Sky Blue Signing



This Saturday, 25 November, Sky Blues fans at the Crawley Town match have a chance to meet players from the famous 1980/81 squad. Go along to the casino before the match, where 29 Minutes from Wembley author Steve Phelps will be chatting with fans and signing copies along with five stars of the era. Then you can drop by Lady Godiva's after the match and get Garry Thompson to sign your other arm!

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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?

For the first time, the cast of 1980/81 are reunited to tell their stories:

  • Voted the most popular player in the top flight era, Tommy Hutchison, takes us through his Sky Blues career
  • England internationals Mark Hateley and Danny Thomas look back to where it all began
  • Gordon Milne links player memories with his own recollections of nine seasons as manager
  • One of the club's best centre-back pairings, Gary Gillespie and Paul Dyson, take us back in time
  • Garry Thompson, Peter Bodak and Andy Blair on the wonderful opportunities presented to them all at Highfield Road
  • The first player to score wearing the Admiral brown kit, Steve Hunt, on the Cosmos and much, much more
  • 'The goal that never was', Clive Allen's 'goal' for Crystal Palace and the referee who said 'NO'!
  • Ian Wallace and Mick Ferguson, one of the most prolific strike partnerships to wear sky blue
  • Memories of the late Les Sealey, City's 'vocal' goalkeeper, and number one in 1980/81
  • Cameos from John Sillett, John Motson and Keith Hackett

Click here for more information, or to read a sample from 29 Minutes from Wembley.