Coventry City is one of the oldest English football clubs still playing in the English football division. The Championship club was founded over 138 years ago in the city of Coventry. Over the many years that the Sky Blues have been in existence, they have attracted a handful of talent to the West Midlands club. Today we take a look at the best of those players who have proudly put on the Coventry jersey. Here are the best players who played for Coventry City FC.
1. Tommy Hutchinson
The retired Scottish professional footballer was one of Coventry City’s best-ever players. Hutchinson was nicknamed “Mr Magic” by the then club chairman, Derrick Robins. The midfielder made over 314 appearances for the Sky Blues between 1972-1981. Hutchinson scored 24 goals during his time at Highfield Road. He was so good that he was on 3 occasions named the Coventry City supporter’s player of the season — a feat no other Sky Blues player has yet achieved. He was also named into the hall of fame.
2. Dion Dublin
The former England international was a highly regarded and loved striker during his time with the Sky Blues. During the 5 years that he spent with them, Dublin established himself as a top English Premier League striker scoring 61 league goals in 145 appearances. The big man from Leicester is fondly remembered for his goal-scoring exploits and general good humor during his time at the West Midlands club.
3. Peter Ndlovu
The Zimbabwean legend was the first African player in the English Premier League. The striker was admired for his skill and goal-scoring ability. Ndlovu played for Coventry for about 8 seasons. In that time, he scored about 39 league goals in 176 appearances, including the first away hat-trick by a Coventry player against fellow English side Arsenal FC in the 1995/1996 season.
4. Gary Gillespie
The retired Scottish international footballer was a no-nonsense defender who thrived during his stint with the Sky Blues. Gillespie played about 6 seasons with Coventry City from 1978-1983. His defensive ability won many of his club fans reason why he was named Coventry City player of the season within his initial run with the club. Despite transferring to other clubs, Gary would later return and end his career at Highfield Road.
5. Gary McAllister
The talented former Scottish international also spent some time in the West Midlands club, where he was hailed and revered for his technical ability on the ball. McAllister had two stints at the Sky Blues from 1996-2000 and 2002-2004. Gary scored 30 league goals in 174 appearances. He was named the Coventry City Player of the year for the 1999/2000 season.