Lions legends support Academy fundraiser
Some 200 people were at The Den on Wednesday night attending a fundraising dinner in support of the Millwall Youth Academy.
Kenny Jackett outlined the commitment of the club towards continuing to recruit and nurture home grown talent to form the nucleus of successful Millwall sides of the future, while Academy Director Scott Fitzgerald explained the new Academy set-up nationally and how Millwall hope to benefit from Category Two status for which they have applied.
Kenny explained that in the modern era, the annual cost of running a Youth Academy ranges from £500,000 - £3m, which for clubs outside the Premier League is a significant investment.
Current and former Lions starts including Paul Robinson, Tony Craig, Alan Dunne, John Marquis, Dave Livermore, Marc Bircham, Neil Harris, Brian Horne, Les Briley, Jimmy Carter, Alan McLeary, Andy Massey, George Jacks, Billy Neil, Alan Dorney and Barry Rowan, entertained and amused the audience with a series of anecdotes from their Millwall careers.
The core theme running through the oral history being told was that virtually every successful Millwall team down the years has been built on a foundation of locally produced talent.
Scott Fitzgerald and his Academy colleagues would like to thank everyone who supported the event which included auctions and raffles, helping to raise a significant sum towards their ongoing work.