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MY CCFC XI: Simon Blythe chooses his best team

1 June 2020

Simon Blythe has selected his best Sky Blues XI... but it is one with a twist to our usual format!

Simon said:

"I have been a Coventry City fan since 1975. I have selected my slightly eccentric "My Coventry City Best XI" based not only on some of Coventry City's, most famous and longest serving players, but also on some of the most 'colourful' players who have pulled on a Sky Blue shirt, even if they have only played for Coventry for a short period of time.

Simon describes his side as a 'team of entertainers', and now he talks us through his selection...

Goalkeeper - Raddy Avramović

Serbian goalkeeper who played for Coventry in 1983 / 1984. Yes, he did make some howlers occasionally, but he was also one of those theatrical keepers who was a brilliant shot stopper and who, through his acrobatic diving, could make even his easy saves look World class.

Defender - Brian (Harry) Roberts

He may only have scored one goal in 235 matches (and I was there when he did), he might not have been a World beater, but Harry was the definition of a crowd favourite. Commitment, tireless running, always looking to support players around him and a never, ever, say die attitude. 

Defender - Brian (Killer) Kilcline

Like the Rock Gibraltar in central defence. Not the fastest of movers, but one way or another, not many got past him.

Defender - Gary Breen

A vastly experienced Coventry and Republic of Ireland International, Gary combined true class with a finesse to his play that few other defenders shared. If a defender could have silky skills, then he had them

Defender - Kenny Samson

True, when Kenny played for Coventry he was in the later stage of his career. However, you cant hide true quality and in Kenny, Coventry had a top class player who had played for England on over 80 occasions.

Midfielder - Stewart Robson

Before I saw Stewart Robson play for Coventry I thought I had seen some great midfielders. But the quality of Stewart Robson's passing and link play was on a level I had never seen before. Fantastic player.

Midfielder - John Williams, AKA 'The Flying Postman' 

A must for my team, he combined terrific speed and threat with a sometimes erratic control of the ball. The end result of this was that when John started to spring down the wing with the ball it was like watching a casino wheel being spun - sometimes ending in frustration, but then sometimes ending in some brilliant attacking play and goals.

Midfielder - Gary McAllister

Brilliant player who had a calming and controlling impact on the whole team, combining with being a set-play wizard made him a genuine legend.

Forward - Terry Gibson

The original 'pocket battleship' used to hustle, bustle and race around the pitch terrifying the lives out of the opposition. With a phenomenal eye for goal Terry Gibson was an irresistible force. What a gem.

Forward - Cyrille Regis

The first name on my team sheet. Cyrille Regis oozed class and threat. Coventry fans were privileged to see him play.

Forward - Micky Quinn

OK, so he may not have been the most sleek of figures and OK, he may not have run around much, but pass the ball to him when he was in the opposition penalty box (where he lived, for most of the match) and his magic feet and touch could beat the very best of defenses and often did. A joy to watch.

Do you want to choose your Sky Blues Best XI?

Send your team and include the reasons why you chose them, along with a photo of yourself and how long you have supported Coventry City to Mark.Hornby@ccfc.co.uk

We cannot guarantee that all submissions may be used, and reserve the right to make editorial changes to your submissions as neccessary. 


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