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Times have been quite tough on the Chairboys in recent years and they haven’t really been splashing the cash in the market at all. As far as their most expensive signings ever go, that title is still reserved for the player who arrived at the club back in 2001/02.
That season, Wycombe Wanderers paid £270,000 to snatch Darren Currie away from Barnet FC, breaking the bank and the previous record as well. Before the then 26-year-old midfielder, the Chairboys’ most expensive purchase was that of Steve McGavin from 1994/95 and he arrived from Birmingham City for a reported sum of £176,000.
The very next season, they would also buy John Williams from Coventry City for £162,000 and these three transfers are still the biggest three in the history of the club. Quite clearly, they are not among the biggest spenders out there.
And a very similar thing could be said for their sales as well. Even though they are slightly more impressive, none actually eclipse the one-million pound mark. Nathan Tyson was sold to Nottingham Forest in 2005/06 for £900,000 and his departure is still the biggest piece of business the Chairboys have ever done, both incoming and outgoing.
Tyson is then followed by Jordon Ibe’s move to Liverpool for £540,000 and Matt Ingram’s departure to Queens Park Rangers for £477,000, the former in 2011/12 and the latter in 2015/16.
Despite the fact that they were never keen for bringing in big-money signings, both Currie and Tyson deserve to be mentioned on this list, the former for his record-breaking arrival and the latter for his record-breaking departure from the club.
Neither, however, can really be categorised as the most famous ones, regardless of the price tags on their heads. But it’s interesting to note that the players who ended up having the biggest of impacts on the club were actually not overly expensive nor as exciting back when they were first arriving at Wycombe Wanderers.
We’re talking about the likes of Keith Ryan or Dave Carroll – legends of the club and fan-favourites who would rise in popularity and status during their stints with the Chairboys. Keith Scott is also someone worth mentioning and his incredible performances earned him a move to the Premier League as well.
But there are more – Steve Brown who ended up serving the badge for more than a decade or Simon Garner whose stint was shorter but also quite effective. Needless to say, it’s tough to mention them all!