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Stevenage’s 2019/20 season has been quite a rocky journey to say the least, and after six years in League Two, relegation is just around the corner for Boro. But it’s also quite difficult to compete without the right financial support and needless to say, they are surely not among the biggest spenders in the league.
In 2007/08, they bought Scott Laird from Plymouth Argyle for a club-record sum of £99,000. Of course, you can immediately see that we’re not exactly talking about big-money signings or superstar arrivals, even when considering the state of the market back then, compared to what it is nowadays.
A couple of years down the line, they also acquired the services of Carig Reid from Newport County, paying them £95,000 to land the then 25-year-old centre-forward who is still their second-most expensive signing in the history of the club.
In third place, we have Darius Charles, who arrived that same season for £90,000 from Ebbsfleet United. Most of their signings since then have indeed been free transfers, which tells us quite a bit about their policy as of late.
Still, Stevenage have been able to get a couple of lucrative sales going over the years. Ben Wilmot was sold to Watford in 2018/19 for £1.5m, making the club an incredible profit that is yet to be surpassed.
Lawrie Wilson and Michael Bostwick are the second and third on the list, the former for £567,000 and the latter for £455,000, both in 2012/13.
Who would’ve thought that Chris Day, the goalie who arrived in 2008, would end up becoming an icon of the club, manning the sticks for a decade and making his presence known as well? His transfer ended up becoming quite a huge piece of business for Boro and remains popular to this day.
A similar thing can be said for Ronnie Henry, a former graduate from Spurs academy, who arrived in 2005 and would go on to tally over 500 appearances for the team. And then there are the likes of Chris Beardsley or Michael Bostwick who turned into an incredibly valuable asset for Boro.
And how could we forget the legendary John Mousinho and that moment at Old Trafford in 2011? Needless to say, despite their rather scarce history of big-name signings, there have still been quite a few big arrivals, and departures, that ended up marking the club forever. And these are just some of them with many more on the side too.