Jimmy Seed Stand
I was pleased to see today that a particular bug bear of mine is going to be righted and that is the replacement of the Jimmy Seed Stand sign. Credit to the club for listening and for the Museum for championing the idea and Target 20k for bringing it to the attention of the ‘Senior Management Team.’ It always bemused me that Roland was spending money on panting steps and changing the horizontal of the nets, yet ignored the disarray of the worn out sign with one of our most famous ever club figures’ name on it.
Good news, and I pleased for Seed’s grandson and family, which brings me once again to the discussion of renaming the stands. The North Stand will always be the Covered End, and even if the club got it legitimately benefactored, I would personally be ok with it, The University of Greenwich Covered End for example.
We have the Bartram Gates, which until we left The Valley, was always the way my family entered the ground, and I would put it to the vote on naming the West and East Stands and other entrances if necessary. It always bemused me that after our emotional return to The Valley, the club unemotionally just named the stands North, South, East and West. The compass doesn’t even point that way!
The current CEO would earn some brownie points, from me anyway, if she proposed name changes to capture of our history. She of course has openly dispelled our history, so I’m not holding my breath.
I was reminded that today marked 31 years since John Fryer announced to fans via a piece of A5 paper that we were to leave The Valley for Selhurst Park on perversely the day we played Palace.
I remember it like it was yesterday. One of my (still) best mates was a copper and was on duty at the ground and approached my family and I with the look of incredulity and told us of the impending dagger in the heart himself, before that piece of cold hearted paper was thrust in our hands. Top 10, one of the worse days of my life..
My Policeman mate was and is a Millwall fan and I felt for him today after Lewisham Council passed a vote on a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) on land around The Den for it to be re-developed, which will damage Millwall’s future at their home. We might be rivals, there might be more than that, especially from our side, but proper football fans need to stick together.