South London derby celebration
Saturday's South London derby between Millwall and Charlton Athletic at The Valley (21st September kick-off 12.15pm) will once again remember and celebrate the lives of two young football fans Rob Knox (Charlton) and Jimmy Mizen (Millwall) who were tragically murdered in violent circumstances.
Since the young men’s tragic deaths in 2008, the Community Trusts at both football clubs have engaged scores of young people in anti-knife and gun crime initiatives, while supporting the campaigns initiated by the Knox and Mizen families.
Before kick-off there will be on-pitch celebrations highlighting this ongoing work and both teams will warm-up in specifically-produced T-shirts (provided by Andrews Sykes – http://www.andrews-sykes.com/) which will be signed after the match and donated to charity.
Supporters are also encouraged to take to their seats in plenty of time ahead of the lunchtime kick-off, which will be televised live on Sky, to pay their respects to Rob and Jimmy whose parents will be in attendance on the day.
Two fans from each club will lay wreaths prior to the match.
Sally Knox, mother of Addicks fan Rob said: “By working with Charlton and the Street Violence Ruins Lives campaign, we hope that the work we do with young people may stop another family going through the suffering that we have. It means so much to see Rob’s name living on in such a positive way.”
Barry Mizen, Lions supporter Jimmy's dad added: “Our heartfelt thanks go to Charlton Athletic Community Trust, Charlton F.C, their sponsors Andrews Sykes and Millwall F.C, for setting this game aside to promote a positive message of change with regard to the violence that blights our communities.
Change can only happen when, as individuals, we accept we have the most important role to play in defining the sort of communities we want to be part of. This does however require leadership, and the wonderful people of our great clubs are leading the way.”
NB: Millwall Community Trust is currently hosting the Ben Kinsella Knife Crime Awareness Exhibition in the Lions Centre.
For information about the exhibition email: firstname.lastname@example.org