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Burton Albion are one of the younger teams out there in the English third tier and even though they don’t command a huge war chest for transfers galore, they have been spending some money in the last couple of years or so. To be more precise, their record transfer is still quite fresh and belongs to a signing that was made in 2017/18.
That season, in July 2017, the Brewers splashed a reported sum of £513,000 to Ross County to secure the signature of Liam Boyce. Unfortunately, the centre-forward would not stay for too long and in the winter transfer market of 2019/20, he was sold to Hearts of Midlothian for £176,000 with the club losing out on the deal as a whole.
Still, in 2017/18, they also bought Jamie Allen for £405,000 and those two players are still their most expensive purchases in the history of the club. Another Ross County signing, Jackson Irvine, completes the top three with his £322,000 price tag from 2016/17.
It’s quite interesting to see that two names from the top three purchases – Boyce and Irvine – are in the top four sales as well – fourth and first respectively. And while we’ve already established that the club lost some money on Boyce, they managed to sell Irvine for £1.9m to Hull City just a year after his arrival, making some serious profit along the way.
Nasser El Khayati was also sold to QPR in 2014/15 for £414,000 and is still the club’s second-biggest sale to date.
Among the famous Burton Albion transfers, some have definitely written their names in the history books. Both Boyce and Irvine deserve a shout and should certainly be included in this list, simply because both were record breakers in their own right and are likely to stay that way for the foreseeable future.
But there are also icons like Kevin Poole who came out of retirement to help his team once again while Phil Edwards and John Mousinho are also some of the names that come to mind when talking about transfers that made a big impact on the Brewers and their campaigns at that time.
And we shouldn’t forget Nigel Clough, their gaffer who was bought by the club in 1998 and ended up spending a decade defending their colours, or the likes of Stuart Beavon or Tony James as well, both of whom had great stints upon their arrivals in 2014 and 2007 respectively.