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We look at some of those to have represented the Sky Blues and the Robins...

10 September 2020

Ahead of this Saturday's opening league game, we've been looking at some players who have played for both Clubs.

There are a range of players who have appered for both Coventry City and Bristol City, and we profile some of them below...

Liam Walsh:

The Sky Blues Player’s Player and Young Player of the Season for the 2019/20 campaign, is a name every City supporter will be aware of.

Liam Walsh joined the Sky Blues on Deadline Day back in September 2019 on loan from Bristol City and would feature in all but one league game upon his arrival.

The midfielder cemented himself as main stay in the centre of midfield, scoring four goals, including the Sky Blues Goal of the Season for his solo effort against Rochdale.

Walsh made 34 appearances in all competitions for the Sky Blues before returning to his parent club following the end of his loan spell.


Clarrie Bourton:

Sky Blues’ leading goalscorer of all-time began his league career at Bristol City before a quick move to Blackburn Rovers. After an impressive spell at Blackburn scoring 37 goals in 63 games Clarrie joined the Sky Blues in 1931 continuing the same form displayed prior to his transfer.

In his first season at the club he finished as the league’s top goalscorer scorer netting 49 times whilst scoring 7 hattricks. The following season he scored 40 times earning him a successive league top goalscorer award. Clarrie’s 6 years in the midlands proved successful scoring 173 goals in 228 games meaning he remains the clubs record goalscorer.

In 1936 he was part of the team that were promoted to the Second Division as Third Division South champions.  

Clarrie spent the bulk of his career playing for the Sky Blues before seeing out the end of his career with a brief spell at Plymouth before retiring at Bristol City.


Bobby Gould:

The boy from Cov, Bobby Gould started his football career as a Sky Blue apprentice making his debut aged 16. He would then go on to flourish scoring 40 goals in 82 appearances for the club helping the club to win the Second Division title in 1966–67.

A key component of Jimmy Hill’s Sky Blue his performances earned him a transfer for £90,000 to Arsenal before going on to play for a host of clubs including Wolves, West Brom, Bristol City and West Ham before a move to Bristol Rovers becoming player-coach.

He returned to the Sky Blues as manager after a brief stint with Chelsea and two seasons with City's rival Rovers before being sacked in 1984. A FA Cup triumph followed with Wimbledon famously beating Liverpool in the 1988 final.

A season spell at West Brom followed before his reappointing as Coventry manager saving them from relegation in the Premier League.

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