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Of course, Scunthorpe United’s spending over the years and their budget are nowhere near some of the biggest teams out there but they still have a couple of impressive signings on the books that were also finalised fairly recently.
For instance, Rob Jones who was bought in 2009/10 from Hibernian FC for a record fee of £360,000, is one of those recent signings. But interestingly enough, he was also not the only big-money signing they made that campaign. Scunthorpe also penned a deal with Michael O’Connor who arrived from Crewe Alexandra for £338,000 and became the second-most expensive incoming transfer at the club to this day.
But it was in 2010/11 when they were especially active in the transfer market once again. The big trio of Bobby Grant, Michael Collins and Eddie Nolan were all signed that same season for £315,000, £311,000 and £270,000 respectively, becoming their third, fourth and fifth-most expensive arrivals ever.
When it comes to exits, however, the price tags are much more impressive and more lucrative. In the 2007/08 season, the Iron moved on Billy Sharp to Sheffield United for a reported fee of £2.7m, eclipsing the former record-holder, Andy Keogh, who left to Wolverhampton Wanderers for £810,000 a season before that.
And despite the fact that they couldn’t surpass Sharp’s fee, they did come quite close in 2008/09 when Martin Paterson moved for £1.7m and Gary Hooper for £2.6m in 2010/11. 2018/19 was also quite impressive in that regard but the top transfer still stands tall and is looking likely to remain there for a while longer too…
Needless to say, there are quite a few names that simply have to be included on the list of the famous signings that happened at the club. Of course, there are the legends such as Peter Beagrie, who spent the last five years of his career at the club, Ray Clemence, who guarded the net before his big-money move to Liverpool where he reached for the stars, and Jack Brownsword who joined from Hull City in 1947.
Of course, those are the names mainly familiar to the older generation of supporters. In their more recent history, Joe Murphy and David Mirfin for his two spells, or the forwards like Paddy Madden or Sam Winnall who weren’t at the club for too long but their impact was simply unreal, should be given a shout.
And it goes without saying that there are certainly more names worthy of more than just a passing mention, which is further proof of the rich history of the Iron.