Tuktuk Day Twenty

I got an email from my friends at Victor Publishing today. They have a new book charting the story of Tommy Sampson a defender who managed one game for the club BUT who went on to enjoy nearly two hundred games at Dartford and then a twenty year managerial career. Something of a legend in Kent, the book promises a great read if you are someone who enjoys a “warts and all” account rather than the gloss of a Chelsea “legend” (aka a benchwarmer in the Carabao cup) best known for his two month jail sentence for smashing up a Lithuanian disco when he was on loan there…. but failed to make an appearance!

Whilst you are on their page you will see their full library of football books and help and advice if YOU want to write a book.

In the way that only Facebook can, whilst I was researching this blog it sent me details of a very important event that I thought deserved more eyeballs.

As always, I hope that you will consider a donation however small to support FC Deportivo Galicia and/or Prostate Cancer UK If everybody chipped in £1 I would easily hit my target of £10,000 and life would be easier in West London whilst the charity continued their great work. A HEARTFELT thanks, if you can. If you can’t you can still help massively by sharing this page about the work of Prostate Cancer. Thanks.

Millwall Football Club is delighted to announce that Zampa Road, which leads to The Den’s main entrance, has now officially been renamed to ‘John Berylson Way’.

The move is part of the club’s long-term plans to commemorate the life of its former chairman and to remember the remarkable impact John had on Millwall, its supporters, staff, and the local community.

The club would like to place on record its immense gratitude to both Southwark and Lewisham Councils for their assistance and support in ratifying the name change, and to all the fans and local residents who wrote in with their backing for the move.

Millwall’s new address, from today, is The Den, John Berylson Way, London SE16 3LN.

This Saturday’s home fixture against Preston North End marks the club’s annual Memorial Day, where we pause to remember all those from the Millwall family whose lives were lost in the previous year.

Fittingly, chairman James Berylson – John’s son – will be in attendance, and will lead an unveiling ceremony of the new road sign at 1.30pm, which supporters are invited to attend. This will take place outside the main entrance to the car park, where a wall has been built adorned with the club’s new address.

The club would like to publicly thank the Millwall Supporters’ Club, who have covered the considerable costs of this project with monies generated from their ‘JGB’ commemorative badge sales last summer, which had been added to the John Berylson Legacy Fund.

“On behalf of my family, I would like to thank everybody who has contributed to the change of road name,” James said.

“As I have said in the past, my dad absolutely adored Millwall, the fans, his staff, and all those associated with the club, and to have his name on road signs outside The Den, and in the address, is very moving for my family and I. It is something he would have been immeasurably proud of.

“We are very grateful to the Supporters’ Club for co-ordinating the funding used here, and of course the fans who have contributed to raising that money, and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the unveiling ceremony on Saturday.”


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