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Preview: Millwall FC

19 October 2012


ABOUT:
Despite languishing in 20th place in the table, Millwall arrive at Selhurst Park on a good run of form, racking up two draws away from home before beating Bolton 2-1 at the Den last time out.
Darius Henderson has top scored so far for the Lions this season with six goals, including last minute strikes in two of their last three games to win them an extra three points.
Millwall are also the only side in the Football League not to score a goal from a set piece so far this season.


TEAM NEWS:
Crystal Palace: Jonny Williams is still recovering from the groin injury that forced him off during the 4-3 win against Burnley two weeks ago. Paddy McCarthy is still out long-term with a groin problem. David Goodwillie has returned to Blackburn after his loan spell was terminated whilst David Wright and Kwesi Appiah have returned to the club after their loan stints at Gillingham and Aldershot respectively.

Millwall: Striker Andy Keogh is a doubt after suffering concussion whilst training for the Republic of Ireland ahead of their game against the Faore Islands during the week. Skipper Paul Robinson is missing due to an ongoing pelvic problem and Karleigh Osborne has been troubled recently with a calf injury.
Winger Liam Feeney is still sidelined with an ankle injury and striker John Marquis will be out until after Christmas due to a groin problem.

PREVIOUS HOME ENCOUNTERS:
Rivalry with Palace’s nearest League club stretches back over 100 years, starting with our days together in the Southern League Division One. The first encounter took place at The Crystal Palace on 17th November 1906 with an emphatic 3-0 home win.

Both clubs became founder members of the Football League’s Third Division in 1920-21 and the first home clash occurred at The Nest on 22nd January 1921 and ended with a 3-2 success for Palace to go with the single goal victory at The (Old) Den the previous Saturday.

Millwall is one of the few clubs that we have met at all levels of the Football League, for many years in the Third Division South, and both being part of the new Division Four in 1958. Since 1962 all our meetings, apart from the 1989-90 season when we were both in the old Division One, have been in the second or third tier.     

Our best home results over the Lions have been 5-0 in November 1935 and 4-0 in February 1959 while 1927 was a bleak year for the club against them at Selhurst Park as it suffered home defeats to the tune of 1-6 and 0-4.

A top of the table battle in Division Four at Selhurst Park on 31st March 1961 drew a record League crowd for that Division of 37,774 that will surely never be beaten only for Palace to lose 0-2, however three days later Palace exacted revenge at The Den. The evening of Wednesday 19th March 1969 found the clubs again embroiled in a promotion contest here with Palace triumphing 4-2 that included a goal of ferocious power from wingman Colin Taylor. The only encounter in Division One was on 21st October 1989 when a brace of goals from both Ian Wright and Mark Bright in a see-saw game gave Palace a 4-3 victory.

The clubs have been paired together six times in the FA Cup with Palace having mixed results at home with only two victories in the five games played here, one being 2-1 in a Second Round replay in December 1975 on our way to the semi-final.  A First Round tie on 25th November 1950 was abandoned after 34 minutes due to fog and when replayed four days later Palace were humiliated when losing 1-4 a result that cost manager Ronnie Rooke his job.

The two sides last met at Selhurst four days before that magical evening at Old Trafford, on Saturday 26th November 2011. With both clubs struggling in the table and with local pride at stake it was not much of a spectacle as the game ended goalless.


HEAD TO HEAD RECORD: (Home & Away)
Palace winsDrawsMillwall wins
Football League262434
Southern League1235
FA Cup244
League Cup000
Total403143


MATCH OFFICIALS:
Referee: Phil Dowd
Assistants: Mark Scholes and Robert Ellis
Fourth Official: Keith Stroud


TICKETS:
This match is ALL TICKET with no tickets being available on the day.

Millwall supporters will be in the Arthur Wait Stand and will have a maximum number of 2600 tickets.

Season ticket holders in the Arthur Wait Stand will be asked to re-locate their seat for this game and will be given an additional ticket for a guest for the Ipswich game on 6th November as a gesture of goodwill.

Online ticket sales for this game will be for season ticket holders only and tickets for home areas will only be sold to supporters with a CPFC booking history.

Any season ticket holders who purchase online and are then found to have sold tickets on to visiting supporters they will have their card suspended for the rest of the season without refund.

All other prices will be CATEGORY A for this game.

Main Stand
Adults £35
Senior Citizen & Student £22.50
Under 18s £20

Lower Holmesdale
Adults £27
Snr Citizen & Student £18
Under 18s £18

Upper Holmesdale
Adults £30
Snr Citizen & Student £18
Under 18s £18

Gallery
Adults £35
Snr Citizen & Student £22.50

Croydon Advertiser Stand & Block J Main Stand
Adults £25
Snr Citizen & Student £18
Under 18s £10


Palace to win: 6/5
Draw: 13/5
Millwall to win: 27/10


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