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Kaga simpson
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931 of 941  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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932 of 941  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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933 of 941  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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934 of 941  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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935 of 941  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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936 of 941  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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937 of 941  Thu 4th May 2017 11:48am  
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For next season - players under contract, players leaving, offers to players, etc - report
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Kaga simpson
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938 of 941  Tue 16th May 2017 3:35pm  
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Sorry everyone, shame about the Sky Blues. Brighton just had a 90 thousand turn-out on Sunday last for the Seagulls promotion.
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939 of 941  Tue 16th May 2017 4:00pm  
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What the Seagulls have achieved should give some hope for Sky Blues' followers - there are a few similarities in their story: 'Incredible journey' The club last played in the old First Division in 1983 - they reached the FA Cup Final that year but got relegated. In 1997, the club had to sell the Goldstone Ground to pay off some of its debts. It spent two seasons 70 miles away, at Gillingham's Priestfield Stadium. The club then moved to the Withdean Stadium in 1999 - a council-owned athletics track in the suburbs of Brighton. Chairman Tony Bloom's arrival eight years ago paved the way for their new permanent home at the Amex stadium and the success that followed. There needs to be the will to succeed, however Oh my
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940 of 941  Sun 28th May 2017 4:31pm  
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An interesting read about other troubled football club fans Oh my Sounds very familiar in some respects
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Kaga simpson
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941 of 941  Mon 29th May 2017 8:21am  
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Midland Red. Another excellent finding and read. Thanks.
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