Video of the Day: Coventry City vs Sheffield United, November 1973
In League One tomorrow afternoon, Coventry City and Sheffield United will play a match of little consequence in the league other than to cap the end of an underwhelming season for both clubs. Sheffield United are in ninth place in the table, four points from a play-off place with two matches left to play, most likely to tall an order for the Blades to be able to make up. Coventry City have seen their season crumble to an even greater extent and are in twelfth place in the table, with early season hopes of a promotion push having fallen to pieces.
Though labouring in the third tier of the English league system at the moment, both of these clubs have had lengthy spells in the top flight, and this morning’s Video of the Day comes from the 1973/74 season, when both were a regular fixture on the First Division of the Football League. Neither of these two were setting the division alight at the time – Sheffield United kicked off exactly halfway down the table, with Coventry in fifteenth place, looking nervously over their shoulders at the relegation places beneath them.
Come the end of the season, both would be in roughly the same place as they were when they met in this match. Sheffield United ended it sandwiched between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United in thirteenth place in the table. Coventry City, on the other hand, ended the season in exactly the position that they were in at the end of November, fifteenth in the table and still worrying a little about relegation. With just two points and a better goal average between the Sky Blues and Southampton, who ended the season relegated in twentieth place in the table, perhaps they were right to. Commentary at Highfield Road comes from Hugh Johns, and note the two o’clock kick-off time, a necessity of the fuel crisis of that winter.