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‘Massive play-off push in the New Year’ – There was plenty of Millwall buzz before this failed transfer caused a sensational collapse

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After five matches in the 2012/13 Championship season, Millwall sat in 17th position with six points. 

It was a reasonably indifferent start in the Lions’ third season in the second-tier, but on September 17, 2012, Millwall announced the signing of Chris Wood on loan from West Bromwich Albion until January.

The 20-year-old joined the London side to get first-team football after an impressive loan at Birmingham the year before, scoring a hat-trick against his then current club. 

Wood made a blistering start to life at Millwall scoring on his second appearance for the club.

In 19 appearances he scored 11 goals, in what was a sensational run of form during his time at The Den.

That prompted the club to launch a bid to secure his services on a full-time basis.

Millwall sat seventh in the table and outside the play-offs by one point after 24 games courtesy of Wood’s form.

 And on Christmas Day, 2015, news broke the club had had a bid accepted for the forward, along with Championship rivals Leicester City who were under the new ownership of a wealthy Thai businessman.

The reaction to the news was of unbridled joy that the club were set to break their transfer record to land a player who was in mercurial form the first half of the season.

That would be the end of the happiness and the joy as with Leicester in contention and them able to offer at least four times what the Lions could, Wood chose to move to the Midlands.

Fans were not impressed with his as when in October 2012, the striker cited he wanted to make the move to The Den permanent before agreeing to move to the Foxes instead.

The Lions were gazumped in their bid to land the red-hot forward with their fans anticipating a promotion push after the Christmas batch of fixates.

The season would decline alarmingly after that, without a replacement lined up to subsidise the inevitable deficit in the goals department.

Wood would remain the club’s top scorer for the season with 11 in all competitions after only 19 matches.

Despite making an FA Cup semi-final, it took a last-day survival act and results to go the Lions way to survive in the division after a spectacular collapse from when the striker left the club.

Five wins would be all Kenny Jackett’s men could muster in the league after Wood’s snub.

They would only manage 14 goals for the rest of the season, three more than Wood got on his own during the first 23 matches.

Millwall amassed 37 points after 23 matches and earned only 19 on the final have of the campaign after the striker opted to move to Leicester.

It was a spectacular fall from grace, to say the least, and saw the end of Jackett’s reign in charge of the club after he stepped down following final-day survival.

The response to the bid being agreed was euphoric for the club’s fans but what followed was the overriding reason for their unprecedented collapse in the league.


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