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CONNECTIONS: Coventry City vs Scunthorpe United - Three players who have played for both the Sky Blues and the Iron

29 January 2016

We take a look at the playing careers of three players that have featured for both the Sky Blues and Saturday's opponents Scunthorpe United...

Ahead of Saturday’s clash with Scunthorpe at the Ricoh Arena, we revisit the history of three players that have featured for both the Sky Blues and the Iron. 

A Coventry born lad, McSheffrey was one of the most successful products of the Sky Blues Academy to date and went on to make 247 appearances for the first team.

McSheffrey made his first-team debut in 1999 against local rivals Aston Villa at the age of 16, and a mere 198 days later – in a game that Coventry won 4-1 – became the youngest player ever to play in the Premier League (a title now owned by West Ham’s Reece Oxford). 

Playing primarily on the left wing in the 2005–06 season, McSheffrey ended up among the top scorers in the Football League Championship with 15 league goals. 

After attracting interest from various clubs, McSheffrey left The Sky Blues for Birmingham City and then went on to play for Luton Town, Leeds United and Chesterfield (among others), and now plays his football at today’s opponents, Scunthorpe United. 


The Sky Blues winger, who is on-loan from Premier League Norwich City, is arguably enjoying his best spell to date since making his professional debut in 2014.  

Murphy was a part of the Norwich City youth team who won the 2012–13 FA Youth Cup and signed his first professional contract later that year.

After short loan spell at Scunthorpe United and Colchester United, Murphy joined the Sky Blues on a season-long loan and has scored 9 goals, including his first professional career hat-trick and picked up the award for League One PFA player of the month for November ’15. 


Houchen joined Coventry City in the summer of 1986, and although never a prolific player for the Sky Blues, scored a particularly memorable headed goal in the 1987 FA Cup Final at Wembley, which earned him an FA Cup winner’s medal and a Match of the Day's Goal of the Season award.

Houchen had joined the Sky Blues from Scunthorpe United, where he made nine appearances and scored 2 goals for the Iron. 

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