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Oldham Athletic are among the teams that have had a couple of really big deals on their books throughout the years but with a caveat that a vast majority of them were done in the ‘90s. The biggest signing in the history of the club, for instance, dates all the way back to the 1992/93 season when they forked out £805,000 to get Ian Olney from Aston Villa.
That arrival actually surpassed the former record-holder, Graeme Sharp, who penned his contract a season before that as he arrived from Everton. Oldham Athletic had to splash £765,000 to get their man. Interestingly, back then, they were breaking their transfer record almost every single year.
In 1990/91, they got David Currie from Nottingham Forest for £608,000 and to this day, he is still their third-most expensive purchase, only behind the other two aforementioned players who are in first and second spot respectively.
But that’s not all – 12 of their most expensive signings were all bought between 1990 and 1996/97, showing just how different the situation was back then. One part of the reason they could buy big was the fact they also sold big.
Earl Barrett went to Aston Villa for £2.2m in 1991/92, Paul Gerrard to Everton for £1.3m in 1996/97 and Richard Jobson to Leeds United for £1m in 1995/96 as the club made some serious profit along the way too and it basically funded their big purchases as well.
Most of the fans probably didn’t bat an eye when David Eyres arrived in 2000 but little did anyone know he would actually become an icon of the club and his signing would indeed be a start of a journey with 234 appearances under his belt.
And we simply shouldn’t forget about Roger Palmer and his transfer from Manchester City back in 1980 as he also went on to become one of the best players the Latics would ever have in their team. A very similar thing could be said for Andy Ritchie for his two spells with the club, the second of which was a short gig but he would also end up managing them until 2001 too.
Then we have the likes of Olney, Sharp or Currie, the record-breakers of the years gone by and of course, on the other side of the coin, Barrett, Gerrard and Johnson, the biggest departures from the club that made quite a splash and some serious profit as well.
That just goes to show you how historic the club actually is.
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