OK, this is how to get to wonderful Millwall in Sunny Deptford. Or was, until last week, when they closed the path under the railway.
We’ll start in Lewisham, waiting in the rain for a 21 bus to come:
From to New Cross Gate Station to get on a shiny bendy East London Line train:
The train journney is only about three minutes, and goes straight past the ground here:
Get off at Surrey Docks Station:
Turn left, cross the road, and walk past these nice flats:
And go into this estate here:
And between the new flats and the railway (trust me, this is a lot more salubrious now than it was ten or fifteen years ago)
And that brings you to the first of the railqway arches you have to pass through – this is the bit of the walk that has just been closed so this is the last time we’ll get to see the strategically-placed blocks of concrete or the lovely broken barbed wire of the “Danger Keep Off Japanese Knotweed” signs.
Past the big fans on the power station that look like the business end of a Saturn Five and howl in the dark:
Under one more railway – we’re almost there now!
Down this path:
And there you are, right by the Cold Blow Lane turnstiles. If you look carefully you can see the half time smoking area in the car park. That must be just about the apex of British sporting society. What have Henley or Wimbledon or Royal Ascot or Cheltenham or Goodwood got to match the sight of the smoking pen at the Den, out in the rain between the power station and the DHL warehouses?
And just to show it is really there, here is the game from two weeks ago. We won – Lisbie scored in the 90th minute. Jolly good show, eh chaps!