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CONNECTIONS: Former number nine Dele Adebola played for both Coventry City and Rochdale

18 September 2014

Adebola one of a number of strikers who has scored goals and featured for the Sky Blues and the Dale...

There have been a number of strikers who have played for both Coventry City and Rochdale over the years.

Ahead of Saturday's SkyBet League One clash at Spotland, we highlight three players who have scored goals for both teams, starting with a player that wore the Sky Blue of City for six years...

Dele Adebola

Now 37 and currently still playing for Rushall Olympic in the Northern Premier Division, the popular striker has had a 20 year career that has seen him play for 16 clubs and make over 600 professional appearances.

However, Adebola played more games for the Sky Blues than he did for anyone else. Signed in 2003, the target man played 163 times for City, scoring 31 goals.

After moving on and playing for a number of second tier clubs including Hull and Nottingham Forest, he was signed on a free transfer by Dale in 2013. He scored six times in 26 games over the course of a season, before moving to Rushall Olympic this summer.

Clive Platt

Signed for a then club record £100,000 fee by the Dale in 1999, Platt made a sizeable impact for the club, scoring 30 times over four years, and attracted the attention of other Football League clubs.

After spells at Notts County, MK Dons and Colchester, Platt joined the Sky Blues in 2010. He made 67 appearances in his two seasons at City, scoring seven goals.

He now plays for League Two side Bury, where he has scored twice this season.

Chris Dagnall

A Rochdale Legend, Dagnall was at the heart of the most successful modern day side in the club's history, scoring a number of goals as the Dale made two Play Off appearances and ultimately gained promotion to League One in 2010; their first in 41 years.


He scored 57 times in total, including three on loan from parent club Tranmere before his transfer was made permanent.

Last season, the Sky Blues secured him on loan for six weeks. He scored only once in his time at City, but it was a significant one, netting the equaliser in front of 7,000 of the travelling Sky Blue Army in a 3-1 win over the MK Dons.

Currently playing for Leyton Orient, Dagnall hopes to rediscover the form he possessed at the Dale which made him one of the lower leagues most prolific marksman.

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