Millwall fan Roy Larner charged towards the terrorists during the London Bridge attack
Brave Roy Larner, 47, was stabbed eight times as he took on the London Bridge attackers with his bare fists.
Roy was drinking with friends in Borough Market when the extremists burst in brandishing 12ins blades, screaming "Islam, Islam" and "This is for Allah".
But fearless Roy put down his drink in the Black & Blue bar and restaurant and took them on them single-handedly in an act of defiance that saved dozens of lives.
I said again, 'F*** you, I'm Millwall'
He was knifed eight times before the maniacs fled. Speaking from his hospital bed he said: "They had these long knives and started shouting about Allah. Then it was, 'Islam, Islam, Islam'.
"Like an idiot I shouted back at them. I thought, 'I need to take the p*** out of these b******s'. I took a few steps towards them and said, 'F*** you, I'm Millwall'. So they started attacking me.
"I stood in front of them trying to fight them off. Everyone else ran to the back.
The Millwall fan tried to fight the three knife-wielding attackers
"I was on my own against all three of them, that's why I got hurt so much. It was just me, trying to grab them with my bare hands and hold on.
"I got stabbed and sliced eight times. They got me in my head, chest and both hands. There was blood everywhere.
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"They were saying, 'Islam, Islam!'. I said again, 'F*** you, I'm Millwall' It was the worst thing I could have done as they carried on attacking me.
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"Luckily, none of the blows were straight at me or I'd be dead."
Roy, of Peckham, south east London, has been dubbed the Lion of London Bridge for his quick-thinking heroics and there is now a campaign to get him honoured with the George Cross for gallantry.
He said: "There was loads of noise. No one knew what was happening. Then the bouncers tried to shut the door.
"The terrorists were pushing against the doors to get in. Everyone inside was running around in panic.
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"A few tried to get out the back and others hid under tables or behind counters.
"The men then smashed open the door where I was standing. The three of them stood together."
After the melee the attackers fled but moments later they were shot by police marksmen.
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Seriously injured Roy was taken to St Thomas's Hospital and underwent emergency surgery for wounds to his head, fingers and chest.
British soldier Archie Webber Brown, who started the petition to get his friend honoured, said: "Roy charged at the terrorists in order to try and stop them and help others escape but he ended up getting himself stabbed multiple times.
"He showed great courage preparing his body for the ultimate sacrifice to help others so he should be acknowledged and rewarded for his actions."