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‘Not good enough’ – Despite a nightmare start, this 2014 Millwall signing soon became a fans’ favourite

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Having narrowly survived relegation from the Championship at the end of the 2013/14 campaign, Millwall were looking to improve their squad so that they would not be in the same position the following year.

Ian Holloway took little time to source reinforcements to his squad.

With club captain and legend Paul Robinson leaving the club, the need for defensive additions was necessary.

And the Millwall manager would act swiftly to plug the gap Robinson left after his departure.

Having turned down a new contract at Yeovil Town, on June 24, 2014, the London club confirmed the arrival of Byron Webster on a two-year deal.

The reaction from the club’s fans was initially positive having joined form the relegated Glovers.

Webster made his Millwall debut in a League Cup win over Wycombe Wanderers before taking his league bow for his new side in the 2-1 win over Blackpool at The Den on August 30, 2014.

The defender would make 14 appearances that season between August and January.

It looked like his Millwall career was on the rocks after being at fault for several goals in the 5-1 home defeat to Middlesbrough.

He was given a chance to right the wrongs of that match in the FA Cup replay away to Bradford the following game.

Webster failed to do so in a 4-0 defeat to lower league opposition.

He would make one more appearance for the Lions in a third consecutive defeat in all competitions when they fell to a 3-1 reverse at home to Ipswich Town.

That would signal the end to a nightmare start to his Lions career.

And on February 19, 2015, Webster was offloaded back to Yeovil on an emergency loan.

And the Millwall fans were happy at the time for this development.

Webster would play 14 times for the League One side as they were relegated to League Two, and that would be one of two relegations for the defender who’s parent club dropped into the third tier.

While the defender was away, Holloway was sacked and replaced with Neil Harris, so there looked to be some hope of a Millwall revival the following year.

With just 12 months remaining on his contract, it was now or never for the big centre-half to show his ability and make a name for himself. And he did just that.

Forming a formidable partnership with Mark Beevers in the heart of the Lions defence during the 2015/16 campaign, he was one of the key reasons to Harris’ men making it to the League One play-off final, but he would miss that due to injury.

And it would prove fatal as the Lions lost to Barnsley 3-1.

He managed to score six goals during 50 appearances for the club during that season.

It looked as if his career had been saved at the club after a disastrous first six months under Holloway.

Harris had found the spark and Webster had come good right when the fans and the club needed him to.

Despite a failure to gain promotion, in August of the 2016/17 season, Webster penned a new two-year deal.

And it received a warm response from the Lions supporters.

Webster’s form would be sensational, and he would again play a critical role in helping Millwall make a second consecutive play-off final.

That year Webster was fit, and that year Webster played his part in the club earning promotion back to the Championship.

The defender played a staggering 55 times in all competitions for Millwall during 2016/17 and scored twice.

But a return to the Championship would be cut short like it was when he arrived on the scene two years earlier.

A horrendous knee injury would curtail season in the September 17, 2017 defeat to Barnsley.

He would miss the rest of a season that would see the club finish eight after flirting heavily with a play-off place for much of the second half of the season.

Webster only managed ten league appearances that year.

Despite the injury and his contract coming to an end, Harris offered the 31-year-old a new one-year deal to extend his stay to a fifth campaign at The Den.

And fans were more than pleased with his latest update after his rotten injury luck.

After 11 months out and a light finally starting to flicker at the end of the tunnel, Webster made his long-awaited return.

He played in the League Cup win on penalties over Gillingham before playing in the Plymouth tie in the following round.

It would be a year since his injury, however, when he would play in the second tier once again. 

On September 22 2018, he made his first league appearance in 12 months in the defeat to West Brom.

It was a memorable moment having been sidelined for so long after the most innocuous of incidents.

Despite the horrendous start to life in London, Webster turned things around and has since become a fans’ favourite at the club, epitomising the Millwall spirit and what the club’s supporters want in a player.

This was a transfer success that was certainly worth the wait.


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