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BLIND, STUPID AND DESPERATE
 
99/00: Reports:

FA Carling Premiership, 31/10/99
Coventry City
versus
Watford
 
Tall tales
By Pete Fincham

Apparently, things have changed in the last few years up at Coventry. My only visit before this season came after WBA v Watford was postponed at the last minute and a minibus full of Hornets (plus one Baggie who is now a Vic season ticket holder!) had travelled down from Hull to see the game. For those who remember it was postponed at about 1.30, and so a quick detour down the M6 led us to Coventry, who were at home to Arsenal.

Student tickets assured we got to the ground at 2.50pm and queued for these tickets. Cost 8. But no! Student tickets could only have been purchased before noon that day. But we phoned up at 1.30 and were told it was 8! No budging, and along with about 250 other Watford fans we sat there and groaned through one of the most tedious games I have ever seen. What made it worse was that the winner was scored by the ex-scummer (and renowned Ginger) Hartson right at the death, and the level of abuse he got that day was not particularly expected! I think he left wondering why so much of the Coventry end were having a go at him!

In the end we got back to Hull and decided to write a letter. The basis on which all unsuccessful appeals to authority start. Afterall, eleven of us at 3 a time could be a nice little night out if we managed to get the money and didn't tell half the group....

A letter back a few days later suggested that Coventry City were sorry for the misinformation and that we could receive the 33 as credit against our tickets the next time we chose to visit the club.

So five years on, I was good for at least two tickets!

Thought: All good things come to those who wait!