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2019/20 is actually the first season in a number of years the Blues are spending down in the third league but even with that in mind, they haven’t really been that busy in the transfer market for quite a while. Still, that doesn’t mean they don’t have a couple of impressive signings on their books.
The early years of the new millennium were quite successful for Ipswich and they managed to acquire a couple of big-money arrivals in a relatively short span of time. In the 2000/01 season, they first bought Hermann Hreidarsson from Wimbledon FC for a reported fee of £6m and that signing eclipsed the former record holder, Marcus Stewart, who arrived a season before that from Huddersfield Town for £3.7m.
And then 2001/02 arrived and the transfers just started flooding in one after the other. Matteo Sereni, Marcus Bent and Finidi George were all big-money signings and they still occupy the second, third and fourth place on the list of the most expensive signings ever respectively.
But that year was also quite big for sales as well. Richard Wright was sold to Arsenal for £8.1m and that is still their third biggest departure to date. Connor Wickham’s move to Sunderland in 2011/12 matched the price tag and it was then subsequently eclipsed by Tyrone Mings’ £10.1m departure to Bournemouth in 2015/16.
And those three round off the top three sales of the Blues to date.
It’s difficult to include all of the most famous transfers the club has ever done without accidentally and unfairly excluding someone from the list. But there are definitely names that stand out from the crowd.
Ray Crawford, for example, is one of the Blues’ Hall of famers and has been an incredible servant to the badge for a number of years in the late 50s and throughout the 60s. On a rather similar note, Arnold Muhren also deserves a shout as he was undoubtedly a significant signing for Ipswich Town back in the day as well.
There are more, of course, like Paul Mariner, Frans Thijssen, Allan Hunter or the late Roy Bailey – all of those names are true icons of the club but are also not the products of their academy, having been signed at one point throughout their careers.
They are also not the only ones and the list could surely go on.