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Boxing Day seems like the ideal day for repeats, so this afternoon we continue our series of archive matches from the clubs of League One with Coventry City. The club has been suffering hard times of late, but today we go back to take a look at six matches from the club’s three and a half unbroken decades in the top division of English football, kicking off with a home match against Manchester City from October 1972. We then skip ahead to the early 1980s, and another match against Manchester City, this time from February 1983. Our third match is from October of the same year, at Highfield Road against the defending league champions Liverpool.
Our fourth match comes from the 1986/87 season. Coventry ended that season by winning the FA Cup at Wembley against Tottenham Hotspur, and our third match is the whole of that match, including extra-time (this video runs to two hours long, so it might be an idea to put the kettle on first.) We finish off with two matches from the early 1990s which both end in Coventry scoring five goals. First up is a home League Cup Fourth Round match against Nottingham Forest from the end of November 1990, and finally we have a match from the first season of the Premier League and a trip to Ewood Park to play Blackburn Rovers in January 1993.
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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.