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Shrewsbury Town were never really that famous for forking out the cash on superstar arrivals nor did they suddenly become big spenders in recent times. As of right now, Lionel Ainsworth, who arrived from Huddersfield Town in the 2010/11 season for a club-record sum of £383,000, is still their biggest purchase in the history of the club.
And his transfer actually dethroned Luke Jones’ £248,000 price tag that was claimed by Ashton United back in 2006/07. The Shrews would indeed get decently close to surpassing it a couple of years later when they acquired the services of Grant Holt from Nottingham Forest for £230,000 but it could only slot into third place on the list of the most expensive purchases ever.
And not many of the more recent transfers were actually big enough to turn some heads. In fact, only Tyrone Barnnett’s move from Peterborough in 2014/15 for a reported £119,000 was enough to break into the top ten and that shows the Shrews were mostly quiet in the market ever since.
When talking about big departures, however, Ryan Woods’ £1.2m move to Brentford in 2015/16 is by far the most lucrative piece of business they have ever done and is then closely followed by Joe Hart’s exit to Manchester City for £810,000 and Connor Goldson’s transfer to Brighton & Hove Albion for £765,000.
Quite clearly, both their incoming and outgoing transfers have somewhat dipped ever since they were relegated to the third tier and it will be interesting to see how they shape up in the near future.
Even though Dean Henderson was only on loan at the club, he is still one of the players that definitely warrant a mention on the list of the most famous transfers ever. During his short gig with the Shrews, the goalie was one of the fan-favourites and has had quite a big impact on the team as a whole. Of course, Joe Hart is also someone who could be mentioned here and his exit to Man City is still the club’s second most lucrative sale to date.
Ainsworth should be given a shout too as he is the record-holder to this very day when it comes to big signings for the Blues and is then closely followed by Jones who arrived from Ashton United.
And then we have the likes of Ken Mulhearn, Malcolm Starkey, Tommy Lynch or Arthur Rowley, all of whom were incredible for the Shrews and will forever be appreciated by the fanbase.