Jérôme Favre: Millwall FC – No One Likes Us

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The reputation of Millwall’s followers is among the worst in the English Football League. 

But The Lions’ embittered fans are adamant the bad press is not all justified.

No One Likes Us… but one man at least, photographer Jérôme Favre, cares enough to document life among those infamous fans.

Millwall Football Club photo project: No One Likes Us by Jérôme Favre
A fan proudly displays his Lion tattoo on the back of his head. Copyright: Jérôme Favre
Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
Richard, lifelong supporter. Copyright: Jérôme Favre
Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
Copyright: Jérôme Favre

Favre called his project No One Likes Us after finding himself drawn towards life at The Den.

He followed The Lions through the 2021/22 season as the club chased promotion to the Premier League, narrowly missing out on making the playoffs.

Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
Charlie, Charlie and Lucas, lifelong supporters.

“Millwall has a terrible reputation. This is a fresh and honest look at their supporters that re-evaluates their reputation in contemporary football culture.”

Jérôme Favre
Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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Originally from Lens in northern France, Jérôme moved to New Cross in south London and immediately identified with his local team.

He wanted to follow a working class club, as he did from childhood back home, and felt Millwall fitted the bill, describing top flight football in general as “gentrifying”.

Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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“I wanted to create an immersive photo-documentary inside the world of Millwall FC. I was fascinated by the fact that Millwall was, and still is, a working-class club, which is a rare thing in London, and across the country in general.”

Jérôme Favre
Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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He was after something that felt cultural, working class, and traditional in its roots.

He was also drawn towards the club’s supporters’ bad reputation and his pictures are the result of a fresh and honest look at their fans as he re-evaluates their position in contemporary football culture.

“Football clubs and communities have always gone hand in hand,” he says. “Millwall’s original fans came from a canning factory on the Isle of Dogs.”

Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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“Football has been gentrifying at an increasingly rapid pace, and I’ve progressively turned my gaze towards more grassroots events or clubs, where football still feels cultural rather than transactional.”

Jérôme Favre
Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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His hometown club back in France, RC Lens, shares similar traits. For decades after they were formed players and supporters alike worked side by side at the coal face of the local pit. 

He sees this traditional feel to the identities of most clubs gradually eroding, particularly in the top flight, yet finds hope whenever supporters come together in a fight to retain, or reclaim, such origins.

He found those cultural traditions at Lens, and he’s rediscovered just the same at The Den.

No One Likes Us the fans sing. Jérôme Favre is among those that do.

Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
David, going to The Den for 70 years. Copyright: Jérôme Favre
Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
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Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
Steve and Jennifer, father and daughter, Millwall fans for 50 years and 30 years respectively. Copyright: Jérôme Favre
Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
Copyright: Jérôme Favre

“Football clubs and communities have always gone hand in hand.”

Jérôme Favre
Millwall fans. The Den. No One Likes Us. Jérôme Favre
The Den, SE16, home of Millwall Football Club. Capacity 20,146. Copyright: Jérôme Favre
Millwall Football Club photo project: No One Likes Us by Jérôme Favre
Family ties, brothers enjoy their pre match meal. Copyright: Jérôme Favre
Millwall Football Club photo project: No One Likes Us by Jérôme Favre
Dave, fan since 1967. Copyright: Jérôme Favre
Millwall Football Club photo project: No One Likes Us by Jérôme Favre
Kevin, lifelong fan. Copyright: Jérôme Favre
Millwall Football Club photo project: No One Likes Us by Jérôme Favre
Lifelong fan, Keisha. Copyright: Jérôme Favre
Millwall Football Club photo project: No One Likes Us by Jérôme Favre
Lewis and Taylor. Copyright: Jérôme Favre
Millwall Football Club photo project: No One Likes Us by Jérôme Favre
A Lions fan shows off his body art outside the ground. Copyright: Jérôme Favre
Millwall Football Club photo project: No One Likes Us by Jérôme Favre
No one likes us. 48 year old Millwall fan Neil bares his chest tattoo. Copyright: Jérôme Favre
Millwall Football Club photo project: No One Likes Us by Jérôme Favre
Next generation, Alfie and Joe. Copyright: Jérôme Favre
Millwall Football Club photo project: No One Likes Us by Jérôme Favre
Enwyn has been working outside The Den since he was 10 years old. Copyright: Jérôme Favre
Ilderton Cafe, Millwall
Ilderton Cafe. Copyright: Jérôme Favre
Millwall Football Club photo project: No One Likes Us by Jérôme Favre
Fan favourite, Ilderton Cafe. Copyright: Jérôme Favre
Millwall Football Club photo project: No One Likes Us by Jérôme Favre
Pride of London, Ilderton Cafe. Copyright: Jérôme Favre
Millwall Football Club photo project: No One Likes Us by Jérôme Favre
Vintage inspired replica shirt. Pre match drinks at The Five Bells pub on New Cross Road. Copyright: Jérôme Favre
Millwall Football Club photo project: No One Likes Us by Jérôme Favre
Millwall till I die. Copyright: Jérôme Favre
Millwall Football Club photo project: No One Likes Us by Jérôme Favre
Copyright: Jérôme Favre
Millwall Football Club photo project: No One Likes Us by Jérôme Favre
Maurice has been a Millwall fan for 55 years. Copyright: Jérôme Favre
Millwall Football Club photo project: No One Likes Us by Jérôme Favre
John the Mod, following The Lions since 1971. Copyright: Jérôme Favre
Millwall Football Club photo project: No One Likes Us by Jérôme Favre
Peter, Millwall fan since 1959. Copyright: Jérôme Favre
Millwall Football Club photo project: No One Likes Us by Jérôme Favre
James, Ronnie and Albert outside The Den. Copyright: Jérôme Favre
Millwall Football Club photo project: No One Likes Us by Jérôme Favre
Keeping it in the family, matching sisters make their way to The Den. Copyright: Jérôme Favre
Millwall Football Club photo project: No One Likes Us by Jérôme Favre
Souvenir seller Bill cuts a lonely figure late on outside The Den. Copyright: Jérôme Favre
Millwall Football Club photo project: No One Likes Us by Jérôme Favre
Perfectly aligned scarf. Copyright: Jérôme Favre
Millwall Football Club photo project: No One Likes Us by Jérôme Favre
Chris and Georgia, fans for 30 years and 4 years respectively. Copyright: Jérôme Favre
Millwall Football Club photo project: No One Likes Us by Jérôme Favre
Pre match drinks outside Millwall social club, The Wheelshunters. Copyright: Jérôme Favre
Millwall Football Club photo project: No One Likes Us by Jérôme Favre
Copyright: Jérôme Favre

A selection of Jérôme’s photographs are available as high quality prints through Lower Block.

If you enjoyed that, you may also like Tottenham Hotspur – Can’t Smile Without You, where photographer and lifelong supporter Martin Andersen turns his camera on fellow fans to give a candid view of life on and off the terraces during the final years at the old White Hart Lane.

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