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ON THIS DAY: Bobby Gould born!

Former Sky Blues player and manager is 71 today...

12 June 2017

On This Day in 1946 – Coventry City legend Bobby Gould was born!

The forward would make 89 appearances and score 42 goals for his hometown club, and manage the Sky Blues twice too.

He started his career as an apprentice at the club in 1962 under the tutelage of Jimmy Hill, who re-signed Gould after he had been released by previous Manager Billy Frith.

Gould his first chance in the first team in 1963 while still on apprentice terms, given a starting berth following an injury to his hero George Hudson, and was an important part of the Sky Blue Revolution under Hill.

Gould was part of the side which clinched the Second Division title for the Sky Blues, and would move to Arsenal shortly after in February 1968 for £90,000.

Gould went on to appear for Wolves, West Brom, Bristol City, West Ham, Bristol Rovers and Herford United.

A successful managerial career followed. It started at Bristol Rovers, before Gould returned to Highfield Road in May 1983. He remained in the hot seat until he was sacked on 28 December 1984. The highlight of this spell came on 10 December 1983 when the Sky Blues beat Liverpool 4-0, while Gould also kept the Sky Blues up on the last day of the 1983-84 season.

He returned to Bristol Rovers, before taking charge at Wimbledon who he led to FA Cup victory in 1988. He came back to Coventry City in 1992 after a spell at West Brom, and his side were the first leaders of the Premiership in 1992.

After leaving the club for the third time, Gould managed the Welsh national team, Cardiff, Cheltenham and Weymouth, and is now a popular pundit.

Happy Birthday Bobby!

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