Transfer Fees – Paid

These lists have been researched from media reports and the minutes from club board meetings included in the 2002 book to celebrate the 125th anniversary of St Mirren FC being formed, ‘Marching On’.

The first list below, is the traditional way transfer fees are perceived and simply the physical fee payed at the time for the player:

PlayerClubYearFee
Tomas StickrothBayer Uerdingen1990£400,000
Fraser WishartMotherwell1989£285,000
Roddy ManleyFalkirk1989£250,000
Frank McDougallClydebank1979£180,000
Gudmunder TorfasonRapid Vienna1989£160,000
Tony FitzpatrickBristol City1981£150,000
Roy AitkenNewcastle United1991£150,000
Peter WeirLeicester City1989£135,000
Chic CharnleyPartick Thistle1991£125,000
David ElliottPartick Thistle1991£125,000
Doug SomnerPartick Thistle1979£100,000
Brian MartinHamilton Accies1988£97,000
Frank McGarveyCeltic1985£94,000
Paul KinnairdMotherwell1989£90,000
Lex BaillieCeltic1991£90,000
Mike ConroyClydebank1987£76,000
Josh HeatonDarlington2018£75,000
Tom BlackAirdrie1989£70,000
Ian FergusonClyde1986£64,000
John McCormackClydebank1980£55,000
Les FridgeChelsea1987£54,000
Keith WalkerStirling Albion1987£53,000
Mark McWalterArbroath1987£53,000
Jim RooneyMorton1984£47,000
Brian GallagherKilmarnock1984£43,500
Billy ThomsonPartick Thistle1978£40,000
Julian BroddlePlymouth Argyle1990£40,000
John BoydDumbarton1994£35,000
Dougie ImrieHamilton Accies2012£35,000
Robert DawsonStirling Albion1987£34,000
Kenny McDowallPartick Thistle1984£32,500
Peter GodfreyMeadowbank Thistle1985£32,000
Jimmy BoneArbroath1978£30,000
Victor MunozSampdoria1990£30,000
Stewart KeanAyr United2004£30,000
Stephen O’DonnellClyde2007£28,000
Rowan AlexanderQueen of the South1983£27,000
Ian MunroRangers1977£25,000
Brian DempsterQueen of the South1979£25,000
Jackie CoplandDundee United1976£25,000
Mark YardleyCowdenbeath1995£25,000
Alan CombeCowdenbeath1993£24,000
Steve GallowayDjurgardens1988£20,000
Alan IrvineMazda1990£20,000
Brian ThirdMontrose1973£15,000
Paul ChalmersCeltic1986£15,000
Jim BlairHibernian1971£14,750
Neil CooperGrimbsy Town1983£12,000
Dave MillerRaith Rovers1970£10,000
Ally McIntyreSt Johnstone1964£8,000
Bobby CarrollCeltic1963£7,000
Willie RentonSt Johnstone1967£6,500
John DicksonCowdenbeath1972£6,000
George HendersonDunfermilne1949£5,000
Archie KnoxForfar1970£5,000
Bobby WilliamsonRangers1952£4,000
Ally MacLeodThird Lanark1955£4,000
Tommy BrycelandOldham1972£4,000
Jim TaylorCowdenbeath1973£4,000
Derek HamiltonAberdeen1983£4,000
Bobby RossEast Fife1962£3,300
Peter McKayBurnley1957£3,000
Billy HumeBirmigham1960£3,000
Willie FernieCeltic1961£3,000
Ian ListerDunfermilne1969£3,000
Jimmy DuncansonRangers1950£2,500
Jim YoungForfar1968£2,500
George StewartDundee1950£2,250
Willie McCullochAirdrie1957£2,000
Vincent RyanCeltic1958£2,000
Gerry BakerMotherwell1958£2,000
Tommy HendersonHearts1962£2,000
Richard BeattiePeterbrough1963£2,000
Jim HannahAirdrionians1966£2,000
Jackie BrownQueen of the South1955£1,700
Arthur MilneHibs1946£1,650
Drew JarvieAirdrie1983£1,500
Dunky WalkerDumbarton1921£1,100
James HowiesonDundee United1925£1,000
Tommy WhiteRaith Rovers1962£1,000
Joe TillDumbarton1921£800
Peter RiceAberdeen1951£750
John McGroryCeltic1954£750
William CowanManchester City1927£700
Alex KinnairdThird Lanark1938£650
Archie AikmanHearts1946£650
Tom BradyAberdeen1939£550
Jackie GilliesClyde1945£530
John McMenemyPartick Thistle1938£500
John WoodManchester United1923£500
George LennonThird Lanark1920£500
Malcolm McLarenBlackpool1946£500
Willie DallasLuton Town1956£500
Willie ReidDumbarton1945£430
Bob ParkQueen of the South1952£400
Richard BlackManchester United1934£350
Robert RankinClyde1937£350
Thomas LilleySunderland1928£350
Ted MagnerEverton1911£300
Bill MurraySunderland1936£300
Harry RossFulham1908£275
Willie FotheringhamMorton1927£275
Walter HolbemEverton1913£250
Robert StevensonMorton1921£250
Sam PageSt Johnstone1928£230
John ScottManchester United1922£225
Hugh StevensonBlackburn1912£200
Johnny LatimerEast Stirlingshire1933£200
William NewbigginMotherwell1924£200
Tommy GemmellIrvine Meadow1951£200
Dunky McGillDuntocher Hibs1952£200
Andrew BrownRangers1914£150
Jimmy McCloyClyde1933£150
William DuncanAirdrie1910£100
Andrew DavidsonCeltic1917£100
Jimmy RiddellRangers1919£100
Willie JohnstoneStrathclyde Juniors1948£100
Jackie NielsonNewtongrange Star1950£100
James BrannickEverton1914£75
Tommy WorkmanBridgeton Waverly 1931£75
Walter KaneSt Anthony’s1946£75
Willie JackShawfield Juniors1947£75
Robert McIndoeTroon Atheltic1931£55
Tom PageEverton1914£50
David BruceBristol Rovers1937£50
William StoddartWishaw1934£40
Alex HanlinBurnbank Athletic1936£40
William MillikenKilbirnie Ladeside1938£40
Alex LinwoodMuirkirk Juniors1938£40
William McLintockDunipace Juniors1939£40
James KirkAnnbank Uniuted1943£40
John McKenzieRoss County1934£37
Malcolm NewlandsCarluke Rovers1943£35
Gordon RennieBanks o’ Dee1937£31
James ColquhounCarluke Rovers1942£30
Jock BradfordBo’ness1921£25
Willie TelferBurnbank Athletic1943£25
Patrick McCamonLargs Thistle1935£20
Alex CallanMorton Juniors1936£20
Dan WoodRenfrew Juniors1938£20
George HunterScottish Staeltic1943£20
Alex CrowePolkelment Juniors1946£20
Joe CravenNorthampton Town1936£15
Jimmy StenhouseLochgelly Violet1941£15
Fulton WilsonCoats Juniors1933£10
Richard McLatchieHibs1942£10
Tom McKennaUnattached – Fee to SFA1943£5

However, is the fee paid for Tomas Stickroth actually the highest when inflation is considered? After converting each transfer by the rates given by the Bank of England for each year of every transfer (last rates available were 2018 at the time of conversion) the results are as follows:

PlayerClubYearFee2018 Equivalent 
Frank McDougallClydebank1979£180,000£984,000
Tomas StickrothBayer Uerdingen1990£400,000£948,000
Fraser WishartMotherwell1989£285,000£728,000
Roddy ManleyFalkirk1989£250,000£638,000
Tony FitzpatrickBristol City1981£150,000£613,000
Doug SomnerPartick Thistle1979£100,000£572,000
Gudmunder TorfasonRapid Vienna1989£160,000£409,000
Peter WeirLeicester City1989£135,000£345,000
Roy AitkenNewcastle United1991£150,000£324,000
Frank McGarveyCeltic1985£94,000£288,000
Chic CharnleyPartick Thistle1991£125,000£270,000
David ElliottPartick Thistle1991£125,000£270,000
John McCormackClydebank1980£55,000£266,000
Brian MartinHamilton Accies1988£97,000£260,000
Billy ThomsonPartick Thistle1978£40,000£237,000
Paul KinnairdMotherwell1989£90,000£230,000
Jim BlairHibernian1971£14,750£217,300
Mike ConroyClydebank1987£76,000£212,000
Lex BaillieCeltic1991£90,000£195,000
Brian ThirdMontrose1973£15,000£189,000
Ian FergusonClyde1986£64,000£185,000
Tom BlackAirdrie1989£70,000£179,000
Jimmy BoneArbroath1978£30,000£178,000
George HendersonDunfermilne1949£5,000£174,000
Ian MunroRangers1977£25,000£171,500
Ally McIntyreSt Johnstone1964£8,000£159,500
Dave MillerRaith Rovers1970£10,000£156,700
Bobby CarrollCeltic1963£7,000£152,000
Les FridgeChelsea1987£54,000£151,000
Jim RooneyMorton1984£47,000£151,000
Keith WalkerStirling Albion1987£53,000£148,000
Mark McWalterArbroath1987£53,000£148,000
Brian GallagherKilmarnock1984£43,500£140,000
Brian DempsterQueen of the South1979£25,000£137,000
Jackie CoplandDundee United1976£25,000£136,000
Bobby WilliamsonRangers1952£4,000£119,600
Willie RentonSt Johnstone1967£6,500£115,200
Ally MacLeodThird Lanark1955£4,000£113,100
Kenny McDowallPartick Thistle1984£32,500£105,000
Peter GodfreyMeadowbank Thistle1985£32,000£98,000
Julian BroddlePlymouth Argyle1990£40,000£95,000
Robert DawsonStirling Albion1987£34,000£95,000
Rowan AlexanderQueen of the South1983£27,000£91,000
Jimmy DuncansonRangers1950£2,500£84,100
John DicksonCowdenbeath1972£6,000£80,800
Archie KnoxForfar1970£5,000£78,400
George StewartDundee1950£2,250£75,700
Josh HeatonDarlington2018£75,000£75,000
Peter McKayBurnley1957£3,000£71,400
Victor MunozSampdoria1990£30,000£71,000
Bobby RossEast Fife1962£3,300£70,000
John BoydDumbarton1994£35,000£68,000
Arthur MilneHibs1946£1,650£67,900
Billy HumeBirmigham1960£3,000£66,500
Willie FernieCeltic1961£3,000£65,800
James HowiesonDundee United1925£1,000£59,700
Steve GallowayDjurgardens1988£20,000£54,000
Tommy BrycelandOldham1972£4,000£53,900
Dunky WalkerDumbarton1921£1,100£53,000
Jim TaylorCowdenbeath1973£4,000£50,284
Ian ListerDunfermilne1969£3,000£49,600
Alan CombeCowdenbeath1993£24,000£48,000
Willie McCullochAirdrie1957£2,000£47,600
Mark YardleyCowdenbeath1995£25,000£47,000
Alan IrvineMazda1990£20,000£47,000
Vincent RyanCeltic1958£2,000£45,900
Gerry BakerMotherwell1958£2,000£45,900
Stewart KeanAyr United2004£30,000£45,000
Jackie BrownQueen of the South1955£1,700£44,400
Jim YoungForfar1968£2,500£43,200
William CowanManchester City1927£700£43,200
Paul ChalmersCeltic1986£15,000£43,000
Alex KinnairdThird Lanark1938£650£43,000
Tommy HendersonHearts1962£2,000£42,400
Dougie ImrieHamilton Accies2012£35,000£41,000
Richard BeattiePeterbrough1963£2,000£40,700
Neil CooperGrimbsy Town1983£12,000£40,400
Stephen O’DonnellClyde2007£28,000£39,000
Joe TillDumbarton1921£800£38,500
Jim HannahAirdrionians1966£2,000£36,800
Tom BradyAberdeen1939£550£35,300
Ted MagnerEverton1911£300£34,700
John McMenemyPartick Thistle1938£500£33,100
Harry RossFulham1908£275£32,500
John WoodManchester United1923£500£29,700
Walter HolbemEverton1913£250£28,300
Archie AikmanHearts1946£650£26,700
Richard BlackManchester United1934£350£24,600
Peter RiceAberdeen1951£750£24,500
Robert RankinClyde1937£350£23,500
Jackie GilliesClyde1945£530£22,500
Hugh StevensonBlackburn1912£200£22,400
George LennonThird Lanark1920£500£22,000
Thomas LilleySunderland1928£350£21,600
Tommy WhiteRaith Rovers1962£1,000£21,200
Bill MurraySunderland1936£300£20,800
Malcolm McLarenBlackpool1946£500£20,600
John McGroryCeltic1954£750£19,900
Willie ReidDumbarton1945£430£18,200
Willie FotheringhamMorton1927£275£17,000
Andrew BrownRangers1914£150£17,000
Sam PageSt Johnstone1928£230£14,200
Johnny LatimerEast Stirlingshire1933£200£14,100
Derek HamiltonAberdeen1983£4,000£13,000
John ScottManchester United1922£225£12,600
Willie DallasLuton Town1956£500£12,500
Bob ParkQueen of the South1952£400£12,000
Robert StevensonMorton1921£250£12,000
William NewbigginMotherwell1924£200£11,900
William DuncanAirdrie1910£100£11,600
Jimmy McCloyClyde1933£150£10,600
James BrannickEverton1914£75£8,500
Andrew DavidsonCeltic1917£100£6,800
Tommy GemmellIrvine Meadow1951£200£6,500
Dunky McGillDuntocher Hibs1952£200£6,000
Tom PageEverton1914£50£5,700
Jimmy RiddellRangers1919£100£5,100
Drew JarvieAirdrie1983£1,500£5,000
Tommy WorkmanBridgeton Waverly 1931£75£5,000
Willie JohnstoneStrathclyde Juniors1948£100£3,700
Robert McIndoeTroon Atheltic1931£55£3,700
Jackie NielsonNewtongrange Star1950£100£3,400
David BruceBristol Rovers1937£50£3,400
Walter KaneSt Anthony’s1946£75£3,200
Willie JackShawfield Juniors1947£75£3,000
William StoddartWishaw1934£40£2,800
Alex HanlinBurnbank Athletic1936£40£2,800
William MillikenKilbirnie Ladeside1938£40£2,600
Alex LinwoodMuirkirk Juniors1938£40£2,600
William McLintockDunipace Juniors1939£40£2,600
John McKenzieRoss County1934£37£2,600
Gordon RennieBanks o’ Dee1937£31£2,100
James KirkAnnbank Uniuted1943£40£1,800
Malcolm NewlandsCarluke Rovers1943£35£1,600
James ColquhounCarluke Rovers1942£30£1,400
Patrick McCamonLargs Thistle1935£20£1,400
Alex CallanMorton Juniors1936£20£1,400
Dan WoodRenfrew Juniors1938£20£1,300
Jock BradfordBo’ness1921£25£1,200
Willie TelferBurnbank Athletic1943£25£1,100
Joe CravenNorthampton Town1936£15£1,000
George HunterScots Stamping Eng Ath1943£20£895
Alex CrowePolkelment Juniors1946£20£820
Jimmy StenhouseLochgelly Violet1941£15£800
Fulton WilsonCoats Juniors1933£10£703
Richard McLatchieHibs1942£10£500
Tom McKennaUnattached – Fee to SFA1943£5£223