In our update and transfers backpass we are taking our first deep dive back to 1969/70, as the massive season did see Everton win the league, Chelsea defeated Leeds in the FA Cup final, Man City crowned winners of the League Cup.
Looking back on the transfers taking place over that season it was no change as new transfer records were set, Allan Clarke’s £165.000 move to Leeds from Leicester got the ball rolling, Martin Peters later in that season moved from West Ham to Spurs for a fee of £200.000, as another money milestone was reached.
In the summer of 1969, you also had a number of other excting moves. Ian Ure joining Man Utd from Arsenal for a fee of £80.000. The tall and proven defender was seen as a direct replacement of an aging Bill Foulkes.
On the arrival of Allan Clarke, Don Revie decided to let Michael O’Grady leave for Wolves, a fee of £80.000 was agreed as the England international with 3 goals in 2 games, made his move to Molineux Ground.
Livcrpool made two interesting moves in July 1969, signing Alec Lindsay and Larry Lloyd from lower league clubs, Bury and Bristol Rovers. Bill Shankly payed a fee of £67.000 to secure Lindsay, and used another £50.000 for the services of Lloyd. Both players went on to be league winners and playing for England later in their careers.
Another major transfer in July 1969, was the move of Jimmy Smith, joining Newcastle from Aberdeen for a fee of £100.o00. Smith became a fans favourite at St. James Park as the Scottish international settled into a very good team later to see success under Joe Harvey.Embed from Getty Images
Jim McCalliog made his move this summer from Sheffield Wednesday to Wolves and brought quality to the midfield at Molineux. The fee paid was £70.000.
Stoke manager Tony Waddington had a reputation of signing proven and experienced players and in the summer of 1969 he decided to use £100.000 for the services of Jimmy Greenhoff, joining from Birmingham.
Arsenal had money to spend, and it was big news when Berti Mee decided to use a new club record fee of £100.000 for Hibernian winger Peter Marinello. The move happened in January 1970, but the expectations were never fulfilled,
Martin Peters became the top name of transfers this season when moving from West Ham to Spurs in March 1970. The fee agreed was £200.000, £150.000 in cash, and Jimmy Greaves going the opposite way, valued to £50.000.
League winners Everton had little or no transfer activity at all, Keith Newton being their only addition. The England international joined from Blackburn for a fee of £80.000. Ray Wilson, England 1966 World Cup winner Ray Wilson left the club and joined Oldham.
You could also see a number of other legendary players on the move this season, Roger Hunt joining Bolton from Liverpool, Bobby Tambling leaving Chelsea for Crystal Palace and Joe Baker on the move from Sunderland to Nottingham Forest.