Play Up Sky Blues



STOP PRESS: Sky Blues fans! If you're attending this Saturday's home match against Mansfield, be sure and drop in to the casino either pre- or post-match to catch a unique Play Up Sky Blues signing event. Author Jim Brown will be appearing with stars of the '67 season including Ron Farmer, Mick Kearns and Dietmar Bruck, who will be signing books and chatting about their exploits 50 years ago. The event starts at 1.30pm, then continues after the match until 6.00pm.

Coventry City: Champions 1967 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.

Play Up Sky Blues focuses on Coventry City’s Second Division title win of 1967, a famous landmark on the club’s route to the top. Read the book and discover:

  • Why manager Jimmy Hill and record signing Ian Gibson fell out in the Carlisle dressing room
  • How City's stuttering start to the 1966-67 season and a shock League Cup defeat piled pressure on Hill
  • How Jimmy steered the club out of crisis and on to the Second Division title
  • How many fans had written off the Sky Blues’ promotion hopes in November, with just a few hundred fans travelling to away games
  • How the battling Sky Blues went behind on nine occasions and fought back to win or draw
  • How their never-say-die attitude contributed to a club record 25-game unbeaten run
  • Which Coventry City player received death threats following the FA Cup defeat to Newcastle
  • What happened at Highfield Road in the ‘Midlands Match of the Century’ against Wolves
  • How local kid Bobby Gould won over the knockers and finished as Division 2’s leading scorer

Click here for more information, or to read a sample from Play Up Sky Blues.