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Cambridge United have been down in the fourth tier for six years running now and needless to say, life has been quite tough for them. And they are also definitely not among the biggest spenders in League Two nor have they ever really been, actually.
When we take a look at some of their record transfers throughout the years, the situation immediately becomes much clearer. In 1992/93, they signed Steve Claridge from Luton Town for a reported fee of £252,000 and that was enough to break the previous record that was set by George Reilly’s £148,000 fee back in… 1979. Yup, it took them more than ten years to break a record from the late ‘70s and now the current top dog is yet to be dethroned almost 30 years into the future.
In third place, we have Devon White who left Bristol Rovers to join United in 1991/92 for a reported fee of £113,000. Looking at the departures, however, the situation is somewhat better and while it’s certainly not much fresher, there are some impressive figures on their books.
Leicester City paid £2m to get Trevor Benjamin in 2000/01 and that transfer also eclipsed the previous biggest deal – that of Dion Dublin to Manchester United in 1992/93 for a total sum of £1.3m.
Martin Butler’s £1m departure to Reading FC in 1999/20 rounds off the top three most lucrative sales the club has ever done in their history.
It’s safe to say that Cambridge’s transfers are not really famous for their incredible price tags nor because of the elite players that were either sold or brought in. But there are definitely a couple of names that ended up having an incredible impact on the club after their initial arrival.
Dublin, for example, who is still the club’s second-biggest sale to date, is one of the players who deserves a shout as a highly influential man who was also loved by the fans. His departure in 1992/93 was a huge thing for both the team and the fandom.
Steve Spriggs, who arrived from Huddersfield Town in the mid-70s, is another name who came from ‘abroad’ and still made it big. And not to mention possibly the greatest move in the market Cambridge have ever done – the free transfer of Alan Kimble in 1986.
Of course, we should also mention the infamous sale of John Taylor that saw Cambridge fork out a lot of money and send Taylor to Bristol Rovers with Devon White going the other way. It’s safe to say that did not turn out as they had hoped…