Meyler Quick Off The Mark (2013)
David Meyler’s early goal earned Hull City a first league victory of 2013 with a 1-0 win at Millwall.
The Tigers, who headed into the clash at The Den without a victory since beating Leeds United at the end of December 2012, secured the points when David Meyler took advantage of some poor defending to score the only goal of the game with just 37 seconds on the clock. The Irishman capitalised on a slack back-pass by Mark Beevers to slot home his fourth goal of the season.
That gave the visitors the perfect springboard and they came close to adding to their lead when Stephen Quinn sent a half-volley whistling just wide from Ahmed Elmohamady’s cross before Jay Simpson was denied by the feet of David Forde.
Millwall offered very little during a tame first-half showing with Martyn Woolford’s hooked effort which went wide their best effort.
The hosts fashioned a great chance to level the scores after the break, but it was woefully missed by substitute James Henry. Robbie Brady was guilty of missing his kick, allowing the Lions midfielder to break clear but – with only David Stockdale to beat – Henry skied his effort into the stand behind the goal.
The game began to open up in the final 20 minutes as Millwall sought a leveller and after Nick Proschwitz fired just over for Hull, Woolford had a free-kick fly just off target and Stockdale made a good save from Henry’s low drive.
Robert Koren almost made it 2-0 late on, only for the Slovenian to see his effort palmed away by Forde. However, the Tigers did not need the security of a second goal as they held on to claim all three points.
Tigers Top After Mauling Lions (1983)
Before the start of their home game against Millwall at Boothferry Park in September 1983, Hull City and Millwall were equal on seven points in the Division Three table – but a better goal difference had the Tigers in 5th place with the Lions in 7th.
However, after a comprehensive 5-0 victory for the Tigers – with goals from Les Mutrie (2), Brian Marwood, Garreth Roberts and Bobby McNeil – plus a combination of favourable results elsewhere that day, the Tigers moved to the top of the table whilst Millwall dropped down to 10th.
It set in motion a tussle for promotion that saw the Tigers heavily involved right throughout the season, but it ended in agonising disappointment as they eventually missed out by just one goal.
Christmas Delight (1965)
A top of the table clash between Hull City and Millwall two days after Christmas produced one of the top attendances throughout the four divisions of the Football League, if not one of the most entertaining games.
Millwall, promoted from Division Four the previous season, led the table with 30 points from 20 games; in second place were the Tigers who had accumulated 29 points from 21 games.
A crowd in excess of 40,000 packed inside Boothferry Park to watch the action, although the lack of quality and entertainment could have been pout down to frosty conditions and the state of the pitch.
The fans at least got to witness a home win though with the Tigers taking the honours courtesy of a John Gilchrist own goal, ensuring Cliff Britton’s side moved to the top of the table.
For the remainder of the 1965/66 campaign, the two teams swapped places on a regular basis but – at the end of the season – it was the Tigers who were promoted as champions of Division Three, with the Lions accompanying them to Division Two in second place.