Date: 28th September 2010 at 9:27am
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As we celebrate Millwall’s 125th year, we look at a significant player from each decade who has been part of the history of Millwall FC.



In the early 1880’s a group of young lads from Scotland came to London to find work.
They found employment at Morton’s jam factory in the West Ferry Road on the Isle of Dog’s and within a few years had formed Millwall Rovers.

On Saturday 3rd October 1885 Millwall Rovers played their first ever game which they lost 5-0 against Fillebrook

As we celebrate Millwall’s 125th year, we look at a significant player from each decade who has been part of the history of Millwall FC.


1910’s Wally (Walter) Davis

Davis was born in Mold on 29th September 1888.

He joined Millwall from Kent League side Metrogas FC in October 1911 and was the Lions leading goalscorer in each of the season’s he played, he holds the record for Millwall’s leading goalscorer in the Southern League.

Davis was a wonderful dribbler with a fine body swerve, but also had a fierce shot from almost any distance.

He scored, what the national papers described as a wonder goal, against Bradford City in an FA Cup tie at The Den in January 1914, when he received the ball from a throw-in around the half-way line, side-stepped his marker, beat both full-backs and then slipped the ball past the keeper into the net.

He was capped 5 times for Wales whilst at The Den scoring one goal which was against England at Bristol in 1913, he also represented the Southern League several times.

Davis won a London Challenge Cup and two Kent Senior Shield medals in his time at Millwall.

Davis was forced to retire from football early in 1919, after returning from battle in Italy with leg injuries.

He was found drowned in Bow Creek on 20th May 1937 in mysterious circumstances as he was a strong swimmer.


Wally (Walter) Davis (1911-1915)

Millwall career (competitive games only)

Southern League: 114 appearances – 67 goals
FA Cup: 10 appearances – 5 goals
Other Competitions: 18 appearances – 19 goals




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