Date: 18th November 2013 at 4:40pm
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An article from penton looking at the transfers made by league two clubs this season. It dispels are common myth.

Below is an interesting piece from the Telegraph that is a real eye opener.

It shows all the transfers, loans, and movements in League two and proves that far from being unique we are just one of the vast majority that is filled with, freebies, cast offs and no hopers, it appears that some just make a better fist of organising their no hopers.

Accrington Stanley
: Nicky Hunt (Rotherham, Free), Shay McCartan (Burnley, Free), Rob Atkinson (Fleetwood, Free), Piero Mingoia (Watford, Free), Kai Naismith (Rangers, Free), Josh Windass (Huddersfield Town, Free), Danny Webber (Sheffield United, Free), Ben Wilson (Sunderland, Free), Michael Richardson (Newcastle, Loan), Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham, Loan).
Out: Padraig Amond (Morecambe, Free), Tom Eckersley (Tamworth, Free), Craig Lindfield (Chester, Free), Amine Linganzi (Gillingham, Free), Lee Molyneux (Crewe, Free), Romuald Boco (Plymouth, Free), Aidan Chippendale (Bury, Free), Marcus Carver (FC Halifax, Loan).
Released: Charlie Barnett, Bohan Dixon.

AFC Wimbledon
: Chris Arthur (Havant & Waterlooville, Free), Ashley Bayes (Basingstoke, Free), Andre Blackman (Celtic, Free), Andy Frampton (Gillingham, Free), George Francomb (Norwich, Free), Barry Fuller (Barnet, Free), Callum Kennedy (Scunthorpe, Free), Charlie Sheringham (Bournemouth, Free), Rhys Weston (KR Reykjavik, Free), (Ross Worner (Aldershot, Free), George Porter (Burnley, Loan), Michael Smith (Charlton, Loan).
Out: Emmanual Akokhia (Eastbourne Borough), Pim Balkestein (VVV-Venlo, Free), Chris Hussey (Burton, Free), Huw Johnson (Staines Town, Free), Stacy Long (Ebbsfleet, Free), Jason Prior (Dartford, Free).
Released: Louis Harris, Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz, Frankie Merrifield, Mat Mitchel-King, Curtis Osano, Rashid Yussuff.

Bristol Rovers
: Steve Mildenhall (Millwall, Free), John-Joe O’Toole (Colchester, Undisclosed).
Out: Scott Bevan (Havant & Waterlooville, Free), Oumaie Tounkara (Stevenage. Free).
Released: Joe Anyinsah, Conor Finn, Sam Kamarq, Ross Staley, Adrian Virgo.

Burton Albion
: Rene Howe (Torquay United, free), Phil Edwards (Rochdale, Free), Chris Hussey (AFC Wimbledon, Free), Alex McDonald (Burnley, Free), Adam McGurk (Tranmere, Free), Adam Reed (Sunderland, Free), Ian Sharps (Rotherham, Free), Michael Symes (Leyton Orient, Free), Richard Hinds (Yeovil, Free), Rory Delap (Stoke City, Free), Jordan Pickford (Sunderland, Loan), Mats Morch (Derby, Loan).
Out: Devarn Green (Blackburn, Undisclosed), Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday, Free), Adi Yussuf (Lincoln C, Free), Calvin Zola (Aberdeen, Free).
Released: Evan Garnett, Jack Green, John McGrath, Nathan Stanton, Cleveland Taylor, Aaron Webster.
Retired: Andy Corbett.

: Nathan Cameron (Coventry, Free), Ashley Grimes (Rochdale, Free), Rob Lainton (Bolton, Free), Danny Mayor (Sheffield Wednesday, Free), Greg McDermott (Stockport, Free), Andy Procter (Preston, Free), John Rooney (Barnsley, Free), Gareth Roberts (Derby, Free), Chris Sedgwick (Hyde, Free), Reice Charles-Cook (Arsenal, Free), Richard Hinds (Yeovil Town, Free), Marlon Jackson (Hereford, Free), Aidan Chippendale (Accrington Stanley, Free), Jessy Reindorf (Union Royale Namur, Free), Shaun Beeley (Fleetwood, Loan), Anton Forrester (Blackburn, Loan), Jordan Sinnott (Huddersfield, Loan), Tommy Miller (Swindon Town, Free), William Edjenguele (Coventry, Free), Marcos Navas (Recreativo Huelva, Free), Brian Jensen (Burnley, Free).
Out: Steven Schumacher (Fleetwood, Undisclosed), David Worrall (Rotherham, Undisclosed), Cameron Belford, (Tamworth, Free), Christian Dibble (Barnsley, Free), Mark Hughes (Morecambe, Free), Marcus Marshall (Morecambe, Free), Joe Skarz (Rotherham, Free), Efe Sodje (Macclesfield, Free).
Released: Mark Carrington, Craig Fagan, Ben Futcher, Max Harrop, David Healy, Euan Holden, Dalton McLaughlin, Jordan Melia, Valery Mézague, Carl Regan, Tom Soares.

Cheltenham Town
: Troy Brown (Aldershot, Free), Jamie Cureton (Exeter, Free), Terry Gornell (Rochdale, Free), Matt Richards (Shrewsbury, Free), Ashley Vincent (Port Vale, Free), Craig Braham-Barrett (Macclesfield, Loan), Brian Saah (Torquay United, Free), Ryan Innis (Crystal Palace, Loan), Craig Braham-Barrett (Macclesfield, Free), David Noble (Rotherham, Loan).
Out: Marlon Pack (Bristol City, £100,000), Darren Carter (Northampton, Free), Harry Hooman (Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Free), Kaid Mohamed (Port Vale, Free), Chris Zebroski (Newport County, Free), Kieron Thomas (Cinderford Town, Free), Bagasan Graham (Chelmsford City, Free), Steve Gillespie (Fleetwood Town, Loan).
Released: Darryl Duffy, Billy Jones.

: Matty Brown (Marine, Free), Aaron Chapman (Belper T, Free), Jamie Devitt (Hull, Free), Eoin Doyle (Hibernian, Free), Ian Evatt (Blackpool, Free), Sam Morsy (Port Vale, Free), Gary Roberts (Swindon, Free), Jimmy Ryan (Scunthorpe, Free), Ritchie Humphreys (Hartlepool United, Free), Matty Brown (Marine, Free), Jamie Devitt (Hull City, Free), Ryan Edwards (Blackburn Rovers, Loan).
Out: Scott Boden (Macclesfield, Free), Richard Brindley (Rotherham, Free), Craig Clay (York, Free), Richard O’Donnell (Walsall, Free), Neal Trotman (Plymouth, Free).
Released: Mark Randall, Jack Waddle, Jonathan Wafula, Danny Whitaker.
Retired: Jack Lester.

Dagenham & Redbridge
: Afolabi Obafemi (Leyton Orient, Free), Rhys Murphy (Telstar, Free), Brian Saah (Torquay United, Free), Zavon Hines (Bradford City, Free).
Out: Andy Burns (Barrow AFC, Free), Ben Strevens (Eastleigh, Free), Soloman Taiwo (Luton, Free), Duran Reynolds (Barrow, Free), Nathan Ferguson (Chelmsford City, Loan), John Nouble (Thurrock, Loan).
Released: Tom Davie, Ian Gayle, Dominic Green, Kevin Maher, Alex Osborn, Sam Williams

Exeter City
: David Wheeler (Staines Town, Undisclosed), Doug Bergqvist (Aldershot, Free), Sam Parkin (St Mirren, Free).
Out: Kevin Amankwaah (Northampton, Free), Jamie Cureton (Cheltenham, Free), Elliott Frear (Salisbury City, Free), Doug Bergqvist (Welling, Loan), Myles Anderson (AC Monza, Free), Rhys Evans (Hereford United, Free), Jordan Tillson (Chippenham Town, Loan).
Released: Guillem Bauzà Elliott Frear, Mark Molesley, Matt Oakley.

Fleetwood Town
: Anton Sarcevic (Chester, Undisclosed), Richard Cresswell (Southend, Undisclosed), Steven Schumacher (Bury, Undisclosed), Matty Blair (York, Free), Leam Hogan (FC Halifax, Free), Jeff Hughes (Notts Co, Free), Stephen Jordan (Unattached, Free), Stewart Murdoch (Falkirk, Free), Mark Roberts (Stevenage, Free).
Out: Anthony Barry (Forest Green, Free), Kieran Charnock (Stockport County, Free), Andy Mangan (Forest Green, Free), Jamie McGuire (Mansfield, Free), Jamie Milligan (Southport), Daniel Rose (Oxford U, Free), Alex Titchiner (Chester, Loan), Rob Atkinson (Accrington, Free), Steve Gillespie (Cheltenham, Loan), Shaun Beeley (Bury, Loan), Barry Nicholson (Kilmarnock, Free).
Released: Richie Allen, Gareth Evans, Mozesh Gyorio, Youl Mawéné, Daniel Rowe, Liam Wynn.

Hartlepool United
: Jack Compton (Colchester, Free), Christian Burgess (Middlesbrough, Loan), Matthew Dolan (Middlesbrough, Loan), Michael Duckworth (Bradford Park Avenue, Free).
Out: Peter Hartley (Stevenage, Undisclosed), Aaron Brown (West Auckland Town, Free), Paul Johnson (Celtic Nation), Ritchie Humphreys (Chesterfield, Free), Nathan Buddle (Blyth Spartans, Free).
Released: Evan Horwood, Nathan Luscombe, Adam McHugh, Colin Nish.

Mansfield Town
: Sam Clucas (Hereford, Tribunal), Ollie Palmer (Havant & Waterlooville, Undisclosed), Calvin Andrew (Port Vale, Free), Paul Black (Tranmere, Free), Jamie Maguire (Fleetwood, Free), John McCombe (Port Vale, Free), Keiran Murtagh (Macclesfield, Free), Martin Riley (Wrexham).
Out: Matt Green (Birmingham, Free), Jamie Hand (Stockport, Free), Luke Jones (Stevenage, Free), Andy Owens (AFC Telford United, Free), Jamie Tolley (Kidderminster, Free), Nick Wright (Lincoln City, Free), Paul Black (Carlisle, Loan).
Released: Andy Owens, Shane Redmond, Gary Roberts, Jamie Tolley.
Retired: John Thompson.

: Tony Diagne (Macclesfield, Undisclosed), Padraig Amond (Accrington, Free), Mark Hughes (Bury, Free), Alex Kenyon (Stockport, Compensation), Marcus Marshall (Bury, Free), Jack Sampson (Bolton, Free).
Out: Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth, Free), Jordan Burrow (Stevenage, Free), Will Haining (Hyde, Free), Daniel Parkinson (Barrow, Free).
Released: Daniel Carlton, Nick Fenton, Christopher Holroyd, Gary McDonald, Shane Routledge, James Short.

Newport County
: Adam Chapman (Oxford United, Free), Jamie Stephens (Liverpool, Free), Harry Worley (Oxford U, Free), Chris Zebroski (Cheltenham, Free), Tom Naylor (Derby, Loan).
Out: Alan Julian (Dartford, Free), Michael Boateng (Whitehawk, Free).
Released: Will Evans, Jake Harris, Joe Parry.

Northampton Town
: Kevin Amankwaah (Exeter, Free), Darren Carter (Cheltenham, Free), Matt Duke (Bradford City, Free), Ian Morris (Torquay, Free), JJ Hooper (Newcastle United, Free), Gary Deegan (Hibernian, Free), Danny Emerton (Hull, Free), Matt Heath (Colchester, Non-Contract), Paul Blyth (Leicester, Loan), Matt Harrriott (Sheffield United, Free), Matt Heath (Unattached, Free).
Out: Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham, Free), George Craddock (Margate), Luke Guttridge (Luton, Free), Ben Harding (Torquay United, Free), Louis Moult (Nuneaton, Free), Jake Robinson (Whitehawk, Free), Ben Harding (Torquay United, Free), Paul Turnbull (Macclesfield Town, Free), Lewis Wilson (Kettering Town, Free).
Released: John Johnson, Nana.
Retired: Clarke Carlisle

Oxford United
: Dave Kitson (Sheffield United, Free), David Hunt (Crawley, Free), Jonathan Meades (Bournemouth, Free), Tom Newey (Scunthorpe, Free), Daniel Rose (Fleetwood, Free), Josh Ruffels (Coventry, Free), Josh Shama (Reading, Free), Asa Hall (Shrewsbury, Loan), Johnny Mullins (Rotherham, Undisclosed), Ryan Williams (Fulham, Loan).
Out: Adam Chapman (Newport County, Free), Tom Craddock (Portsmouth, Free), Liam Davis (Yeovil Town, Free), Simon Heslop (Stevenage, Free), Luke McCormick (Plymouth, Free), Luke O`Brien (Gateshead, Free), Jon-Paul Pittman (Wycombe, Free), Justin Richards (Tamworth, Free), Harry Worley (Newport Co, Free), Tony Capaldi (Tamworth, Free), , Michael Duberry (Hendon, Free), Jacob Hughes, Josh Lathey (Both North Leigh, Free).
Released: Damian Batt, Peter Leven, Josh Parker.

Plymouth Argyle
: Lewis Alessandra (Morecambe, Free), Dominic Blizzard (Yeovil, Free), Luke McCormick (Oxford U, Free), Romuald Boco (Accrington, Free), Neal Trotman (Plymouth, Free), Hamza Bencherif (Notts Co, Free), Jamie Reckord (Wolves, Loan).
Out: Paris Cowan-Hall (Wycombe, Undisclosed), Anthony Charles (Luton, Free), Warren Feeney (Salisbury City, Free), Ollie Chenoweth, Jared Sims (both Truro City, Free).
Released: Jamie Lowry.

: Ryan Bird (Burnham, Undisclosed), Patrick Agyemang (Stevenage, Free), Andy Barcham (Scunthorpe, Free), Sonny Bradley (Hull, Free), Tom Craddock (Oxford U, Free), Joe Devera (Swindon, Free), Danny East (Hull, Free), Ricky Holmes (Barnet, Free), Bondz N’Gala (Stevenage, Free), Romain Padovani (Monaco, Free), John Sullivan (Charlton, Free), Simon Ferry (Swindon Town, Free), Marcus Painter (Brighton, Free).
Out: John Akinde (Alfreton Town, Free), Simon Eastwood (Blackburn, Free), Alex Grant (Stoke, Free).
Released: George Colson, Dan Thompson, Elliot Wheeler.

: Bobby Grant (Blackpool, Undisclosed), Matt Done (Barnsley, Free), Bastien Hery (Sheffield Wednesday, Free), Andy Eastham (Blackpool, Free), Andy Haworth (Notts County, Free), Scott Hogan (Hyde, Free), Olly Lancashire (Aldershot), Matthew Lund (Rochdale, Free), Robbie Thomson (Celtic, Free), Peter Vicenti (Aldershot, Free), Javan Vidal (Stockport County, Free), Jack O’Connell (Blackburn Rovers, Loan), Graham Cummins (Preston, Loan).
Out: Neill Byrne (AFC Telford Utd, Free), Craig Curran (Limerick, Free), Phil Edwards (Burton, Free), , Terry Gornell (Cheltenham, Free), Ashley Grimes (Bury, Free), Jason Kennedy (Bradford C, Free), Kevin McIntrye (Chester, Free).
Released: Dele Adebola, Peter Cavanagh, Matt Edwards, Ritchie Jones, Sam Minihan, Matt Pearson, Luke Watson.

Scunthorpe United
: Terry Hawkridge, Luke Waterfall (both Gainsborough, Undisclosed), Jordan Clark (Barnsley, Free), Andy Dawson (Hull), Chris Iwelumo (Watford, Free), Matt Sparrow (Crawley, Free), Andy Welsh (Carlisle, Free), Etiënne Esajas (Unattached, Free), Sean McAllister (Cowdenbeath, Free), Deon Burton (Gillingham, Free), Sam Winnall (Wolves, Free), James Spencer (Huddersfield Town, Loan).
Out: Andy Barcham (Portsmouth, Free), Karl Hawley (Torquay, Free), Connor Jennings (Macclesfield, Loan), Callum Kennedy (AFC Wimbledon, Free), Tom Newey (Oxford U, Free), Jimmy Ryan (Chesterfield, Free), Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers, Undisclosed), Akpo Sodje (Tranmere Rovers, Free), Josh Lacey (Gainsborough Trinity, Free).
Released: Robbie Gibbons, Damien Mozika, Paul Reid, Josh Walker.

Southend United
: Will Atkinson (Bradford City, Free), Julian Bennett (Sheffield Wednesday, Free), Conor Clifford (Leicester, Free), Ben Coker (Colchester United, Free), Craig Reid (Aldershot, Free), John White (Colchester, Free), Don Cowan (Dundee, Monthly), Adam Thompson (Watford, Loan), Cauley Woodrow (Fulham, Loan).
Out: Richard Cresswell (Fleetwood Town, Undisclosed), Elliot Benyon (Torquay, Free), Shamir Mullings (Bromley, Free), Gavin Tomlin (Port Vale, Free), Bilel Mohsni (Rangers, Free), Jack Paxman (Chelmsford City, Free).
Released: Chris Barker, Graham Coughlan, Don Cowan, Bilel Mohsni, Mickey Spillane, John Spicer, Alex Woodyard.

Torquay United
: Elliot Benyon (Southend, Free), Courtney Cameron (Aston Villa, Free), Jordan Chappell (Sheffield United, Free), Ben Harding (Northampton Town, Free), Karl Hawley (Scunthorpe, Free), Krystian Pearce (Notts County, Free), Dale Tonge (Rotherham, Free), Callum Ball (Derby, Loan).
Out: Liam Prynn (Aston Villa, £50,000), Rene Howe (Burton Albion, Free), Ryan Jarvis (York, Free), Nick Milton (Bideford, Free), Ian Morris (Northampton, Free), Brian Saah (Dagenham & Redbridge, Free), George Artemi (Canvey Island, Free), Danny Leadbitter (Hereford United, Free).
Released: Karl Baker, Craig Easton, Saul Halpin, David Leadbitter, Lloyd Macklin, Joe Oastler, Danny Stevens.

Wycombe Wanderers
: Paris Cowan-Hall (Wycombe, Undisclosed), Tommy Fletcher (Cheshunt, Free), Charlie Horlock (Stevenage, Free), Jon-Paul Pittman (Oxford U, Free), Nick Arnold (Reading, Loan), Steven Craig (Partick Thistle, Free), Billy Knott (Sunderland, Loan), Charles Dunne (Wycombe, Undisclosed) .
Out: Charles Dunne (Blackpool, Undisclosed), Joel Grant (Yeovil Town, Free), Jesse Kewley-Graham (Havant & Waterlooville, Loan).
Released: Georges Ehui, Emmanuel Ighorae, Leon Johnson, Oliver Taylor.
Retired: Gareth Ainsworth.

York City
: Ryan Bowman (Hereford, Undisclosed), Craig Clay (Chesterfield, Free), Wes Fletcher (Blackpool, Free), Ryan Jarvis (Torquay, Free), Lewis Montrose (Gillingham, Free), Sander Puri (St Mirren, Free), Chris Kettings (Blackpool, Loan), Richard Cresswell (Sheffield United, Free), Ben Davies (Preston North End, Loan), Ryan Brobbel (Middlesbrough, Loan), George Taft (Leicester City, Loan).
Out: Neil Barrett (Basingstoke Town), Matty Blair (Fleetwood, Free), Chris Doig (Grimsby, Free), Jamie Ible (Guiseley, Free), Scott Kerr (Grimsby, Free), Paddy McLaughlin (Grimsby, Free), Jamie Reed (Chester FC, Free), Lee Bullock (Whitby Town, Free)..
Released: Lee Bullock, Jon Challinor, Ben Everson, Michael Potts, Jason Walker.

Surely this blows the argument of ‘what do you expect? We are a team of freebies and players no one else wanted’ strange that!! So is everyone else!

It’s how you craft your silk purse out of the sows ear that counts at this level.

Written by penton and originally posted in the VP forum – click here

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6 Replies to “Transfers, a real eye opener!”

  • As said in the forum
    You are right that is an interesting article and it did open my eyes a little … I knew we weren’t the only club like that .. but had no idea how many o the others we the same…. although…

    I don’t think your ‘It’s how you craft your silk purse out of the sows ear that counts at this level’ is the only consideration to be taken into account.

    Rather than me directly oppose our view I’ll offer the debate for and against the freebies argument in the hope it sparks further debate..

    For … To add to Pentons point .. You may also remember that Guy was very quick off the mark in securing his squad .. sometimes not even waiting too see who would become available once the premiership squads were announced .. he had his squad in place BEFORE the annual trickle down of players

    Against … It’s all very well and good stating that other teams are made up of loan players and freebies but what the list doesn’t show is that we are a middling team when it comes to wages … sure Fleetwood have freebies but they are paying league One wages .. Pompey are not .. Within the context of the league we have an average bunch of freebies and no-hopers .. and we are exactly where we should be ..6 points off relegation zone .. six points off the play offs…. I.e an average position for an average team

  • MIckey Spillane released by Southend. I thought he was a famous writer of detective stories!! Good research by the Telegraph but a lot of errors sadly.

    Interestingly the biggest fee received was £100,000 for…………Marlon Pack now I know that name from somewhere.

  • I said this in the forum: That was a fascinating list penton…
    I was so surprised at how little money was paid out for players, well surprised would be wrong as there isnt much money floating about in league two (or one) but literally all moves from all clubs were frees or loan!
    There are very few in this league that will have an excessive budget (a couple of notable exceptions) so even at our lowest ebb you would have thought that perhaps some others might have been better options, but hindsight and all that eh!
    Lets also not forget that plenty of our signings opted against more money at others clubs, or playing higher so (on paper anyway) its not really been scraped together this season has it?
    The players being good enough or not, being played in the right positions, getting the best out of them or not etc. etc. always comes back to the manager and at the end of the day he is the one that brought them in so we can have no excuses really can we…
    Midtable, around 10th, remains ok with me.
    Problem is I am becoming increasingly concerned that we could quite easily slip backwards and not forward (of course by the same thought we could go forward with a few wins) and have (like I have said previously) more concerns about things going forward, ST numbers will drop off if we are not careful.

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