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Even though the Iron may not be among the biggest spenders in League Two and nowhere near some of the big teams in England as a whole, they do have a couple of impressive signings on their books that were finalised fairly recently.
Their most expensive arrival in the history of the club, for example, is Rob Jones who arrived in 2009/10 from Hibernian FC for a club-record fee of £360,000. But that also wasn’t the only big-money signing they made that season. Scunthorpe also acquired the services of Michael O’Connor from Crewe Alexandra for £338,000 and that is still their second-most expensive signing to date.
And then 2010/11 rolled in and they were quite active in the transfer market once again. All three of Bobby Grant, Michael Collins and Eddie Nolan arrived that same campaign for £315,000, £311,000 and £270,000 respectively, slotting into the third, fourth and fifth place on the list.
As far as the departures go, however, the figures are much more impressive, to say the least. In 2007/08, the Iron sold Billy Sharp to Sheffield United for a reported fee of £2.7m, surpassing the former record-holder, Andy Keogh, who departed for Wolverhamtpon Wanderers for £810,000 a season prior to that.
But even though they still didn’t eclipse Sharp’s fee, they’ve come fairly close in 2008/09 with Martin Paterson’s £1.7m price tag and with Gary Hooper’s £2.6m in 2010/11. There were also some impressive departures in 2018/19 but it seems like the top-dog won’t be dethroned any time soon…
There are quite a few names that simply have to be mentioned on the list of the famous signings over the years. Of course, there are the icons like Peter Beagrie, who spent the last five years of his career at the club, Ray Clemence, who manned the sticks before his big-money move to Liverpool where he reached for the stars, and Jack Brownsword who joined from Hull City in 1947.
But those are mostly the players of the years gone by. In the last decade or so, Joe Murphy, David Mirfin for his two spells, or the forwards like Paddy Madden or Sam Winnall who weren’t at the club for too long but their impact was simply unreal.
There are more, of course, maybe even too many to count. But it just goes to show the rich history behind the Irons.