Pre Season: Spend, Spend, Spend.
The Lions bag two big signings, but one gets away and Cally  tells why he came back.
 
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
 in August.

 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  
 million-having ready signed Kevin O'Callaghan from Portsmouth for
 85,000 and Steve Woods from Reading for it fee to be decided by
 tribunal.
Frustrated
 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  are making."  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  Council.  "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  Nicky Coleman.  "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  clubs.  "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
 over again.

 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
 prepared."

 The chance to move back to the Den after eight years
 away came as a shock to the Irish international.

                           Surprise

 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
 sign."

 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
 wing play.

 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
 again."

 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
 conditional transfer."

 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.

                                        Ambitious

 "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
 bid.



 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.

 

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