Thursday, August 21 – 1969
Tony Hateley is facing the biggest challenge of an incredible career that yesterday made him Britain’s most expensive football wanderer. After eleven months with Coventry, in which he played only 19 first team games and scored just five goals, struggling Birmingham paid £72,500 for him to put them back on the Second Division promotion trail.
It is centre forward Hateley#s fifth move in six years – at a cost of £374,500. And it puts him ahead of Allan Clarke who reached the £350,000 mark with a move to Leeds this summer. In the last three years alone four clubs have paid a total of £352,500 for Hateley. And his salary of this record in transfer fees is now an astonishing £17,600.
Hateley has won only one top honour in football – and FA Cup losers medal with Chelsea. But he drives up to matches…
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