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CONNECTIONS: Coventry City vs Oldham Athletic - We look at three players who have played for both sides

14 September 2016

We take a look back at three players who have pulled on the shirt for both clubs...

The Sky Blues welcome Oldham Athletic to the Ricoh on Saturday afternoon, looking to build on their point at Millwall. Ahead of the game, we have taken a look at three players who have worn the colours of both clubs in years gone by. 

Jonson Clarke-Harris

Oldham:
Apps – 45
Goals – 7

Coventry:
Apps – 0
Goals – 0

Jonson Clarke-Harris was playing park football in Leicester for Beaumont Town and Judgemeadow under 16s when Head of Recruitment for City, Mick Elliot, spotted him. 

He impressed in a subsequent trial game and was given a scholarship at the club. The 22-year-old didn’t make an appearance for the first-team and joined Peterborough in 2012. 

Clarke-Harris spent the 2013/14 season at Oldham after signing permanently from Posh the previous summer. He made 45 appearances and scored 7 goals. It was that form that lead to a move to current club Rotherham United.

Robbie Simpson

Oldham:
Apps – 64
Goals – 8

Coventry:
Apps – 61
Goals – 4

Simpson joined the Sky Blues in the summer of 2007 and was immediately touted as a future star by manager Iain Dowie. 

He took just five minutes to score on his competitive debut as City ran out comfortable 3-0 winners over Notts County. After 61 appearances for the club he signed for Huddersfield Town. 

Following two loan spells, Simpson joined the Latics on a permanent basis in 2012, going onto make a combined 64 appearances for Oldham. In January 2012, Simpson scored a spectacular volley from 25 yards out against Premier League side Liverpool in an FA Cup third round encounter.

Lee Hughes 

Oldham:
Apps – 55
Goals – 25

Coventry:
Apps – 42
Goals – 15

Hughes joined Gordon Strachan’s Sky Blues in 2001 for what was a then club record fee of £5million. The striker went on to score 14 goals in 40 League games, including a hat-trick in the 6-1 demolition of Crewe Alexandra, and finished the season as the club’s top scorer. 

Upon his release from Prison in 2007, Hughes signed a two-year contract with the Latics. The now 40-year-old failed to score in his first seven games, but would go on to get an impressive 25 goals before joining Blackpool on loan in 2009.  

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