Manchester United trivia – Record British Transfer Fees

United record Buys

Albert Quixall September 1958
From Sheffield Wednesday 45,000

Dennis Law July 1962
From Torino 115,000

Gordon McQueen Feb 1978
From Leeds United 495,000

Bryan Robson 1981
From West Bromwich Albion 1.5 million

Gary Pallister August 1989
From Middlesbrough 2.3 million

Roy Keane August 1993
From Nottingham Forest 3.75 million

Andy Cole Febuary 1995
From Newcastle United 7 million (6 million plus Keith Gillespie)

Seba Veron July 2001
From Lazio 28.1 million

Rio Ferdinand July 2002
From Leeds United *29.1 million
* This may not have been a record fee as United could have agreed to finish the installments early by paying less as a consequence it isn’t know if it broke the Veron transfer fee!

Gordon McQueen deal wasn’t as expensive as Kevin Keegan’s from Liverpool to Hamburg in 1977 for 500,000 but we selected it because he was bought by a non English club.
United have broken the British transfer record 9 times
Sunderland have broke it 5 times
Liverpool 4 times
Arsenal 4 times

United British Record Sales

Charlie Roberts October 1913
To Oldham Athletic 1,500 (also a world record fee)

Johnny Morris 1949
To Derby County 24,000

Mark Hughes June 1986
To Barcelona 2.3 million

A Scottish Club has only broke the record once Rangers buying Duncan Ferguson for 4 million from Dundee United in August 1993

6 Comments on Manchester United trivia – Record British Transfer Fees

  1. Paul

    Jordan and McQueen were bought at roughly the same time McQueen was a British record – a good call

    Dalglish held the record with a 440,000 move to Liverpool but McQueen’s moved to United surpassed that in February 78 but was replaced in December of the same year by David Mills move from Middlesborough to west Brom for £500,000.

    Although Liverpool had sold Keegan to Hamburg for 500,000 in 1977
    Thank you for your knowledge and taking the time to put me straight!

  2. Doing some research as Wikipedia is completely unreliable.
    According to Wiki my grandad (Johnny Downie) joined United in 1949 for a then record british fee of £18,000.
    My brother and I are now debating whether or not that is entirely true.
    My brother believes that it was a United record but not the British record.

    Any ideas??!?

  3. Hi Simon

    I am writing a book on the history of Fryston Colliery Welfare FC, and am desperate to talk to Johnnie Downie, who worked as a Bevin Boy at the local pit in the 1940s. Do you have any contact details for him? I would be grateful for a quick reply.

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