You Couldn't Make It Up!

by Jack Little

Alf Common has a place in football history. When he transferred from Sunderland to Middlesbrough in 2/1905 he broke the world record in being the first footballer to be transferred for £1,000. In 9/1910 he moved to Woolwich Arsenal and the "Cricket and Football Field" reported the transfer adding that "Partick Thistle had hoped to capture him". A source close to him confirmed that Arsenal and Thistle were, indeed, interested in signing him. They may well have been but he didn't venture north of the border.

Publishing date An original Thistle Archive publication, 07-Sep-2020.
Latest edit date Latest edit version 02-Jun-2020.

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