Noel Whelan will be the special guest of the Coventry City Former Players Association at the Ricoh this coming Saturday (10th December 2011)just over a year since his last visit in the same capacity.
Between them Noel, Darren and Dion Dublin formed terrorised Premier league defences for the Sky Blues at the end of the 1990s under Gordon Strachan and scored many memorable goals between them. ‘Snowy’ as Darren refers to him gets many mentions in his book.
Noel will be watching the Sky Blues attempt to gain only their 3rd win all season in the Championship against Hull City and will be around the Ricoh’s corporate lounges before and during the game, interviewed on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire during the game and also, we hope will be able to meet fans on the stage at Lady G’s in the Casino after the match.
Fans will remember Noel as an England Under 21 International who joined the club as a 21 year old from Leeds United for £2m in December 1995. He was known for being both a skilful and combatitive forward in the top division for City. He played over 150 League and Cup games for the Sky Blues in 5 seasons scoring 39 goals.
In August 2000 he was transferred to Middlesbrough (where he made over 70 appearances) for a fee of more than £2m. Since then he has had spells at Crystal Palace (loan), Millwall, Derby County and Boston United in England and with Aberdeen, Livingstone and Dunfermline in Scotland. A couple of years ago he appeared on BBC’s Celebrity Masterchef. Most recently he has been furthering his coaching and media careers.
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