South London derby

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South London derby
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Millwall and Charlton shake hands before kick-off at The Den in November, 2019.
Other namesSouth East London derby
Locale South London, England
Teams Charlton Athletic, Crystal Palace, Millwall, AFC Wimbledon
First meetingMillwall 0–3 Crystal Palace [lower-alpha 1]
(PFA Charity Fund, 31 October 1910)
Latest meetingAFC Wimbledon 2–2 Charlton Athletic
(League One, 20 March 2021)
Next meetingCharlton Athletic vs AFC Wimbledon
(League Cup, 10 August 2021)
Stadiums The Den
Plough Lane
Selhurst Park
The Valley
Statistics
Meetings total318 [lower-alpha 2]
Most winsMillwall (96)
All-time seriesMillwall: W96 D73 L70
Crystal Palace: W79 D52 L69
Charlton Athletic: W48 D51 L82
AFC Wimbledon: W5 D4 L7
Largest victoryMillwall 6–0 Charlton Athletic
(Second Division, 3 January 1931)

South London derby is the name given to a football derby contested by any two of Charlton Athletic, Crystal Palace, Millwall and AFC Wimbledon, the four professional Football Association clubs in South London, England. [1] It is sometimes more specifically called the South East London derby when played between Charlton and Millwall. [2] The close geographical proximity of all the teams contributes significantly to the rivalries.

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Charlton and Millwall are located in South East London, with Millwall's The Den and Charlton's The Valley being less than four miles apart. Crystal Palace are based further south in the suburb of Selhurst, their stadium Selhurst Park being six miles from The Den and eight from The Valley. From 2020 Wimbledon are based at the new Plough Lane in Merton, which is five miles west of Selhurst Park, eight from The Den and seven and a half from The Valley. According to a 2013 fan survey on football rivalries, Charlton considers their main rival to be Crystal Palace, with Millwall being their second biggest rival. Millwall's main rivalry is with East London club West Ham United, with Palace placed second and Charlton third. Crystal Palace fans consider their main rival to be Brighton, with Millwall second and Charlton third. AFC Wimbledon's main rivalry is with Milton Keynes Dons, with their fans considering Crystal Palace their second biggest rival.

Millwall was founded in 1885, with Palace and Charlton both founded twenty-years later in 1905. The earliest fixture between two of the teams was in 1906 when Crystal Palace and Millwall first met in the Southern League. The two teams have contested the most games, over 130 derbies. Palace and Millwall both entered the Football League in the 1920–21 season. Charlton joined the next year in the 1921–22 season, playing in the same division as Palace and Millwall for the first time. Wimbledon were founded in 1889 and spent the majority of their history as an amateur club, until joining the Football League in the 1977–78 season. In 2003 Wimbledon were relocated to Milton Keynes as part of a franchise takeover and became Milton Keynes Dons. During this period of decline, the club reformed as a phoenix club in 2002, founded by supporters against the move, renaming itself AFC Wimbledon, as it won a rapid succession of non-League promotions to gain Football League status nine years later. AFC Wimbledon played their first derby in 2009, an FA Cup game against Millwall.

Millwall hold a winning record over all three South London teams, Charlton has a losing record against all three clubs, AFC Wimbledon and Crystal Palace both have winning records against Charlton but have yet to play a game against each other. As of the 2021–22 season, Crystal Palace play in the Premier League, Millwall play in the Championship, and Charlton and AFC Wimbledon both play in League One.

History

Early rivalries

Millwall were founded in 1885, [3] some 20 years before Charlton Athletic and Crystal Palace, who were both founded in 1905. [4] [5] Soon after Crystal Palace were formed, they joined the Southern Football League, of which Millwall were founding members. The two teams played against each other for ten seasons in this league. [3] The first contested competitive game between the sides was played on 17 November 1906, with Palace winning 3–0 [3] although the fixture was not yet a South London derby – Millwall were based in East London until 1910. Up until that point the most successful team based in South London was Woolwich Arsenal, who were the first Southern member elected to the Football League in 1893.

Charlton Athletic's early years were somewhat hindered by the presence of Woolwich Arsenal, who were the closest team in locality and were well supported. Charlton spent the first years of their history playing in non-professional leagues and did not play either Palace or Millwall. [4] Eventually, Woolwich Arsenal moved to North London, losing the 'Woolwich' from their name, in 1913. [6] The same year Charlton adopted senior status. They became a professional team in 1920, joining the Southern League. [4] Both Millwall and Crystal Palace joined the Football League in the 1920–21 season, [3] [5] playing in the Third Division, while Charlton Athletic joined the year after for the 1921–22 season, [4] finally competing at the same level as both their South London neighbours. Wimbledon became a Football League club five decades later in the 1977–78 season, playing their first South London derby against Millwall in 1980.

All in the same league

There have been two occasions where all four South London teams have played in the same league together. In the 1985–86 season, Charlton Athletic, Crystal Palace, Millwall and Wimbledon all competed in the Second Division. Charlton finished 2nd and Wimbledon 3rd, both being automatically promoted. Palace finished 5th and Millwall 9th. The 1989–90 season signifies the only time all four teams competed in the First Division together, the top tier of English football. Wimbledon finished the season 8th, Palace 15th and Charlton and Millwall were relegated, finishing 19th and 20th respectively.

Ground sharing

During World War II Millwall's ground The Den was severely damaged by a German bomb and a fire destroyed a stand a few days later. For a brief time the club was invited by their neighbours to play their games at The Valley and Selhurst Park. In 1984 Charlton went into administration. The club were forced to leave The Valley just after the start of the 1985–86 season after its safety was criticised by league officials. The club began a groundshare with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, which lasted for six years until 1991. After another year groundsharing at West Ham United's Upton Park, Charlton moved back into The Valley in 1992. Wimbledon groundshared at Selhurst Park from 1991 until their relocation to Milton Keynes in 2003. The campaign of Wimbledon's fans against the relocation led to the formation of AFC Wimbledon.

Notable matches

The first meeting between any of the three original teams saw Palace, who were only formed a year prior, secure a comfortable victory over the visitors from East London. It was a Southern League match watched by 6,000 fans at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. [3] [7]
This was the first game between the teams since Millwall moved to South London (in 1910), making this the first true South London derby. 3,000 supporters watched a Palace victory at The Den in a London PFA Charity Fund game. The match against their new neighbours was Millwall's second game at their new ground. [8]
First derby contested in The Football League. Palace won the Third Division game with a second half goal in front of 20,000 fans. Palace also won the reverse fixture 3–2 which was held only a week later on 22 January 1921, to complete the first South London Football League double and continue their early dominance of Millwall. [9]
This London PFA Charity Fund fixture was the first contest between the two teams, which Millwall won 2–0 in front of 10,000 supporters at The Den. [10]
On New Year's Eve of 1921 the teams met for their first League match, which Charlton won 1–0 at The Den. This was Charlton's first season as a Football League club and they completed a rare double over Millwall, winning the return fixture at The Valley 2–1. [10]
The first competitive game played between the teams took place in the Third Division (south), and ended with a 1–1 draw at The Valley.
This Second Division game between the sides remains the widest winning margin between any of the clubs. Millwall led 1–0 at half-time and scored five more times in the second half, with goals from Harold Wadsworth (2), Joe Readman (2), Andrew Swallow and Jack Landells. [11]
Wimbledon's first South London Derby was away at Millwall in the Third Division. The game ended in a draw in front of a crowd of 5,364. This was the Wombles third season as a Football League club, they finished bottom of the table and were relegated. [12]
The last South London derby and last ever game at Plough Lane. Wimbledon were forced to move at the end of the season due to a new FA rule requiring all-seater stadiums. [13] They started ground-sharing with Palace at Selhurst Park the following season. Palace won the game with a hat-trick by Ian Wright in the second half. Palace finished 3rd and Wimbledon 7th in the 1990–91 First Division.
Crystal Palace and Charlton met in the 1996 First Division play-off semi-final, after they finished third and sixth in the league respectively. Palace won the first leg at The Valley 2–1, and 1–0 in the second leg three days later. Palace went on to lose the play-off final to Leicester City 1–2 at Wembley.
A crowd of just 3,043 at the National Hockey Stadium in Milton Keynes saw Wimbledon's last game against South London opponents before they were renamed as MK Dons. A goal in the first half from Tim Cahill was enough to seal a win for Millwall against a Wimbledon side that finished bottom of the First Division and were relegated. [12]
Despite being ahead 2–1 with seven minutes left to play, Palace were unable to see out a win over their rivals. Charlton defender Jonathan Fortune scored an equaliser in the season's final game. Had Palace won they would have avoided relegation from the Premier League but instead became the first club to be relegated from the top-flight of English football four times.
AFC Wimbledon's first competitive South London derby was a match against Millwall at The Den in the first round of the FA Cup. Kenny Jackett's League One side won 4–1 against the Conference National side.
The first meeting of the sides since 1996 ended in the highest-scoring game between the teams. Millwall went 2–0 up through two Steve Morison goals but Charlton converted two penalties through Deon Burton. Millwall's Jimmy Abdou was sent off early in the second half and The Lions went twice behind to the home team but Danny Schofield scored a last-minute equaliser. [14] Both teams wore special kits for the match in honour of murdered local teenagers and supporters Jimmy Mizen and Rob Knox. The logos of both clubs' shirt sponsors were replaced by the text, "Street violence ruins lives". [15]
AFC Wimbledon's first win in a south London derby. Also their first derby in the Football League, with their two previous derbies against Millwall being losses in cup competitions. Wimbledon came from a goal down to win, with a Tyrone Barnett goal in the 85th minute.
First South London derby League game to be played with no fans present and in the summer. The game was re-arranged from 4 April due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The game was won in the 81st minute with a goal by Jake Cooper. [16]
AFC Wimbledon's first south London derby at their new Plough Lane ground. No fans were present due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Charlton led twice through goals from Jayden Stockley and Diallang Jaiyesimi. A brace from Ryan Longman made sure Wimbledon earned a point in their battle against relegation, and denting Charlton's play-off push. Wimbledon were 23rd and Charlton 6th in the table at the end of the game.

Charlton Athletic v AFC Wimbledon

Charlton and AFC Wimbledon first met in 2016, after Wimbledon were promoted via the League Two playoffs and Charlton were relegated from the Championship. [17] Wimbledon won their first ever meeting at The Valley 2–1. [17] Charlton won only one of their first six meetings, with Wimbledon knocking Charlton out of the FA Cup in 2017 and Football League Trophy on penalties in 2018. [17] Charlton completed the double over their local rivals in the 2018–19 season. [17]

By competition

As of 20 March 2021
CompetitionPlayedCharlton winsDrawnAFC Wimbledon winsCharlton goalsAFC Wimbledon goals
Football League 8422149
FA Cup 100113
Football League Trophy 200234
Total [17] 114251816

Full list of results

Score lists home team first.
DateScoreWinnerCompetitionVenueAttendanceNotes
17 September 20161–2 AFC Wimbledon League One The Valley 11,927First ever league meeting, first Wimbledon win in a South London derby.
11 February 20171–1Draw League One Kingsmeadow 4,595
28 October 20171–0 Charlton League One The Valley 12,575First South London derby win in 15 games (since a victory against Palace in 2009).
3 December 20173–1 AFC Wimbledon FA Cup Kingsmeadow 3,270Second round.
12 April 20181–0 AFC Wimbledon League One Kingsmeadow 4,457
4 September 20182–2 [lower-alpha 3] AFC Wimbledon Football League Trophy The Valley 1,244 Group stage, Wimbledon won 4–2 on penalties.
15 December 20182–0 Charlton League One The Valley 10,691
23 February 20191–2 Charlton League One Kingsmeadow 4,532League double (1st for Charlton)
1 September 20202–1 AFC Wimbledon Football League Trophy Loftus Road 0 Group stage. Played behind closed doors due to Coronavirus pandemic, and at temporary venue pending completion of Plough Lane.
12 December 20205–2 Charlton League One The Valley 2,000Restricted admittance due to UK COVID-19 regulations.
20 March 20212–2Draw League One Plough Lane 0First South London derby at Wimbledon's new ground. No fans present due to Coronavirus pandemic.
10 August 2021TBD League Cup The Valley
26 December 2021TBD League One Plough Lane
5 February 2022TBD League One The Valley

Charlton Athletic v Crystal Palace

Rivalry strength as described by fans in 2012 South London Derby rivalries.svg
Rivalry strength as described by fans in 2012

Charlton and Crystal Palace first met in 1925 in the Third Division (South), with the match ending in a 1–1 draw. Palace dominated their first 20 meetings, winning 13, and losing only four. Palace have completed the league double over Charlton six times, in 1926–27, 1927–28, 1964–65, 1968–69, 1989–90, and 2012–13. Charlton have done it twice, in 1999–2000 and 2007–08. Palace's longest unbeaten run in the fixture is nine games between 1993 and 1996, where they won six and drew three, including knocking their rivals out of the 1996 First Division Play-offs. Charlton's best unbeaten run is four games (three wins and a draw) twice, between 1982–83 and 2004–08.

By competition

As of 23 September 2015
CompetitionPlayedCharlton winsDrawnPalace winsCharlton goalsPalace goals
Football League 561713265578
FA Cup 211020
League Cup 6015513
Anglo-Italian Cup 110041
Full Members Cup 100102
Football League play-offs 200213
Total [19] 681915346797

This table only includes competitive first team games, excluding all pre-season games, friendlies, abandoned matches, testimonials and games played during World War I & II.

Full list of results

Score lists home team first.
DateScoreWinnerCompetitionVenueAttendanceNotes
14 November 19251–1Draw Third Division (South) The Valley First competitive game.
27 March 19264–1 Palace Third Division (South) Selhurst Park First Palace win.
4 September 19261–2 Palace Third Division (South) The Valley First Palace away win.
22 January 19272–1 Palace Third Division (South) Selhurst Park League double (1st for Crystal Palace)
5 November 19275–0 Palace Third Division (South) Selhurst Park Biggest winning margin for Palace.
17 March 19280–4 Palace Third Division (South) The Valley League double (2nd for Crystal Palace)
20 October 19280–2 Charlton Third Division (South) Selhurst Park First Charlton win (and Charlton away win)
2 March 19291–3 Palace Third Division (South) The Valley
23 September 19334–2 Charlton Third Division (South) The Valley
1 February 19341–0 Palace Third Division (South) Selhurst Park
6 October 19342–2Draw Third Division (South) The Valley
16 February 19351–2 Charlton Third Division (South) Selhurst Park
15 September 19641–2 Palace Second Division The Valley
30 September 19643–1 Palace Second Division Selhurst Park League double (3rd for Crystal Palace)
2 October 19652–0 Palace Second Division Selhurst Park
26 March 19661–0 Charlton Second Division The Valley
10 September 19661–1Draw Second Division The Valley
14 January 19671–0 Palace Second Division Selhurst Park
9 September 19673–0 Palace Second Division Selhurst Park
5 March 19680–1 Palace Second Division The Valley League double (4th for Crystal Palace)
31 August 19683–3Draw Second Division Selhurst Park
4 January 19690–0Draw FA Cup The Valley Third round.
8 January 19690–2 Charlton FA Cup Selhurst Park Third round replay
22 March 19691–1Draw Second Division The Valley
30 November 19742–1 Palace Third Division Selhurst Park
17 January 19751–0 Charlton Third Division The Valley
29 October 19771–1Draw Second Division Selhurst Park
24 March 19781–0 Charlton Second Division The Valley
27 March 19791–1Draw Second Division The Valley
17 April 19791–0 Palace Second Division Selhurst Park
12 September 19812–0 Palace Second Division Selhurst Park 14,227
6 February 19822–1 Charlton Second Division The Valley 9,072
27 December 19821–1Draw Second Division Selhurst Park 17,996
4 April 19832–1 Charlton Second Division The Valley 7,836
27 December 19831–0 Charlton Second Division The Valley 10,224
23 April 19842–0 Palace Second Division Selhurst Park 7,818
26 December 19842–1 Palace Second Division Selhurst Park 9,540
6 April 19851–1Draw Second Division The Valley 6,131
20 August 19851–2 Palace League Cup The Valley First round, 1st leg
3 September 19851–1Draw League Cup Selhurst Park First round, 2nd leg. Palace win 3–1 on aggregate.
7 September 19853–1 Charlton Second Division The Valley 6,637Last game at The Valley between the sides until 1993.
11 January 19862–1 Palace Second Division Selhurst Park 11,521
16 December 19891–2 Palace First Division Selhurst Park 15,763First 'home' game against Palace since Charlton began groundsharing at Selhurst Park.
19 December 19892–0 Palace Full Members' Cup Selhurst Park 6,621Third round.
21 April 19902–0 Palace First Division Selhurst Park 15,276League double (5th for Crystal Palace)
7 September 19934–1 Charlton Anglo-Italian Cup The Valley 3,868Qualifying round. First game at The Valley between the sides since Charlton returned in 1992.
21 September 19933–1 Palace League Cup Selhurst Park 9,615Second round, 1st leg.
26 September 19930–0Draw Division One The Valley 7,947
5 October 19930–1 Palace League Cup The Valley 5,224Second round, 2nd leg. Palace win 4–1 on aggregate.
20 March 19942–0 Palace Division One Selhurst Park 14,408Fifth game of the season between the teams (3 cup, 2 league)
26 August 19951–1Draw Division One Selhurst Park 14,092
4 February 19960–0Draw Division One The Valley 13,535
12 May 19961–2 Palace Football League play-offs The Valley 14,618 Semi-final, 1st leg
15 May 19961–0 Palace Football League play-offs Selhurst Park 22,880 Semi-final, 2nd leg. Palace win 3–1 on aggregate.
21 December 19961–0 Palace Division One Selhurst Park 17,401Palace nine games unbeaten (longest streak)
8 March 19972–1 Charlton Division One The Valley 14,816
26 December 19992–1 Charlton Division One The Valley 20,043
25 March 20000–1 Charlton Division One Selhurst Park 22,577League double (1st for Charlton). First Charlton win at Selhurst Park since 1969.
27 October 20041–2 Palace League Cup The Valley 19,030Third round.
5 December 20040–1 Charlton Premier League Selhurst Park 20,705First Premier League meeting between the two sides.
15 May 20052–2Draw Premier League The Valley 26,870Palace relegated
1 September 20070–1 Charlton Championship Selhurst Park 18,556
8 February 20082–0 Charlton Championship The Valley 26,202League double (2nd for Charlton). Charlton seven league games unbeaten (best streak)
30 September 20081–0 Palace Championship Selhurst Park 16,358
27 January 20091–0 Charlton Championship The Valley 20,627
14 September 20120–1 Palace Championship The Valley 21,730
2 February 20132–1 Palace Championship Selhurst Park 17,945League double (6th for Crystal Palace)
23 September 20154–1 Palace League Cup Selhurst Park 16,576Third round, Dwight Gayle scored a 27-minute hat-trick.

Charlton Athletic v Millwall

The teams first met in 1921, with Charlton winning at The Den 1–0. [20] They won the return fixture at The Valley 2–1, completing the first Football League double over their local rivals. Millwall hold the record for the longest unbeaten run between the teams at 14 games. [20] Between 1922 and 1930, the Lions won eight and drew six. [20] Charlton's longest unbeaten run against Millwall is six games, between 1934 and 1968 they won three and drew three. [20] The longest period the clubs have gone without playing each other is 31 years (between the 1935–36 and 1965–66 seasons), due to being in different leagues. [20] Millwall also have a run of 12 games unbeaten between 1979 and 1992, where they won six and drew six. Millwall have completed a League double over Charlton ten times (in 1923–24, 1924–25, 1931–32, 1932–33, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1988–89, 1992–93 and 2019–20) compared to Charlton's three (in 1921–22, 1934–35 and 1995–96). [20] Millwall have the most wins in a row in the derby with five (twice). Charlton has won two games in a row (four times). The teams didn't play each other for 13 years, competing in different leagues between the 1996–97 and 2008–09 seasons. Millwall are currently on a twelve-game unbeaten streak against Charlton (their joint-second longest), with seven wins and five draws spanning 24 years (1996–2020). [20] Many Millwall fans do not consider Charlton a serious rival due to the one-sided nature of the contest. [21] The Lions have won 37 (50%) of the 74 league fixtures between the teams spanning 99 years, with the Addicks only winning 11 games (14%). [22]

Millwall and Charlton playing at The Den in December, 2016. Millwall vs Charlton 2016.JPG
Millwall and Charlton playing at The Den in December, 2016.

By competition

As of 3 July 2020
CompetitionPlayedCharlton winsDrawnMillwall winsCharlton goalsMillwall goals
Football League 7411263765119
Anglo-Italian Cup 211043
Sub-total7612273769122
Kent FA Challenge Cup finals189543631
London Challenge Cup 110010
Football League Jubilee Fund211021
London PFA Charity Fund521275
Total [20] [23] 102253443115159

This table only includes competitive first-team games, excluding all pre-season games, friendlies, abandoned matches, testimonials and games played during the First and Second World Wars.

Full list of results

Score lists home team first.
DateScoreWinnerCompetitionVenueAttendanceNotes
31 December 19210–1 Charlton Third Division (South) The Den 25,000First competitive game, first Charlton win.
14 January 19222–1 Charlton Third Division (South) The Valley 18,000League double (1st for Charlton)
4 November 19221–1Draw Third Division (South) The Den 25,000
11 November 19220–2 Millwall Third Division (South) The Valley 18,000First Millwall win.
22 September 19230–1 Millwall Third Division (South) The Valley 15,000
29 September 19231–0 Millwall Third Division (South) The Den 14,000League double (1st for Millwall)
10 April 19250–2 Millwall Third Division (South) The Valley 25,000
13 April 19251–0 Millwall Third Division (South) The Den 12,000League double (2nd for Millwall)
3 October 19251–1Draw Third Division (South) The Den 25,337
13 February 19261–4 Millwall Third Division (South) The Valley 22,000
25 September 19263–0 Millwall Third Division (South) The Den 20,239
12 February 19271–1Draw Third Division (South) The Valley 20,000
8 October 19271–1Draw Third Division (South) The Valley 27,212
18 February 19285–0 Millwall Third Division (South) The Den 25,498
5 October 19291–1Draw Second Division The Den 32,218
8 February 19301–1Draw Second Division The Valley 35,000Highest attendance, Millwall 14 games unbeaten (longest streak)
6 September 19302–0 Charlton Second Division The Valley 22,000
3 January 19316–0 Millwall Second Division The Den 14,687Largest winning margin in a South London derby.
10 October 19311–3 Millwall Second Division The Valley 25,000
20 February 19321–0 Millwall Second Division The Den 17,381League double (3rd for Millwall)
12 November 19322–1 Millwall Second Division The Den 13,908
25 March 19331–4 Millwall Second Division The Valley 33,000League double (4th for Millwall)
29 September 19343–1 Charlton Third Division (South) The Valley 25,725
9 February 19351–3 Charlton Third Division (South) The Den 29,263Football League double (2nd for Charlton)
27 August 19660–0Draw Second Division The Den 20,364First game in 31 years, longest period without meeting.
31 December 19660–0Draw Second Division The Valley 29,529
2 September 19670–0Draw Second Division The Den 18,240
6 January 19681–0 Charlton Second Division The Valley 24,092Charlton six games unbeaten, their longest streak.
10 August 19683–4 Millwall Second Division The Valley 27,504First win in the fixture (and at The Valley) for 35 years.
1 March 19693–2 Millwall Second Division The Den 23,011League double (5th for Millwall)
16 August 19691–1Draw Second Division The Den 20,451
7 October 19692–2Draw Second Division The Valley 21,718
5 September 19701–3 Millwall Second Division The Valley 15,867
27 March 19712–0 Millwall Second Division The Den 13,399League double (6th for Millwall)
30 August 19712–1 Millwall Second Division The Den 18,588
25 April 19720–2 Millwall Second Division The Valley 26,582 Derek Possee scores 8th goal against Charlton, League double (7th for Millwall)
27 December 19761–1Draw Second Division The Den 20,914
8 April 19773–2 Charlton Second Division The Valley 16,481
24 September 19771–1Draw Second Division The Den 13,309
28 February 19780–2 Millwall Second Division The Valley 15,671
28 October 19780–2 Charlton Second Division The Den 10,054First win at The Den for 43 years.
10 March 19792–4 Millwall Second Division The Valley 9,908
6 September 19802–0 Millwall Third Division The Den 6,895Lowest league attendance recorded.
17 March 19810–0Draw Third Division The Valley 12,700
29 March 19862–2Draw Second Division The Den 20,451
15 April 19863–3Draw Second Division Selhurst Park 21,718Charlton were groundsharing with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
10 September 19880–3 Millwall First Division Selhurst Park 13,735First meeting between the teams in the top flight.
2 January 19891–0 Millwall First Division The Den 17,025League double (8th for Millwall)
22 August 19892–2Draw First Division The Den 14,806
8 December 19891–1Draw First Division Selhurst Park 11,017
22 September 19900–0Draw Second Division Selhurst Park 10,970 Keith Stevens (Millwall) was sent-off.
10 April 19913–1 Millwall Second Division The Den 15,382 Sheringham scores a hat-trick, taking his tally to 5 goals in the derby.
26 February 19921–0 Millwall Second Division The Den 12,882Millwall 12 games unbeaten (their joint-second longest streak)
7 March 19921–0 Charlton Second Division Upton Park 8,177Charlton were groundsharing with West Ham at Upton Park.
2 September 19921–2 Charlton Anglo-Italian Cup The Den 3,975Lowest attendance recorded, first cup tie between the sides. 90th-minute winner by Alan Pardew.
18 October 19920–2 Millwall Division One Upton Park 7,527First and only Football League win at Upton Park for Millwall.
25 April 19931–0 Millwall Division One The Den 10,159Last derby at The Old Den, league double (9th for Millwall).
1 September 19932–2Draw Anglo-Italian Cup The Den 4,003First game between the teams at The New Den.
11 September 19930–0Draw Division One The Valley 8,413First derby at The Valley since Charlton returned home. Alex Rae (Millwall) sent-off.
15 March 19942–1 Millwall Division One The Den 13,320
1 January 19951–1Draw Division One The Valley 10,655
8 April 19953–1 Millwall Division One The Den 9,506
5 December 19950–2 Charlton Division One The Den 11,350 Lee Bowyer (Charlton) and Keith Stevens (Millwall) were sent-off in the snow.
9 March 19962–0 Charlton Division One The Valley 12,204League double (3rd for Charlton).
19 December 20094–4Draw League One The Valley 19,105Highest ever scoring game in the fixture. Jimmy Abdou (Millwall) was sent-off.
13 March 20104–0 Millwall League One The Den 17,632
1 December 20120–0Draw Championship The Den 18,013
16 March 20130–2 Millwall Championship The Valley 18,514
13 September 20130–1 Millwall Championship The Valley 15,917
15 March 20140–0Draw Championship The Den 16,102
22 November 20140–0Draw Championship The Valley 16,102
8 April 20152–1 Millwall Championship The Den 15,917 Chris Solly (Charlton) was sent-off. 87th-minute winner by Jos Hooiveld.
21 December 20163–1 Millwall League One The Den 14,395 Morison scores his 5th and 6th goals against Charlton in the derby.
14 January 20170–0Draw League One The Valley 15,315 Jorge Teixeira (Charlton) was sent-off.
9 November 20192–1 Millwall Championship The Den 17,10991st-minute winner by Matt Smith.
3 July 20200–1 Millwall Championship The Valley 0League double (10th for Millwall). Millwall 12 games unbeaten (their joint-second longest streak). Game was re-arranged from 4 April due to Coronavirus pandemic. Game was played behind closed doors.

Crystal Palace v Millwall

Millwall and Crystal Palace line-up at The Den on New Year's Day 2011. Millwall Crystal Palace 1 Jan 2011.jpg
Millwall and Crystal Palace line-up at The Den on New Year's Day 2011.

The first meeting between the sides was in 1906 in the Southern League, when Millwall Athletic were still an East London side. Palace won the game 3–0 at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. [3] Millwall moved south of the river in 1910 and the first true South London derby between the teams was held on 31 October 1910. It was a London PFA Charity Fund game, which Palace won 3–0 and was just Millwall's second game at their new ground, The Den. [8] The first derby contested in The Football League was on 15 January 1921. Palace won the Third Division (south) game 1–0. They also won the reverse fixture which was held a week later; 3–2, to complete the first Football League double over their South London neighbours. [9] Palace have completed a Football League double over Millwall seven times (in 1920–21. 1949–50, 1963–64, 1968–69, 1977–78, 1963–64, 1986–87, 1989–90.) [24] Millwall have completed a Football League double over Palace six times (in 1925–26, 1926–27, 1957–58, 1959–60, 2001–01, 2010–11.) [24] Palace's longest unbeaten streak is seven games, they won six and drew one game against Millwall between 1986 and 1993. [24] Millwall's longest unbeaten streak against Palace is 19 games, between 1950 and 1958 they won 11 and drew 8 games. [24]

By competition

As of 30 April 2013
CompetitionPlayedPalace winsDrawnMillwall winsPalace goalsMillwall goals
Football League 86262634106126
FA Cup 102441116
Football League Trophy 100103
Anglo-Italian Cup 110030
Sub-total98293039120145
Southern Football League 2012352811
Western Football League 200235
London Challenge Cup 110043
London PFA Charity Fund310254
Kent FA Challenge Cup finals101011
Kent Senior Shield512274
Southern Floodlight Cup 211043
Total [24] [25] 132453750172176

Full list of results

Score lists home team first.
DateScoreWinnerCompetitionVenueAttendanceNotes
15 January 19210–1 Palace Third Division The Den 20,000First Football League game between the sides.
22 January 19213–2 Palace Third Division The Nest 18,000League double (1st for Crystal Palace)
28 January 19220–0Draw FA Cup The Nest 25,000Second round.
1 February 19222–0 Millwall FA Cup The Den 35,800Second round replay.
29 August 19251–2 Millwall Third Division (South) Selhurst Park 20,000First South London derby held at Selhurst Park.
2 January 19261–0 Millwall Third Division (South) The Den 18,126League double (1st for Millwall)
18 December 19261–0 Millwall Third Division (South) The Den 15,445
7 May 19271–6 Millwall Third Division (South) Selhurst Park 15,000Biggest winning margin for Millwall, league double (2nd for Millwall)
15 October 19270–4 Millwall Third Division (South) Selhurst Park 25,000Six wins in a row (longest streak in fixture)
25 February 19281–1Draw Third Division (South) The Den 27,736Second round.
26 January 19290–0Draw FA Cup The Den 40,460Fourth round, highest attendance in a South London derby.
30 January 19295–3 Palace FA Cup Selhurst Park 26,406Highest-scoring game between the sides, Fourth round replay.
10 November 19341–1Draw Third Division (South) Selhurst Park 11,000
23 March 19353–2 Millwall Third Division (South) The Den 9,630
2 November 19355–0 Palace Third Division (South) Selhurst Park 20,000Biggest winning margin for Crystal Palace.
18 April 19364–0 Millwall Third Division (South) The Den 14,498
5 December 19363–0 Millwall Third Division (South) The Den 19,063
14 April 19371–0 Palace Third Division (South) Selhurst Park 7,000
4 September 19372–2Draw Third Division (South) The Den 25,894
15 January 19380–0Draw Third Division (South) Selhurst Park 22,000
28 August 19481–1Draw Third Division (South) Selhurst Park 30,500
1 January 19491–0 Millwall Third Division (South) The Den 19,484
8 October 19492–3 Palace Third Division (South) The Den 30,005
25 February 19501–0 Palace Third Division (South) Selhurst Park 30,300League double (2nd for Crystal Palace)
16 September 19501–0 Millwall Third Division (South) The Den 29,768
25 November 19501–4 Millwall FA Cup Selhurst Park 14,817First round.
20 January 19511–1Draw Third Division (South) Selhurst Park 23,354
1 September 19513–1 Millwall Third Division (South) The Den 22,386
29 December 19511–1Draw Third Division (South) Selhurst Park 20,752
6 September 19520–0Draw Third Division (South) The Den 25,886
17 January 19530–1 Millwall Third Division (South) Selhurst Park 24,924
5 September 19532–2Draw Third Division (South) The Den 21,952
16 January 19542–3 Millwall Third Division (South) Selhurst Park 16,106
30 October 19545–2 Millwall Third Division (South) The Den 19,385
19 March 19551–1Draw Third Division (South) Selhurst Park 13,645
3 September 19551–1Draw Third Division (South) The Den 16,454
31 December 19552–2Draw Third Division (South) Selhurst Park 12,248
15 September 19562–2Draw Third Division (South) Selhurst Park 16,112
5 January 19572–0 Millwall FA Cup The Den 26,790Third round.
19 January 19573–0 Millwall Third Division (South) The Den 16,145
28 August 19570–1 Millwall Third Division (South) Selhurst Park 22,680
2 September 19573–0 Millwall Third Division (South) The Den 19,770League double (3rd for Millwall)
4 October 19582–1 Millwall Fourth Division The Den 19,190Millwall 19 games unbeaten (longest streak).
21 February 19594–0 Palace Fourth Division Selhurst Park 15,365
28 October 19591–2 Millwall Fourth Division Selhurst Park 27,929
12 December 19591–0 Millwall Fourth Division The Den 17,136League double (4th for Millwall)
31 March 19610–2 Millwall Fourth Division Selhurst Park 37,774Highest ever attendance in the fourth tier of the Football League. [26]
3 April 19610–2 Palace Fourth Division The Den 15,503
26 December 19623–0 Palace Third Division Selhurst Park 20,411
1 April 19631–1Draw Third Division The Den 21,586
12 October 19632–1 Palace Third Division The Den 25,056
22 February 19640–1 Palace Third Division Selhurst Park 19,239League double (3rd for Crystal Palace)
15 October 19661–1Draw Second Division The Den 28,644
25 March 19671–2 Millwall Second Division Selhurst Park 30,845
18 November 19672–2Draw Second Division Selhurst Park 30,304
13 April 19685–1 Millwall Second Division The Den 14,782
23 November 19680–2 Palace Second Division The Den 27,913
19 March 19694–2 Palace Second Division Selhurst Park 32,516League double (4th for Crystal Palace)
17 November 19731–1Draw Second Division Selhurst Park 30,054
13 April 19743–2 Millwall Second Division The Den 20,176
13 December 19751–1Draw FA Cup The Den 14,920Second round.
16 December 19752–1 Palace FA Cup Selhurst Park 18,284Second round replay
20 December 19752–1 Millwall Third Division The Den 9,989
30 March 19760–0Draw Third Division Selhurst Park 38,075Highest Football League attendance in the derby.
20 August 19770–3 Palace Second Division The Den 15,246
2 January 19781–0 Palace Second Division Selhurst Park 27,259League double (5th for Crystal Palace)
16 September 19780–3 Palace Second Division The Den 11,653
20 January 19790–0Draw Second Division Selhurst Park 23,142
21 August 19823–0 Millwall Football League Trophy The Den 4,844Group match, Millwall went on to win the trophy.
5 January 19851–1Draw FA Cup The Den 11,125Third round.
23 January 19851–2 Millwall FA Cup Selhurst Park 10,735Third round replay
21 September 19852–1 Palace Second Division Selhurst Park 8,713
22 April 19863–2 Millwall Second Division The Den 5,643Lowest Football League attendance in the derby.
4 October 19862–1 Palace Second Division Selhurst Park 8,150
28 March 19870–1 Palace Second Division The Den 6,285League double (6th for Crystal Palace)
10 October 19871–0 Palace Second Division Selhurst Park 10,678
12 March 19881–1Draw Second Division The Den 12,815
21 October 19894–3 Palace First Division Selhurst Park 18,920First game between the sides in the top tier.
31 March 19901–2 Palace First Division The Den 13,332League double (7th for Crystal Palace)
14 September 19933–0 Palace Anglo-Italian Cup Selhurst Park 2,712Lowest attendance, seven games unbeaten for Palace (longest streak)
1 January 19943–0 Millwall Division One The Den 16,779First game at The New Den, first win for Millwall in 8 years.
9 April 19941–0 Palace Division One Selhurst Park 23,142
22 October 19951–2 Millwall Division One Selhurst Park 14,338First win at Selhurst Park for 10 years (28 years in the league).
30 March 19961–4 Palace Division One The Den 13,214
8 September 20011–3 Millwall Division One Selhurst Park 21,641
26 December 20013–0 Millwall Division One The Den 16,630League double (5th for Millwall)
7 December 20021–0 Palace Division One Selhurst Park 19,301
21 April 20033–2 Millwall Division One The Den 10,670
30 August 20031–1Draw Division One The Den 14,425
26 December 20030–1 Millwall Division One Selhurst Park 19,737
3 December 20051–1Draw Championship Selhurst Park 19,571
18 February 20061–1Draw Championship The Den 12,296
16 October 20100–1 Millwall Championship Selhurst Park 16,693
1 January 20113–0 Millwall Championship The Den 16,170 Puncheon scored a hat-trick for Millwall, league double (6th for Millwall)
26 November 20110–0Draw Championship Selhurst Park 15,150
31 December 20110–1 Palace Championship The Den 16,085First win at The Den for 15 years.
20 October 20122–2Draw Championship Selhurst Park 16,124
30 April 20130–0Draw Championship The Den 12,745

Millwall v AFC Wimbledon

Millwall and Wimbledon first met in the First round of the FA Cup in 2009, when Wimbledon were playing in the Conference National. [27] Millwall won the game 4–1. [27] The two sides have only played in the same tier together once, in the 2016–17 League One season and both games were drawn. [27] They've played two other cup games; a 2–1 win for Millwall in the League Cup in 2013 and most recently in 2019, an FA Cup Fifth round game at Kingsmeadow, which Millwall won 1–0. [27]

By competition

As of 16 February 2019
CompetitionPlayedMillwall winsDrawnAFC Wimbledon winsMillwall goalsAFC Wimbledon goals
Football League 202022
FA Cup 220051
League Cup 110021
Total [27] 532094

Full list of results

Score lists home team first.
DateScoreWinnerCompetitionVenueAttendanceNotes
9 November 20094–1 Millwall FA Cup The Den 9,453First ever competitive meeting, First round.
6 August 20132–1 Millwall League Cup The Den 4,443First round.
22 November 20160–0Draw League One The Den 8,614First ever league meeting.
2 January 20172–2Draw League One Kingsmeadow 4,742
16 February 20190–1 Millwall FA Cup Kingsmeadow 4,795Fifth round.

All-time results

Chart of the league table positions of the South London Derby clubs. South London Derby League Performance.svg
Chart of the league table positions of the South London Derby clubs.

The table includes all competitive first-team games played between the London rivals. From the first game played between Crystal Palace and Millwall on 17 November 1906, to the most recent South London derby between Charlton Athletic and AFC Wimbledon on 23 February 2019. Defunct club Wimbledon's results are included in a separate table below.

As of 20 March 2021
TeamPlayedWinsDrawnLossesGoals forGoals againstWin %
Charlton Athletic 1814851822002720.26
Crystal Palace 2007952692692430.39
Millwall 2399673703442910.40
AFC Wimbledon 1654720270.31
Total [27] [19] [17] [20] [24] 31812090120831831

Crossing the divides

Managers

Jimmy Seed, Alan Mullery, Iain Dowie, Ian Holloway and Alan Pardew have all permanently managed two of the three South London clubs. Seed was in charge of Charlton for 23 years from 1933 to 1956, leading them to one of the most successful periods of their history, with successive promotions to the top-flight and an FA Cup Final win in 1947. He was sacked in 1956 after a bad run of form and took over at Millwall in 1958. Seed's start at The Den was poor, with the team going nine matches without a win. The team finished in 23rd place in Division Three (south). The following year saw The Lions playing in the new Fourth Division in which they finished 9th. Seed resigned at the end of that season, but stayed with the club as a director until his death on 16 July 1966.

Alan Mullery was in charge of Charlton from 1981 to 1982 and left to take the helm at Crystal Palace, where he remained manager until 1984. Theo Foley was Charlton manager from 1970 to 1974 and was briefly in charge of Millwall as a caretaker manager in 1977. Steve Gritt, who was joint-manager at Charlton with Alan Curbishley from 1991 to 1995, was also caretaker at Millwall briefly in 2000. Lennie Lawrence was Charlton's manager from 1982 to 1991 and was assistant manager at Crystal Palace, before joining former manager Dougie Freedman at Bolton Wanderers.

Iain Dowie was in charge of Crystal Palace between 21 December 2003 and 22 May 2006, when he was allowed to resign from his post, apparently to return to northern England because his wife was homesick. However, eight days later Premier League club Charlton unveiled Dowie as their new manager. Simon Jordan, Palace's chairman, immediately issued Dowie with a writ, claiming that he had misled him about his reasons for leaving the club; Dowie, however, insisted this was not the case, and was publicly backed by Charlton chief executive Peter Varney, who branded the writ "a sad and pathetic publicity stunt", and chairman Richard Murray, who was adamant that his legal team could find no grounds for the writ to be upheld, and suggested that there may be more personal reasons behind the writ being issued. The case was heard in the High Court in the summer of 2007 where a judge ruled that Dowie had lied when negotiating his way out of his contract. His spell at Charlton was largely unsuccessful and they parted company on 13 November 2006, after just 15 games in charge.

Ian Holloway took charge of Crystal Palace in November 2012. [28] He guided them to promotion to the Premier League via the 2013 Football League play-offs, after beating Watford 1–0 with a penalty converted by Kevin Philips in extra time. On 23 October 2013, Holloway left the club by mutual consent after less than a year in charge. [29] He managed to gain only three points from their first eight games in the top flight.[ citation needed ] On 6 January 2014, Holloway signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Millwall, taking over from Steve Lomas. [30] On 6 January 2014 he signed two-and-a-half-year deal with Millwall, taking over from Steve Lomas. [30] He guided the club to Championship safety for the 2013–14 season as Millwall finished 19th, four points above the relegation places. In the 2014–15 season, as Millwall dropped in the relegation places in The Championship, Holloway admitted that he had become an unpopular manager with the Millwall fans. [31] On 10 March 2015, Holloway was sacked, with the team second from bottom in the Championship and having lost five of their last six games. [32] Former Charlton player Gary Rowett became Millwall manager on 21 October 2019. [33] Rowett played 13 games for Charlton in the Premier League before being forced to retire through injury. [34]

Players

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Players who have played for at least two of the four clubs are listed below. As of 18 August 2012 (the last game he played for Millwall), Darren Ward has played the most games for South London teams, with 317 appearances in total (232 for Millwall, 69 for Crystal Palace and 16 for Charlton). Peter Burridge played 114 games for Palace, 87 for Millwall and 44 for Charlton. He holds the record for most goals scored by a player for South London clubs, with 104 in 245 appearances.

Wimbledon FC and AFC Wimbledon

The 2003 relocation and 2004 renaming of Wimbledon F.C. as Milton Keynes Dons meant that a South London derby team was lost. [35] In 2002 some Wimbledon supporters formed a new team, AFC Wimbledon, based at Kingsmeadow in Kingston upon Thames. [36] The non-League club started in the Combined Counties League, and played their first competitive South London derby on 9 November 2009, losing 4–1 away at Millwall in an FA Cup first-round match. [37] Having worked their way up through non-League with five promotions in nine seasons, AFC Wimbledon were promoted first into Football League Two for the 2011–12 season. [38] They spent five seasons at that level before being promoted into League One for the 2016–17 season, where they competed in the same league as Charlton Athletic and Millwall. [39]

Wimbledon FC's derby results

Wimbledon played their first South London derby against Millwall on 5 April 1980, a game which ended 2–2. On 24 March 2004, they played their last derby also against Millwall, which they lost 0–1. Their record in all competitions against Charlton, Crystal Palace and Millwall is as follows:

OpponentPlayedWinsDrawsLossesGoals forGoals againstWin %
Charlton Athletic 1684428210.5
Crystal Palace 26851335390.31
Millwall 2298534270.41
Total [12] [40] [41] 642517229787

See also

Notes

  1. The first true South London derby was played on 31 October 1910, a 3–0 win for Palace at Millwall's new ground based in New Cross, The Den. The first ever meeting between the sides was on 17 November 1906, another 3–0 win for Palace. The Lions were still based in East London at that time, and did not move to South London until 1910.
  2. 64 games played between 1980 and 2004 by now-dissolved club Wimbledon F.C. against Charlton, Crystal Palace and Millwall have not been included in this total. Wimbledon won 25, lost 22 and drew 17 games against their South London rivals. Games played by AFC Wimbledon are included in this total.
  3. AFC Wimbledon won 4–2 on penalties

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