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It goes without saying that Rochdale are not one of the biggest spenders currently playing in the third tier nor have they ever really been among those to fork out incredible sums of money for superstar signings. Another interesting thing to note is the fact that they haven’t been able to break their transfer record for almost 15 years after first setting it and looking at some of the other deals to go through within the league as a whole, that one mostly pales in comparison too.
The Dale bought Charlie Comyn-Platt back in 2006/07 from Swindon Town and set a new club-record that stands at £248,000. The defender is still their most expensive signing to this day, even surpassing the previous record-holder, Paul Connor, and the £203,000 fee that was paid to Stoke City for his transfer back in the 2000/01 season.
But the fact that they don’t spend much doesn’t mean they don’t spend at all. In 2009/10, for instance, they forked out £144,000 to get Chris O’Grady and in 2010/11 they also penned a contract with Anthony Elding, buying him for a reported fee of £108,000. The most recent signing that broke into the top ten, however, is that of Jordan Williams in 2017/18 for £104,000.
Still, their departures are more lucrative to say the least. But even with that being said, the only exit that made them more than a million pounds is that of Will Buckley when he left to Watford for a reported sum of £1.1m in the 2009/10 campaign.
In 2019/20, they also sold Luke Matheson to Wolverhampton Wanderers for £990,000 and Scott Hogan’s £855,000 move to Brentford sits in third place on the list of the most expensive departures in the club’s history.
We have to mention Comyn-Platt, Buckley or Matheson simply because of the huge transfer fees they commanded, either incoming or outgoing, but there have been a number of other significant and famous signings in Rochdale’s history over the years.
For example, the arrival of Ian Henderson ended up becoming quite a successful move by the Dale in the market as the player went on to play a big part ever since his transfer in 2013. A very similar thing can be said for some of the other recent signings like Rhys Bennett or Josh Lillis.
But then there are the transfers from the days gone with icons like Tony Ford, Andy Farrell, Dave Sutton or the legendary goalscorer Reg Jenkins. Of course, there are many more who could be mentioned but these are some of the players whose arrivals ended up impacting the club in the best possible way.