Saturday, 5 August 2017

Complete Ranking of the Last 100 Coventry City Signings - 100-81

Since our relegation to League One, we have acquired the signature of 111 players, discarding the eleven that have joined this summer that leaves us with a nice convenient round 100 to sink our teeth into. How do we do that I hear you cry, well, I trawled back through five years of single digit appearances and loanees. Then spent an entire evening ranking them in order of how good a signing they were. It's a wonderful, yet painful read. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the first 20, or indeed, 20 worst Sky Blues signings since 2012.


100. Al Bangura

Appearances: 0
Goals: 0

Starting with a *ahem* 'bang' we have the man himself Al Bangura. I should use his full name; "Ex Premier League Al Bangura, was brought in in March 2015 as an option to try and help keep us up. Instead failed to make a first team appearance and was subsequently released at the end of the season when we realised we weren't going down.

Since his glorious 3 month spell in Coventry he went on to turn out for St Albans City but now plies his trade for the one and only Nuneaton Town in the Vanarama North. I assume he comes to see us on regular occasions with his "Stokes 3" shirt on, for which he has just renewed for the third season running.

99. Rory Donnelly

Appearances: 0
Goals: 0

In at 99 you've got Rory 'The four day loan' Donnelly, as my incredibly witty nickname for him suggests, he was in the Midlands on loan from Swansea for all of four days. Due to 'personal reasons' his January Deadline Day move in 2014 was cut short. The real reasons were never established as to why he had to go back to Wales, I guess we'll never know.

98. Michael Folivi

Appearances: 1
Goals: 0

Right now we're talking, on January Deadline Day this year we needed a saviour, a miracle. Out came Michael Folivi on loan from Watford. He was injured for 2 months from the off, his first appearance in a match day squad was at Wembley. He will forever hold a Checkatrade Trophy winners medal despite not having a single involvement.

He wasn't finished there, he remained an unused substitute for the rest of the season, right up until the 87th minute of the last game. Mark Robins brought him on in the dying seconds of Scunthorpe away for what I can only assume was absolute pure banter. There was absolutely no reason to do it, but that's what made it special. One of Russell Slade's any master strokes during his tenure here.

97. Jamar Loza

Appearances: 1
Goals: 0

When you hear 'pointless loan signing' in relation to Coventry City you usually get Jamar Loza popping into your mind. Much like Folivi, Loza only made one substitute appearance in November 2013 at Sixfields against Notts County. Unlike the 18 year old from Watford, he can boast 6 whole more minutes as a City player, where he replaced Callum Wilson of all people.

96. Denzel Slager

Appearances: 4
Goals: 0

Remember that FA Cup match where we came from behind to beat Barnsley away with Leon Clarke scoring a last minute winner? Yeah, Slager actually started that match, but was subbed off after about an hour in favour of Adam Barton, which says it all really. He actually managed to make four appearances but the reason he's as low as 96 is due to the fact we gave him and 18 month contract only to cancel it a month later.

95. Adam Jackson

Appearances: 0
Goals: 0

It says a lot about some of the quality of player we've signed that someone with literally no minutes on a football pitch in a Coventry shirt is above five other players. Mowbray pretty much signed him for the sake of it because he had ties at Middlesbrough. He comes in so high because there's not too much funny about it, he just came in, sat quietly for a month and then left.

94. Kevin Malaga

Appearances: 2
Goals: 0

Andy Thorn actually gave this man a three year contract, what on earth possessed him? He played more games out on loan for Nuneaton than for us. Just 3 months in Mark Robins told him to sling his hook. He's now appeared to find his feet in the French fourth division for Sporting Club Le Las, now Sporting Club Toulon. One of the more special movements of ours whilst trying to get straight back up to the Championship.

93. Danny Philliskirk 

Appearances: 1
Goals: 0

If you thought you'd seen the end of the one cap wonders then you'd be absolutely wrong, Philliskirk's glistening moment came in April 2013 at home to Leyton Orient. He was later released and picked up by Oldham, where he played over a hundred times. Last season he helped Blackpool to promotion from League Two.

92. Lateef Elford-Alliyu

Appearances: 2
Goals: 0

A walking meme in the City community, I do recall that the guys at 'NiiLampteyShow' were joking about getting him to drive them down to Wembley in a limo. Now I'm fairly certain that didn't occur which is a shame. Since his release in January 2016 he's yet to find a club, and I'm not sure what's happened to him despite trawling Google for the best part of an hour. Being completely honest he probably could've dine with the limo driving money.

91. Stuart Urquhart

Appearances: 0
Goals: 0

"Stuart is a player I've had my eye on for some time, I believe he has a great future ahead of him." This is a quote from Steven Pressley upon signing Urquhart on a 3 year deal back in September 2013. I won't have too much of a laugh and a joke about Stuart has had to stop playing professional football due to a heart problem, which is quite sad considering he was so highly rated at one stage in his career.

90. Lewis Page

Appearances: 26
Goals: 0

Whenever I hear the name Lewis Page I grit my teeth and my blood begins to boil, never have I felt such hatred towards a Sky Blues player than the left back loan from West Ham. His 26 game spell lasted from August 2016 to the following January. It was the fact he kept Ryan Haynes out of the side for so long whilst playing horrendously himself. He just didn't care, which is something I'll never be able to forgive him for. I hope his career goes down the pan.

89. Peter Ramage

Appearances: 4
Goals: 0

Peter Ramage, or as he's more commonly known, "Brain Damage" came in in the January of 2016 to try and sure up the injury struck defence. Somehow however Mowbray didn't take it as a big massive red flag that he'd most recently been playing in the Indian Premier League. We almost instantly loaned him out to Leyton Orient but upon release he went to Phoenix Rising in the USL.

88. Luke Williams

Appearances: 4
Goals: 0

Another loan signing, brought in by Steven Pressley just before his sacking. Tony Mowbray came in and chose not to extend his deal beyond the initial month. He was released by Middlesbrough that summer and was picked up by Scunthorpe United where he seems to have now found his level, a loan spell to Northampton earlier this year also gave him some good experience.

87. Yakubu

Appearances: 3
Goals: 0

Picture the scene, it's February, we're bottom of the league and in deep trouble. Michael Folivi hasn't had the impact no one expected off him so Russell Slade turns his attention to a proven goal scorer. The one slight problem with that was he was 34, had scored once in 3 years and hasn't played football for about 9 months.

Everyone knew it was a massive waste of time when he signed. After 3 sub appearances, 6 whole weeks, a hamstring injury and video of him doing literally nothing for 2 and a half minutes getting 6,000 retweets, his contract was terminated. If there's one thing I can say its that I was 5 yards away from The Yak when he made his debut at Wimbledon away.

86. Charles Vernam

Appearances: 4
Goals: 0

In a protest filled game, flares everywhere, pitch invasions and all, he didn't seem too bad. We're fifteen players into this ranking and still not one of them scored a goal in their entire time here. He fell out of favour when Robins came in and realised, much like many of our players last season, wasn't very good at football.

85. Darius Henderson

Appearances: 5
Goals: 0


Had a couple of things gone ever so slightly different for Darius 'Big D' Henderson, we could have got promoted in the 15/16 season. He nearly scored in the last minute three times, and fell over when through on goal away at Peterborough. Had he netted on those occasions we would be putting him on a plinth, instead however he's one of the comedic figures of our downfall that year.

84. Nathan Eccleston

Appearances: 8
Goals: 0

A loan signing from Blackpool who played a massive total of eight games before heading back up to the north west. He joined the ever growing list of strikers we brought in who didn't even manage to score during their entire time at the club. When released by Blackpool he tried his luck in Scotland, but now however he is in the Hungarian leagues, an odd career move.

83. Jack McBean

Appearances: 6
Goals: 0

Due to his form for the u23s when joining on loan from LA Galaxy I was desperate for us to give Jack McBean a go in the first team. I even adapted "A team of Gary Breens" to "A team of Jack McBeans", it didn't catch on for obvious reasons. He comes in relatively high compared to others around him most likely because I still have a soft spot. 

82. Chuba Akpom

Appearances: 6
Goals: 0

Chuba Akpom's spell with the Sky Blues is a classic case of someone who doesn't really care about the shirt. As his career after the move has told us, he's a very talented footballer, so there's no excuse for his disengaged performances in early 2014. Eventually he was recalled by Arsenal to play for their youth side, which was as equally depressing as his spell.

81. Conor Henderson

Appearances: 2
Goals: 0

Finally, we have another failed Arsenal loan signing, but it may seem peculiar that Conor Henderson is ahead of a large number of other players when he only has two appearances to his name. This is because a number of people saw glimpses of a decent player, we'll never know what could have been though because injury cut short his time.

That's it for the first 20 signings on the list, the remaining posts will be up in due course. I didn't attend the Notts County game as I'm on holiday and won't be going to the Blackburn tie for the same reason. To make up for the lack of match reports I'll be doing more light hearted, interesting posts such as this one.

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