Millwall FC celebrates 125 years with commemorative stone at its original Isle of Dogs home

A CHAMPIONSHIP football team hailing from the Isle of Dogs celebrated its 125th anniversary by laying a commemorative stone at its former home.

The Millwall FC commemorative paving stone was installed with the help of Tower Hamlets council and marks an important part of the Isle of Dogs’ heritage.

Starting life as Millwall Rovers, the football club was founded by the workers of JT Morton in 1885. The company, based at Millwall Dock, supplied sailing ships with food.

The team’s first match took place on October 3, 1885 against Fillebrook from Leytonstone. Millwall were beaten 5-0.

The team played at four separate grounds on the Isle of Dogs before moving across the river to The Den at New Cross in 1910. The commemorative paving stone was laid at their first ground and can be seen on Westferry Road and was unveiled last week by ex-players Terry Hurlock and Billy Neil.