22 January 2009
FORMER MILLWALL midfielder and close personal friend David Livermore insists that Chopper was destined to break the record for the club that he typified.
Current Brighton star Livers explained that there was only ever one club made for the natural-born finisher, having exploded with delight for his old pal.
"It couldn't have happened to a nicer bloke and he deserves it," Livermore said. "He is the best finisher I ever played with. In training and in shooting practice, he was simply phenomenal.
"At all the other clubs I have played for since, I have never come across a player who worked so hard and was as clinical in front of goal."
Livermore explained how the club and its mentality quickly becomes a part of most that come through its South Bermondsey doors, but none more so than the number 9.
He said: "To Neil, Millwall is his football club. Sometimes you feel your time at a club has come to an end and go on elsewhere, but it is clear for everyone that Millwall get the best out of Neil. This is where he has scored the vast majority of his goals, he loves playing for the club and loves the supporters - who certainly love him.
"He is a good professional and is always in good shape. Though, I think even Neil will admit there have been times he could have looked after himself better, come Saturday he would never let you down. He is definitely a player you want playing for you, rather than against you.
Livermore admitted that Harris may have regrets about never playing in the Premeirship, but insisted the all-or-bust mentality behind the team at the turn of the millennium kept them together.
"That was our chance to play Premiership football together," he said. "Not just for Neil but the whole squad. He was firing at one stage in League One and we got promoted into the Championship and finished fourth.
"From that point on we seemed to tread water as a club and players went elsewhere.
"I know for a fact that there was interest in him over the years, but will he regret not taking it? Possibly. But knowing Neil he will not curl up over the past and all he is thinking about is getting Millwall promoted this year."
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