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CONNECTIONS: Coventry City v Colchester United - three players who have represented the Sky Blues and the U's

27 March 2016

We take a look at three players from different eras of football's history, who have enjoyed a playing career at both Coventry City and Colchester United...

We feature the profiles of three players to have represented both clubs, ahead of Colchester's visit to the Ricoh Arena on Tuesday evening. 

Clinton Morrison 

After spells with Crystal Palace and Birmingham City, Morrison signed for the Sky Blues in 2008. He wore the number 19 shirt with a + sign in between the numbers to signify his traditional playing number 10.  

He amassed 101 appearances and 23 goals during his time, before being released in 2010.

The former Republic of Ireland international signed for Colchester in 2012 and spent two years at the club before leaving in the summer of 2014. At the age of 36, Morrison is now with League Two side Exeter City where he acts as a player/manager.

David Barnes

Barnes spent the majority of his playing career at a multitude of Football League clubs including Ipswich, Wolves, Sheffield United and both Coventry City and Colchester United.

While with City, Barnes received England youth caps and honours while also making nine top-flight appearances at Highfield Road. He left in April 1982 to rejoin Ipswich on a free transfer.

Barnes' former Aldershot teammate Steve Wignall brought him to Layer Road in 1996 on a free transfer following his release from Watford in August 1996. He played eleven times for the U's over the course of eight months,but was unable to shake off a persistent groin injury. Barnes was forced into retirement at the age of 35 in March 1997.

Jacob Murphy

Murphy is currently on loan to the Sky Blues from Premier League Norwich City. The 20-year old winger has surfaced at a multitude of League One sides in his bid to gain experience, including Scunthorpe United and Colchester United.

He was a part of the squad that kept the U’s in the third tier of the football league last season, as they escaped relegation with a win over Preston North End.

Murphy has enjoyed a far more fruitful season with the Sky Blues, as part of a year-long loan deal. He has made 37 appearances, and netted 10 goals - a senior career high. 

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