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Watford fans take unusual route for Millwall away day

With Millwall's stadium located near the River Thames, travelling Watford fans made the unusual decision to make the journey by boat.

A small number of Hornets could be seen chanting their way to the match as they passed by some of London's most iconic landmarks. The game between the two sides is due to kick-off at 3 pm on March 2.

Watford fans travel by boat to Millwall

A general view of the Millwall stadium
Millwall's stadium, The Den, is located just one mile away from the River Thames. Photo by Icon Sport.

Why did Watford fans take a boat?

An exact reason as to why the Watford fans made the unusual choice remains unclear, however, it is likely that there are two main factors.

The first of which is the fact that Millwall's stadium, The Den, is actually located incredibly close to the River Thames, with the ground approximately just one mile away from the water. The second is the fact that the cost of train tickets for travelling football fans has, in many cases, simply become absurd.

Train companies hiking travel prices at peak travel times for football fans has become a sad reality in most of the country, and as a result, supporters have been forced to get creative.

Hats off to you Watford fans, because you have done exactly that.

How did the internet react?

Well, not as you might expect – because there is yet another twist in this story.

Rival fans were quick to point out that, based on the footage circulating social media, the Watford supporters in question were actually going the wrong way and were instead heading towards Fulham, rather than Millwall.

In all honesty, those on the boat seem to be having such a good time that they probably don't care.

Is this the first time a fanbase has taken a boat?

Rather surprisingly, no it is not. In fact, as recently as February 24, just one week ago at the time of writing, Portsmouth fans had been captured making the journey from the South Coast to London via boat ahead of their side's League One clash against Charlton Athletic.

Was it perhaps these Pompey supporters that inspired the aforementioned Watford fans?

One thing is for sure though, with the cost of away days appearing to be constantly rising, expect more fanbases to conjure up unique and unusual ways of supporting their teams.


Harry Dowsett

Freelance football writer with experience writing for multiple digital platforms, such as GIVEMESPORT. Recently graduated from Portsmouth University with a media studies degree - completing a dissertation on the evolution of sports journalism in the process. He has a love for Arsenal Football Club and a passion for football as a whole.

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