Tuesday, November 22, 2011

English Leagues the 80s: Southampton Milwall Division One 1988 1989 Both Legs

 After a slow start Sheringham and Cascarino formed a lethal partnership that won Millwall the Division Two Championship and brought Millwall First Division football for the first time in their history. After a dip in form, Teddy had become, for a short while, the target of the Millwall Boo Boys, his name being booed when the team line up was announced but he turned it around to pip Cascarino for top scorer with 24 to 23 goals. Teddy was then called up into The England B squad and won a cap alongside teammate Alan McLeary v Switzerland in Lausanne in May 1988.  In his Autobiography, Teddy talks how his game started develop. "I probably started to become the player I am today at quite a young age. For Instance, in our successful days at Millwall, the guys used to play long balls to me or Tony Cascarino - We both had the ability to win the ball in the air. The bigger of the centre halves used to pick up Cas and the smaller one used to pick me up. It was a pretty direct route, but even then, I used to like to come off my marker by 10 or 15 yards, link thinks up and go on from there. It was natural for me to do that; certainly no manager ever told me to play that way. They didn't tell not to either, which is just as well seeing how my career and my role in various teams developed."  
"It was a terrific team for the level we were playing at. Tony played alongside me, we had some quality on the left wing in O'Callaghan and Lawrence was an experienced hand coming in on the right flank. We also had Terry Hurlock and Les Briley in the middle - perfect performers for our style of football. Steve Wood and Alan McLeary were an effective pairing at centre back, two clever, thinking players who were great readers situations. They were never eye-catching, but they did a fine job for us. Right back Keith Stevens was very solid - nobody used to get past him while Nicky Coleman at left back, who had come through the youth ranks with me, was a highly competent player. Brian Horne in goal completed a team that was perfectly balanced for the job it was employed to do." "I think the moment we finally convinced ourselves that promotion was just round the corner was on a cold Tuesday night at Elland Road at the beginning of April. We knew we had to win and it was a daunting prospect. Leeds were a First Division club which had come down and we were a little team that dragged ourselves up from the lower reaches of the Second Division. We beat them 2-1 and there was an amazing feeling in the dressing room after the game. We'd had to defend like fury, but we had all stuck together with a feeling of common purpose, the sort of feeling that comes only from playing a lot with the same group of people and wanting to do it for each other." ( http://www.millwall-history.org.uk/TeddySheringham.htm )

Round 14
26th November 1988
St Mary's Stadium,
Southampton

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Round 38
13th May 1989    
The Den
South Bermondsey, London

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