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Teddy's goal Den memories

Posted on 3 August 2001  - 12:00

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Teddy Sheringham has recalled his ‘brilliant days’ at Millwall as he prepares for an emotional return to the club for Keith Stevens’ Testimonial on Saturday.

Teddy joined Millwall as an apprentice in 1984 and having progressed through the ranks, helped spearhead the Lion’s charge into the top flight in 1988.

Millwall actually topped the old First Division for a golden period in the 1988-89 season before slipping back into the Second Division in 1990. Teddy then bagged a bucketload of goals in 1990-91 — persuadiung Brian Clough to take him to Nottingham Forest.

He left the Den with over 100 goals to his name in 244 appearances.

“They were brilliant days,” said Teddy. “We all started as youngsters together and there were probably eight or nine of us who came through the youth team in two or three years.

“We came through the reserve team together and played in the first team, great years.

“We had some great players, Tony Cascasrino, Kevin O’Callaghan, Steve Wood, who joined us in the year we were promoted but the basis of that team were players who had come through the ranks and enjoyed the success together.

“It was grea. The end of season tours when you had something to celebrate, great days.

“I’m looking forward to going back down there. It’s the first result I look for and it’s great to see them getting success again. It would be great to see them promoted again and back in the top flight.”

Keith Stevens, nicknamed ‘Rhino’, was at Millwall throughout Teddy’s great days and long after.

He played over 500 games for the club in 19 years of service and will be rightly honoured on Saturday.

Teddy added: “He’s been a long servant to one club and it’s up to people if they want to pay their respects. He could have moved on in his career but he stayed loyal to Millwall, and it’s whether you want to pay those respects to Keith on the day.

“To have Tottenham going down there with the optimism we’ve got and with Millwall having just got promoted, both sides are optimistic, people want to see what the teams are like at this stage and the benefits are going to Rhino, so it’s a great cause.

“I wouldn’t say it’s all about money. If you want to turn out and say ‘thanks for all the great moments you’ve given us over the years’ then come and watch it. He will benefit from that.

“It’s a respect point of view. Fans understand what Keith has done over the years and it’s nice to be rewarded for that loyalty.”