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We look back at some of those to have represented the two sides...

30 October 2020

Ahead of tonight's clash with Reading, we take a look at some of the players to have represented both the Sky Blues and the Royals...

Marc McNulty

McNulty started his career in 2009 at Livingston, scoring on his debut for the club aged 19, before making his move to England in 2014 at the age of 21 joining Sheffield United.

During his second season in Yorkshire he joined League Two side Portsmouth on-loan and fired in ten league goals during his short spell at the club. Pompey were unfortunate to narrowly miss out on promotion and McNulty headed back north to Sheffield, heading out on loan to Bradford, before signing for the Sky Blues upon his release.

Although brief, McNulty proved to be an astute signing and a key component for the Sky Blues as they accomplished promotion back to League One.

Marc would finish as the club’s top scorer by some distance bagging 28 goals in all competitions, including a Man of the Match performance at Wembley.

After his impressive season the Sky Blues would find it hard to retain the Scotsman and he eventually joined Reading for the 2018-19 season after only one season in the Midlands.

His time with the Royals has largely being spent out on loan, with spells at Hibernian (twice), Sunderland and currently Dundee United.

 

Adrian “Ady” Williams

The Royals legend emerged through the ranks at the club, making his debut at the age of 17. His talent saw him play in every position for The Royals, from centre-forward to emergency goalkeeper, wearing every shirt number from 1–11.

His first spell at Reading saw him established as a fans favourite as he would go on to make 196 appearances and score 14 goals: one of those coming in the 1994-95 First Division Play-Off final defeat to Bolton at Wembley.  

Ady left Reading in 1996 and endured an injury torrent time at Wolves before being lured back to the Royals on loan before making the deal permanent in 2000. He was a crucial part of the rejuvenated Pardew side and was key in taking his hometown club back to the second tier.

The defender would go down as a Royals legend making over 350 appearances in 10 seasons at the club; he was also voted into the Royals best-ever Xl by fans, receiving 59.9% of the vote.

Despite his status amongst the fan base at the Madjeski Stadium, Williams joined the Sky Blues in 2004, having not been offered the contract he wanted at Reading.

In his first season with Coventry Ady made 23 appearance and scored two goals. The following season he would head out on loan to Millwall, before returning to the Sky Blues and then heading out to Swindon Town.

 

Dom Hyam

Dom started his career as a Royal joining the club at the age of 12 and working his way up through the youth system. Much of his early professional career at Reading was spent out on loan at the likes of Dagenham & Redbridge, Portsmouth and Aldershot Town before leaving at the expiration of his contract.  

Hyam then agreed to join the Sky Blues ahead of the 2017/18 League Two campaign and after a mixed start to life at City, he eventually made his mark on the side and has never looked back since.

The defender started the League Two Play-Off final at Wembley in the heart of defence, as he helped the Sky Blues secure promotion back into League One.

The following campaign Hyam picked up where he had left off and again was once more an established member of the defence, and his performances were recognised by the supporters and his teammates as he went on to win Player of the Season and Player's Player of the Season for the 2018/19 season.

Next year, it was a familiar story for Dom, as he continued to be an intergral part in the Sky Blues defence, this time as part of a three at the back, as he once again for the second time in three years, helped City to another promotion, this time sealing their return to the Championship.


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