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CONNECTIONS: Nottingham Forest

We take a look at some of those to have represented both sides...

3 November 2020

We take a look at some of the players to have represented both the Sky Blues and Nottingham Forest ahead of tomorrow night's clash...

                              

Tyler Walker

Nottingham born and bred; Tyler Walker rose through the ranks at his hometown club making his debut back in 2015. The striker is a former England Under-20 international, and he would go on to score his first goal for Forest on his fourth professional appearance in a 2-2 draw against Brentford.

Much of his time with the Reds would be spent out on loan, enjoying prolific spells away, including at Mansfield Town where he scored 26 in 52 games, earning himself a place in the 2018/19 League Two Team of the Year. Last season Walker continued that same form this time at Lincoln City notching 16 in 34 appearances for the Imps.

In the summer Walker departed his hometown side to join the Sky Blues having made 45 appearances scoring 7 goals.

It didn’t take long for the Sky Blues fans to get a glimpse of the Walker and his capabilities as the striker scored the winner on his debut as the Sky Blues beat Mk Dons in the Carabao Cup First Round.

 

Stuart Pearce

Bought to the club by Bobby Gould, Pearce made the step up from non-league side Wealdstone and made himself a fans favourite in the left-back position with the Sky Blues.

After making 54 appearances in his first two seasons, his performances attracted the interest of Nottingham Forest, who would eventually complete the signing of the defender.

His time at the City Ground proved to be successful as he spent 12 years at Forest, most of it as club captain. During his playing career, he won two League Cups and the Full Members Cup, while also scoring from a free kick in the 1991 FA Cup final, when Forest were beaten by Tottenham Hotspur.

In 1993, Pearce stayed with Forest following their relegation from the Premier League and led them to an instant return as captain.

In his final season at the City Ground Pearce took on the role of caretaker player-manager winning his first game 2-1 against Arsenal. His sides performances during his tenure earned him great plaudits and saw him named manager of the month in January 1997.

He departed the club at the end of the season bringing to an end a 12-year spell although he returned later in his career as a manager, but without the same successes he had as a player.

 

Ian Wallace

Gordon Milne brought Ian Wallace to Highfield Road for fee of £70,000 forming a part of strike partnership with target man Mick Ferguson.

The Sky Blues finished 7th in the 1977-78 season, their second best placing after the team of 1969-70. Wallace scored 23 goals that season, his first of three in a row as Coventry's top scorer. He was later inducted into the Coventry City Hall of Fame after making 130 appearances.

Wallace would become one of the worlds most expensive moving to reigning European champions Nottingham Forest for £1.25 million.

Wallace went on to be Forest's top scorer for the first three of the four seasons he played there scoring 13 goals in each season, clocking up 134 appearances in the process.


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