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Even though they have been quite successful throughout the 2019/20 campaign, Cheltenham Town are not really a club whose triumphs have come from their big-money signings. And this will become much clearer once we outline their top transfers throughout the years.
On the very top of the mountain is still Jermaine McGlashan, a midfielder who was signed from Aldershot Town back in 2011/12 for a club-record fee of £68,000. Of course, the figure is not as impressive, especially by today’s standards and even when looking at it from the league’s context.
McGlashan dethroned Brian Wilson who was the previous top dog around ever since his arrival from Stoke City in 2004/05 for roughly the same price tag the Robins had to pay for the former Aldershot Town player.
The third player on this list is Grant McCann who arrived in 2002/03 from West Ham United for, intriguingly, £68,000 as well. Needless to say, these are not really the biggest of transfer fees but they were still significant for the club.
When it comes to departures, however, the situation is slightly more impressive as a whole. In 2018/19, Mo Eisa was sold to Bristol City for a huge sum of £990,000, and that remains the club’s biggest ever deal, both incoming and outgoing.
But there are a couple more deals that should be mentioned here. Steven Gillespie was sold to Colchester United in 2008/09 for a reported sum of £383,000 while Kayode Odejayi moved to Barnsley FC in 2007/08 for £270,000.
Due to the fact that many of their transfers were actually free arrivals at the club, we have to include all three of McGlashan, Wilson and McCann since all three are actually the Robins’ most expensive arrivals ever, which is quite an incredible fact, huh?
A very similar thing could be said for Eisa and the sublime profit Cheltenham Town made with his sale in 2018/19. The arrival of Ryan Broom in 2018 was also quite a big thing for the squad and he has since then become a steady presence in their roster.
Of course, there are many more and even though they don’t really have many expensive and popular signings on their books, some were still able to deliver and pay back the trust that was initially put into them.