So the transfer window has closed, and we’re all off to the club shop getting new names on our new shirts. Why this happens only twice in a season has escaped me. Freddy Shepherd, the outspoken Newcastle chairman (who famously dubbed Alan Shearer as ‘Mary Poppins’ and all Newcastle ladies as ‘slappers’) has branded the transfer window as "ridiculous", saying "It is absolutely ridiculous and really a restriction of trade, and I would like to see somebody challenging it. How can you stop someone from getting a job? What other business would allow this?"
This got me thinking.
The most significant transfer shift was after the Bosman ruling, which enabled players to move freely from country to country. Once upon a time, you were only allowed to field a handful of players (4 if I remember rightly) in a European match. If you were an English club, players from Scotland and Wales counted in your number of ‘foreigners’. So Bosman changed all that