Fifteen years after he watched Millwall play in an FA Cup final, Ryan Leonard is hoping that the formidable atmosphere at The Den will help carry Neil Harris’ side to Wembley.
Leonard, the Millwall midfielder, was 11 years old when he watched a Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Manchester United defeat a Millwall side that featured Harris as a striker.
“I’m from Plymouth originally so it was only a couple of hours for me to Cardiff,” said Leonard, who became the club’s record signing this season when he arrived from Sheffield United for little more than £1m.
“Obviously I didn’t think 15 years later I would be playing for Millwall in the competition. I went up with my family and I think I stayed over the night before with a few Millwall fans.
“I’m sure they are out there somewhere, they might remember me, I can’t remember them. It was a hell of an experience just to be at the game.”
Victory over Brighton in Sunday’s quarter-final would make for another memorable occasion for a club that has forged such a strong relationship with the FA Cup.