The Sky Blues host Wycombe Wanderers at St Andrew’s on Saturday afternoon. Here’s everything you need to know about our opponents.
Name: Wycombe Wanderers
Stadium: Adams Park (first opened 1990)
Nickname: The Chairboys
Address: Adams Park, Hillbottom Road, High Wycombe, HP12 4HJ
Pitch Size: 115 x 75 yards
Wycombe are currently bottom of the Sky Bet Championship table 12 points adrift of safety with just nine matches left to play.
The Chairboys have three joint top scorers with Joe Jacobson, Scott Kashket and Uche Ikpeazu all having scored four goals this season whilst the former also has five assists from left-back.
The Buckinghamshire club have lost five of their last six matches and have scored the fewest goals and conceded more goals than any other side in the division.
Gareth Ainsworth was appointed Wycombe manager in November 2012, having been in caretaker charge of the club since September that same year.
The 47-year-old had previously had two spells in caretaker charge of Queens Park Rangers, before steering Wycombe to safety following his appointment at Adams Park and keeping the club in the Football League on goal difference on the final day of the 2013/14 season.
However, he turned the club’s fortunes around the following season missing out on automatic promotion from League Two by a single point before losing in the play-off final at Wembley on penalties to Southend United having conceding in the final minute of extra-time.
After two seasons of finishing outside the play-off places, Ainsworth finally took Wycombe into League One, securing automatic promotion in 2017/18, returning the club to the third-tier for the first time in six seasons.
Ainsworth impressively kept the Chairboys in the division before securing promotion to the Championship for the first time in the club’s history against all the odds last season, defeating Oxford United in the play-off final at Wembley.
With Wycombe, Ainsworth has managed 447 matches recording 173 wins, 111 draws and 163 defeats.
Last Six Games
Lost – Wycombe 1-3 Barnsley (Sky Bet Championship)
Won – Wycombe 1-0 Preston (Sky Bet Championship)
Lost – QPR 1-0 Wycombe (Sky Bet Championship)
Lost – Stoke 2-0 Wycombe (Sky Bet Championship)
Lost – Watford 2-0 Wycombe (Sky Bet Championship)
Lost – Wycombe 0-2 Norwich (Sky Bet Championship)
Last Time We Met
The two sides last met earlier this season when the Sky Blues secured a 2-1 win at Adams Park in front of 2,000 fans thanks to a brace from captain Liam Kelly.
The skipper came close to opening the scoring when Callum O’Hare picked him out inside the penalty area, firing a low effort inches past the post.
He then opened the scoring on 34 minutes after picking up a loose ball and drilling a superb effort past Ryan Allsop into the bottom left corner from 25-yards out to score his first goal for the club in over two years.
Kelly remarkably doubled his tally in first-half injury time, having been told to stay on the pitch by manager Mark Robins despite picking up a knock, when Leo Ostigard headed the ball back across goal for Kelly to head home from close range.
The hosts pulled a goal back from the penalty spot just past the hour mark when Ben Sheaf was adjudged to have fouled David Wheeler inside the box with Joe Jacobson sending Ben Wilson the wrong way from 12-yards out.
Fred Onyedinma then blazed over for Gareth Ainsworth’s side when clean through on goal before Gus Hamer hit the post with an extraordinary effort from just inside the Wycombe half having seen Allsop off his line.
City held on for the three points in the final few minutes with Scott Kashket having a goal ruled out for offside late on securing a valuable three points and their first away win of the season.
Sky Blues Wins – 10
Draws – 0
Wycombe Wins – 1
Sky Blues legend Cyrille Regis helped City lift the FA Cup in 1986/87 before spending one season with Wycombe towards the end of his career.
Regis started his professional career with West Bromwich Albion where he formed part of the ‘Three Degrees’ and was a trailblazer for black players in football, scoring 111 goals in 300 appearances for the Baggies.
The striker joined the Sky Blues in 1984 and would spent the next seven seasons at Highfield Road, making 282 appearances and scoring 61 goals, leading the attack in the 1986/87 FA Cup final in which City triumphed 3-2 against Tottenham Hotspur.
He had short spells with Aston Villa and Wolves before signing for Wycombe in 1994 where he would spend just one season, netting 10 goals in 38 appearances before finishing his career with Chester City.
Regis also featured five times for England becoming just the third black player to be capped by the Three Lions at senior international level and has been inducted into the Coventry City Hall of Fame as well as being honoured with an MBE in 2008.
He tragically died in January 2018 aged 59-years-old and is remembered fondly by the Sky Blues faithful and the wider footballing community.
Former Sky Blues forward John Williams spent three seasons with the Sky Blues in the Premier League before being sold to the Chairboys.
Williams began his professional career with Swansea City where he scored 11 goals in the Third Division before joining the Sky Blues in 1992, scoring the second ever goal in the newly-formed Premier League.
He was a first-team regular during his first two seasons at Highfield Road before being loaned to Notts County, Stoke City and Swansea and eventually departed for Wycombe in 1995, having scored 11 goals in 80 appearances for City.
The Birmingham born forward netted nine goals in 48 games for the Chairboys across two seasons in the Second Division before having short spells with Hereford United and Walsall.
He then spent one season with Exeter City and Cardiff City respectively, scoring 12 goals during his spell with the Bluebirds, before winding down his career with York City, Darlington, Swansea and Kidderminster Harriers.
Tony Harrington will be the man in the middle on Saturday afternoon, taking charge of his 30th game of the 2020/21 season.
He last refereed the Sky Blues in February this year when City were beaten 2-1 by Nottingham Forest at St Andrew’s.
This will be Harrington’s ninth season as a Football League referee and he has officiated the Sky Blues on four previous occasions, with City winning one, drawing one and losing two of those matches.
So far, Harrington has awarded 82 yellow cards and four red cards across 29 matches in the Sky Bet Championship, Emirates FA Cup and Carabao Cup.
He will be assisted by Shaun Hudson and Akil Howson with David Webb acting as fourth official.