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West Ham United vs Millwall H2H, Dockers Derby Rivalry, Watch Live & More

The football rivalry between West Ham United and Millwall perfectly highlights that the phrase ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’ is nonsense.

The two clubs have faced each other numerous times in regional competitions, but their meetings in more recognised leagues and cups have been sporadic.

We take a closer look at West Ham vs Millwall including the H2H (stats correct – July 15, 2024), how to watch the Premier League and Championship live, the history of the Dockers derby and more.

West Ham United vs Millwall H2H

The two teams have met 28 times in league and cup competitions, with West Ham leading the H2H record 10-7 and 11 games drawn.

West Ham have the upper hand in terms of silverware, lifting five major trophies. Millwall have never won top-level silverware.

Notable West Ham United vs Millwall Results

  • West Ham United 3-0 Millwall – Second Division – September 1932
  • West Ham United 0-0 Millwall – Second Division – September 1938
  • West Ham United 3-0 Millwall – Second Division – October 1978
  • Millwall 2-1 West Ham United – Second Division – May 1979
  • West Ham United 1-2 Millwall – Full Members Cup – November 1987
  • Millwall 0-1 West Ham United – First Division – December 1988
  • West Ham United 3-0 Millwall – First Division – April 1989
  • Millwall 4-1 West Ham United – First Division – March 2004

West Ham United vs Millwall Live Streams

Sky Sports is the best place to watch Premier League and Championship matches, with live streams available to subscribers via the Sky Go app on either desktop or mobile.

If you don’t have a subscription, fans can take advantage of the flexible option of daily or monthly passes through NOW TV.

There are loads of other streaming platforms that cover live Premier League and Championship games, but you will need to use Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology to gain access.


One of the best services is Express VPN, which can be downloaded to various devices including Android, iOS, Fire TV, PC, Mac and smart TVs.

Dockers Derby History

The West Ham United vs Millwall rivalry dates back to the 1899/1900 season and has since become one of the most bitter in world football.

The clubs were originally known as Thames Ironworks and Millwall Athletic and were supported by dockers in shipyards on either side of the River Thames.

While each club has since relocated elsewhere in London, they remain less than four miles apart. This geographical proximity fuels the bitterness.

A feature of their time in the Football League has been how little time the two clubs have spent in the same division.

This has limited the number of competitive matches they have played against each other, inflaming the hatred even further.

The volatility of the relationship between the two clubs has its roots in disagreements between dockers and shipbuilders, which continue to fester today.

The rise of football hooliganism during the 1970s and 1980s raised tensions even further, with the respective ‘firms’ battling for supremacy in the knucklehead stakes.

Meetings between the two clubs have been rare during the 21st century, with just seven Dockers Derbies staged during the new millennium.

West Ham United vs Millwall Controversies

Many of the most controversial moments in the Dockers Derby have manifested themselves in the off-field rivalry between the two sets of supporters.

West Ham’s Inter City Firm and the Millwall Bushwackers have battled for supremacy in London and also in English football as a whole.

Deaths of fans on both sides of the divide during the 1970s and 1980s resulted in the police stepping up their efforts whenever the teams met.

A meeting in March 2004 was a low point in the rivalry, with Millwall-driven violence subsequently dubbed ‘The Mothers’ Day Massacre’ due to its ferocity.

Thugs from both sides clashed again during the 2006 World Cup, resulting in police shutting down an open-air screening of England’s game against Paraguay.

A League Cup meeting in August 2009 was also marred by violence, with West Ham hooligans invading the pitch numerous times.

A disciplinary tribunal fined West Ham £115,000 for failing to control their fans, but several allegations made against Millwall were not proven.

There have also been instances of hooligans engaging with each other at non-league games involving other clubs, highlighting the depth of ill-feeling between them.

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