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Connections: Coventry City v Gillingham - Cody McDonald will play against his former club tonight for the Gills

5 September 2014

The Sky Blues have recorded victories over the Gills 22 times out of the 47 occasions the two teams have played each other...

The Sky Blues and Gillingham have met each other on 47 occasions over the years. The two clubs have shared a number of players too. Here, we highlight three of those, two of them in contention to play tonight against their former clubs.  

In the League, the Sky Blues have the advantage, winning 22 games to Gillingham's 13. There have been 9 draws, including 7-1 and 7-3 victories all the way back in 1933/34.  

Last season was the first time the two sides had met in 10 years. City won 2-1 at Sixfields with Leon Clarke and Franck Moussa getting the goals but the Gills managed to avenge that loss with a 4-2 win at Priestfield. 


Micky Adams 

Former City player and manager Micky Adams started his playing career at the Gills. Playing as a full back, he made 92 appearances, scoring five goals. 

He then made his transfer to the Sky Blues in 1983 for £85,000.  Unfortunately he struggled with injury whilst playing at Highfield Road, but nonetheless still played over 100 games for City, before Billy Bremner took him to Leeds in 1987.


Adams returned to manage the Sky Blues between 2005 and 2007. He oversaw City's highest position during their most recent time in the Championship, with an 8th-place finish in 2006. 

Since leaving City, he has had spells at Colchester, Brighton, Sheffield United and is currently in charge of Port Vale.  

Cody McDonald  

The Gills striker may very well line up tonight against his former team, after he played 43 times for City between 2011 and 2013. 

McDonald was taken out of non-league by Norwich City in 2008. After failing to break into the side, he went on loan to his current club and scored 25 goals in a remarkable season. 

This form alerted City who signed him on a two-year deal.  He went back on loan to Gillingham in January 2013, and made his move permanent that summer. 

He has scored 19 goals so far in 47 appearances, and has scored twice so far this season, including a strike in the Gills’ last League One game at Crewe.  

Simeon Jackson
The current City striker, who is away on international duty with Canada tonight, was signed from non-league Rushden and Diamonds by Gillingham in 2008. 

He scored 38 goals during his time there, impressing fans and coaches with lethal finishing.  He left to join Norwich City for £600,000 in 2010 and became a fans favourite yet again. 

He was a vital part of Norwich's two promotions in two seasons and scored the goal that took the Canaries back to the Premier League against Portsmouth.  

After leaving Carrow Road, he played for Eintracht Braunschweig in Germany as well as Millwall, and was signed by Steven Pressley this summer. He has featured three times this season but is currently training in Toronto with the Canadian national team ahead of their international friendly with Jamaica.

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