The Foot­ball League Pa­per

Slid­ing Sky Blues in need of a boost...

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READ­ERS of a cer­tain age will re­mem­ber when Coven­try City were top-flight reg­u­lars. They will prob­a­bly also re­call that mem­o­rable FA Cup fi­nal against Tot­ten­ham in 1987 when the Sky Blues won 3-2 in a thriller and Keith Houchen scored a spec­tac­u­lar div­ing header.

How sad it is, there­fore, to see Coven­try rock bot­tom of League One, a shadow of their for­mer selves.

It is clearly a club in tur­moil, with the suc­cess-starved fans in re­volt against the club’s own­ers, SISU. Coven­try don’t own their own ground, the Ri­coh Arena now in the hands of rugby club, Wasps.

The Sky Blues are in need of a lift and, per­haps, it could come from an un­likely source – the much-ma­ligned Check­a­trade Tro­phy.

Af­ter their mid­week win against Swansea on penal­ties, Coven­try are just 90 min­utes away from Wem­b­ley. They’ve got a home tie, too, against Wy­combe in the semi-fi­nals.

Of course, it won’t be easy. The Chair­boys have been one of the form teams in the coun­try over the last few months and gave Tot­ten­ham a mas­sive scare in the FA Cup yes­ter­day.

But not many neu­trals would deny Coven­try the chance to re­turn to Wem­b­ley 30 years af­ter their finest hour.

It would be a chance for the club’s fans to turn out en masse, pub­li­cise their dis­pute against the own­ers if they so wished, and show­case that Coven­try are a club po­ten­tial buy­ers should be in­ter­ested in.

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