Proud night for the Millwall family
Over 100 invited guests attended a special Show Racism the Red Card event at City Hall on Thursday night to show their appreciation for Millwall FC's work and to induct Ian Holloway into the SRtRC Hall of Fame for his outstanding work for the charity.
Speeches from Ged Grebby (CEO SRtRC), Clarke Carlisle (former chairman of the PFA), Len McCluskey (Unite) and Christine Blower (NUT) kicked off the evening, acknowledging the hard work undertaken by SRtRC over the years, plus also paying a fulsome tribute to Ollie.
The guests were then treated to a special video presentation first shown on Lions Player, which highlighted Millwall FC's commitment to educating young people against racism, intolerance and discrimination.
Marc Elliott, Millwall For All Development manager, then addressed the audience before Ollie was inducted into the SRtRC Hall of Fame and presented with his award by Chris Hughton and Ged Grebby.
Clarke Carlisle described Ollie as 'the best manager I have had the privilege of working with; he treats everyone as a human being. That is a fantastic testament to his character and outlook on life as a whole.'
Ged Grebby, CEO of SRtRC, said: "Ian Holloway has been an excellent patron for our charity over many years and it was my privilege to induct him into our Hall of Fame. As a Manager he leads by example and has always been instrumental in getting players to give their time for our anti-racism educational campaign."
Millwall CEO Andy Ambler enthused: "It was a great night. Millwall were recognised for all the hard work that has been done, but it is also important that Ollie got the recognition he deserves with his personal award for all the tireless work he has down down the years as a manager with other clubs too.
"The quality of work delivered by both Millwall For All and SRtRC, with the 100 per cent support of Ian Holloway and the players, shows what can be done if the commitment, determination and desire is there."
Marc Elliott, Millwall For All Development manager, added: "The work that SRtRC and Millwall have done together has educated hundreds of young people, however we know that we cannot afford to rest on our laurels and there is still work to be done."
The final word, however, belongs to Ollie who said: "I am very honoured and humbled to receive the award, but feel a bit of a fraud when you consider all the effort, hard work and passion people like Ged Grebby put into the cause. He without doubt is the true driving force and inspiration behind the good work."
The video shown at last night's event is here: