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Even though they have been chained to the lower tiers of English football for a number of years now, Wimbledon have a couple of notable transfers on their books in their recent history. Of course, it has been a really long time since they broke the record with a big-money signing but they did come fairly close to it recently.
Be that as it may, the transfer of James Younghusband from Chelsea’s U23 team back in 2006/07 for a reported fee of £180,000 remains as their most expensive purchase in the history of the club. And while it is quite telling that the former Blue’s price tag is still insurmountable for the Dons, there were a couple of other notable arrivals since then.
For example, Jason Prior was bought from Bognor Regis Town for £77,000 in 2011/12, becoming their second most expensive signing to date. Since then, all the other purchases of note have mostly been free transfers and it remains to be seen whether they’ll break the old record any time soon.
Interestingly enough, Younghusband didn’t stay for too long as he was then quickly moved on to Staines Town FC for a reported fee of £360,000, becoming their most lucrative sale ever. In 2016/17, however, they also sold Ryan Sweeney for £266,000 and in 2019/20, Toby Sibbick moved to Barnsley for £203,000.
And they are still Wimbledon’s second and third biggest sales respectively.
It’s fair to say that both the incoming and outgoing transfer of Younghusband definitely deserves a place on this list. Even though the former Chelsea player didn’t really stay long at Wimbledon, the Dons did first have to pay a historic sum to get him so that they could sell him for an even bigger fee shortly after.
The arrival of Prior also warrants a shout simply because those two transfers are the only notable big-money purchases the club has made in their recent history. Of course, there are also a number of other important signings they’ve made over the years.
William Walter Dowden is definitely one of the historic players and a historic signing at that. And so are Eddie Reynolds, Alan Cork and Matt Everard, all of whom have a place in Wimbledon’s pantheon of legends.