In light of Hull City's recent signing sensation, we at STT have decided to look back and remember some of those unbelievable transfers of yester-year that make football so interesting. As an added bonus, we’ve also covered a couple of even more sensational near-signings that could have changed the course of footballing history as we know it...
1. George Best to Dunstable Town FC 1974
Straight off the back of playing 466 games for Man Utd and scoring 178 goals, George Best made a somewhat controversial move to sleeping giants
2. Juninho to
At age 22 Juninho was tipped as one of the hottest young players in the world, and was being chased by several of the continent’s wealthiest clubs. He could have played in any league and lived the life in any of the cultural and partying hotspots of
Announcing the player's first club appearance, the man on tannoy said in a dispassionate deadpan: "Substitution for
Surely the most unlikely football transfer of all time?
You may never have heard of Scottish midfielder Jamie Stevenson but that is hardly surprising. Eighteen year old Stevenson had just signed for Alloa Athletic, playing part time while still working as a mechanic but he was spotted during a summer holiday kickabout in the Costa Del Blanes, and offered a trial with the La Liga side. Of the trial, the Scot commented, “I remember arriving at the training ground and seeing the first-team players drive up in their Ferraris and thinking 'what is an 18-year-old guy fae Alloa, who drives a poxy Astra, doing here?’” Surprisingly Stevenson actually made a really good impression, scoring 7 goals in three under 18 appearances. He stayed at Mallorca for a year, but called time on his fiesta abroad because he missed
1. Ronaldinho to St Mirren. 2001
Bizarre but true. In January 2001, a 21 year old Ronaldinho, who would later be crowned the best player in the world, was frozen out at his Brazilian club Gremio after agreeing to move to PSG in the summer. Relegation-threatened SPL side St Mirren made an approach to take him on loan in January for the rest of the season, which was accepted Gremio, who had no interest in keeping a player with no motivation to play for them anymore, and PSG, who were keen for him to experience a more physical European league before his transfer.
Ronaldinho himself agreed terms with St Mirren and agreed to the move, and it seemed all set to go ahead until it was revealed that he was under investigation in
2. Carsten Jancker to
The four time Bundesliga winner and German International striker was actually rejected by
Any more shocking signings or ridiculous transfer rumours? Send STT your suggestions and we shall hopefully run a follow-up piece in the near future. If anyone can beat Ronaldinho almost going to St Mirren though, they win a prize. An edible prize. As ever - firstname.lastname@example.org