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CONNECTIONS: A look at some of those who have played for both the Sky Blues and Wycombe

Grimmer, Williams and Regis profiled...

28 December 2019

Ahead of Sunday's visit to Wycombe Wanderers, we're going to look at some of the players who have represented both Coventry City and the Chairboys.

While there have been a number of players, we're going to focus on just three...

JACK GRIMMER

Jack joined the Sky Blues in the Summer of 2017, following the expiry of his contract with Fulham.

The right back started his career at hometown club Aberdeen, making his debut at 16 in April 2010 to become the Dons’ youngest ever player.

He moved to then Premier League Side Fulham in 2012, where he had a loan spell at Port Vale followed by three loan periods at Shrewsbury, and left Craven Cottage in the Summer of 2017 before joining the Sky Blues.

Jack made 53 appearances in his first season at Coventry City. He scored the winning goal as the Sky Blues knocked out then Premier League side Stoke City in the Third Round of the FA Cup. He was named in the PFA League Two Team of the Year, and would have a major impact in the Play-Off Final. With the Sky Blues 2-0 up against Exeter City at Wembley, Jack hit a left footed effort into the top corner to make it 3 as Coventry City won promotion back to League One.

However he would make only 13 appearances in the 2018-19 contract and was released at the end of his contract, but will remain a Sky Blues hero.

He was snapped up by Wycombe Wanderers, and has made 21 appearances in all competitions this season so far.

JOHN WILLIAMS

'The Flying Postman' joined Coventry City in 1992 from Swansea City. Williams' early goal against Middlesbrough on 15th August 1992 was only the second goal ever scored in the newly formed FA Premiership  - the goal came in the ninth minute of the game which was approximately four minutes after Brian Deane's goal for Sheffield United on the opening day of the new season.

At the 1992 Football League Cup Final at Wembley Stadium he claimed the £10,000 first prize when he won the Rumbelows Sprint Contest in a time of 11.49 seconds.

Williams made 87 appearances for the Sky Blues in all competitions, scoring 11 times, before being sent on loan to Notts County, Stoke City and back to Swansea City.

After his loans spells he ended up leaving the Sky Blues for new league side Wycombe Wanderers in 1995. Williams made 48 appearances for Wycombe and scored 9 goals in the two-years with the club. A nomadic footballing existence followed, appearing at 15 clubs before the boots were hung up in 2008 - though he still regularly turns out for the Coventry City Former Player side.

CYRILLE REGIS

Regis joined the Sky Blues in 1984 from West Brom. At The Baggies he had been part of the 'Three Degrees' alongside Brendon Batson and Laurie Cunningham, appeared for England four times and won Match of the Day's Goal of the Season award for 1981-82.

He was a trailblazer for young black footballers and young black people at a time of racial tensions in the UK. 

Regis was signed by Bobby Gould in 1984 and played a key part in last day survival First Division survival battles, before excelling under the stewardship of John Sillett and George Curtis.

In the run to 1987 FA Cup victory, Regis netted in the Third Round win at home to Bolton, as well as the Quarter Final win at Hillsborough against Sheffield Wednesday before spearheading the strike force in the final at Wembley, where Regis picked up a winners medal after the 3-2 win over Tottenham - his only major trophy.

Regis’ form for the Sky Blues lead to a recall for England, earning his fifth international cap. Following the departure of Sillett in November 1990, Regis would leave the club in 1991.

After spells at Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanders, Regis moved to Wycombe Wanders in 1994, in his only season at the club Regis scored 9 goals in 35 games.

Playing 614 league games and scoring 158 goals, Regis retired in 1996. After retiring from playing, Regis worked in a variety of coaching roles before becoming an accredited football agent, and was awarded with a Highfield Road testimonial in 1999 and an MBE in 2008.

Regis sadly passed away in January 2018.


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