If You Know The History: 24th March Wayne Biggins to Stoke 1994

24th March Wayne Biggins to Stoke 1994

When Lou Macari arrived at Celtic Park on 26th July 1993, he was left in no doubt by Fergus McCann that there was not a great deal of money in the kitty for new players, so Lou, as he admitted himself, was forced to shop around in the ‘bargain basement’.

He brought in goalkeeper Carl Muggleton, then on loan at Sheffield United, a deal which cost £150,000. Fullback Lee Martin was bought from Manchester United, a tribunal setting the fee at £350,000. Also from Sheffield United came Willie Falconer, again for £350,000; while the first to arrive was striker Wayne Biggins from Barnsley with Andy Paton going the other way plus a £100,000 sum in Celtic’s favour.

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PHOTO: Wayne Biggins

Wayne made his debut in the most unusual of circumstances. Having signed forms for the club at 3.30pm on 24th November 1993, he took to the field at 8.55pm that same evening as a substitute in the home league encounter with Motherwell, which Celtic won 2-0. Opportunities in the first team for Wayne, though, were hard to come by. During the next four months, he only made 10 appearances and did not score at all.

On this day in 1994, ex-Celtic coach Joe Jordan took Wayne Biggins back to Stoke, the transfer fee around the £125,000 mark.

Jim Craig

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