Coventry City plies their trade in the Football League Championship, which is the second division of English football.
Stanley, an employee of Singers cycle firm, started the club in 1883 and the
club was known as Singers FC until 1898 when it was re-christened to Coventry
first season in the top division was nothing short of a nightmare as they
suffered a shocking 0-5 thrashing at the hands of Tottenham. They only just
about managed to save themselves from going down on the final day of the
they managed to stay in the league for a few seasons before being relegated in
entered the footballer cum cricketer in Harry Storer who managed Coventry and
helped the club enter the Division Two. During his reign, the club managed to
score 100 goals in four seasons.
to close to being promoted to the top division but in 1938 couldn’t make it by
a single point.
War-2, Storer left the managerial position and returned in 1951 to see the side
in Third Division (South). Storer left the club in 1953 and several managers
came and went by.
gentleman entered and changed the face of the club. They unveiled the new Sky Blue jerseys and
nicknamed the club ‘Sky Blues’. Hill went on to write the official club song
‘The Sky Blue Song’ and introduced pre-match entertainment for the fans which
drew larger numbers.
Hill guided the club into 25 games unbeaten run and won the Division Two
Championship. Hill decided to part ways with the club to pursue a career in
Coventry miss relegation from top division on the last day as they just about
managed a goalless draw. The next season too, they lived on the edge and
thanked Manchester United for having defeated Leicester City to help them avoid
season they finished sixth in the table and qualified for Europe.
was sacked in 1972 while Jimmy Hill made a comeback to Coventry as a Managing
Director and then as the Chairman. But there wasn’t much success then and
financial crunch hit the club as they had to seel some of their best players at
the end of 1977/78.
few managers came and went by and nothing worth mentioning happened.
George Curtis and John Sillett took the club to win one of the most important
silverware in England. They beat Tottenham 3-2 and in what is still regarded as
one of the finest FA Cup finals.
to keep the club in top flight in the mid-table region but as the fans grew
ever demanding, they had to make their way out.
in his second term led the club into the Premiership and finished 15th.
Gould threw in the towel in the following season while his assistant Phil Neal
took over. Another sixteen months and in came former Manchester United manager
Ron Atkinson who could only draw more crowds.
Strachan took on the mantle and saved them from going down in the 1996-97
season thanks to a last day victory Tottenham.
1997-98 season, Coventry kept themselves in safe position early in the season
and went on to reach the FA Cup quarterfinals. Strachan was hailed as one of
the best young managers in England while Dion Dublin was called for the Three
signed some good players like the now Liverpool striker Robbie Keane for £6
million - a club record fee though he stayed for only a single season before
heading to Inter Milan.
McAllister, who excelled in Coventry shirt, was sold to Liverpool and then the
club was relegated after 34 years in top flight football in 2001.
sacked and so was Roland Nilsson. The club once again suffered a financial
crisis and by 2004 the official debt recorded was £23 million.
and Eric Black too had short terms. Peter Reid’s reign in the 2004-05 season
and more than a place in the play-offs, it appeared that the club was to avoid
On January 23
’05, former player Micky Adams took over and steered the club from plunging
further down with a 6-2 win over Derby in the last game at Highfield Road.
entered their new stadium and started on a bright note by beating QPR 3-0 on
August 20 ’05.
There were a few boardroom
changes as Mike McGinnity stepped down as Chairman due to ill health while Geoffrey
Robinson announced that the club would be back in the Premier League in three
Some unprecedented results
saw Adams depart from the club in January ’07 and after a while came in Ian
Dowie who couldn’t change the fortunes of the club.
Former Fulham manager Chris
Coleman took over the club and saved them from relegation at the end of last
They currently lie 13th
in the Championship table.