Millwall were sitting in the relegation zone, one point from safety after 31 matches in the 2014/15 iteration of the Championship.
After keeping the Lions up the previous year, Ian Holloway had earmarked promotion to the Premier League the target upon embarking on his first pre-season with the club.
The season had started well with impressive wins over Leeds and Fulham before an alarming dip in form and results saw Millwall tumble down the table.
Having had the January transfer window to recruit and get the Lions away from the drop zone, results were not forthcoming.
Loans were still an option, and Holloway used that to his advantage by signing a player he managed during his Blackpool days.
On February 20, 2015, Gary Taylor-Fletcher was signed on an emergency loan for the rest of the season from Leicester City.
— Millwall FC (@MillwallFC) February 20, 2015
The striker was seemingly bought in to provide the experience and the goals to keep the club in the Championship.
But the signing went down like a lead balloon with an array of adverse reactions from the club’s supporters.
Having already been riled due to a poor season ahead of the signing, the capture of Taylor-Fletcher was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
@millwallfc He looks like someone we picked up from the venue at 2am
— Anthony Prior (@Anthonyprior_) February 20, 2015
— Jack Snow (@JSnowy93) February 20, 2015
— James Humphreys (@tuff_mcduff) February 20, 2015
— Sami Abedrabo (@SamiAbedrabo) February 20, 2015
Taylor-Fletcher made his Millwall debut in the goalless draw with Fulham on February 21, 2015.
Having played twice for Leicester before a loan move to Sheffield Wednesday, appearing four times, he was a part of the Lions side that lost to his former loan club in his second appearance.
Taylor-Fletcher made ten appearances for Holloway’s side and did not feature again after he was sacked at the end of April 2015.
In those ten games, Millwall failed to win any with the striker failing to score too.
Four points from a possible 30 while the former Blackpool man was in the side was the catastrophic form that eventually saw the club relegated.
The loan move was a disaster.
Holloway had signed a player who was unfit and unable to play to the standard the second-tier demanded.
It was a self-indulgent, nostalgic addition from yesteryear that would’ve been more palatable five years earlier.
Taylor-Fletcher was a shell of the player he used to be and was ineffective throughout his time at The Den.
And the fans were unimpressed with the signing and the consequential performances they had to endure.
The Millwall supporters were right to be peeved with the signing, and it is one that will live long in the memories of the club’s fans as potentially one of the worst of all time.