Day four of December means only one thing, another edition of the unofficial Coventry City advent calendar. Now the basic thing that you need in a football team is a man between the sticks, and we've had some good and bad ones over the years, and the man in question is one of just two goalkeepers on the list. Now this is certainly the more glamorous of the two, but I have to reiterate the young age, but Keiren Westwood was the last keeper we've had that really hit you with his quality.
In 2008 we announced his signing from Carlisle for an undisclosed fee but quickly he found a way into our hearts, I think I've still got a picture somewhere with him at the JSB Christmas Party that year. Not a chance am I going to put it anywhere on the internet but it proves I was a big fan of his right from the off. In that debut season he made in into the PFA Championship Team of the Season for his efforts, playing in every single league fixture as well as helping out in our FA Cup run to the Quarter Finals of the competition.
The following year he won our Player of the Season award for 09/10 as he continued his astonishing performances for the club, just edging out Sammy Clingan and James McPake, yep, seriously. What I found when looking at this information is that David Bell won our Goal of the Season Award two years in a row, the actual David Bell. Lord knows how that happened.
It's fair to say I was massively gutted when we lost the Irish international to a free transfer in 2011 upon the expiration of his contract at Sunderland, whom he left for in search of Premier League football. In his three year spell in the north east he couldn't make his mark as he was reduced to just 19 appearances, leaving him unable to make the spot his own so stagnated in three of his most crucial years as a footballer.
He was released by Sunderland in 2014 and joined Sheffield Wednesday as a result, where he's enjoyed a successful spell, albeit still in the Championship. He's still referred to as one of the best keepers in the league, and has been unlucky to be involved in two failed play off campaigns with The Owls. With this season looking like it may result in mid-table mediocrity you wonder whether he'll ever get his shot as a first team keeper in the top flight? I sure hope so.