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‘Quality signing’ – Despite a positive reaction, this Millwall transfer failed to pay dividends



It was a turbulent start to the 2013/14 campaign for Millwall.

Steve Lomas had just been appointed their new manager after the departure of Kenny Jackett in the summer.

An inconsistent set of results followed by a poor run of form and heavy defeats saw the former West Ham man sacked after the 4-0 boxing day loss away to Watford.

Neil Harris and Scott Fitzgerald took caretaker charge before Ian Holloway was appointed in the New Year.

The new Lions boss’ remit was to keep the club up and look to add to his side in the winter transfer window.

One player that was recruited was one that filled the Millwall supporters with excitement.

On January 31, 2014, deadline day, the permanent capture of Ed Upson was confirmed.

The Lions completed a deal for the midfielder from Yeovil Town on a two-and-a-half year deal, much to the delight of The Den faithful.

Millwall fans knew about their new signing after he scored the winner for his former club at The Den on the opening day of the season.

Upson arrived at Millwall having scored four goals 28 appearances for the Glovers in all competitions that year.

The then 22-year-old made ten appearances for his new club that year as Holloway masterminded Championship survival after being on the brink of relegation for much of the season.

It was a solid debut campaign to life in London for the former Ipswich Town man, despite failing to score and Millwall finishing 19th in the division.

Upson was deployed in several positions in his first campaign and was all too often a scapegoat to results and left out the side on occasion.

The following campaign Holloway was sacked and replaced with club legend Neil Harris and the club were subsequently relegated to League One.

Upson managed 28 appearances and scored one of his two Millwall goals in the 2-1 defeat away at Huddersfield in September 2014.

His other came in the 2-2 draw away to Bournemouth, having been two goals up within seven minutes, the visitors surrendered their advantage to draw.

With his first full season ending in disappointment, the midfielder was hoping to help his side to an immediate return to the Championship.

He made 39 goalless appearances for Harris that term, playing a lot of the time on the left-hand side, despite his natural position being in the middle of the pitch.

Upson failed to feature the post-season play-off campaign in which the Lions lost out on promotion at Wembley.

At the end of the campaign, and his contract coming to an end, the midfielder was released, to the amazement of many of the Lions fans.

He subsequently joined MK Dons on a free transfer. 

The move, on paper, looked to be a superb bit of business for the club but it failed to deliver as many thought it would.

The Millwall fans reacted to his departure with the majority wishing him well and admitted to him that they never saw the best of the former Lion.

The initial reaction was favourable with the excitement that Upson had moved to Millwall.

Despite playing north of 60 matches over his two-and-a-half year spell, the move did not work out as many would have hoped, and willed it would have.

Millwall never saw the best of the midfielder who was played in many positions and lesser so where he would have preferred.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: ‘Quality signing’ – Despite a positive reaction, this Millwall transfer failed to pay dividends

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