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CONNECTIONS: Isaac Osbourne is one player to have featured for Coventry City and Crewe Alexandra in past seasons

23 April 2015

Osbourne is one of three players we have featured to have played for City and the Alex ahead of Saturday's League One clash...

Coventry City and Crewe Alexandra have shared a number of player over the years, who have worn the red and Sky Blue of both teams.

In this article we look at three players who have worn the shirts of both the Sky Blues and the Railwaymen over the years, starting with a former young player of the year...


The Birmingham-born defensive midfielder signed for the Sky Blues in 1999, and signed a professional deal in 2003. His eight years at City was unfortunately marred by injury, and he struggled to secure a run of games in the first team. He was named Young Player of the Year however in 2005.

In 2006 he joined Crewe on loan to help recovery from ligament damage. He played twice for the Alex, one of those against Manchester United in the League Cup.

All in all Osbourne played 122 times for City, where he left to go north of the border and join Aberdeen. He now plays for St Mirren in the SPFL, who he joined in the summer.


After featuring a number of times for the Sky Blues this season, Miller will be eager to play against the club he joined at the age of seven. After progressing through the Alex academy, Miller made his debut in 2006, against Bradford City.

He would enjoy six years at his hometown club, scoring 39 goals in 163 appearances, his best season being in 2010/11, where he notched 19 goals in a prolific campaign.

He signed for Sheffield United in 2012, but he suffered from injury worries during his time at the Blades, scoring four times in 28 appearances.

After his release this summer, manager Steven Pressley moved quick to sign him on a one year deal. He has featured nine times this season so far, scoring once.


Part of Manchester United's FA Youth Cup winning side in 2003, Johnson failed to break through to the first team, instead going out on loan to both City and the Alex for some first team experience.

He first came to City in 2004, signing on a season long loan. Playing 26 times, he scored five goals, including a goal on his debut.

After going back to United he then went to Crewe on a six month loan deal in 2005, which eventually turned into a season long loan. He would feature 22 times for the Railwaymen, again scoring five goals.

After playing abroad for Austin Aztecs and Portland Timbers in America, he now manages the Dundee Under-20 squad.

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