Lions recognise superb contribution of club chaplainBefore last Saturday's clash with Cardiff City at The Den, Millwall Football Club made a special presentation to Fr Owen Beament to commemorate a remarkable series of landmarks.
This year Fr. Owen celebrates 50 years as a priest in South London, and it was 40 years ago last Sunday when he became the parish priest at All Saints on the Old Kent Road, where he has been ever since.
Owen was then appointed to his 'best ever job' as chaplain to his beloved Millwall in 1990, and has made hundreds of friends amongst players, management, players, staff and fans over the years.
Lions chairman John Berylson was delighted to make the presentation on the pitch at The Den, where he was joined by Owen's son James, himself a Millwall season ticket holder, along with former players Joe Dolan and Richard Sadlier.
Owen's contribution to the local community was recognised in 2000 when he was awarded the MBE, and in 2009 he was made a Freeman of the City of London.
He has turned down opportunities to further his career within the Church of England on a number of occasions because he feels called to remain where his heart lies, in this particular part of South London, and of course, Millwall.