Coventry City

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Factfile:

Nickname: The Sky Blues

Founded: 1883

Manager: Mark Robins

Stadium: St Andrew’s (groundshare with Birmingham City)

Current league position: 19th

Last season’s finish: 1st (League One Winners)

Current top scorer: Gustavo Hamer (5 goals in all competitions)

FFV’s one for the future: Leo Skiri Østigård

INTRODUCTION…

Coventry City formed as Singers F.C. in 1883 following a general meeting of the Singer Factory Gentleman’s club. They adopted their current name in 1898 and joined the Southern League in 1908, before being elected into the Football League in 1919.

Relegated in 1925, they returned to the Second Division as champions of the Third Division South and Third Division South Cup winners in 1935–36. Relegated in 1952, they won promotion in the inaugural Fourth Division season in 1958–59.

Coventry reached the First Division after winning the Third Division title in 1963–64 and the Second Division title in 1966–67 under the management of Jimmy Hill.

In the 1970–71 season, the team competed in the European Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, reaching the second round. Despite beating Bayern Munich 2–1 in the home leg, they had lost 6–1 in the first leg in Germany and thus were eliminated.

Coventry’s only period in the top division to date lasted 34 consecutive years between 1967 and 2001, and they were inaugural members of the Premier League in 1992.

They won the FA Cup in 1987, the club’s only major trophy when they beat Tottenham Hotspur 3–2. They suffered further relegations in 2012 and 2017, though did manage to also win the EFL Trophy in 2017.

Coventry returned to Wembley in 2018, beating Exeter City in the League Two play-off final. Manager Mark Robins built on this success and led the club to promotion back to the Championship as League One champions in 2020.

Credit: Coventry Telegraph
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