Would you have gone to Budapest?
I suppose I can't let the Millwall, Ferencvaros game go unnoticed. Some of the stories sounded frightening and I too want to add my wishes for a speedy recovery to the two Millwall fans stabbed in Budapest last Thursday night.
Where I grew up if you were not content with 'supporting' Man U or Liverpool and wanted to see a real game then your old man was probably either a Charlton or a Millwall fan and subsequently I have many old mates that follow the Lions.
My dislike of Millwall (because I would not go as far as hatred) stems back to Boxing Day 1976 when my Dad was attacked by two so called Millwall fans outside the old Den after we snatched a late draw there. He was holding my 8 year old hand at the time and it is not a pleasant memory.
We all know that every club has a minority of trouble seekers but at Millwall that minority does seem to be inexplicably larger and increases when there is a scent of trouble, i.e. Millwall would definitely get a bigger crowd or an away following against Cardiff (23rd in the Championship) than they would say against Everton (3rd in the Premiership) if drawn in the Cup.
Like others I have had an eye on the Millwall message boards and although many of their supporters are disgraced, some refuse to condone it and are glorifying in what happened in Budapest. In my experience Millwall fans love to wallow in the reputation and folklore that will I'm afraid never ever leave the other club in South East London because not enough people want it to happen.
An interesting point was raised by The King of Sweden
. If that was us would you have gone? Our first ever European away game, probably a once in a lifetime 'experience'. I would of been there like a shot but would we have had a different reception? It does make you wonder....