Here’s the headline in London’s Independent:
London attack: Football fan shouted ‘F*** you, I’m Millwall’ and took on knife-wielding terrorists with his bare fists
The Newspaper reports “Calls for Roy Larner, the ‘Lion of London Bridge’, to be given a medal after reportedly saving lives and making Millwall fans popular by single-handedly taking on the three attackers”
Normally, the Millwall team and its fans are considered louts and “football hooligans.”
They return the favor with their chants: “No one likes us. We don’t care.”
This time, people love them and they do care.
Roy Larner has already been hailed a hero, with a petition launched for him to be awarded the George Cross medal for his actions in the Black and Blue steakhouse on Saturday night.
In fighting back, the 47-year-old Millwall fan gave dozens of others who were in the Borough Market restaurant the chance to escape.
Now out of the intensive care ward of St Thomas’ Hospital, where he was treated for knife wounds all over his body including his neck, the father-of-one has told The Sun how he reacted when the killers burst into the restaurant shouting “Islam, Islam” and “This is for Allah”.
“Like an idiot,” he told the newspaper, “I shouted back at them. I thought, ‘I need to take the p*** out of these b******s’.” –The Independent
Millwall fans, like soldiers of old, march toward the sound of battle, ready to join in.
Fans of the south London club have long prided themselves on their refusal to duck a fight, celebrating their intimidating reputation with the chant: “No-one likes us, we don’t care.”
As you might expect, some alcohol was involved–enough to leave most people in a stupor, but not Millwall fans:
“I didn’t think of my safety at the time,” [Mr. Larson] added. “I’d had four or five pints — nothing major.
“I can handle myself. But I was out with an old person and it was out of order.”
As he recovers in hospital, Mr Larner’s friends have brought him a running magazine. The front cover headline reads: “Learn to run.”
The glass is raised to Bob Lieber for this wonderful story.