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The Numbers Game: Coventry City

Ahead of Blues' Sky Bet Championship game away to Coventry City on Tuesday night, BCFC.com takes a look at those, past and present, who have worn the number five shirt for the Sky Blues. This is the Numbers Game!

The current number five

Signing from Burton Albion in May 2019, Kyle McFadzean agreed terms on a two-year deal with Coventry City after impressing during his three years in Staffordshire. He has worn the number five shirt ever since for Mark Robins' men and put pen to paper on a further year at the end of the 2020/21 season.

Born in Sheffield, the centre-back began his career representing the red half of the Steel City and made one appearance for the Blades during a 2005 League Cup tie against Shrewsbury Town before continuing his career at Alfreton Town.

In 2010 he signed for Crawley Town, making 122 outings for the Red Devils and notably helping them to promotion from the Conference a year later as he was named in the division's team of the season. McFadzean went on to spend two campaigns with Milton Keynes Dons before joining the Brewers in July 2016, scoring his first goal the next month against Sheffield Wednesday.

His next and current destination was the West Midlands and McFadzean's loyalty to the Sky Blues has been rewarded with the honour of skippering the side this season on the occasions club captain Liam Kelly has been absent. Should he appear against Blues on Tuesday, it will his 99th outing for Coventry. 

Previous number fives

Brian Kilcline

The incumbent of the number five jersey between 1984 and 1991, he famously captained Coventry to victory in the 1987 FA Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur - the club's only major trophy to date. Born in Nottingham, the defender made over 200 appearances in seven years.

Elliott Ward

A towering centre-half who was a product of West Ham United's academy, he joined Coventry in 2006 as a £1 million acquisition of boss Micky Adams. Over the next four seasons, he featured over a century of times for the Sky Blues as well as being loaned to Doncaster Rovers and Preston North End.

Lee Carsley

Bringing the curtain down on a two-year spell at St. Andrew's, the midfielder joined Coventry for a second spell in the summer of 2010. Named captain by Aidy Boothroyd, it would be his final season as a player and came ten years after he had first signed for the Sky Blues in a £2.5 million deal.

Tom Davies

An arrival at the backend of the 2017 Summer transfer window, the former Manchester United and Blackburn youth signed from Portsmouth. At Fratton Park, he had been a League Two winner and in 2018 he was promoted from the division with Coventry via the play-offs - his first of two seasons for the Sky Blues.

The Championship's number fives

AFC Bournemouth: Lloyd Kelly

Barnsley: Liam Kitching

Birmingham City: George Friend

Blackburn Rovers: Daniel Ayala

Blackpool: Reece James

Bristol City: Robert Atkinson

Cardiff City: Aden Flint

Coventry City: Kyle McFadzean

Derby County: Krystian Bielik

Fulham: Terence Kongolo

Huddersfield Town: Alex Vallejo

Hull City: Alfie Jones

Luton Town: Sonny Bradley

Middlesbrough: Unoccupied

Millwall: Jake Cooper

Nottingham Forest: Rodrigo Ely

Peterborough United: Mark Beevers

Preston North End: Patrick Bauer

Queens Park Rangers: Jordy de Wijs

Reading: Tom McIntyre

Sheffield United: Jack O'Connell

Stoke City: James Chester

Swansea City: Ben Cabango

West Bromwich Albion: Kyle Bartley

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