Palace)|
|16 September 1978||0–3||Palace||Second Division||The Den||11,653|
|20 January 1979||0–0||Draw||Second Division||Selhurst Park||23,142|
|21 August 1982||3–0||Millwall||Football League Trophy||The Den||4,844||Group match, Millwall went on to win the trophy.|
|5 January 1985||1–1||Draw||FA Cup||The Den||11,125||Third round.|
|23 January 1985||1–2||Millwall||FA Cup||Selhurst Park||10,735||Third round replay|
|21 September 1985||2–1||Palace||Second Division||Selhurst Park||8,713|
|22 April 1986||3–2||Millwall||Second Division||The Den||5,643||Lowest Football League attendance in the derby.|
|4 October 1986||2–1||Palace||Second Division||Selhurst Park||8,150|
|28 March 1987||0–1||Palace||Second Division||The Den||6,285||League double (6th for Crystal Palace)|
|10 October 1987||1–0||Palace||Second Division||Selhurst Park||10,678|
|12 March 1988||1–1||Draw||Second Division||The Den||12,815|
|21 October 1989||4–3||Palace||First Division||Selhurst Park||18,920||First game between the sides in the top tier.|
|31 March 1990||1–2||Palace||First Division||The Den||13,332||League double (7th for Crystal Palace)|
|14 September 1993||3–0||Palace||Anglo-Italian Cup||Selhurst Park||2,712||Lowest attendance, seven games unbeaten for Palace (longest streak)|
|1 January 1994||3–0||Millwall||Division One||The Den||16,779||First game at The New Den, first win for Millwall in 18 years.|
|9 April 1994||1–0||Palace||Division One||Selhurst Park||23,142|
|22 October 1995||1–2||Millwall||Division One||Selhurst Park||14,338||First win at Selhurst Park for 20 years (28 years in the league).|
|30 March 1996||1–4||Palace||Division One||The Den||13,214|
|8 September 2001||1–3||Millwall||Division One||Selhurst Park||21,641|
|26 December 2001||3–0||Millwall||Division One||The Den||16,630||League double (5th for Millwall)|
|7 December 2002||1–0||Palace||Division One||Selhurst Park||19,301|
|21 April 2003||3–2||Millwall||Division One||The Den||10,670|
|30 August 2003||1–1||Draw||Division One||The Den||14,425|
|26 December 2003||0–1||Millwall||Division One||Selhurst Park||19,737|
|3 December 2005||1–1||Draw||Championship||Selhurst Park||19,571|
|18 February 2006||1–1||Draw||Championship||The Den||12,296|
|16 October 2010||0–1||Millwall||Championship||Selhurst Park||16,693|
|1 January 2011||3–0||Millwall||Championship||The Den||16,170||Puncheon scored a hat-trick for Millwall, league double (6th for Millwall)|
|26 November 2011||0–0||Draw||Championship||Selhurst Park||15,150|
|31 December 2011||0–1||Palace||Championship||The Den||16,085||First win at The Den for 15 years.|
|20 October 2012||2–2||Draw||Championship||Selhurst Park||16,124|
|30 April 2013||0–0||Draw||Championship||The Den||12,745|
Millwall v AFC Wimbledon
- As of 2 January 2017.
|Competition||Played||Millwall wins||Drawn||AFC Wimbledon wins||Millwall goals||AFC Wimbledon goals|
Full list of results
- Score lists home team first.
|9 November 2009||4–1||Millwall||FA Cup||The Den||9,453||First ever competitive meeting, First round.|
|6 August 2013||2–1||Millwall||League Cup||The Den||4,443||First round.|
|22 November 2016||0–0||Draw||League One||The Den||8,614||First ever league meeting.|
|2 January 2017||2–2||Draw||League One||Kingsmeadow||4,742|
- As of 11 February 2017.
|Team||Played||Wins||Drawn||Losses||Goals for||Goals against|
Crossing the divides
Jimmy Seed, Alan Mullery, Iain Dowie, Ian Holloway and Alan Pardew have all permanently managed two of the three South London clubs. Seed was in charge of Charlton for 23 years from 1933 to 1956, leading them to one of the most successful periods of their history, with successive promotions to the top-flight and an FA Cup Final win in 1947. He was sacked in 1956 after a bad run of form and took over at Millwall in 1958. Seed's start at The Den was poor, with the team going nine matches without a win. The team finished in 23rd place in Division Three (south). The following year saw The Lions playing in the new Fourth Division in which they finished 9th. Seed resigned at the end of that season, but stayed with the club as a director until his death on 16 July 1966.
Alan Mullery was in charge of Charlton from 1981 to 1982 and left to take the helm at Crystal Palace, where he remained manager until 1984. Theo Foley was Charlton manager from 1970 to 1974 and was briefly in charge of Millwall as a caretaker manager in 1977. Steve Gritt, who was joint-manager at Charlton with Alan Curbishley from 1991 to 1995, was also caretaker at Millwall briefly in 2000. Lennie Lawrence was Charlton's manager from 1982 to 1991 and was assistant manager at Crystal Palace, before joining former manager Dougie Freedman at Bolton Wanderers.
Iain Dowie was in charge of Crystal Palace between 21 December 2003 and 22 May 2006, when he was allowed to resign from his post, apparently to return to northern England because his wife was homesick. However, eight days later Premier League club Charlton unveiled Dowie as their new manager. Simon Jordan, Palace's chairman, immediately issued Dowie with a writ, claiming that he had misled him about his reasons for leaving the club; Dowie, however, insisted this was not the case, and was publicly backed by Charlton chief executive Peter Varney, who branded the writ "a sad and pathetic publicity stunt", and chairman Richard Murray, who was adamant that his legal team could find no grounds for the writ to be upheld, and suggested that there may be more personal reasons behind the writ being issued. The case was heard in the High Court in the summer of 2007 where a judge ruled that Dowie had lied when negotiating his way out of his contract. His spell at Charlton was largely unsuccessful and they parted company on 13 November 2006, after just 15 games in charge.
Ian Holloway took charge of Crystal Palace in November 2012. He guided them to promotion to the Premier League via the 2013 Football League play-offs, after beating Watford 1–0 with a penalty converted by Kevin Philips in extra time. On 23 October 2013, Holloway left the club by mutual consent after less than a year in charge. He managed to gain only three points from their first eight games in the top flight. On 6 January 2014, Holloway signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Millwall, taking over from Steve Lomas. On 6 January 2014 he signed two-and-a-half-year deal with Millwall, taking over from Steve Lomas. He guided the club to Championship safety for the 2013–14 season as Millwall finished 19th, four points above the relegation places. In the 2014–15 season, as Millwall dropped in the relegation places in The Championship, Holloway admitted that he had become an unpopular manager with the Millwall fans. On 10 March 2015, Holloway was sacked, with the team second from bottom in the Championship and having lost five of their last six games.
Players who have played for at least two of the four clubs are listed below. As of 18 August 2012 (the last game he played for Millwall), Darren Ward has played the most games for South London teams, with 317 appearances in total (232 for Millwall, 69 for Crystal Palace and 16 for Charlton). Peter Burridge played 114 games for Palace, 87 for Millwall and 44 for Charlton. He holds the record for most goals scored by a player for South London clubs, with 104 in 245 appearances.
Wimbledon and AFC Wimbledon
The 2003 relocation and 2004 renaming of Wimbledon as Milton Keynes Dons meant that a South London derby team was lost. Wimbledon's last South London derby was on 24 March 2004 against Millwall, which they lost 0–1. Their record in all competitions against Charlton, Crystal Palace and Millwall is as follows.
|Opponent||Played||Wins||Draws||Losses||Goals for||Goals against|
Some Wimbledon supporters formed a new team, AFC Wimbledon, in 2002, based at Kingsmeadow in Kingston upon Thames. The non-League club started in the Combined Counties League, and played their first competitive South London derby on 9 November 2009, losing 4–1 away at Millwall in an FA Cup first-round match. Having worked their way up through the non-League with five promotions in nine seasons, AFC Wimbledon were promoted first into Football League Two for the 2011–12 season, and then into Football League One for the 2016–17 season, where they are competing in the same league as Charlton Athletic and Millwall.
- The first true South London derby was played on 31 October 1910, a 3–0 win for Palace at Millwall's new ground based in New Cross, The Den. The first ever meeting between the sides was on 17 November 1906, another 3–0 win for Palace. The Lions were still based in East London at that time, and did not move to South London until 1910.
- 64 games played between 1980 and 2004 by now-dissolved club Wimbledon F.C. against Charlton, Crystal Palace and Millwall have not been included in this total. Wimbledon won 25, lost 22 and drew 17 games against their South London rivals. Games played by AFC Wimbledon are included in this total, since they became a Football League club in 2011.
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