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CONNECTIONS: Brentford

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

19 February 2021

We look back at some of those players to have featured for both the Sky Blues and Brentford over the last few years...

To see the Connections featured for our first game against Brenford this season, click here. 

                    

Craig Pead

Craig Pead signed his first professional contract with Coventry at 17 having impressed and come through the youth academy. His progression in the first team was delayed due to injury setbacks but he was able to overcome these before making his breakthrough after his debut in April 2002 vs Burnley.

The defender come midfielder became a first team regular the following 2002-03 season going on to make 26 appearances across the season and collecting the clubs Young Player of the Year Award at the end of the campaign. He would go on to spend short loan spells away at Notts County and Walsall before going on to join the latter on a permanent deal following the conclusion of his contract.

Pead left the Coventry in 2005 having played 45 times in Sky Blue and scoring two goals along the way.

After three years with the Saddlers Pead joined Brentford fresh from relegation to League Two, but again a minor injury delayed his start to life with the Bees.

Pead would go on to flourish in his first season for Brentford initially as a midfielder before moving to right-back, earning himself a place in the 2007-08 League Two Team of the Year having made 35 appearances across that campaign.

The following 2008-09 season He started off as a regular for the would-be Champions, but injury and surgery would again disrupt his season limiting the defender to just six appearances as Brentford would go on to promotion as League Two Champions that season. Craig Pead retired at the end of that season having played 44 times across his two years with the Bees.

 

                  

John Salako

John Salako arrived at the Sky Blues after starting his career with Crystal Palace where he had spent the previous nine years.

The pacey and creative winger arrived at Highfield Road in 1995 for a £1.5 million following the Eagles relegation from the Premier League.

Salako would go on to feature heavily for City in his three seasons as a Sky Blue including, going on to make over 75 appearances for Coventry and scoring four goals for the club.

He went on to play for Fulham, Charlton and Reading before joining Brentford who would be his last club before retirement.

John spent one season playing for the Bees making 35 appearances for the side and scoring four goals in the 2004-05 season before calling it a day on a stellar career in which he made over 500 league appearances for eight clubs.

 

                   

Robbie Simpson

After spending his youth career with Norwich City, Robbie Simpson played for both Cambridge teams City and United before attracting interest from Coventry City due to his fine scoring form for the latter.

Arriving at the start of the 2007-08 season Simpson scored on his Coventry debut but struggled to reproduce the same scoring exploits that he had produced previously for the U’s.

The forward spent two seasons with City before departing after making 71 appearances and finding the net 7 times in all competitions.

He went on to join Huddersfield where he would then be loaned out and spend a season with the Bees for the 2010-11 season.

He made 35 appearances for Brentford scoring 7 goals across that campaign before returning back to Huddersfield. Simpson would play for Oldham Athletic, Leyton Orient, Cambridge United, Exeter City and MK Dons before retirement in 2019.


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