Middlesbrough 1 Millwall 1
Millwall manager John Docherty must have been pleased
with the fighting spirit of his side against
the Second division new boys.
It is never an easy task to face a promoted side
on opening day, particularly 250 miles away from
home, but Millwall accepted the challenge.
Millwall controlled the first half and took a 28th-minute lead through Teddy Sheringham
against a side that kept 32 clean sheets last season.
Sheringham was not overawed in the presence of
new signings Tony Cascarino and George Lawrence.
He was on the spot to take advantage of lapse.
The fact that the shot was deflected off Middlesbrough's Tony
Mowbray did not dampen Millwall's jubilation.
Middlesbrough stormed back after the break, with Millwall 'keeper Brian Horne winning applause
for fine saves.
Millwall's all-action midfield player TerryHurlock was
booked in the 55th.
Middlesbrough snatched the equaliser with a classic header by 33 year old Archie
Stephens, determined to silence his critics.
The home side went flat out for a late winner, but Millwall defended well and fully deserved their point.
Millwall supporters enjoyed the day and were well-behaved despite
provocative taunts by a section of the home crowd.
Middlesbrough. Pears, Glover, Cooper, Mowbray,
Parkinson, Pailister, Slaven, Stephens, Hamilton, Kerr,
Subs (not used) Kernaghan, Proudlock.
Millwall: Horne, Stevens, Sparham, Hurlock, Walker,
McLeary, Lawrence, Mehmet (Briley, 28 min), Sheringham,
Cascarino, Sub: Morgan.
Ref: T. Fitzharris, Att: 11,.535.