I guess the player was J R Smith who went on to play for England and it was one of his last competitive games for Millwall.I can do a quiz... As I write a bit about this in today's match-day programme, so those of you that buy that will have the advantage:
On 8 October 1938, 49,335 spectators watched Fulham play Millwall in the Second Division. It was the largest attendance ever at Craven Cottage and the record remains today, unlikely to be bettered.
At the time Millwall were 3rd and Fulham were top. So, the fact that this was a top of the table clash helped boost the crowd and a key contributor to that fact was the form of one of the Millwall players. Just a month later his form would be recognised - but by who and why is it a relatively sad landmark in Millwall's proud history?
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Sad landmark?: War broke out after this game with the Lions in the running for promotion to the top flight and, although this was achieved in 1987/88, probably our best opportunity of becoming one of England's top clubs disappeared with the impact of the War (e.g. ground bombed, special team never reached it's full potential or played together again)?