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Sky Blues
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.


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Jim’s column 31.12.2016 

1 Jan 17

There was another disaster at Bristol Rovers on Boxing Day as City again capitulated to a more physical team in what is becoming a predictable occurrence this season.


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Jim’s column 24.12.2016 

26 Dec 16

John Leekey is a collector of Coventry City memorabilia and recently gave me copies of two postcards of City teams from over 100 years ago asking for more details.


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Jim’s column 17.12.2017 

18 Dec 16

Thursday night’s defeat to Sheffield United was City’s sixth straight league defeat – ironically with probably their best display of the six.


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Jim’s column 10.12.2016 

11 Dec 16

Coventry City’s miserable season hit another low on Sunday as they capitulated to League Two Cambridge United in their FA Cup clash.


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Jim’s column 3.12.2016 

4 Dec 16

This week marks the 50 th anniversary of a significant time in Coventry City’s history.


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Jim’s column 26.11.2016 

27 Nov 16

Two away defeats in four days made it a bad week for the Sky Blues and pushed them back into the dog-fight at the foot of the table.


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Jim’s column 19.11.2016 

20 Nov 16

The Sky Blues unbeaten run that stretched back 14 games in all competitions to last April came to an end on Saturday at the Ricoh when Scunthorpe United did a smash and grab raid.


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Jim’s column 12.11.2016 

13 Nov 16

There was nothing to play for on Wednesday night at Wycombe other than home advantage in the first of the knockout stages of the Football League Trophy, a somewhat devalued competition since the inclusion of several club’s Under 23 teams.


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A tribute to Brian Hill 

6 Nov 16

Brian Hill Born 31 July 1941 Died 27 October 2016 Brian Hill was a footballer from bygone era.


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Jim’s column 29.10.16 

30 Oct 16

Regular readers will know I try and look on the positive side of things and with all the doom and gloom around the football club at the moment I have to highlight the fact that after last week’s consecutive home victories over Oxford and Rochdale…


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Jim’s column 22.10.2016 

23 Oct 16

The sad news of the passing of Peter Denton and my tribute last week prompted several emails.


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Peter Denton 1.3.1946 – 7.10.2016 

16 Oct 16

Everyone at Coventry City and the Former Players Association were saddened to hear of the passing of Peter Denton last week.


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Jim’s column 8.10.2016 

9 Oct 16

Back-to-back wins in four days this week have lifted spirits amongst Sky Blues’ fans.


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Jim’s column 1.10.2016 

2 Oct 16

In another tumultuous week for the Sky Blues Tony Mowbray became the 25 th Coventry City manager to leave the club in the forty nine years since Jimmy Hill stepped down to join ITV in 1967.


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Jim’s column 24.9.2016 

25 Sep 16

City’s poor start continued last weekend with a goalless draw with Oldham, making it eight league games without a win.


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Jim’s column 17.9.2016 

18 Sep 16

This week I am going back almost 50 years in response to a request from West Ham historian Roger Hillier.


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Jim’s column 10.9.2016 

12 Sep 16

After the small crowds at the Ricoh Arena for the League Cup and Football League Trophy games several people have asked me for more details about the game which attracted the lowest ever crowd for a City game in 1985 – a Full Members Cup tie…


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Jim’s column 3.9.2016 

4 Sep 16

The re-named, re-launched Football League Trophy (for the time-being called the Checkatrade Trophy) kicked off this week with the Sky Blues entertaining West Ham’s Under 23 team and emerging with a 4-2 victory.


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Jim’s column 27.8.2016 

28 Aug 16

It was a bad week for the Sky Blues.


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Jim’s column 20.8.2016 

22 Aug 16

Coventry City’s disappointing start to the league campaign has seen them glean only two points from their opening three games and also fail to find the net.


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Jim’s column 13.8.2016 

14 Aug 16

The new season is up and running and the Sky Blues again failed to break the Swindon hoodoo in the opening league game last Saturday.


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Jim’s column 6.8.2016 

9 Aug 16

A new season is upon us today and it just seems like yesterday that I was watching City’s final games, the FA Cup final and the Champions League final.


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John O’Rourke 11.2.1945 – 7.7.2016 

16 Jul 16

Everyone at Coventry City and the Former Players Association were saddened to hear of the passing of John O’Rourke last week.


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Ian Gibson (30.3.1943 – 26.5.2016) 

29 May 16

For Coventry City fans of a certain vintage two players captured their hearts in the 1960s.


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Statistical review of the 2015-16 season 

16 May 16

When assessing Coventry City’s season one has to remember the state of the club a year ago – having to come from behind to win at Crawley to retain League One status after a season which was miserable even by Sky Blue standards, with only …


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Jim’s column 7.5.2016 

8 May 16

This week in 1936 City clinched the Third Division South title – the club’s first ever Football League promotion.


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Jim’s column 30.4.2016 

1 May 16

As I wrote last week, this month sees the 80 th anniversary of Coventry City’s first ever promotion in the Football League from Division Three South.


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Jim’s column 23.4.2016 

25 Apr 16

Coventry City’s successive home wins in four days have brightened the mood of the fans after a dreadful run of sixteen games with only two victories.