Charlton Athletic and Millwall fans pay tribute to Sidcup murder victim Rob Knox and Lee Green’s Jimmy Mizen

PUBLISHED: 12:54 18 March 2013 | UPDATED: 12:54 18 March 2013

The parents of Jimmy Mizen and Rob Knox lay wreathes at the Valley before Charlton Athletic v Millwall

The parents of Jimmy Mizen and Rob Knox lay wreathes at the Valley before Charlton Athletic v Millwall


They might not be the best of friends, but fans of Charlton Athletic and Millwall football clubs put their rivalry to one side on Saturday (16) to pay their respects to two young fans who were the victims of knife crime.

Harry Potter actor Rob Knox, from Sidcup, and Jimmy Mizen from Lee Green were both murdered within two weeks of each other in May 2008 in unprovoked attacks.

The occasion saw wreathes laid by the two families in the annual game aimed at promoting the work of Street Violence Ruins Lives (SVRL).

Rob’s mum Sally said: “This year was more important because it will be the fifth anniversary for both Rob and Jimmy.

“We made it clear from the start it was also a celebration of their lives and the fans on both sides were brilliant.”

Both teams also wore special shirts with their logos replaced by that of SVRL. Images of the teenagers were also broadcast on the Valley’s big screen.

Rob’s dad Colin added: “Figures for street crime are down for south-east London and parts of Kent.

“We can’t quantify how much we’ve contributed to this but hopefully we’ve made a difference. We’ll just continue doing what we’re doing.”

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