This season Prostate Cancer UK is the official charity of The
Football League. To celebrate, we've asked bloggers from each of
the 72 clubs to count down their top five strikers to have worn the
No9 shirt, in recognition of the fact that prostate cancer
affects one in nine men.
One of a kind: Dion Dublin led the line for Conventry – and England! Photo courtesy of Action Images
Here blogger Neil Allison, from skybluesblog.co.uk,
selects Coventry's five best No9s… and one to forget!
5. Cyrille Regis (1984-91)
Big Cyrille. A trailblazer in many senses, and one of a select few
to be called up to represent England while wearing the sky blue of
Coventry, he was strong, quick, and an integral part of the 1987 FA
Cup-winning team. Not as blisteringly prolific as some of his
predecessors but with an FA Cup and three top-10 finishes under his
belt during his Highfield Road career, his contribution cannot go
4. Mick Ferguson (1971-81 & 1984)
Mick Ferguson combined a dominant presence aerially with the
oft-quoted ability of "good feet for a big man". He forged a great
partnership with another Sky Blue legend Ian Wallace, and got the
nod in this top five thanks to a third-place finish in a recent
(and extremely unscientific) poll I ran. Most fans will remember
his multi-goal salvos; especially the time he bagged the lot in a
4-1 demolition of Ipswich in 1979. It's hard to believe, but he
remains the last player to score four goals in a game for
3. George Hudson (1963-66)
Recently voted the No1 Coventry player in history, it may be a
surprise to many that he has not made it to No1 here. Hudson was a
formidable No9 and a hugely influential part of the Sky Blues team
of the 60s as they began their ascent up the English football
ladder. In 1966, one season before finally reaching the top flight,
he was sold by Jimmy Hill in typically ruthless fashion. However
this premature exit served only to cement his legacy as one of the
finest goalscorers the Sky Blue army has ever seen.
2. Clarrie Bourton (1931-37)
Bourton is the highest scorer in Coventry City's history. OK, it
may have all happened while most fans were little more than
twinkles in their grandfathers eyes, but his spectacular record is
one that is unlikely to be matched. It's tricky to make absolute
comparisons between the generations, so it's best to let the
figures do to the talking. A total of 181 goals in 241 appearances?
You better believe it.
1. Dion Dublin (1994-98)
If you're talking about impact, there hasn't been anyone quite
like Dublin. He arrived in 1994 as a record signing from Manchester
United, and during his four-and-a-half years at the club went on to
become a Premiership top scorer and earn his first England caps.
That just doesn't happen at Coventry. Even an exit to local rivals
Aston Villa hasn't dampened the regard in which Dublin is held - in
the modern (and most challenging) era, he's widely recognised by
fans as being our best.
And the worst…
Kevin Drinkell (1989-91)
While a bit unfair to pick on an individual, we've had our fair
share of letdowns, lazy so-and-sos and downright stinkers, so
options for this prize were plentiful. Of all of them, Kevin
Drinkell is the name that pops immediately into most Sky Blue fans'
minds. Costing just shy of £1m, much was expected of the former
Norwich and Rangers man. But with five league goals in three years
(a tally that'd disappoint most defenders), he'll be forever
consigned to the Sky Blue dictionary somewhere between 'failure'
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