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Rewind Extra: Record spending at Christmas

Rewind Extra: Record spending at Christmas
Travelling back to Boxing Day 1995 as York City incredibly smash their transfer record for the second time in just three months.

Highly-rated Burnley midfielder Adrian Randall, 27, has become the first-ever six-figure signing in York City's 73-year history following a club record £140,000 deal.

The former England youth international agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Minstermen - and declared himself as confident of inspiring their recovery. City are currently languishing towards the bottom of Division Two.

"I'm 27 and approaching my peak," Randall told The Press. "Last season I played in the First Division with Burnley and I know I can perform well at that level. Now I have come to York I want to stay playing well here.

"I know we are in a poor position, but I am quite confident with the players already here the team is quite capable of turning it round. I don't think there's any chance at all of us going down.

"When I was told York had come in for me I was quite pleased," he added. "I played here several times and always regarded it as a well-run club. The manager [Alan Little] came across really well and sold me the idea of coming here. I thought I would give it a go."

Cultured ball-player Randall was always a long-admired target of manager Little, who views him as the ideal candidate to occupy the engine room given his age, experience and skill levels.

"He's quality," Little promised. "He's elegant on the ball and scores goals. He has the ability to get the side going and he is also a big lad for a midfielder. I have liked him for a long time."

The Wiltshire-born playmaker had initially been expected to join City on loan, but after talks involving player, manager and chairman Douglas Craig, it was decided to immediately make the arrangement permanent.

However, the current sub-zero temperatures are already threatening his potential debut against former club Bournemouth this weekend.

Randall originally began his career with the Cherries, but after only a handful of games then completed in excess of a century of appearances during three seasons at Aldershot.

He became the target of a number of leading clubs, including Manchester United, until joining Burnley for £40,000 four years ago; once again making over a hundred appearances while helping them towards a couple of promotions.

Big-spending York had previously broken their own transfer record just three months ago when splashing out £90,000 on Luton Town striker Rob Matthews.

Rewind Extra - December 1995

Video Link: York City 3 Everton 2 (YorkCityTV)

Writer:Vital York City
Date:Tuesday October 3 2017
Time: 1:33PM

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