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Gallery: Opening days

18 June 2014

A look back at our first fixtures from seasons gone by after the 2014/15 list is released

Millwall's Sky Bet Championship fixtures for the 2014/15 season were announced this morning, with Leeds United the visitors to The Den on the opening day of the new campaign. It's the third straight season that Millwall have started with a home game, as you will see below in our look back at opening day games from the across the past decade.

Saturday 7th August 2004
Plymouth Argyle 0-0 Millwall


The Lions began the 2004/5 season with a hard-fought draw at Home Park, with keeper Graham Stack in good form against The Pilgrims.

Millwall's team that day: Stack, Dunne (Wise, 61'), Lawrence, Ward, Livermore, Ifill (Simpson, 34'), Morris, Elliott, Sweeney (Cogan, 89'), Dichio, Moore. Subs not used: Marshall, Harris

Saturday 7th August 2005
Leeds United 2-1 Millwall


The Lions started the 2005/6 campaign with a narrow defeat at Elland Road, courtesy of a brace from Leeds frontman David Healy. Don Hutchinson had equalised for Colin Lee's Millwall, but the home side found a winner in the 73rd minute from the penalty spot.

Millwall's team that day: Marshall, Lawrence, Phillips, Dunne, Vincent, Serioux (Braniff, 90'), Elliott (Igoe, 79'), Morris, Hutchinson, Simpson (May, 79'), Hayles. Subs not used: Robinson, Peeters

Saturday 5th August 2006
Millwall 1-1 Yeovil Town

Darren Byfield struck an 82nd-minute equaliser to secure a draw for Nigel Spackman's Lions after Wayne Gray had given Yeovil a first-half lead in front of 10,012 at The Den.

Millwall's team that day: Pidgeley, Ross, Shaw, Whitbread, Craig (Ardley, 42'), Williams, Elliott (Hackett, 87'), McInnes, Morais (Hubertz, 79'), Byfield, Brighton. Subs not used: Day, Robinson

Saturday 11th August 2007
Doncaster 0-0 Millwall


Lions keeper Chris Day was in superb form on the opening day of the 2007/8 season, pulling off a string of saves to secure a clean sheet away to Doncaster Rovers.

Millwall's team that day: Day, Senda, Robinson, Shaw, Frampton, Spiller (Barron, 65'), Dunne, Brammer, Harris, May, Alexander (Smith, 64'). Subs not used: Edwards, Whitbread, Ardley

Saturday 9th August 2008
Oldham Athletic 4-3 Millwall


Oldham came from 3-1 down with 17 minutes to play to secure a remarkable comeback against 10-man Millwall. Strikes from Tresor Kandol, Lewis Grabban and an own goal had the visitors in front, but Paul Robinson's sending off gave the home side the impetus they needed to fightback, with future Lion Chris Taylor scoring the winner in the 85th minute.

Saturday 8th August 2009
Southampton 1-1 Millwall


A neat header from Jimmy Abdou gave Kenny Jackett's men a share of the spoils at St Mary's on the first day of the 2009/10 campaign. Matt Paterson handed The Saints an early second-half lead but Abdou cancelled out the opener 15 minutes later.

Millwall's team that day: Forde, Dunne, Barron, Smith, Frampton, Bolder (Fuseini, 60'), Martin (Price, 60' (Harris, 82'), Hackett, Abdou, Alexander, Morison. Subs not used: Sullivan, Grimes, Laird, Grabban

Saturday 7th August 2010
Bristol City 0-3 Millwall


Millwall marked their return to the Championship in emphatic fashion with a comfortable win at Ashton Gate, courtesy of goals from Darren Ward, Danny Schofield and Paul Robinson. Darren Carter was sent off for The Lions, but his dismissal had no impact on the end result.

Millwall's team that day: Forde, Dunne, Robinson, Barron, Ward, Carter, Trotter (Laird, 90'), Schofield, Henry (Hackett, 81'), Morison (Harris, 84'), Lisbie. Subs not used: Mildenhall, Frampton, Mkandawire, Marquis

Saturday 6th August 2011
Reading 2-2 Millwall


Reading came from two goals down to draw with Millwall on the first day of the 2011/12 season at the Madejski Stadium. Darius Henderson and John Marquis handed The Lions a 2-0 lead, but a brace from Mathieu Manset ensured a share of the spoils.

Millwall's team that day: Forde, Dunne, Craig, Robinson, Mkandawire, Ward, Trotter, Bouazza (Barron, 68'), Henry (Hackett, 79'), Henderson, Marquis (Abdou, 87'). Subs not used: Mildenhall, Racon

Saturday 18th August 2012
Millwall 0-2 Blackpool


A brace from Tom Ince gave Ian Holloway's Blackpool a comfortable win at The Den on the opening day of the 2012/13 season. The winger hit a goal in each half to secure the win for The Tangerines.

Millwall's team that day: Taylor, Shittu (Dunne, 46'), Lowry, Ward, Smith (Feeney, 59'), Malone, Wright, Trotter, Henry, Henderson, Keogh. Subs not used: Forde, Osborne, Abdou, Marquis, Batt

Saturday 3rd August 2013
Millwall 0-1 Yeovil


Steve Lomas' first competitive game in charge of Millwall ended in defeat as future Lion Ed Upson struck an 88th-minute winner at The Den on the first day of last season.

Millwall's team that day: Forde, Dunne, Shittu, Beevers, Lowry, Chaplow (Feeney, 82'), Abdou, Wright (Bailey, 50'), Henry, Keogh (McDonald, 69'), Morison. Subs not used: Bywater, Easter, Robinson, MaloneĀ 

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