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My tribute to Ernie Hunt 

22 Jun 18

Ernie Hunt 17.3.1943 – 20.6.2018 The death of former Coventry City player Ernie Hunt means that in the space of two years we have lost two of the most talented players of the club’s early years in the First Division.


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2017-18 Stats review 

5 Jun 18

Stats summary 2017-18 After the miserable 2016-17 season which saw the club relegated to the fourth tier for the first time since 1958, four managers and some of the worst stats imaginable, albeit enlivened by a winning trip to Wembley in …


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Jim’s column 26.5.2018 

27 May 18

What a remarkable night at Meadow Lane last week.


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Column 12.5.2018 

14 May 18

After seventeen seasons of trying the Sky Blues have finally made it to the Football League play-offs by virtue of finishing sixth, their highest league finish since 1970.


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Jim’s column 5.5.2018 

6 May 18

Despite that sensational 6-1 win at Cheltenham, th e nerves are still jangling amongst Sky Blue fans ahead of today’s game with Morecambe.


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Jim’s column 28/4/2018 

30 Apr 18

The nerves are jangling amongst Sky Blue fans this week after the defeat to Lincoln on Tuesday night.


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Jim’s column 21.4.2018 

22 Apr 18

I’m writing this before last night’s home game with Stevenage, a game that will help decide Coventry City’s fate this season.


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Jim’s column 7.4.2018 

8 Apr 18

What a shocker on Easter Monday! A larger than normal crowd turned up expecting City to put lowly Yeovil to the sword and extend the unbeaten run to eight games only for the Glovers to tear up the form-book and pull off a sensational 6-2 victory…


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Jim’s column 31/3/2018 

1 Apr 18

The Sky Blues excellent 4-0 victory over Grimsby was not only the team’s biggest win since the 6-0 hammering of Bury in February 2016 but extended the team’s unbeaten run to a season’s best six games.


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Jim’s column 17.3.2018 

18 Mar 18

Coventry City’s defensive record in League Two this season has been very impressive.


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Jim’s column 10.3.2018 

11 Mar 18

It was a major disappointment last Saturday with the postponement of the Sky Blues home game with Lincoln causing Legends Day to be called off.


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Ron Dickinson tribute 

4 Mar 18

It was sad to hear from Ray Dickinson of the death of his brother and former City player Ron Dickinson at the age of 87.


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Jim’s column 24.2.2018 

25 Feb 18

The FA Cup run came to an end at Brighton’s Amex stadium on Saturday but the Sky Blues’ young team did the club proud against their Premiership opponents which included the impressive £14m record signing Jurgen Locadia.


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Ken McPherson 1927-2018 

18 Feb 18

It is sad for me to report the passing of former Coventry City player Ken McPherson.


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Jim’s column 10.2.2018 

11 Feb 18

I’m back from my sickbed this week and looking forward to two memorable Saturdays.


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Jim’s column 27.1.2017 

28 Jan 18

The Swindon Town bogey has officially been put to rest after last Saturday’s 3-1 victory for the Sky Blues secured City’s second double of the season.


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A tribute to Cyrille Regis 

21 Jan 18

Cyrille Regis 9.2.1958 – 15.1.2018 If George Curtis was the Sky Blue player of the 60s and Tommy Hutchison the player of the 70s, then Cyrille Regis was a strong contender for the City player of the 1980s.


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Jim’s column 13.1.2018 

14 Jan 18

What a remarkable day last Saturday.


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Jim’s column 6.1.2018 

7 Jan 18

In October 1936 Coventry City paid Wolves a club record £3,000 for Jackie Brown.


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Jim’s Column 23.12.2017 

28 Dec 17

Eighteen-year-old Tom Bayliss made a dramatic first league start for the Sky Blues last Saturday.


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Jim’s column 16.12.2017 

19 Dec 17

I couldn’t believe the small attendance at Coventry City’s game at Morecambe last Saturday.


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Jim’s column 9.12.2017 

10 Dec 17

The Sky Blues travel north to play Morecambe today in the first of three league games with significant interest to City statisticians.


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Allan Harris RIP 

3 Dec 17

It’s sad to report the death of former City defender Allan Harris who passed away last week at the age of 74.


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Podcast with Andy Turner 

26 Nov 17

Last week I did a podcast with the Coventry Telegraph’s Andy Turner discussing my new book.


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Jim’s column 25.11.2017 

26 Nov 17

When the draw was made for the FA Cup Second Round and paired City with Boreham Wood I was under the misapprehension that it was the first time the Sky Blues had met two non-league clubs in the same season in the competition since they became…


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Jim’s column 18.11.2017 

19 Nov 17

Steve Hardy, a City fan since his father first took him to Highfield Road in 1960, recently posed an interesting question.


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Jim’s column 11.11.2017 

12 Nov 17

Older City fans will know that Coventry City had a player called Jimmy Hill in the 1950s – not the JH who became the club’s most successful manager in 1961.


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Jim’s column 4.11.2017 

5 Nov 17

The Coventry City goal drought ended in spectacular fashion at Kenilworth Road last Saturday when the Sky Blues beat league leaders Luton Town 3-0 with goals from McNulty, Shipley and Nazon.


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Jim’s column 7.10.2017 

8 Oct 17

Coventry City’s 1-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra last weekend was the club’s fourth consecutive league game without conceding a goal at the Ricoh, following clean sheets against Port Vale, Carlisle and Exeter.


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Jack Lovering RIP 

1 Oct 17

JACK LOVERING 10 December 1922 – 21 September 2017 It’s sad to report the death of former Coventry City player John Lovering.


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Jim’s column 9.9.2017 

10 Sep 17

Fellow historian and collector of Sky Blue photographs and videos Dean Nelson posted an interesting picture on Twitter last week.


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Jim’s column 2.9.2017 

3 Sep 17

Michael Doyle’s return to Coventry City this summer reminded me of a question posed by Keith Ballantyne towards the end of last season which remains unanswered.


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Jim’s column 19.8.2017 

20 Aug 17

Fifty years ago today the Sky Blues took the field at Turf Moor, Burnley for the club’s first ever game in Division One.


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Jim’s column 12.8.2017 

14 Aug 17

55 years ago this month Coventry City kicked off the first full season under the management of Jimmy Hill.


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Stats review of 2016/17 

7 May 17

Most Coventry City supporters will be relieved that the 2016/17 season is over.


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Jim’s column 29.4.2017 

1 May 17

It’s very sad to report the death of former City player Ray Paul who passed away two weeks ago, aged 94.


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Jim’s column 22.04.2017 

23 Apr 17

It’s now official, Coventry City are relegated to League Two (tier 4).


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Jim’s column 15.4.2017 

17 Apr 17

I am writing this before Friday’s game but if City have beaten Charlton yesterday it will amazingly be the first time since 2007 that the team have won four home league games in a row.


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Jim’s column 1.4.2017 

6 Apr 17

Regular reader Keith Ballantyne wanted to know which Coventry City players had played in the World Cup Finals whilst at the club.


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Jim’s column 25.3.2017 

26 Mar 17

A week tomorrow Coventry City are back at Wembley after a break of thirty years.


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Jim’s column 11.3.2017 

12 Mar 17

Russell Slade’s brief time as Coventry City manager came to an end last Sunday after just 74 days – easily the shortest reign by a manager of the club, a record previously held by Mark Robins who stayed for 148 days in 2012-13.


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Jim’s column 4.3.2017 

5 Mar 17

Last week I mentioned the fact that Coventry City players with the same surname, Thomas, had scored in the same game.


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Jim’s column 25.2.2017 

26 Feb 17

It is sad to report the death of former Coventry City Gillingham player Roy Proverbs who passed away on 15 th February aged 84.


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Jim’s column 18.2.2017 

19 Feb 17

I recently wrote about Joe Elliott’s first ever Coventry City game against Preston North End in a friendly in January 1956 several other City fans remembered the game including Rod Dean and John Woodfield (his first ever game too).


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Jim’s column 11.2.2017 

12 Feb 17

Coventry City are Wembley-bound after Tuesday night’s famous but nail-biting victory over Wycombe Wanderers at the Ricoh.


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Jim’s column 4.2.2017 

5 Feb 17

City suffered another bad defeat at Northampton last weekend in a game marred by several pitch invasions and flares on the pitch causing the game to be held up several times.


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Jim’s column 28/1/2017 

29 Jan 17

Coventry City’s relegation-threatened team are just ninety minutes from Wembley after a successful penalty shoot-out at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium on Tuesday evening.


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Jim’s column 21.1.2017 

22 Jan 17

Most City fans are aware of City’s poor recent record for headed goals but Geoff Moore has been researching it and has come up with some frightening statistics.


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Jim’s column 14.1.2017 

15 Jan 17

With the Sky Blues not playing last weekend I was able to ponder the recent run of form.


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Jim’s column 7.1.2017 

9 Jan 17

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about some postcards of old Coventry City teams given to me by John Feeney and they generated some interest amongst readers.