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Play Up Sky Blues

by Jim Brown

Play Up Sky Blues Synopsis

Play Up Sky Blues tells the story of Coventry City's finest season when they reached the First Division for the first time in the club's history. Under their charismatic manager Jimmy Hill, the Sky Blues had narrowly missed out on promotion in 1966 and, strengthened by the arrival of record signing Ian Gibson, were the favourites to go up the following season. The story tells how, after a mixed start, the team had a crisis in October with Hill and Gibson falling out and the Scot asking for a transfer - at which point the team was dumped out of the League Cup by Third Division opposition. For a time 'JH' was under pressure until he and 'Gibbo' settled their differences, and the fans' hero was recalled. His return sparked a run of 25 unbeaten games and secured promotion. With success guaranteed, the 'Midlands Match of the Century' with Wolves would decide the title: over 51,000 watched as the Sky Blues triumphed and went on to clinch the Second Division championship.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781785313325
Publication date: 16th October 2017
Author: Jim Brown
Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 224 pages
Categories: Football (Soccer, Association football), Sports teams & clubs,

About Jim Brown

Jim Brown has been a Coventry City fan since 1962 and the club's official historian for over 20 years. He has published seven books on the club's history including The Elite Era, The Illustrated History, Ghosts of a Vanished Stadium, Seven-year Itch and Sky Blue Revolution. He writes a weekly column for the Coventry Telegraph and contributes history articles to the club programme and many other publications and websites.

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