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Sky Blues' prolific goal partnerships!

20 November 2013

With Leon Clarke and Callum Wilson firing on all cylinders check out some more of City's historic upfront pairing

With the in-form strike duo of Leon Clarke and Callum Wilson now topping the League One scoring charts we thought we would have a look at some more prolific City strike partnerships from years gone by.

Clarke and Wilson have now netted 25 goals between them in all competitions this season, and are currently making a serious run at achieving a feat not seen at the club for 78 years.


With Clarke and Wilson on 13 and 12 goals respectively both are primely placed to emulate the scoring feats of City’s all-time top scorer Clarrie Bourton and winger George McNestry who both broke the 20-goal mark in 1935-36.

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Bourton hit 23 goals alongside McNestry’s 20 in that campaign. No pair has since broken the 20-goal barrier together in a single season.

Bourton’s strike partner Les Jones also bagged 19, as the team scored 102 goals on their way to the Third Division title, 75 of those coming at Highfield Road.



- The 1935/36 Coventry City side that went on to win the Third Division title - 

In the post-war era you would have to go all the way to 1977/78 to find the next best striking partnership. Ian Wallace and Mick Ferguson scored 21 and 17 respectively as City secured a top-flight 7th place finish, only missing out on a European place due to Ipswich winning the FA cup final.

Looking towards more modern times strike partnerships have been scarce, although individual City players have made fantastic starts to a season, something that Clarke and Wilson have certainly done.

In 1992, Micky Quinn made a prolific start to his City career, scoring ten goals in his first six games, going on to get 17 that season. He also scored in each of his first four Premier League appearances.



- The inimitable Micky Quinn -

Only five other players in the Premier League’s 21-year history have done the same, one of those being City icon Dion Dublin.

Although it is early days, Clarke in particular is already in good company when comparing goal-scoring exploits to other Cov legends.



- Leon Clarke netted his 13th goal of the 2013/14 season at Valley Parade on Sunday -

The great George Hudson scored 17 in his first 27 games, something that Clarke has bested by netting 19 in the same amount of time, before scoring his 20th in 28 games against Bradford on Sunday.



- Legendary Sky Blues goalscorer George Hudson (circled) -

On a final note, City achieved a milestone on Sunday, as they claimed their 4000th point since joining the Football League in 1914. In that time they have played 3728 games, scoring 5178 goals and conceding 5393.

COMPILED WITH THE HELP OF INFORMATION PROVIDED BY OFFICIAL COVENTRY CITY HISTORIAN JIM BROWN. VISIT HIS BLOG HERE OR FOLLOW HIM ON TWITTER @Clarriebourton!


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