From Stewart to Legwinski - Town’s quiet transfer deadline days

Marcus Stewart left Ipswich Town on the very first transfer deadline day in August 2002

Marcus Stewart left Ipswich Town on the very first transfer deadline day in August 2002 - Credit: PA

It’s once again set to be a quiet transfer deadline day at Portman Road, with manager Mick McCarthy having completed his summer business well in advance.

Sylvain Legwinski joined from Fulham in August 2006

Sylvain Legwinski joined from Fulham in August 2006

Since its introduction in 2002, the final day of the August window has been notoriously quiet at Ipswich Town, with the majority of transfers completed earlier in the summer, while the loan window’s opening just after deadline day means panic moves have not been necessary.

However, there have been a few deals completed over the last 13 years.

Marcus Stewart to Sunderland, August 2002 - £3.25m

The very first summer transfer window brought a major departure for the Blues, with leading marksman Marcus Stewart returning to the Premier League following relegation. The Bristolian, who led the Ipswich scoring chart as the club finished fifth in the Premier League in 2000/02, cost the Black Cats more than £3million on a day where they also splashed out significant funds on Tore Andre Flo. Sadly, Town’s financial situation at the time meant replacing him was simply not an option. Stewart scored 31 times in 77 league starts for Sunderland, before returning to his home city to play for Bristol City.


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Legwinski in, Forster out, August 2006

Nicky Forster left for Hull in 2006

Nicky Forster left for Hull in 2006

With transfer fees still few and far between at Portman Road, ex-Fulham midfielder Sylvain Legwinski arrived on the final day of the 2006 summer window, having been at the club on trial for the previous week. So it was hardly a rabbit pulled out of a hat by manager Jim Magilton. There was a notable departure, though, as striker Nicky Forster headed to the exit door as he moved to Hull for £250,000. Ipswich proved to be Legwinski’s final port of call as a professional footballer, as he played more than 50 games and scored seven goals, while Forster turned out for Brighton, Charlton and Brentford before hanging up his boots in 2011.

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