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

27 January 2021

Ahead of tonight's clash against Sheffield Wednesday, we take a trip down memory lane and look at some of those who have featured for both sides...



We look at three players earlier this season - you can that article here - and so now we look at three more to have represented both sides...             


Kieren Westwood

The keeper who’s racked up over 100 appearances for both clubs came through the Manchester City academy before making his name at Carlisle United whom he joined in 2004. Westwood caught the attention of many clubs with his stellar performances having been named in the 2007-08 PFA League One Team of the Year.

The Sky Blues won the race for his signature with Kieren joining the club in June 2008. In his first season at the club he again earned a place in the PFA Team of the Year and followed this up by winning the clubs Player of the Year in his second season. Westwood spent three seasons with the Sky Blues making 138 appearances before leaving on the expiry of his contract to join Sunderland in June 2011.

He spent three seasons in the North East finding playing time hard to come by before his release from the Club enabling him to join Sheffield Wednesday in 2014. He has since gone on to thrive with the Owls making 169 and has been an ever present in between the sticks. In his time at the club, he has been named the Owls Player of the Year on two occasions in 2015 and 2017 alongside being named in the PFA Team of the Year in 2015.


Roland Nilsson

Former Swedish international Nilsson enjoyed a long-playing career spanning over 20 years, before going into management. He spent time at Sheffield Wednesday and had two spells in Sky Blue. The Swede began his career in his native country in 1981 starting off at Helsingborg IF having been in their youth system before transferring with IFK Göteborg.

Nilsson moved to England signing with Wednesday in 1989, he was already a Swedish International and had won the UEFA Cup in 1987. He spent five seasons with the Owls becoming a fan favourite and a consistent regular in the right back position. He helped bring the club success throughout his time there winning the League Cup in 1991 and a promotion back to the First Division, alongside reaching the FA Cup and League Cup finals in 1993. He departed the club a season later returning back to Helsingborg having played 151 times for the Owls.

After three seasons back in Sweden a return to England beckoned, this time with Coventry with the defender signing in 1997. The classy right-back spent two seasons as a Sky Blue, narrowly avoiding relegation in 1998 beating Tottenham on the final day of the season. He made 69 appearances as a Sky Blue all as a starter before going back to Sweden in 1999. However, he would return to City initially as a player and then player-manager in 2001. He announced his retirement to focus on playing in April 2002, but just over a week later he was sacked as Sky Blues boss. 


Brian Joicey

Prior to joining Coventry City Joicey had plied his trade in non-league before signing his first professional deal with the Sky Blues at the age of 23. He went on to spend two seasons at Highfield Road making 39 appearances for City and scoring nine goals, helping the side to qualify for the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in his first season.

During the start of the 1971-72 season Joicey transferred to Sheffield Wednesday transferring with fellow City team-mate Dave Clements. The forward went on to make his debut and subsequently score his first Wednesday goal a week after signing for the club.

Brian went on to play for the Owls for five seasons; finishing the first thre of these as Wednesdays’ top goal scorer, however, injury would then plague the last two as his time with the Owls faded out. He played 145 times for Wednesday scoring 48 goals before moving on to Barnsley in 1967.


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