The Giant Killers


               COVENTRY CITY

Only one day stands out about all others in the history of Coventry City, the day Lloyd McGrath's cross in extra time in the 1987 cup final was directed into the Tottenham goal to clinch City's only major honour. Their heritage in the cup dates back to 1892, reaching the first round in 1908 before gaining league status in 1919. It took the sky blues over forty years to reach the big time after that under Jimmy Hill's sky blue revolution, which lead to over thirty years of relegation dodging before it inevitably happened in 2001. The 80s continues to be the iconic decade for Coventry in the cup as the opposite side of the cup winning coin is one of the biggest upsets of all time at Sutton in 1989, followed the following year by another humiliating exit to Northampton.

Magic Moments


2-1 @ Preston North End

First round: 15th January 1910

Attendance: 6,000

Scorers: Harry Buckle, Patsy Hendren (image right)

Ranked at the time: 25

Today: Outside the top 200


3-1 vs Nottingham Forest

Third round: 19th February 1910

Attendance: 14,000

Scorers: Archie Smith, George Warren

Ranked at the time: 34

Today: Outside the top 100


2-1 @ Sheffield Wednesday


First round: 14th January 1911

Attendance: 18,000

Scorers: Harry Buckle, Archie Smith

Ranked at the time: 10

Today: Outside the top 100

Team Included: Bob Evans [image right], Harry Buckle, Archie Smith



2-0 vs Charlton Athletic

Third round: Saturday January 16th1937

Attendance: 29,118  

Scorer: Billy Lake {2} 

Ranked at the time: 29

Today: Outside the top 100 

Team: 1:Morgan, 2:Astley, 3:Bernard Smith, 4:Billy Frith, 5:Mason, 6:Archer, 7:Brown, 8:McDonald, 9:Billy Lake, 10:Leslie Jones [image left], 11:Liddle


2-1 Stoke City

Third round: Saturday January 6th 2017

Attendance: 14,199

Scorers: Jordan Willis, Jack Grimmer

Ranked at the time: 124

Team: 13:Liam O'Brien, 2:Jack Grimmer, 4:Jordan Willis, 12:Tom Davies, 17:Jordan Maguire-Drew {replaced by 31:Ben Stevenson-63}, 30:Tom Bayliss, 8:Michael Doyle, 26:Jordan Shipley {Replaced by 24:Ryan Haynes-85}, 9:Maxime Biamou, 10:Marc McNulty. Manager:Mark Robins