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Crawley Town can boast with one of the bigger budgets in League Two at the moment but even with that being said, they are not exactly the spending types. However, some of their biggest signings are still fairly recent, as we will now see.
If we had to highlight one particular campaign over the years, 2010/11 would surely take the spotlight without contest. During that season, the Red Devils reinforced their squad with many big-money signings and at the end of the campaign, they were also promoted into League Two, eventually making another step up into League One before returning to the fourth tier a couple of years down the line.
Still, both Richard Brodie, whose services were acquired from York City for £225,000, their most expensive arrival ever, and Wullie Gibson who signed from Dunfermline Athletic FC for £158,000, who’s in second place, were bought in 2010/11.
And interestingly enough, seven out of their 11 biggest arrivals ever were done in that same campaign, highlighting their presence on the market that year. But a year later, they’ve made what turned out to become one of their most important signings in Tyrone Barnett, who joined for £153,000 in 2011/12. The reason why that’s so important is simple – he was sold the very next campaign for an incredible fee.
Peterborough United splashed £1.2m to lure the forward away from Crawley Town and that is still the most lucrative sale in the history of the club. Barnett is then closely followed by Matt Tubbs who also left for a big fee of £860,000 and then by Hope Akpan for his £333,000 departure as well.
A couple of important players definitely stand out from the rest on the list of the most famous deals at the club ever. Barnett is someone who warrants a mention, if nothing else then for the incredible business the Red Devils were able to get over the line, making quite a big profit with his departure.
Brodie, their marquee signing whose fee remains untouched even after ten years of being at the top is also someone who needs no special introduction. But they are not the only ones. For instance, Tubbs, who was another huge departure, or even the signing of Emile Sinclair from Peterborough back in 2013/14 are good shouts as well.
Dannie Bulman initially joined them as a loanee but would then end up penning a permanent deal in 2007. He left the club two years later only to return in 2011 and then once again for a final spell in 2017. Needless to say, his stints are quite famous as well.
Then there are the likes of Josh Doherty and Reece Grego-Cox, both fairly recent arrivals who turned some heads when they penned those deals and could still turn out to be big signings for the club.