Lions Hit The FA Cup Trail

Millwall play Southend Utd at The Den on Friday night, and as Alex Dibden reports, they have a fine tradition in the world’s oldest cup competition.

Millwall FC have a long history in the FA Cup. This season they hope to create a little bit more, starting with their first round home tie against Southend Utd on Friday.

The Lions have reached the semi-final stage on four occasions, in 1900, 1903, 1937 and 2013.

They suffered their heaviest defeat in all competitions in a fourth-round second-leg 9-1 defeat to Aston Villa in the 1946 campaign.

But the Londoners’ finest FA Cup-hour came in 2004 when they reached the final.

Millennium Stadium 2004

Millwall faced the mighty Manchester United at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff in May of 2004.

Despite a valiant effort from the Lions, United dominated to become FA Cup Champions for the 11th time.

It may have been a defeat, but it was a record breaking day for the South-East London outfit.

This was the club’s first taste of an FA Cup final in their history. Curtis Weston broke the 125-year record, held by James Prinsep, to become the youngest Cup final player at the age of 17.

As United had already qualified for the Champions League, Millwall were guaranteed a spot in the UEFA Cup. They went on to be lose 4-2 on aggregate to Hungarian champions Ferencvaros in the 2004-05 season.