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It goes without saying that Macclesfield Town are not exactly among the biggest spenders plying their trade in the English fourth tier. Of course, it has to be said they are also still practically newcomers, having been in League Two for only two years now following their promotion in the 2017/18 campaign. But even when taking a look at their transfer business, while some of it is recent, the fees are probably not as big as with some of the other outfits in the league.
Interestingly, however, back in 2004/05 they managed to set a new club record when they bought Danny Swailes from Bury FC for a figure of £45,000. And while that may not be the fee you’ll ever see, they would surpass it fairly quickly.
In the 2006/07 season, Isaiah Rankin joined Macclesfield Town from Grimsby Town for £68,000 – a record that wouldn’t be dethroned almost 15 years into the future. The O’s did, however, match it in 2011/12.
Another attacking player, George Donnelly, arrived at the club from Fleetwood Town that year and he and Rankin are still the top two most expensive purchases in the history of the club and, intriguingly, both have arrived for the very same price. too! With that being said, their biggest departures are far more impressive, to say the least.
Rickie Lambert’s exit to Stockport County in the 2002/03 campaign for £405,000 remains the biggest business the club has ever conducted, and to be honest, it’s likely to stay at the very top for a while longer too.
He is then followed by Shaun Brisley’s £338,000 price tag that was paid by Peterborough and Jon Parkin’s £270,000 by Hull City as the number two and number three on the list respectively.
They may not be on top of the food chain right now but the O’s were at the peak of their powers back in the ‘90s. Those years were the years of heroes, icons and big transfer fees. Even though he joined even earlier than the ‘90s, John Askey is still among the players whose transfers completely changed the club’s fortunes.
And if we move a bit further forward than that, we have the likes of Matthew Tipton, whose signing looked to be a flop only for the player to step it up in his second stint, or Parkin, a legend whose transfer away to Hull was a departure of a ‘Beast’ who also had a shaky start.
Another free agent turned a big success was also Kevin McIntyre, who experienced everything at the club, both enjoying the glory days but also suffering through the dark days too. He definitely warrants a place here as one of the famous arrivals that ended up becoming a huge servant of the badge.