Rivals Millwall and Charlton work together for first time at murdered teens' memorial match
PUBLISHED: 06:00 13 September 2013 | UPDATED: 11:16 13 September 2013
Rival football clubs Millwall and Charlton Athletic are working together for the first time in preparation for a match where murdered teens Rob Knox and Jimmy Mizen will be remembered.
Millwall fan Jimmy, whose family own the Heel Bar in Sidcup High Street, was killed in Lee on May 10, 2008 – the day after his 16th birthday. He had a glass dish thrown at him in a bakery which smashed and slashed his throat.
Two weeks later in Sidcup, 18-year-old Harry Potter actor Rob Knox, who supported the Addicks, was murdered by Karl Bishop outside the Metro Café in Station Road.
Charlton officials met with the Met and British Transport Police last week to discuss security for the September 21 south London derby, historically a volatile event.
The occasion will be known as Rob and Jimmy’s Day, and will promote the work of both clubs in reducing violence.
The Charlton Community Trust’s Street Violence Ruins Lives campaign involves Knox family members visiting schools and estates where young people are at risk of involvement with weapons.
Speaking about the loss of son, Colin Knox, from Greenhithe, said: “It’s hell on earth, having one of your offspring murdered. Time doesn’t heal because I love my son too much. You can never get rid of the weight of the pain you can only cope with it.”