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CONNECTIONS: Queens Park Rangers

18 September 2020

We take a look back at some of those to have represented both the Sky Blues and Queens Park Rangers ahead of tonight's clash.

George Thomas  

Coming through the Sky Blues Youth System, George was handed his league debut aged just 16 and would go onto play 53 times, scoring 9 goals, including the winner in the EFL Trophy final in 2017.

After his performances for the Sky Blues, Thomas departed in the summer of 2017, signing for Premier League side, Leicester City, linking up with their 23s.

During his time with the Foxes, George had loans away with Scunthorpe and ADO Den Haag before he joined QPR in 2020 on a free transfer.

 

Jay Bothroyd

Jay joined Coventry on deal worth £1 million in July 2000 after coming through the ranks at Arsenal and playing in the FA Youth Cup win against the Sky Blues.

In his following two years with City he went on to become a key fixture in the side making over 75 appearances, scoring 17 goals.

Departing City in 2004, Bothroyd headed for Italy, joining Serie A side Perugia for a short spell.

After returning to England and playing for Blackburn, Charlton, Wolves, and Cardiff before he joined newly promoted QPR, where he would make 31 appearances scoring 5 goals.

 

Gerry Francis  

QPR legend and former captain, Gerry Francis was a key player for the R’s during the 1970’s and 1980’s, making over 300 appearances and scoring over 50 goals.

Francis almost captained the side to their first ever league title in 1976, although they would fall short of such a feat.

The midfielder would go on to join the Sky Blues following his second spell with QPR back in 1982 making 50 appearances before suffering injury problems which led to his departure soon after.

Following retirement from playing he would go on to manage the R’s in two different spells during the 90’s.


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