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We look back at some of those to have played for both sides...

4 February 2021

Ahead of the weekend's clash with the Hornets, we take a look at some more of those players to have featured for both sides...

To see the players featured for our first clash with the Hornets earlier this season, click here. 

Kevin Richardson

Richardson had a long and successful career amassing over 550 league appearances for nine clubs across a 20-year period. He made his name at Everton after coming through the ranks as a schoolboy and impressing in the Toffees midfield. He then went on to join Watford early on in the 1986-87 season.

At Vicarage Road, Richardson played just one season with the Hornets helping them to a top half finish in the First Division. Watford also had a good cup run that same season reaching the semi-finals of the FA Cup. The following season he was sold to Arsenal after making 36 league appearances scoring one goal.

After a short stint with Arsenal, the midfielder would go on to spend a season plying his trade abroad with Spanish First Division side Real Sociedad before moving back to England and joining Sky Blues rivals Aston Villa.

He spent four seasons at Villa Park before arriving at Highfield Road reuniting with former manager Ron Atkinson early in the 1990’s. Arriving at a ripe age of 32 Kevin brought a wealth of experience to the Sky Blues midfield as the side avoided relegation before his departure.

He played 33 games in all competitions in 1995/96 and 36 in the 1996/97 campaign scoring one goal across the two seasons before departing for Southampton playing 93 games in total in the two-and-a-half years with Coventry.

 

Marvin Sordell

The ex-England youth international, born just around the corner from Watford went on to graduate through the Hornet’s academy system.

Sordell made his professional debut for the club during the 2009-10 season, going on to make a further six appearances that season before breaking through the following year.

He would go on to play 43 league games for the Championship side in the 2010/11 campaign, scoring 12 goals at just 19 years-old.

His impressive form at Vicarage Road brought the attention of teams in the Premier League and after starting of the following season in the same vein of form he transferred to Bolton Wanderers in January 2012. Sordell played a total of 83 games scoring 27 goals for Watford.

After spending time with Bolton Charlton Burnley and Colchester, Marvin arrived at the Coventry in the summer of 2016 however, it was a very short stay as he would move on in the winter transfer window, back into the championship with Burton Albion. In his short time with City, he made 26 appearances bagging himself seven goals.

 

Marlon King

The London born Jamaican forward joined Barnet as a trainee going on to impress in their first team before playing for Gillingham and Nottingham Forest.

Initially joining the Hornets on loan in the 2005 summer, King quickly showed exactly why he was brought to the club, scoring 12 goals in his first 21 games.

After making the move permanent that same season, King carried on his fine scoring form as he went on to win the Championship top goal scorer award and during that same season the Hornets finished third and won promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs with King playing his part in the run.

He won the clubs Player of the Season in his first year with the club, however, during Watford’s time in the Premier League King went on to suffer a severe injury, keeping him out for the majority of the season after what had seemed to be a bright start to life in the top division.

Watford went onto be relegated that season and King left half a year later having played 87 games in all competitions with the striker scoring 37 times.

King went on to play in the Premier League for three other teams before joining the Sky Blues ahead if the 2010-11 season on a one-year contract. King would spend the solitary season with City finishing as the club’s top scorer netting 13 times in 29 games. His impressive form also saw him named as the Clubs’ Player of the Season.


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