Millwall's Alan Dunne has been talking to The League Paper about his testimonial match against Charlton on 30 July. Now 28, Dunne first signed for Millwall on his 10th birthday so he has been at the club for neraly 20 years. As he points out, testimonials are quite rare these days (was Curbs the last one we had at Charlton?)
He explained a special constraint in arranging the match: 'When you play for Millwall there is a very limited number of clubs you can choose from for a testimonial! When I say limited, you can count them on your hand! The police narrow it down a lot and Charlton were the only London club I can play.'
'I am a local boy so I wanted a local game so I'm delighted to get Charlton. It's a big game for both teams because it is a week before the season starts and so it will be taken seriously.'
Although Millwall faded a little towards the end of the season, denying them a possible play off place, they are hoping to make a challenge for promotion next season. It was argued the other week that the fanbase was large enough to sustain a top flight club.
Millwall in the Premier League and Charlton in League 1 would be a bitter pill to swallow. Alternatively, the Addicks, Millwall and Palace could all be in the Championship the season after next. League 1, on the other hand, will have a more northern feel in the coming season and can no longer be characterised as a modified version of the old Third Division South.