When Sutton Met Coventry

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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3 Responses

  1. Brenton says:

    Great story.

    I’ve never quite understood the historic weight that some teams acquire. Why should the Sutton team of 1989 be relevant to their chances against Notts County this season?

    In the NHL (ice hockey in North America), the Montreal Canadiens have a winning record against every team save one: the Florida Panthers. Ice hockey. Florida. They are a recent expansion team (1993) that initially did well (made it to the Cup Finals in 1996) but have since faded, and rarely make the play-offs. Somehow they maintain their winning record over the game’s most storied team (champions 24 times).

    Why has it taken 28 years for Sunderland to beat Newcastle at home? Some things just aren’t explainable using typical assessments: Yes, Newcastle have generally fielded better teams over the past three decades, yes they have greater financial clout, and so on. In 28 years, you would think that some plucky Sunderland team would have eked out a 1-0 home win over some crap Newcastle side of the past ten years.

  2. Curly says:

    I think you will find that South Shields did not play in the 1969 FA Amateur Cup Final.
    North Shield did.

  1. January 6, 2012

    […] more – it is now 23 years since a non-league side beat a top flight team in the FA Cup, as every fan of Sutton United and Coventry City knows all too well(even Sutton fans are bored of being asked by opposition fans the same question, […]

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