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Needless to say, Morecambe are a club without a particularly big history of big-money arrivals over the years and they were never really the ones to break the bank often to boost their campaigns along the way. By looking at some of the biggest transfers over the years they have done, the situation immediately becomes crystal clear.
What stands out the most is the fact that there are only two big signings of note that were also done fairly recently. The most expensive arrival ever at Morecambe is still Neil Sorwel who joined the squad back in the 2006/07 season from Shrewsbury Town for a reported sum of £158,000. And despite him still being the top-dog around all those years into the future, the Shrimps did come quite close to eclipsing the record the very next season.
In 2007/08 Carl Baker was bought from Southport FC for £113,000, staking his claim as the club’s second-most expensive arrival in the history of the team. And since many of their incoming players were actually free agents, it is possible that the hierarchy at the top doesn’t change any time soon.
When it comes to departures, however, we have Jack Redshaw for his exit to Blackpool FC fairly recently, in 2015/16, for £230,000 and that’s still the biggest business the club has ever conducted. His departure actually matched Baker’s, who was sold not too long after his arrival, leaving the club for the identical fee of £230,000. David Niven, who left for Stafford Rangers for £68,000 in 2006/07, sits in third place at the moment.
Not many players in Morecambe’s history can come close to Jim Bentley when it comes to heroes and legends of the squad. And his signing in 2002 was quite a deal for the Shrimps since he ended up etching his name in the history books of the club.
Then we have Ian Cain, a player who will mostly be remembered by the slightly older generations as he broke their transfer record back in the day, arriving for a £7,500 fee that was also determined by the tribunal.
Of course, we also have to mention both Baker and Sorvel, their two biggest modern-day arrivals who would remain their record-holders to date. A shout should also be given to Redshaw who made the club an incredible profit with his exit to Blackpool in 2015/16.