Not at our best in North West

Warwickshire Telegraph - - SPORT -

REG­U­LAR reader Steve Pit­tam has been a City fan for many years and was one of the 50 or so sup­port­ers to make the trip to Plov­div in City’s only Eu­ro­pean cam­paign in 1970.

He has spent many years out of the coun­try, mainly work­ing in the Mid­dle East but gets back for a few games each sea­son.

He emailed me re­cently after the Fleet­wood game (which he at­tended) to say that on the drive home he was think­ing about all the Coven­try matches he had been to in the North West and reck­ons we have a pretty aw­ful record up there.

He asked if I could do the stats to con­firm whether our record in the North West was worse than our over­all away record.

Steve is cor­rect about our away trips to Lan­cashire and the North West.

Most City fans know we have not won a league game at Pre­ston in umpteen trips and that we have never won at Rochdale.

Older fans will re­mem­ber the dis­as­trous FA Cup de­feats at Tran­mere (1968), Rochdale (1971 and 2005) and Black­burn (1980) and League Cup losses at the same grounds over the years.

The ta­ble, in­cludes all City’s trips to the area since they left the Premier­ship in 2001 (in­clud­ing cup games). I have in­cluded Cheshire clubs Crewe Alexan­dra and Stock­port County also. Over­all they have won only 17 of 72 away games, an av­er­age of 23 per cent, com­pared to a to­tal away win per­cent­age of 26 per cent.

They have gained 65 points in those games, an av­er­age of 0.90 points per game.

This com­pares with an over­all away av­er­age for the same pe­riod of 1.03 points. The statis­tics cer­tainly bear out Steve’s the­ory!

I hadn’t re­alised how bad our records are at Wi­gan, Bury, More­cambe and Tran­mere (where the Sky Blues have not won in seven vis­its stretch­ing back to 1938).

I thought we had a bet­ter record at Burn­ley but have won only twice in 10 vis­its. Hope that helps you, Steve.

An­other hoodoo club for the Sky Blues is Scun­thorpe and last Saturday’s de­feat there meant that the Iron have now won the last six league en­coun­ters be­tween the clubs.

Fel­low his­to­rian Paul O’Con­nor pointed out that this equals City’s cur­rent run of six suc­ces­sive league de­feats by Manch­ester United.

He also ad­vised that the club’s worst run of de­feats against any club was nine against West Ham.

The abysmal run started with the in­fa­mous de­feat on the fi­nal day of the 1982-83 sea­son in what was Dave Sex­ton’s fi­nal game in charge on the day it was an­nounced Bobby Gould was re­plac­ing hime, then the 5-2 de­feat at Up­ton Park after lead­ing 2-0.

The run was ended in Novem­ber 1987 with a 0-0 draw at High­field Road.

John Fleck tus­sles with Pre­ston’s Josh Brown­hill at Deep­dale in 2015, a ground at which City have not won since 2000. City also have win­less records at More­cambe and Rochdale, be­low

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