On the 9th February 1979, Nottingham Forest paid a record £1,000,000 to Birmingham City for Trevor Francis.
England forward Trevor Francis signed for Brian Clough’s League and Cup winning side this lunchtime in Nottingham after eight seasons with Birmingham City.
The total cost to Forest – whose average League gate is 30,000 people – will be £1,180, 000, including VAT and 5% fees for Francis and the League Provident Fund for ex-footballers.
Assistant manager of Nottingham Forest Peter Taylor said: “We can afford to pay prices like this because of good management in the past.”
It is double the amount received by Liverpool when Kevin Keegan was sold to Hamburg in summer 1977.
The previous record transfer fee of £500,000 was paid by West Bromwich Albion to Middlesbrough last December for David Mills.