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Needless to say, years have passed since Northampton Town have last broken their transfer record. So much so that Josh Low, a midfielder who was bought from Oldham Athletic back in 2003/04 for a reported fee of £180,000, is still their most expensive arrival in the history of the club.
His purchase also eclipsed the former record-holder and now the second-biggest signing, Steve Howard, who arrived from Hartlepool United in 1998/99 for a then-record fee of £158,000. We should also note that Northampton Town bought Steve Francis that same season as well, paying £135,000 to Huddersfield Town to get him too and he is currently in fourth position on the list.
The third place, however, belongs to Andy Kirk for his £149,000 arrival from Boston United, just a year after Low, in 2004/05. And that was the closest they would come to dethroning him ever since, which is quite telling about their overall transfer policy and budget that’s been available.
And while their top departures are somewhat more expensive, they are also still fairly recent. Back in 2012/13, the Cobblers let go of Michael Jacobs who left for Derby County for £567,000. That sum remains the biggest piece of business Northampton have ever done and is likely to stay at the very peak for a while longer.
Still, in 2015/16, they also sold Ivan Toney to Newcastle United up to the Premier League, charging the Magpies £324,000 in the process for their young talent as the centre-forward was only 19 at the time.
Gabor Gyepes rounds off the top three sales to date with his £270,000 departure to Cardiff City in 2008/09 while the next player in line goes all the way back to the late ‘80s…
There aren’t many more famous stories about Northampton signings than that of Tommy Fowler who signed for the team following his active service in the army back in France. A sniper wound gave him an audience with Jack Jennings who invited him to join the Cobblers. The rest, as they say, is history.
Of course, there are more of those legendary players like the late Cliff Holton who enjoyed fruitful spells at other sides before joining the Cobblers and etching his name in the history books for that short time he spent at the club. And then there are the more modern signings.
Players like Adebayo Akinfenwa, Jamie Forrester, Low, Kirk or even Howard and the big departures of Jacobs or Toney also have to be mentioned.