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Up until the transfers of Archilbald, Hughes and Lineker to Barcelona, the thought of British and Irish players upping sticks and moving to Spain was virtually unheard of. There's been more players who have transferred over to clubs in La Liga than you first think, so here's our list of British and Irish players who have played in Spain...









Player Name Year Details
Craig Davies 2006 Oxford Utd to Verona (£85,000)
One of those classic, odd transfers, involving a pretty non-descript British player and a decent sized Italian club, with someone at Hellas Verona deciding that Davies' 8 goals in 48 games in the bottom tier of English football was a good enough reason to write out a cheque for £85,000. The young striker had been given an international debut for Wales by John Toshack but was still totally untested at this level and in a different footballing environment. Most people thought it was an odd move, and they weren't wrong - zero goals and just one appearance before he was shipped back to England on loan to Wolves. See our list of football's most bizarre transfers for further details.
Franz Carr 1996 Aston Villa to Reggiana (Free)
The pacey right winger was a big favourite at Forest in the 80's before transferring between club after club in the 90's without regaining the form that he'd shown at the City Ground. After a stint with Aston Villa he was strangely offered the chance of a crack at Italy and went over to the northern town of Reggio Emilia for a one month trial with Reggiana. Reggiana, enjoying a spell in Serie A at the time were impressed enough to offer him a contract, which Carr accepted. However, now aged 30, Carr had lost some of his trademark pace that had made him dangerous as a youngster and struggled to make an impact against the tough Serie A defences. Reggiana were relegated to Serie B and Carr moved back to England, joining Boloton Wanderers on a free in October 1997.