This season Prostate Cancer UK is the official charity of The
Football League. To celebrate, we've asked bloggers from each of
the 72 clubs to count down their top five strikers to have worn the
No9 shirt, in recognition of the fact that prostate cancer
affects one in nine men.
Lionheart: Neil 'Bomber' Harris is Millwall's all-time top scorer. Photo courtesy of Action Images
Here blogger Alex Aldridge, of newsatden.co.uk, selects
Millwall's five best No9s… and one to forget!
5. Jimmy Constantine
Constantine's career began during the second world war when, while
serving in the Grenadier Guards, he was handed a professional
contract by Rochdale. He joined Millwall in 1948, having scored two
hat-tricks against the club - one for Manchester City and one for
Bury. Referred to as Connie by Millwall fans, Constantine finished
as the club's top scorer in three of his four seasons in south
4. Jack Cock
Cock was an astonishingly prolific striker during the first
quarter of the 20th century, as well as being a decorated first
world war soldier, an actor and a singer. He even made two
appearances for the England national team, scoring in both matches.
Cock joined Millwall in 1927, towards the end of his career, and
scored an incredible 77 goals in just 115 appearances. He was
renowned for being quick, two-footed, and while only 5ft 11in tall,
an accomplished header of the ball.
3. Derek Possee
Millwall paid what was then a club record fee of £25,000 to sign
Possee from Tottenham in 1967. Small and nippy, with a deft first
touch, Possee formed a formidable partnership with Keith Weller. He
got himself on the scoresheet consistently during his
five-and-a-half years at the club, bagging a total of 79 goals for
the Lions in 223 appearances before signing for Crystal Palace.
2. Teddy Sheringham
Sheringham, who came through Millwall's youth ranks before signing
as a professional in 1984, lies second in the club's all-time
leading scorer list, having held top spot from 1991 to 2009. He
scored 111 goals in 244 appearances in all competitions for the
Lions before joining Nottingham Forest for £2m in 1991. In the
1987-88 season, Sheringham scored 15 goals during Millwall's first
year in the top division.
1. Neil Harris (1998-2004 &
Bomber, as Harris is affectionately known by Millwall fans, is the
club's all-time leading scorer and will forever be a icon in the
club's history books. Signed for just £30,000 from Cambridge City,
Harris scored 93 goals during his first spell with the Lions.
During that time, he successfully battled testicular cancer and his
resilience on and off the pitch made him a huge fans' favourite. He
returned to the Den in 2007 after a short time away from south
London and when he finally left for good to join Southend in 2011,
he had scored a total of 138 goals for the club.
And the worst…
Carlos Fangueiro (2005-06)
With a name more befitting an exotic ballroom dancer than a
Championship footballer, Millwall fans were excited by the arrival
of versatile Portuguese star Carlos Fangueiro in August 2005. He
was handed the No9 shirt by then manager Colin Lee. He made 13
appearances during an injury-plagued season, scoring only once,
before joining Walsall on a free transfer the following summer. To
make matters worse, the Lions were relegated that year. The
definition of a flop!
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