Coventry City

All-Time Premier League Record

Played Won Drew Lost Scored Conceded Goal Difference Points No of Seasons
354 99 112 143 387 490 -103 409 9

 

Most Premier League Appearances

Player Appearances Total
Steve Ogrizovic 191
Paul Telfer 191
Richard Shaw 178
Paul Williams 175
Peter Ndlovu 152
Brian Borrows 145
Dion Dublin 145
Noel Whelan 134
Gary McAllister 119
Gary Breen 115

 

Most Premier League Goals

Player Goals Total
Dion Dublin 61
Peter Ndlovu 35
Noel Whelan 31
Darren Huckerby 28
Mick Quinn 25
Gary McAllister 20
Mustapha Hadji 12
Robbie Keane 12
John Williams 11
John Aloisi 10

 

Biggest Premier League Victories

Match Date Season
Coventry City 5-0 Blackburn Rovers 9th December 1995 1995-1996
Coventry City 5-1 Liverpool FC 19th December 1992 1992-1993
Bolton Wanderers 1-5 Coventry City 31st January 1998 1997-1998
Coventry City 4-0 Manchester City 19th February 1994 1993-1994
Coventry City 4-0 Tottenham Hotspur 13th December 1997 1997-1998
Coventry City 4-0 Nottingham Forest 9th January 1999 1998-1999
Coventry City 4-0 Watford 31st October 1999 1999-2000
Coventry City 4-0 Bradford City 18th March 2000 1999-2000
Blackburn Rovers 2-5 Coventry City 26th January 1993 1992-1993
Aston Villa 1-4 Coventry City 27th February 1999 1998-1999

 

Worst Premier League Defeats

Match Date Season
Chelsea 6-1 Coventry City 21st October 2000 2000-2001
Manchester United 5-0 Coventry City 28th December 1992 1992-1993
West Ham United 5-0 Coventry City 22nd April 2000 1999-2000
Queens Park Rangers 5-1 Coventry City 23rd October 1993 1993-1994
Sheffield Wednesday 5-1 Coventry City 28th December 1994 1994-1995
Blackburn Rovers 5-1 Coventry City 23rd September 1995 1995-1996
Coventry City 1-5 Newcastle United 19th September 1998 1998-1999
Liverpool FC 4-0 Coventry City 17th April 1993 1992-1993
Newcastle United 4-0 Coventry City 23rd February 1994 1993-1994
Newcastle United 4-0 Coventry City 24th August 1994 1994-1995

 

Managers

Manager No of Seasons managed Left the Club
Bobby Gould 2 23rd October 1993
Phil Neal 2 14th February 1995
Ron Atkinson 3 1st November 1996
Gordon Strachan 5 10th September 2001

 

Highest Home Attendances

Match Date Attendance Figure Season
Coventry City 0-1 Manchester United 12th April 1993 24,429 1992-1993
Coventry City 3-0 Aston Villa 26th December 1992 24,245 1992-1993
Coventry City 0-4 Manchester United 22nd November 1995 23,400 1995-1996
Coventry City 1-0 Liverpool FC 6th April 1996 23,137 1995-1996
Coventry City 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur 26th December 1998 23,098 1998-1999
Coventry City 0-3 Liverpool FC 1st April 2000 23,098 1999-2000
Coventry City 0-2 Manchester United 18th January 1997 23,085 1996-1997
Coventry City 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur 26th February 2000 23,077 1999-2000
Coventry City 0-2 Liverpool FC 28th April 2001 23,063 2000-2001
Coventry City 2-1 Liverpool FC 30th January 1999 23,056 1998-1999

 

Intro

Coventry City were one of the great survivors in the first decade of the Premier League. The Sky Blues were involved in many relegation scraps and narrowly avoided the drop on the final day in both 1996 and 1997. However, they also had a habit of pulling off some unexpected surprises as many of the elite Premier League sides discovered. Relegation came in 2001 and since then, ownership issues, stadium problems and fan protests have seen the club drop as low as League Two. Currently, they are in League One after winning the play-off final in League Two last season.

 

1992-1993

Coventry made a brilliant start to life in the Premier League under Bobby Gould, winning six of their first eight matches to sit in the dizzying heights of second position, only below fellow early season pacesetters Norwich City. Unlike the Canaries though, they couldn’t keep that level up and dropped into mid-table as the campaign progressed. There was a 5-1 demolition of Liverpool FC and an impressive 5-2 victory away at Blackburn in January but departures of Roberto Rosario to Nottingham Forest and Kevin Gallacher to Blackburn Rovers hurt their attacking prowess and they eventually finished just three points above the relegation zone.

 

1993-1994

Coventry’s top scorer in 1992-1993, Mick Quinn, made a searing start to the new campaign with an opening day hat-trick at Highbury against Arsenal. However, a run of six league games without a win culminated in the resignation of manager Bobby Gould just moments after a 5-1 beating at the hands of Queens Park Rangers in October. Former Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Neal was his successor and he kept Coventry well clear of danger. An unbeaten run of seven matches at the end of the campaign saw the Sky Blues finish a solid 11th. It was also their 2-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers on 2nd May that handed the title to Manchester United.

 

1994-1995

Only one win in their first eight matches (2-1 vs. Leeds United) left Coventry in the bottom four in early October and despite the goals of Dion Dublin on a consistent basis after his £2 million transfer from Manchester United, the Sky Blues were in the thick of the relegation battle all season. Despite beating fellow strugglers Crystal Palace 2-0 on 11th February, manager Phil Neal still lost his job three days later.

Ron Atkinson took over and he steered Coventry to five victories in the closing months of the campaign including a 3-2 win at Anfield where Peter Ndlovu scored a hat-trick. Safety was clinched in the final week of the season with a 3-1 victory at White Hart Lane over Tottenham Hotspur. Coventry finished the campaign in 16th place – three places clear of the drop zone.

 

1995-1996

It was another season of struggle for Coventry and their supporters – as they won just one of their first 16 encounters. Dion Dublin continued to score plenty of goals but even though he scored a hat-trick at Sheffield Wednesday in early December, a 4-3 defeat at Hillsborough meant they dropped to bottom in the table.

Days later, reigning champions Blackburn Rovers were well-beaten 5-0 which remains the Sky Blues’ biggest-ever Premier League victory. In April, defender David Busst sustained a career-ending injury against Manchester United which is considered one of the worst injuries ever sustained on a football pitch. The defeat at Old Trafford was their last of the season. Eight points gained from their last four matches and four consecutive clean sheets meant they avoided relegation on the final day of the season after a goalless draw with Leeds United.

 

1996-1997

An opening day 3-0 defeat at home to Nottingham Forest set the tone for another difficult campaign for Coventry City and 24 hours after a 1-1 draw away at Everton, Ron Atkinson stepped down as manager and moved into a Director of Football role. His assistant Gordon Strachan succeeded him and initially, there was a positive effect. A run of four successive victories guided the Sky Blues into 11th place by mid-January with Darren Huckerby arriving to help take the pressure off Dion Dublin in regards to goalscoring threats. Dublin still starred though – finishing top scorer with 14 strikes and his goals ultimately kept Coventry just clear of danger.

However, when they lost 2-1 at home to Derby County on the penultimate weekend of the season, it looked like Coventry’s 30-year stay in England’s top-flight was on the verge of ending. They had to beat Tottenham Hotspur on the final day and goals from Dublin and Paul Williams saw them pull off an unlikely 2-1 victory. Sunderland lost at Wimbledon so the Black Cats were relegated instead. Coventry had survived again by the skin of their teeth.

 

1997-1998

Gordon Strachan’s first full campaign in the hotseat turned out to be a huge success. This time, there was no relegation battle to worry about. Coventry finished an impressive 11th with 52 points amassed and they lost just 10 of their 38 league matches – the fourth-lowest of the season.

Dion Dublin turned down a move to Blackburn Rovers and his commitment to the Coventry cause remained. An opening day hat-trick against Chelsea set the tone for his season which saw him share the Golden Boot with 18 goals alongside Michael Owen and Chris Sutton. The most enjoyable result was the post-Christmas 3-2 victory over Manchester United with Darren Huckerby scoring a late winner for the Sky Blues.

 

1998-1999

For the second consecutive season, Coventry started their season with victory over Chelsea with both Huckerby and Dublin on-target. Dublin though left in early November, signing in mid-November for Aston Villa and it meant the club struggled to replicate the goalscoring form of the previous campaign. Coventry finished in 15th place and nine points worse off but eight home wins at Highfield Road and 10 goals from Noel Whelan meant they were never in any significant relegation danger.

Steve Froggatt scored the Goal of the Season against Everton in mid-November whilst the 4-1 away victory at Villa Park in February was the highlight of the campaign from a results perspective.

 

1999-2000

There was a Moroccan feel to Coventry in pre-season as Mustapha Hadji and Youssef Chippo both arrived to add a continental approach to the Sky Blues. Also arriving was Robbie Keane and the highly-rated youngster scored 12 Premier League goals in his debut top-flight campaign. Coventry enjoyed one of the best home records in the division, winning 12 of their 19 matches at Highfield Road which included a memorable 3-2 success on Boxing Day over Arsenal. However, they failed to win a single match on their travels and that restricted them to a 14th place finish.

 

2000-2001

After 16 months without an away victory, Coventry City’s 2-1 win at The Dell over Southampton on 23rd August ended their barren run and hopes were high for a better campaign, especially when Manchester City were beaten days later on their own patch. However, only two more victories followed before Christmas and with Keane sold in the summer to Inter Milan, goalscoring became a real problem. Hadji and newcomer Craig Bellamy were top of the charts but both only managed six goals apiece.

After 34 years of top-flight football, Coventry’s luck ran out. Despite leading 2-0 at Villa Park in their penultimate game of the season, Paul Merson’s late winner helped Aston Villa claim all three points and condemn Coventry to relegation to Division One. Strachan stepped down a few months later.

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