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City to pay tribute to Machin

13 September 2012

Legends Day for Carlisle clash will see tribute paid to late Sky Blue Ernie Machin

Coventry City will pay tribute to legend Ernie Machin when they take on Carlisle at the Ricoh Arena on September 22.

The Former Players Association and the club will be holding a special ‘Legends Day – a tribute to Ernie Machin’ at the game after he sadly passed away in July of this year, aged 68.

Machin was a star of Jimmy Hill’s team during the Sky Blue revolution and helped the club rise from the old Third Division to the First Division between 1964 and 1967.

He played in a variety of positions for the club and was renowned for giving his all and a never-say-die attitude that saw him go onto play 289 times for City, scoring 39 goals.

Many of Machin’s team-mates will be at the game – including Dave Clements, who will be flying in from America to be part of the occasion.

Several other former players will be attending the match too as part of the annual Coventry City Legends Day activities.

Tynan Scope, of Coventry City Football Club, said: “We have been in discussions with the Former Players Association to look at holding Legends Day earlier this year and to incorporate a tribute to Ernie Machin.

“We thought that was a very good idea and was a great way of honouring a true Coventry City legend after the very sad news of his passing earlier this year.

“It’s a fitting tribute that many of his team-mates will be here and I am sure Coventry City fans – particularly those who were supporters in the 1960s and 1970s – will welcome the chance to celebrate his life.”

To book places in hospitality for ‘Legends Day – a tribute to Ernie Machin’ please contact 0844 873 6543 or email 

For full details of the Legends Day hospitality package please click here.

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