Jimmy Abdou says he ‘felt like he was on another planet’ following his Testimonial match at The Den this afternoon.
Abdou was given a rousing reception in the London sunshine as he took to the pitch with his family for the final time as a Millwall player, applauded by a guard of honour.
The Lions won the match 1-0 through Jed Wallace's first-half strike, with Abdou appearing for the opening five minutes, donning the captain's armband.
“It was something I never expected 10 years ago, but it was a pleasure, especially with the fans,” he said.
“I felt like I was on another planet, all the memories were coming into my head from the last 10 years.
“I’m so proud of what I’ve done with the club and with everyone here. I have to thank the fans and my teammates.”
The stalwart midfielder also touched on some of his fondest memories in a Millwall shirt.
“Obviously the goal at Leeds was great, and when we played the Play-Off Semi-Final against Huddersfield Town here – that was one of the best atmospheres I’ve played in.
“And then all the times we played at Wembley, it was like playing at home! I was so proud to play so many games there with Millwall, it’s a real honour.”
The 34-year-old has recently signed a two-year contract with French hometown club FC Martigues, and believes he still has the capacity to continue his career at his best level, as well as returning to watch The Lions whenever possible.
“I’ve signed for two years, so hopefully I can reach that and then go on and play for as long as possible.
“I’m a Millwall fan now, and so is my son. I will definitely try and come back here when I can.”