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The Pilgrims have been one of the more successful teams in the English fourth tier throughout the 2019/20 season and also one of the teams whose big money transfers are still fairly recent.
For example, their record signing is still that of Simon Walton but he was signed from Queens Park Rangers back in 2008/09 for a reported fee of £878,000. And yes, it’s been over ten years since and they haven’t been able to dethrone him but considering many teams in League Two have record transfer dating back to the ‘80s and ‘90s, we can still say this is a modern-day signing.
In second place we have Steven MacLean who, interestingly enough, was signed from Cardiff City in the campaign prior to Walton, in 2007/08, for a then-record fee of £675,000. Alongside him, Plymouth Argyle also penned a contract with Jim Paterson who joined from Motherwell FC for a sum of £540.000.
And that specific period between 2004/05 and 2008/09 seemed to be quite successful and big for the Pilgrims on the transfer market and nine out of ten of their top transfers were done in that time span.
As for sales, however, while the situation is slightly different and more expensive, there are some similarities. For instance, their top departure also happened in 2007/08 when David Norris went to Ipswich Town for £2.7m and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake departed for Wolverhampton Wanderers for £2m in the same season. They are still first and third on the list respectively.
The second place belongs to Peter Halmosi who left to Hull City the very next campaign, making the Pilgrims a profit of £2.2m in the process as well.
There are most likely not many more famous signings than that of David Friio who arrived from ASOA Valence following his release from the club. Who would’ve thought they would get such a bargain and a man who would end up scoring 44 goals in 185 appearances for the club.
Tommy Tynan is one of the big names who simply has to get a shout on this list as well. And yes, he’s had multiple spells with the club but each of his returns and departures were quite something, to say the least, and ruffled a few feathers along the way.
Then we have the likes of Graham Carey, an icon of the more modern days, and legends like Paul Mariner, who was signed for a measly £6,000 as a 19-year-old kid. There are, of course, many more, too many to count even, so these will simply have to do for now!