MILLWALL manager John Docherty soon got back into the swing of
things after returning from holiday yesterday when he completed the
signing of central defender Steve Wood from Reading.
Wood, a 24-year-old six-footer, has just completed his seventh
season with the Berkshire club and his fee will have to he decided by
a transfer tribunal.
He is the second new capture by Docherty since the end of the
season. Two weeks ago, the Millwall manager signed Kevin O'Callaghan
from Portsmouth for £85,000. And this latest move by Docherty is
unlikely to he the last signing at The Den before the new season opens
Wood will add strength and experience to the centre of Millwall's
defence in the coming campaign, as Docherty aims for promotion.
|DOCHERTY'S DOCKSIDE REVOLUTION
JOHN DOCHERTY'S dockside revolution gathered momentum today as
he attempted to persuade Portsmouth's 28-goal striker Micky Quinn to
join Millwall for £320,000.
If Quinn signs, it will be a record for the club who are determined to
destroy their Cinderella image and reach he First Division for the first
time in their history.
The deal would take Millwall's recent spending to more than £½
million-having ready signed Kevin O'Callaghan from Portsmouth for
£85,000 and Steve Woods from Reading for it fee to be decided by
And that for a club whose gates averaged about 4,000 last
season-half their break-even figure.
"Obviously on gates like that we are running at a loss," says Docherty.
"We are not in debt but we hope the fans respond to the moves we
The club are reaping the benefits of some strict economy measures
last season- and also the cash backing of chairman Reg Burr and his
three co-directors plus a £70,000-a-year sponsorship from Lewisham
"I have to speak to Micky over the next couple of days, but I'm
hopeful," said Docherty, a shrewd Scot who kept Millwall up in the
Second Division last season despite losing four senior players before a
ball was kicked.
John Fashanu, Robert Wilson and Steve Lowndes all left, while Steve
Lovell was injured. Docherty was frustrated by exorbitant prices on
players he wanted to replace that quartet and had to survive on a
batch of youngsters plus, later in the season, the £95,000 arrival of
Terry Hurlock from Reading.
The professional staff was cut to a bare 16 and included talent, but
raw players like Brian Horne, Alan McLeary, Teddy Sheringham and
"We got by and those youngsters are now a year better off in
experience," said Docherty. "We want to show the fans that we mean
business, that it is our aim and our ambition to get into the First
Division," said Docherty today.
But a response from the supporters is also needed if Millwall are to
hang on to the youngsters who have caught the attention of many top
"Our low gates can't be allowed to continue and we hope the fans
respond," he added.
O'Callaghan repeats push for Division One
by PAUL VAUGHAN
LAST WEEKEND, Kevin O'Callaghan flew out to
Lanzarote for a fortnight's rest after a long, hard
season. The talented winger had played a major role in
Portsmouth's promotion back to Division One.
But instead of enjoying the fruits of those labours and
playing in the top flight with Ball's men next season, the
25-year-old has decided to try and do the whole thing
His decision to join his former club Millwall in an
£85,000 deal shows that he has faith in the docklands
club and that he believes he can win promotion for a
second successive season.
"I didn't turn down the chance of playing in the First
Division lightly," he said. "I did it because I believe
Millwall can win promotion and, following my experience
last season, I expect that I can play a major part in
making sure they do make it. I wouldn't have come back
if I wasn't optimistic about the club's chances.
"I now know what it takes to get out of the Second
Division and, although it is obviously a bit different for
each team, I've got the experience that makes me well
The chance to move back to the Den after eight years
away came as a shock to the Irish international.
He said, "I wasn't expecting to move so it was obviously
a surprise. Millwall came in with a good offer and John
Docherty impressed me when I met him so I decided to
And when pre-season training begins next month, he will
link up again with old friends like Dave Mehmet, Paul
Sansome and Alan McLeary. They were all at the Den
when O'Callaghan first displayed his tricky brand of
He helped the Lions to a youth cup success in 1979 but
he only played 20 League games before leaving in
January 1980, snapped up by Ipswich for £250,000
which is still a record sale for Millwall.
"I've got happy memories of the Den," he told me. "The
crowd are a bit special. They supported me brilliantly in
the youth team and when I got into the League side.
I'm really looking forward to playing in front of them
His last encounter with Millwall came in May when they
visited Portsmouth. He scored a last Minute goal with a
brilliant free kick to secure a 2-0 win.
"I didn't think Millwall played too well at Fratton Park
but when we played them at the Den, they were
brilliant. It was a 1-1 draw but they were well on top I
was out injured but the other lads were really impressed.
"It seems that the boss is building up a good,
enthusiastic side and I'm pleased to be a part of it.
After my holiday, I'll be raring to go again and
hopefully we'll bring some glory to the Den."
JOHN Docherty's idea of a strong squad took further
shape on Tuesday when he signed 24-year-old central
defender Steve Wood from Reading, writes Peter Cordwell.
But if could cost him. Millwall value the six-foot defender
at £45,000, while Reading reckon he's worth £300,000.
"It's a bit of a discrepancy," joked Docherty, "but we'll
have to stick by the tribunal's valuation because it's not a
Wood is the second side of the triangle Docherty has been
trying to complete in recent weeks, following the capture
of Kevin O'Callaghan from Portsmouth for £85,000.
"I was after a defender, left-sided midfielder and a
striker," said the Millwall boss. "I've got two and I'm
hopeful of getting the third soon."
That, if Docherty's luck holds, will be another Portsmouth
player, proven striker Mike Quinn.
"I've agreed in writing with Portsmouth and now its up to
the player. Obviously, he's a little bit choked at
possibility of missing out on First Division football.
"I phoned him in Tenerife, where he was on holiday and
I'm hopeful he realises how ambitious we are."
Docherty was also set to sign young Wesley Reid, given a
free transfer by Arsenal, after a medical on Tuesday.
Quinn rejects Millwall move
By IAN MALIN.
MICKY QUINN, Portsmouth's £300,000 rated striker, has
turned down a move to Millwall.
Quinn, who has attracted the attention Of Coventry and
Celtic, said "It's nice to hear Millwall are after me, but
I am desperate to play in the First Division next season
and would prefer to stay at Portsmouth."
Millwall manager John Docherty, who has signed Reading
defender Steve Wood, wanted the 25-year-old Quinn to
slot in alongside Kevin O'Callaghan.
Reading have astounded Millwall by asking for £300,000
for Wood and the fee will be decided by tribunal.
Lions Get Tony
MILLWALL yesterday splashed out £200,000 on Gillingham striker
Tony Cascarino just two days after Portsmouth's Mick Quinn turned
down a move to the Den.
by KEVIN BRENNAN
Lions boss, John Docherty wasted no time making his third signing
since the end of the season and now believes he has the three
players - O'Callaghan, Wood and Cascarino - to help in a promotion
Millwall nearly clinched a deal for Cascarino earlier in the season but
the transfer fell through and yesterday Docherty beat off Aston
Villa and Ipswich to sign his man.
"He's been a regular scorer in the Third division for Gillingham over
the years and I'm sure he can do the same for us in the Second
next season," said Docherty
Cascarino traveled to the Den for talks yesterday and quickly agreed
terms with the club.
"It's a good chance for me," he said, "Millwall came in with a good
offer and showed that they are ambitious and I hope I can be
successful with them.
"I've been involved in a lot of transfer speculation over the past
couple of years and at the end of the season I it was the right time
for me to move.
"I've always been able to score goals in my career and I think I can
do that for Millwall in the Second Division next season."
Cascarino notched 30 goals for the Kent club last season and helped
them to the brink of the promotion to the Second Division, before
finally, being beaten by Swindon in a play off decider.
The 24 year old Eire international with a cockney accent almost
signed for Charlton towards the end of last season and his name has
consistently been linked with a number of top clubs.
Cascarino is Docherty's second purchase within a week. On Monday
he signed Reading defender Steve Wood for a fee which will be
decided by a transfer tribunal.
Millwall value the player at £45,000 but Reading claim the 24 year
old six- footer is worth £300,000.