Look at these weird football transfers, who said Football is all about money?
Tony Cascarino - "some training equipment" (Crokenhill to Gillingham, 1982)
The fable that the Gills signed the Irishman for a pile of corrugated iron sadly turns out to be untrue - according to Cascarino, at least. The player himself insists the fee was actually "some training equipment". That's better, Tony. Not much better, but better.
Kenneth Kristensen - his weight in fresh shrimp (Vindbjart to Floey, 2002)
Premier League bung enquiries have led to little, but Lord Stevens should take note of this - there's definitely something fishy about this transfer. Striker Kenneth Kristensen made the switch between Norwegian third division rivals for a crate of crustaceans. The 23-year-old's weight, incidentally, was measured in a pre-match boxing-style weigh-in and determined to be 75kg.
Zat Knight - 30 tracksuits (Rushall Olympic to Fulham, 1999)
The lanky defender - twice capped by England - made the move from non-league football to glamorous Fulham for the princely sum of 30 tracksuits. Assuming the tracksuits came from Fulham chairman Mohamed Al-Fayed's shop Harrods, that could be a British transfer record.
Ernie Blenkinsop - £200 and 80 pints of ale (Cudworth to Hull City, 1921)
Blenkinsop, considered one of the best left-backs the country has ever seen, went on to become England captain and a Sheffield Wednesday legend. The Cudworth directors went on to have a very large hangover.
Lutel James - £200 and a bag of footballs (Hyde United to Bury, 1998)
Some 77 years after Blenkinsop was worth £200 and 80 pints of ale, striker James was worth £200 and a bag of footballs. Taking inflation into account, that makes Blenkinsop roughly 4,000,000 times better than James. Never mind, Lutel.
Marius Cioara - 15kg of pork sausages (UT Arad to Regal Hornia, 2006)
We've all heard of players feeling the pressure of big transfer fees, but it seems the thought of 15kg of sausages hanging over his head was too much for Romanian Cioara. The following day he announced his retirement from football - citing excessive sausage-related taunts - saying he was going to Spain to work on a farm. Presumably not a pig farm. Regal Hornia, understandably, demanded their sausages back. All in all, a dog's dinner of a transfer.
Ian Wright - a set of weights (Greenwich Borough to Crystal Palace, 1985)
It's amazing what non-league clubs will accept in lieu of actual money. Ian Wright proved to be worth more than his weight in weights, and went on to become a legend at both Palace and later Arsenal.
John Barnes - playing kit (Sudbury Court to Watford, 1981)
Another player to be sold for playing kit was John Barnes, who moved into league football in 1981. His transfer to Liverpool five years later was worth £900,000. Who knows how much he was worth after his rap on England's legendary World Cup 1990 anthem World In Motion? Less.
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