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Even though the spending down in the fourth tier is not as huge as on the upper levels, Swindon Town are still among the very few who could actually afford players with decent price tags hanging over their head over the years.
Still, it should also be noted that was the case in the ‘90s and during the time they enjoyed far more success than that’s the case right now and besides, the transfer market has changed drastically ever since.
With all of that being said, their most expensive signing in the history of the club is still that of Joey Beauchamp who arrived from West Ham United in 1994/95 for a reported fee of £900,000, breaking the former record along the way as well.
Until that moment, the 1993/94 signing of Jan Aage Fjortoft for £630,000 was on top of the mountain for a while. But it is now in third place after both Beauchamp and Mark Robinson, who arrived for £671,000 from Newcastle United in the same campaign as the current record-holder, have surpassed it.
But as is usually the case, especially in the lower leagues, the departures are far more lucrative and more impressive than arrivals. In 2015/16, Swindon Town sold Massimo Luongo for a club-record fee of £3.8m to Queens Park Rangers, a sum that is unlikely to be surpassed any time soon.
In second place, we have Simon Cox who was transferred to West Bromwich Albion for £2m in 2009/10 and in third, Nicky Summerbee’s 1994/95 exit to Manchester City for the same fee.
There have been quite a few bargain signings at Swindon Town over the years that have turned into remarkable servants of the badge following their arrival. Steve White definitely comes to mind or going further back in time, the likes of Harry Morris – icons of the years gone by.
Of course, Beauchamp, Robinson or Fjortoft are some of the names that were met with a lot of enthusiasm when they arrived at the club in the early to mid-90s. The same can be said for the departures of Longo and Cox, both leaving for huge fees and ruffling a couple of feathers along the way as well.
And while their transfer business since hasn’t been as exciting as the fans would’ve wanted it to be, the Robins have had quite a successful 2019/20 campaign.