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National 1 Coventry all-time appearances…

Coventry have been in National 1 for the last six years, although I have to say it seems longer than that. The reason for this might be partly due tot he fact that we’re coming to the end of a long and somewhat disappointing season that started so brightly but is finishing with something approaching the last rites for the vast majority of this year’s squad.

Who could possibly have forecast prior to the opening league game against Wharfedale back in September that so many familiar faces would have been exiting the club just 8 months down the line?

Not me, for sure.

Amongst those players who are exiting the Butts in April are six who feature in the list of the top 20 all time National 1 appearances for the club. As I suggested in yesterday’s post, many of these players have been here several seasons and understand what it means to play in the blue and white hoops of Coventry. Their experience will be hugely missed.

I have to admit, though, I did do something akin to a double take when I noticed that of all the outgoing players, the one with the most appearances for Coventry is Adam Parkins.

Great player that he is, I wouldn’t have guessed at a figure even half that of the 71 starts he’s made, probably because so many of them were at the time when he was still with Northampton – his first 50 appearances all occurring when either a dual registered or loan player.  Ironically, since Cov signed him early last year, he seems to have spent more time back with the Saints that he has with us, which all seems a bit odd to me, especially when we were struggling with front row injuries before Joe Foreman made his first start for the club back in January. Joe is very much the silver cloud in that respect.

In all, 7 players who will be playing their rugby elsewhere next season will have played over 50 times for the club and a further 2 in the mid to high 40s.

Had anyone asked me who had appeared more in a Cov shirt, Parkins or George Oliver, then I would have plumped for Oliver every time, but with just 39 starts at the moment (with hopefully another four to come), ten of the out-going squad have more appearances under their belts. Another surprise that. George Oliver is such an established name and is one of the first to be written on the team sheet of any Cov side I’d select. He’s captained the team and would certainly have been one of the players on my retained list. I know he’s still young but I always think of Oliver as being one of the senior players.

When you look the numbers of players leaving in terms of their appearances in a Cov shirt, it becomes even more evident just what a clear-out is about to take place, with some of the most experienced players having to say their farewells after the trip to Wharfedale at the end of the month.

However, presuming that those who are in ‘final discussions’ with the club prior to re-signing do actually commit themselves to Coventry next season, then three of the top 4 players in the all-time list will be with us in September – Matt Price, Cliffie Hodgson and Tom Poole. With Andy Brown and Callum MacBurnie just below them, there’ll be five in the top ten, so there’s a vast amount of experience staying on at the Butts, which will be hugely important when settling in a new squad. 470 appearances in just those 5 players. The significance of that shouldn’t be underestimated.

And in Matt Price, and Tom Poole to a lesser extent, ‘the Dog’ lives…

Second in the list of all-time appearances is certainly a favourite of mine – Brett Daynes. I have a vague recollection that for two seasons he didn’t miss a single game and was a player who always seemed to have an indomitable spirit. Popular and highly regarded, he was another Sam Pailor for me. What’s the betting we’ll see Brett back at the Butts, playing for Coventry rather than against next season? If Rowland Winter is to bring with him one or two Cambridge players, then I’d welcome Brett’s return.

There are some interesting names on the list, names that bring back all sorts of memories. The one that stands out most for me is scrum half Lee Audis. Lee left us to go to Doncaster in 2011 and then shortly afterwards suffered an horrendous car accident that nearly ended his life and involved treatment in hospital for 12 months. Last I heard, he was up and about and although still suffering some effects from the accident, he was getting involved in rugby again through some work with Bath University. The fact that he is able to lead something approaching a normal life and is itself a minor miracle.

We will all have our own memories of the players who appear in the list below. It’s worth just scanning down and reminding yourself of the wealth of talent represented by these names. I have to confess, there are two on the list that I just can’t recall – Nathan MacDonald and Ryan Glyn (and Seb Pearson’s name is familiar but I can’t remember much about him, other than I think he was Canadian).

With just two home games left, I hope that all the players who will be leaving at the end of the season will get at least one opportunity to play in front of their home crowd. Supporters might be frustrated by the way the season has panned out at times and we might have voiced our concerns in ways which players might not have always appreciated, but the vast majority of us are hugely respectful of the commitment and loyalty that the squad has shown towards the club and the supporters on and off the pitch in such difficult times. Hopefully, there will be decent crowds for both Darlington and Ampthill and supporters will come not just to see Coventry win, but also to say their farewells to the players, many of whom are amongst the best players to have played for Coventry since we arrived in National 1 back in 2010.

Two home wins to finish the season off would be good, starting with Darlington in 4 days time.

Below is a table of those players who have made 6 or more appearances for Coventry since 2010, when we first played in National 1.

One hundred in total.

The data comes from Statbunker and whilst it might not be totally accurate it’s as good as is publicly available.

Those players in green are the ones Rowland Winter has announced as having already signed OR are in the final stages of discussing terms (Joe Foreman isn’t included because he has made a couple of appearances). Those in red are the ones who are not being retained and will be leaving the club at the end of the season.

National One Coventry All time appearances

Players Total Start CO Sub Off Points
Matt Price 142 97 45 50 68 105
Brett Daynes 104 96 8 8 22 105
Clifford Hodgson 93 92 1 1 15 1012
Tom Poole 93 83 10 12 19 35
Matthew Tibbatts 84 68 16 16 9 85
Heath Stevens 79 76 3 4 4 90
Andy Brown 72 63 9 10 29 25
Adam Parkins 71 59 12 13 29 40
Callum MacBurnie 70 60 10 12 14 40
Matthew Jones 69 63 6 7 9 326
Sam Pailor 65 58 7 7 13 60
Danny Wright 62 43 19 20 9 35
Sam Herrington 59 44 15 17 5 90
Scott Morgan 59 54 5 4 28 20
Will Hurrell 58 58 2 140
Thomas Harris 57 51 6 6 4 135
Ben Russell 57 51 6 6 8 46
Lewis Barker 55 51 4 4 12 35
Robert Knox 51 50 1 1 8 140
Jacques Le Roux 51 44 7 8 8 115
Wayne Evans 50 44 6 8 17 30
Dale Agar 49 32 17 18 24 35
Alex Nash 48 44 4 4 7 30
Chad Thorne 45 30 15 16 24 5
Dominic Lespierre 42 37 5 5 7 110
Luke Myring 41 32 9 12 10 128
James Otutaha 40 34 6 7 7 10
George Oliver 39 38 1 1 9 45
Jack Green 39 27 12 14 6 28
Jeff Gregson 36 34 2 4 6 85
Elliot Read 36 28 8 13 8 64
Greg Evans 36 30 6 6 3 46
Chris Locke 36 19 17 19 17 25
Nathan McDonald 36 32 4 5 10 10
Louis Silver 34 24 10 16 10 25
Luke Beales 33 19 14 21 8 5
Barry Davies 31 23 8 11 10 54
Mark Kohler 30 29 1 1 5 50
Andrew Weaver 30 24 6 6 5 5
Andrew Murray 29 16 13 18 3 30
Liam Munroe 28 23 5 5 2 25
Tim Ryan 28 16 12 12 11 5
Seb Pearson 27 24 3 4 2 25
Dan Richards 26 16 10 14 2 82
Daniel Rundle 26 17 9 12 2 80
Will Maisey 26 21 5 8 4 24
Lee Audis 25 20 5 9 9 89
Nico Steenkamp 25 21 4 4 15 5
Benjamin Dechartres 24 20 4 5 8 15
Martin Kent 24 18 6 7 8 15
Jamie Harrop 24 19 5 9 8 5
Bronson Ross 24 22 2 2 3 5
Nick Southern 23 19 4 4 3 10
Devlin Hope 21 7 14 17 5 30
Ethan Waller 21 20 1 4 25
Ignas Darkintis 21 10 11 11 7 7
Liam Mather 21 19 2 2 5 5
Roan van Heerden 21 20 1 1 5
Tom Warren 20 17 3 4 7 35
Scott Hamilton 20 11 9 9 3 30
Mark O’Connor 19 16 3 6 3 128
Rob Dugard 19 9 10 12 5 10
Daniel Carpo 19 8 11 11 3
Tipiloma Kivalu 19 9 10 10 4
David McGregor 18 4 14 16 4 10
Caolan Ryan 17 11 6 10 1 38
Peter Weightman 17 13 4 6 3 25
Matt Weller 17 4 13 21 2
Ben Thomas 16 16 2
Robert Nash 15 13 2 2 3 5
Michael Walls 15 13 2 4 4 5
Alex Woodburn 14 11 3 3 3 10
Daniel Hobbs-Awoyemi 14 11 3 3 3 5
Nathan Jones 14 10 4 5 4
Rikki Stout 14 5 9 11 3
Jordan Onojaife 13 7 6 7 1 10
Beno Obano 13 7 6 7 3
Edward Milne 12 12 2 5
Gaston Mieres 11 11 15
Haloti Molitika 11 8 3 3 6 10
James Tincknell 11 8 3 3 2 10
Pierre Ferre 11 3 8 12 3 5
Jake Farnworth 11 2 9 9 2 5
Ryan Hough 10 9 1 2 3 15
Luke Joseph 10 10 3 10
William Hafu 10 8 2 2 6 5
Ben Toft 10 9 1 3 1 5
Ryan Glynn 10 3 7 8 2
Finley Sinclair 10 4 6 10 1
George Tressidder 10 6 4 4 2
Harrison Lee-Everton 9 4 5 5 2
Jonathan Lowden 8 6 2 3 3 21
Khrist Kopetzky 8 7 1 1 2 11
Gareth Turner 8 6 2 3 2 10
Spencer Sutherland 8 8 1 1 10
Rory Hutchinson 8 7 1 1 4 5
George Worth 7 5 2 2 5
Jamie Miller 7 7 2
Sam Smith 7 7 1
Ian Clark 6 3 3 4 1 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Hello Tim. I’m in a fortunate situation in that I occasionally get a freebie from my employer to watch Saints from the box we have. On two occasions now I have spotted Adam Parkins on the pitch, bibbed-up and assisting with the warm- ups pre-match. Incredibly frustrating to see from my point of view knowing that we could have used him here at CRFC. I think the last match I can recall seeing him play for us was down at Esher RFC when he was injured after about five minutes.

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    • Hi Alan – thanks for comment, it’s really interesting and only makes the fact that Adam P isn’t back with Coventry more confusing. If he’s not even playing for Northampton then you’d have thought a) he want to be somewhere where he’s likely to get a game and b) Coventry would want him at the very least on the bench. I’m sure it’s not that straightforward but we’re never going to find out the reasons given the lack of team news that comes out of the club, other than team selections. Yes, he did hobble off at Esher – not Coventry’s finest 80 minutes that one. It was a painful trip home!

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    • Hi Mick…thanks for the information although I’m still having a senior moment and struggling to place him…the name rings a bell now and Heath Stevens is a very clear memory.
      Never mind…but thanks again for coming across…

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