60S MEETS 80S AT COV NOSTALGIA FEST
Sky Blues authors Jim Brown and Steve Phelps will be appearing at Waterstones, Coventry on Wednesday 13th December, coinciding with the late-night shopping.
They'll be joined by stars from the great Coventry City sides celebrated in their respective books, Play Up Sky Blues and 29 Minutes from Wembley. Chatting with fans and signing copies of the books will be Ronnie Farmer from the team Jimmy Hill led to the top tier, along with Andy Blair and Peter Bodak (plus Garry Thompson - to be confirmed) from the early 80s team.
It's 36 years to the week since Bodak scored one of the best goals ever seen at Highfield Road when Coventry beat Watford 5-0 in the League Cup quarter final replay - Garry also scored that night in front of a crowd of 30,000.
Sky Blue Star Signing Session: 5pm-6.30pm, Wednesday 13th December. Waterstones, Coventry (Smithford Way).
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On 10 February 1981 Coventry City stood 29 minutes from Wembley in the League Cup semi-final second leg at West Ham United's Upton Park. Victories over Manchester United, Brighton and Hove Albion, Cambridge United and Watford had taken Gordon Milne's side to the first semi-final in the club's 97-year history. City's youngsters missed out on a trip to Wembley in the cruellest of circumstances after a fantastic first leg at Highfield Road in front of 36,000 fans.
29 Minutes from Wembley: The Inside Story of Coventry City's 1980/81 Season features exclusive interviews with players, management, supporters and opposition stars. Contemporary media reports appear alongside memories and retrospectives to recall a wonderful time in Sky Blue history, the team's age averaging just 21.
By the summer of 1983 the majority had left the club; here, they tell their individual stories of their time at Coventry City, a club still close to their hearts after all these years. Just how good could that team have been?
Click here for more information, or to read a sample from 29 Minutes from Wembley.
Play Up Sky Blues tells the story of Coventry City's finest season, when they reached the First Division for the first time in the club’s history.
Under their charismatic manager Jimmy Hill, the Sky Blues had narrowly missed out on promotion in 1966 and, strengthened by the arrival of record signing Ian Gibson, were the favourites to go up the following season. The story tells how, after a mixed start, the team had a crisis in October with Hill and Gibson falling out and the Scot asking for a transfer – at which point the team was dumped out of the League Cup by Third Division opposition.
For a time 'JH' was under pressure until he and 'Gibbo' settled their differences, and the fans' hero was recalled. His return sparked a run of 25 unbeaten games and secured promotion. With success guaranteed, the 'Midlands Match of the Century' with Wolves would decide the title: over 51,000 watched as the Sky Blues triumphed and went on to clinch the Second Division championship.
Click here for more information, or to read a sample from Play Up Sky Blues.