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Player of the Year: Awards special

4 May 2014

Night to remember at The Den

the players and directors at Millwall's 2013/14  Player of the Year Dinner Dance at The Den on Sunday night.Around 300 Lions fans made sure that it was a night of celebration as they joined Chairman John Berylson, manager Ian Holloway and 

Following an emotional rollercoaster of a year in which The Lions survived the dreaded drop to League One with a final day victory against AFC Bournemouth, this provided a perfect opportunity for the Millwall family to get together and not only reflect on the season just gone, but look forward to kicking on from an encouraging end to the campaign with the promise of better things to come.

Following the offficial presentations, which also included Scott Malone winning the Goal of the Season award for his effort against Leeds United, recipient of the 2013/14 Player of the Year award David Forde said: "I'm absolutely chuffed. I've been here for such a long time and it is an absolute honour to have won this award.

"The club means so much to me; I always said that we would be fine and the last few weeks we've had the momentum and got the points we needed."

"I cannot wait for the start of the new season now. It excites me tremendously and will hopefully excite you all too."

Before paying fulsome tribute to pretty much every member of staff at The Den, Chairman John Berylson added: "Some things I got wrong this season; some things I got right - thankyou Ollie for coming here.

Lions boss Ollie received a rousing reception as he took to the mic, and also spoke very much from the heart. He said: "You can never achieve anything on your own and I want to thank every single person who was at the club before I came for helping me.

"It was 6th January when I got the job - my wife Kim's birthday. The difference from then to now is completely, utterly off the chart.

"Yesterday was completely fantastic. That passion, that feeling. That is what I want to be a part of. It seems like I was meant to be here. I have never felt so welcome. I truly haven't. This place is special, so are the people who work here, so are the fans.

"This place without that feeling of togetherness is nothing. I am so proud of every one of the boys for what they have done.

"Kenny (Jackett) was here for six years and he was very sad to go. I want to be here a lot longer. This is just the start. This is going to be a real journey and I want you all on board with me."

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