“Reading the obituary of Colin Flatt in the latest issue of Backpass reminded me that, back in 1967, he paid his own transfer fee (£200) to join Romford from Wisbech,” writes Chris Grant. “Unusual, but does anyone know of any others who’ve done that?”
We ought to begin by saying that there’s all the time a sure ingredient of negotiation in most transfer offers they usually have turn into extra advanced over time, that means the construction of them is usually unknown. But we are able to discover some which have been written about publicly. James Jennett factors us towards Fernandinho, who dug into his own pockets to clean his transfer to Manchester City from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013.
The Manchester Evening News reported at the time: “Fernandinho was so desperate to join City that he paid a £4m chunk of his own [£34m] transfer fee … when it looked like the move might stall over the Ukrainian club’s demands, Fernandinho offered to forgo £4m he was owed by Shakhtar in order to push the move through, meaning City ended up paying £30m.” The transfer hasn’t labored out badly for him or City.
Fernandinho has not been a nasty City signing, has he? Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA
It was widely reported that Philippe Coutinho paid someplace between £9m and £11.5m to scale back the price Barcelona paid Liverpool for him to £142m so he might stay the dream at Camp Nou in 2018. Ouch. “Philippe, welcome. We know that you have made a personal and economic effort [to be here],” mentioned Barça’s then vice-president, Jordi Mestre, hinting on the participant’s financial help.
Will Hughes informs us that the previous Croatia winger/full-back Danijel Pranjic “was so desperate to join Bayern Munich from Heerenveen in 2009 that he covered the €700,000 shortfall between what Bayern were willing to pay (around €7m) and what Heerenveen were demanding.” Pranjic informed Voetbal International: “I got a phone call that Heerenveen’s asking price was still a problem for Bayern. That’s when I made the decision to pay the difference. The transfer has cost me a serious amount of money, but I’m happy that it’s official now.”
And in February 2020, the previous Scotland defender Kirk Broadfoot claimed that he stumped up to push by means of a transfer from St Mirren to Kilmarnock. “I decided to pay the fee because that is how much I wanted to come back and play for Alex [Dyer] and the club again,” he mentioned, although this was disputed by St Mirren supervisor Jimi Goodwin. “I’m not aware Kirk paid the transfer fee,” he mentioned. “I don’t think there’s been any fee agreed.”
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“Doncaster Rovers play at the Keepmoat Stadium, and have scored eight league goals there this season (plus two in the EFL Trophy),” reported Joe Reaney, earlier than Donny added a pair extra in successive dwelling video games. “England Women scored 20 in the same venue. Has it ever happened that a season’s top scorers in a stadium were not the home team?”
In phrases of gamers, Jason Maxwell has this: “Austin FC is an MLS expansion team that started in 2021 and opened their new stadium, Q2. This year they had multiple players top-score with four home goals. But Ricardo Pepi, a striker for FC Dallas, scored twice in their match at Q2 stadium. He also scored twice in the USA’s 2-0 win over Jamaica in World Cup qualifying, played at Q2 stadium. So he ties Austin’s top home scorers for most goals in the stadium this year.”
But Michael Haughey has us coated on the workforce entrance. “An example would be when another team has to share their ground for various reasons,” he begins. “Manchester United scored more league goals at Maine Road than Manchester City in each of the three seasons they shared a ground after the second world war. And Charlton Athletic scored more goals at Selhurst Park than Palace in 1985-86 and 1990-91, the first and last seasons that they shared a ground.”
Manchester City had been outscored in every of the seasons that Manchester United used Maine Road as their dwelling floor. Photograph: Action Images
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Last week we requested if you happen to had any extra tales of gravel pitches getting used for high-level matches …
Craig Turp bought in contact with this instance: “Probably the last gravel pitch to be used at a high level (at least in Europe) was Malta’s Empire Stadium in Gzira, which was still hosting international matches in the 1980s. There is footage here of a match between Malta and Poland from 1980 (a World Cup qualifier) which shows just how difficult the pitch was to play on (Malta were rarely beaten heavily on it). That particular game ended early due to crowd trouble, and Malta only played once more at Gzira, in 1981 against the GDR (some scratchy footage here). In 1982 – after a brief exile in Sicily as a consequence of the repeated crowd trouble – the Maltese national team (and Maltese clubs – most had hosted their home matches at Gzira) moved to the grass pitch at the newly-built Ta’ Qali Stadium. Only part of the Empire Stadium survives, mainly its exterior walls. Little is left of its stands and terracing.”
“What is the longest transfer, in miles, in the UK,” requested Fraser Thomas in November 2011. “I’m thinking of an InverCaly to Truro City kind of thing.”
First, therewwas a participant who has made this journey a few instances. “Aberdeen have fairly recently re-signed Chris Clark from Plymouth,” famous Steve Dickie. “It’s 620.8 miles from Home Park, Plymouth, to Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen, according to the AA Route Planner. If it’s not the longest (in distance) UK to UK transfer single transfer then it’s surely the furthest back-to-back round trip.” But ToffeeDan1 went 2.9 miles higher – it’s 623.7 miles between Bournemouth’s Dean Court and Ross County’s Victoria Park. “First John O’Neill left Bournemouth for Ross in 2001 and then Derek Holmes made the reverse journey in 2002.”
Can you assist?
“Who is the all-time Boxing Day top scorer?” wonders Stephen Grassley. “And which footballer has scored the most goals between Christmas Day and 1 January in a single season?”
“Do any clubs have festive-themed mascots?” enquires Sarah Bliss.
On Christmas Day 1981 Liverpool had been within the backside half of the desk (twelfth of twenty-two) and ended up successful the league.
On Christmas Day 1994, Norwich had been seventh and ended up getting relegated.
Can any groups beat these rise and falls to success/relegation?
— Derek Brosnan (@DerekBrosnan) December 14, 2021
“With the ‘packed Christmas fixture list’ coming up, what’s the dullest series of Christmas games we’ve ever had?” tweets Toby Scott. “Fewest goals overall or most 0-0 draws.”
Kevin Nolan was well-known (notorious?) amongst Bolton followers for getting a strategic pre-Christmas reserving enabling a Boxing Day suspension. May or could not have loved the Christmas festivities somewhat extra. Who has had probably the most Boxing Day suspensions?
— Ross F (@rossflock) December 15, 2021