Never mind singing ‘Stand up if you love Millwall’, one diehard fan chose to sit down instead last weekend, when he parked his rear on every single one of the 18,000 seats in The Den for a charity fundraiser.
Craig Wilson began his “sit-athon” on Friday, when he sat on the chairman’s seat in the director’s box. He completed his challenge just before Millwall kicked off against Watford the following day, sitting in the most important seat in the house: manager Neil Harris’s spot in the dugout.
The stunt was in aid of Bromley Mencap, a charity that helps people of all ages with disabilities.
The 22-year-old, who is a beneficiary of the charity, said: “They help many disabled people and their families and carers in many different ways. I use their ‘job match’ service where they help me get into employment at some. That’s why I wanted to give something back to them, because they work tirelessly with me.”
Craig, who comes from a Millwall-mad family, added: “I’ve been coming here as long as I can remember and I’ve got a lot of family ties at the Den. My dad’s a sponsor, my step-mum’s the academy secretary and my brother’s a kit-man. There’s a big family history here.”
He was inspired by a similar challenge completed by Alan Shearer and Robbie Savage at Wembley Stadium in aid of Sport Relief. However, while they took five days, Craig completed his feat in less than 24 hours.
A spokesperson for Millwall Football Club said: “It was a tremendous effort from young Craig. It was typical of the inventive ways many of our fans find to support local charities.”
If you wish to donate to Craig’s challenge, visit:
http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CraigWilson9. Bromley Mencap will donate 20% of all monies raised to Prostate Cancer UK.