When English third division club Aston Villa made “cricketer” Jim Cumbes the third most expensive goalkeeper in the World

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Jimmy Cumbes was a goalkeeper in English football during the 60’s and 70’s and also played professional in the NASL for Portland Timbers. One special talent and athlete that combined top level cricket and football during his career.

He progressed from the non-league schene and in to EFL action in the early 60’s as he first joined Tranmere Rovers and later moved to West Bromwich, and as he said himself, made it to the top.

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Focus On; England international Colin Bell and his time at Man City from 1966 to 1979, League debut vs. Derby County

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Signed from Bury in 1966 at the age of 20 for a fee of £45.000, substantial at the time and seen as one very special signing for Man City in a historical perspective.

Bell established himself quickly in the first team and played 11 games and scored 4 goals in his first season as Man City got promoted and playing in the top tier from 1966 and unwards.

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Focus On; Alan Ball

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On 22 December 1971, Arsenal paid a record fee of £220,000 to take Ball to Highbury.[4] He was 26 years of age and at his peak for both form and fitness when he joined Arsenal; he made his debut against Nottingham Forest on 27 December 1971.

However, Arsenal could not defend their League title in 1971–72 and also lost their grasp on the FA Cup when Leeds United beat them 1–0 in the centenary final at Wembley.

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