Millwall F.C. isn't the most successful club in English soccer, but it does have a reputation for having some of the toughest fans. And they don't come any tougher than supporter Roy Larner, who was stabbed eight times in the London Bridge attacks earlier this week.
The 47-year-old Millwall supporter was enjoying drinks at a nearby steakhouse when the attackers began stabbing bystanders. But instead of running, Larner charged toward the chaos.
"They had these long knives and started shouting about Allah. Then it was, 'Islam, Islam, Islam,'" Larner told The Sun. "Like an idiot I shouted back at them. I thought, 'I need to take the piss out of these bastards.'"
Buoyed by a bit of liquid courage (He claimed to have imbibed "four or five pints -- nothing major."), Larner uttered what can only be described as the Millwall-iest sentence ever spoken.
"I took a few steps towards them and said, 'F--k you, I'm Millwall.' So they started attacking me."
Larner, whose mother described him as "nippy and lippy," stood on his own to try and fight off the attackers and received eight knife wounds to his head, neck, chest, and hands. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but has since been released from intensive care. He said he expects to stay in the hospital for a week.
Following his heroics in the attack, the English media has taken to referring to Larner as the "Lion of London Bridge" after his club's nickname. Millwall released a statement praising Larner for his response during the attack.
"Millwall Football Club wishes to commend Roy Larner for his immense bravery in incredibly terrifying circumstances, and indeed all other members of the public whose actions helped to save others," a club spokesman told The Independent.
Larner seems to have a good sense of humor about the harrowing ordeal. While in the hospital, he posed with a copy of Runner's World magazine. The headline? "Learn To Run."
Cy Brown writes about soccer and other stuff for Sports on Earth. Follow him on Twitter @CEPBrown.