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New father Thompson reflects on a "whirlwind" few days

Lions man discusses becoming a dad, rushing to Swansea and preparing for Wigan

26 November 2019

The past few days have certainly been eventful for Ben Thompson.

Becoming a father on Friday, rushing to South Wales on Saturday morning by train and playing the full 90 minutes in Millwall’s first away win of the season at Swansea City in the afternoon, one would certainly forgive the 24-year-old for being slightly on the tired side.

But for Thompson, the tiredness is overpowered by immense joy.

“It’s been a whirlwind, that’s for sure,” he tells millwallfc.co.uk.

“My missus went into labour on Thursday, and on Friday morning we had the baby. There were a few complications with the birth at first, so it was an emotional rollercoaster, but she and the baby were doing much better by Saturday and they’re home safe and sound now.

“I was able to get to Swansea on Saturday morning for the game, so it all turned out really well.”

Thompson is one of several of the Lions first-team squad to recently welcome new children into the world, and he knows he has a strong support network from his teammates.

“Of course it gives you a different perspective – it’s all part of growing up, having a little kid to look after now. It’s a great feeling.

“I’ve been speaking to the lads a lot about it over the past nine months, getting little words of advice and tips here and there. They’ve all been there for me, and they all texted me on Friday.

“They’re a great set of lads of course, and I don’t think I’ll be short of support.”

The midfielder looks back on a draining morning as he made the solo journey to Swansea on Saturday, but describes his elation as he contributed to an excellent 1-0 win at the Liberty Stadium.

“It was tough on Saturday, I had to leave the hospital about 6am and then got to Swansea about 10.30. I was straight to the game from there.

“For the first 10 minutes I was knackered! But the adrenaline pulled me through and it was a great result in the end.

“We needed that away win, and it’s what we’ve been focusing towards. We’ve got that first one on the board, and now we need to continue that.”

Thompson now looks ahead to Tuesday night’s contest against Wigan Athletic at The Den, as The Lions chase a third straight victory in November.

“The feeling of going away from home and wondering how we can get a result now flips on its head now, and we have that belief.

“We have to keep the momentum going – every game is tough in this League – and it’s important to keep it up in our home games as well.

“Wigan is another important one for us, so quickly after Swansea and trying to keep that momentum. We’re back at The Den so we’ll be relishing it, and the boys are all looking forward to getting back out on the pitch.”


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