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Nationwide Division One, 16/03/02
Coventry City
By Don Fraser

Coventry holds many footballing memories for me. League Cup games up there when the infamous SPG seemed to delight in cracking a few heads, purely because we were football fans, but then they never needed an excuse....

The 'novelty' of an all seater stadium.
Steve Sherwood's goal.
Trevor Senior's goal.

Being very annoyed when the ref blew for half time just as the ball was about to cross the line after John Barnes had beaten half the team on his own. Trust me, if it had been allowed to stand it would have made his goal in Brazil look like a tap in.

How ever far back you go back through the mists of time there is one constant when thinking of Coventry FC. The appalling kits that their players wear. Granted, I am colour blind but I never wanted to be an airline pilot anyway.

This proud tradition was alive and well as they entered the field of dreams to take on the Golden Boyz - even the geezer on telly with the long hair and the fluffy cuffs, on some so-called 'style' programme, would struggle to describe Cov's latest offering.

Earlier in the week I had popped down to Portman Road to watch our reserves. For possible future reference,the transformation in the ground is amazing, but the 'away bit' is still as cack as ever. Their fans, for what it's worth, want Wayne Brown back, but time will tell. Could well depend what division they're in. Part of their new stand is halfway out into a main road. Be interesting to see how they cope with this added expense should they get relegated.

I make no apologises what so ever for being a huge Wooter fan and hope that he stays with us. Was delighted to see him play down at Ipswich and thought he might have been a sub v Cov. Have seen Cookie (Lee) and Anthony McNamee play in the reserves...and, boy, are they fast.

Among my many superstitions for first team games is never to read the programme 'til after the game and that, coupled with the fact that I was still sitting in the bowels of the Rookery when the team was announced, meant that I didn't know that Macca and Cookie were in the squad. Even when I got to my seat, I thought Lloyd Doyley was one of the subs, but put that down to my eyesight.

We would do very well to get anything out of this game.

Then again the boyz seemed to be playing for each other and pressuring Cov every time they had the ball and a blinding cross from Cookie (in my opinion, the best crosser of the ball since Darren Bazzley), was met by a brill header from Wayne Brown. Fecking hell, we'd only played three minutes.

AC made a couple of blinding saves and the ref seemed oblivious to the fouls been committed by Cov. I know I'm biased but if anyone can explain how they never had anybody booked, then feel free. We were playing great stuff and best of all playing for each other.

Went off half time 2-0 up after another headed goal from Brown having dominated the first half. Mahon, in particular, had been a star in defence but, on the rare occasion that the boyz had given, or lost the ball, they went looking for it as unit, and worked very, very hard. Delightful stuff.

Second half carried on as in the first half. Sure, Cov had a few more chances but AC done the biz. Gayle scored number three and later went off to rapturous applause. Double substitution. On came GNW and McNamee. A little fella, he looks like a gust of wind would blow him over, but, boy, can he play.

WFC have quite a future. Be patient and stay positive. Trust me, it will be worth it.