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Midland Red

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916 of 926  Fri 7th Apr 2017 2:49pm  
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For those who haven't read the survey, the comment about the Ricoh is: Worst feature: Often-soulless atmosphere in a virtually empty stadium - the move to a new ground just hasn't worked out, and it's hard not to feel for Coventry fans in that situation. Home end has been shut and used to house a giant Jimmy Hill banner, a reminder of what the club used to be. As MisterD-Di says, the survey was assessing the matchday experience - CCFC 2017 is hardly in the best state for a reasoned assesssment of its stadium to be carried out And for it to be rated below the likes of Grimsby, Crawley and Newport is astonishing - I wonder what the survey would have made of Fellows Park (Walsall) with its laundry wall at one end, and Northampton Town's County Ground (standing on benches along the cricket ground side!) back in the day! Oh my Lol As also mentioned, it's more "lazy reporting" from Trinity Mirror Sad
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917 of 926  Fri 14th Apr 2017 5:52pm  
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Sad Day?
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918 of 926  Fri 14th Apr 2017 6:58pm  
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Somewhat ironic - at 7.00pm MUTV are showing as "On this day", ManchesterUnited v Coventry City, from 2000/2001 - that seems a billion miles away from today Angry
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TonyS
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919 of 926  Fri 14th Apr 2017 9:14pm  
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A very sad day indeed Kaga! Sad It's a shame we didn't get Mark Robins in instead of Venus taking over. He seems to have been a breath of fresh air, but all a bit too late. I worry just how easy it will be for us to "bounce back" when the owners are likely to sell any emerging talent we are likely to have.
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Old Lincolnian
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920 of 926  Sat 15th Apr 2017 4:29pm  
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One of my ambitions in the forty odd years I've lived in Coventry has always been to see my home city play my adopted city in a football match. It looks likely that I will get to see this next season but not in the way I'd hoped for as I'd always thought it would be in a cup match Sad
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Kaga simpson
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921 of 926  Sun 16th Apr 2017 10:33am  
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Would I be right in saying 1951 was the first big drop for Coventry City F.C.? I seem to recall some major disappointment with the team?
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Midland Red

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922 of 926  Sun 16th Apr 2017 11:01am  
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Jim Brown, club's historian, wrote : The 1950s, which had started so brightly with a Second Division promotion push in 1950-51, were a dark period for Coventry City. Relegated from Division Two in 1952, the team rarely looked like regaining their place in the higher league and languished in Division Three South until 1958. Then the Third Division was deregionalised and the teams finishing in the lower halves of the Southern and Northern Sections formed the new Fourth Division. In the final year of the decade the team finally had some success when under the managership of Billy Frith promotion to Division Three was achieved. Despite the bad times, Coventry City fielded some outstanding players including goalkeeper Reg Matthews, who became City’s first England international in 1956, and a young bruising defender called George Curtis, who would go on to be an inspirational club captain in the 1960s and play more than 500 games for the club. Of course, until the early 60s, City were "The Bantams" - see separate thread Thumbs up
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MisterD-Di
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923 of 926  Sun 16th Apr 2017 11:17am  
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On 15th Apr 2017 4:29pm, Old Lincolnian said: One of my ambitions in the forty odd years I've lived in Coventry has always been to see my home city play my adopted city in a football match. It looks likely that I will get to see this next season but not in the way I'd hoped for as I'd always thought it would be in a cup match Sad
Coventry and Lincoln have not played each other very often throughout their respective histories, There have been only 4 seasons where they have been in the same division, the last time being 1961-62. Coventry have won 3 at home with one draw, and there have been two wins apiece at Sincil Bank. The last competitive meeting was in City's famous FA cup run to the quarter finals in 1962-63. It was the year of the 'big freeze' and the 3rd round tie at Lincoln was postponed a record 16 times! City eventually won 5-1. My only visit to Sincil Bank was for a friendly in the 70s which was to celebrate Lincoln's Division 4 championship win under Graham Taylor. In answer to Kaga, City's first relegation was from Division 2 to Division 3 North in 1925. The first game of that season, (City's only one in that division before moving to Division 3 South,) was coincidentally against Lincoln City.
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Old Lincolnian
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924 of 926  Sun 16th Apr 2017 2:30pm  
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Many thanks for that MisterD-Di, I vaguely remember being at that match as I was a regular at Sincil Bank until I left to go to University Thumbs up Incidentally, as another example of opposite fortunes, the season Coventry won the FA Cup was one of the seasons Lincoln were relegated from the Football League (the "old pals" voting system had also saved them several times)
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Kaga simpson
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925 of 926  Sun 16th Apr 2017 3:11pm  
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Thanks Midland Red, knew something bugged me back then.
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Linda
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926 of 926  Sat 22nd Apr 2017 11:00pm  
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My dad used to work as a steward at Highfield Road. He used to chat to Jimmy Hill sometimes and bring home memorabilia. I remember my mum always making my dad a flask of Camp coffee, usually with a bit of whisky in it to take with him.
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