Former Lions skipper Paul Robinson, who himself earned a testimonial at The Den in 2013, has had glowing words for Jimmy Abdou, with whom he spent seven seasons as a teammate.
The defender describes Jimmy as a bubbly character, who was very unassuming and easy to get along with.
“You knew exactly what you were going to get with Jimmy,” Robinson claims.
“He made it as a pro at Millwall because he had that relentless nature, that non-stop running, effort and energy. He kept himself to himself, would be consistent every single day and he could always be relied on, be it a lesser stage or a bigger one. He gave us the platform for other players to go on and win the game for us.
“He could have his fun – he also had that mischievous side, but he wouldn’t be one to moan and groan.”
Robinson recalls several memories from his years alongside Jimmy, including one from the midfielder’s first training session following his arrival from Plymouth Argyle.
“At the end of his first day of training we did a running drill – because he was new, he didn’t really get to grips with what we were doing, but by the time the rest of us reached the halfway-line, he’d ran too far; however, as we turned back, Jimmy had run past everyone again!”
Paul Robinson's full tribute to Jimmy will be available in Saturday's matchday programme.