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"I fitted in to the Millwall way," says Alex Rae

6 March 2017

Legendary midfielder a hit with Lions fans

Generations of Millwall fans were on hand to welcome Alex Rae to The Den last Saturday.

The legendary Lions midfielder made 256 appearances over six years in SE16, scoring 71 goals and was on hand to oversee a Legends Tour pre-match, before joining the LionsPlayerHD commentary team for the 2-1 victory over MK Dons.

Supporters old and young were treated to some vintage revelations from Rae whilst being shown behind-the-scenes at the stadium, with the Scotsman being introduced to the 9,636 crowd inside The Den shortly before kick-off.

Rae told of times spent with Lions heroes of yesteryear, with the likes of Keith 'Rhino' Stevens, Mick McCarthy, Teddy Sheringham, Terry Hurlock and Kevin Muscat mentioned, before going on to reminisce about his time at The Den - both old and new.

"I loved it here," he said. "It was a great grounding for me in English football. I had some really good times.

"Unfortunately, we hit the post a couple of times with regards to the Play-Offs - we fell just a bit short in terms of quality in our attempts to get into the Premier League.

"The old Den was an interesting place to play. When I came over for the first time, I thought that I might as well do a u-turn, because it looked horrendous! It was falling to bits.

"We had some really good players at that time, though. Sheringham, Malcolm Allen, Les Briley, Steve Wood, Alan McLeary, Brian Horne - the list goes on.

"We gave the fans something to shout about, similar to what the current team did on Saturday. I rarely scored from inside the box, but there was far more to my game than just that, such as my tackling. 

"I fitted in to the Millwall way, which the fans appreciated - that was shown by the lovely reception I got."

The Lions defeated MK Dons courtesy of a last-gasp penalty from Lee Gregory. The result sees Millwall remain in 6th place in the Sky Bet League One table and Rae stated that there's "no doubt" in the club's promotion credentials this season.

"There's no doubt that The Lions can make it into The Championship this season. They're only six points off automatic promotion now. If they could do it, it would be great."

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