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Bradford City v Coventry City - Classic Matches and Connections between the Bantams and the Sky Blues!

7 August 2014

Rememeber when Coventry City thrashed Bradford City at Highfield Road? Check out the classic matches...

Coventry City open their 2014/15 League One campaign at Valley Parade on Saturday as they face Bradford City.

The Sky Blues have made nine new signings ahead of the new season including defender Reda Johnson, midfielder Danny Swanson and striker Marcus Tudgay.

City have enjoyed wins over Championship side Watford, AS Roma B and Bristol Rovers in pre-season and Steven Pressley will be hoping his side open the season with a win against the Bantams.

As City prepare to face Bradford, we look back on some of the classic matches between the two sides and look back on players who have played for both clubs.

Classic Matches

Date: Sunday, November 17th 2013
Competition: League One
Score: Bradford City 3-3 Coventry City

The televised game made perfect Sunday viewing for lovers of football as the Sky Blues were held to a dramatic draw at Valley Parade.

Steven Pressley's side went 2-0 up inside the first seven minutes as Andy Webster half-volleyed home from a corner and Leon Clarke tapped home after great work by striker Callum Wilson.



Nahki Wells pulled Bradford level with a quick-fire double before the half-hour mark but City went in ahead at the break thanks to a powerful solo effort from Wilson.

City had the chances to win the game in the second half but with the final kick of the game, Wells slotted home from the penalty spot to cruelly deny City all three points in one of the games of the season.

Date: Saturday, March 18th 2000
Competition: English Premiership
Score: Coventry City 4-0 Bradford City

The Sky Blues crushed the Bantams with a terrific display at Highfield Road.

Belgian Cedric Roussel put City ahead in the 7th minute and Gordon Strachan's side continued to dominate with Noel Whelan's goal putting City 2-0 up with just 21 minutes gone.



John Eustace scored a rare goal to put City out of sight with five minutes remaining and Peruvian Ysrael Zuniga added a fourth a minute later.

The win propelled City to 12th in the Premiership which all but assured safety for the 1999/00 season.

Connections

Claus Bech Jorgensen

The Danish-born midfielder enjoyed spells at both Bradford City and Coventry City during his playing career.

After moving to Bournemouth from AC Horsens, Bradford City secured his services in 2001 and he went on to make over 50 appearances for the club, scoring 12 goals.



He spent two seasons at Bradford before moving to Coventry on a free transfer where he made over 50 appearances for the Sky Blues, scoring six goals.

Jorgensen went on to play for Blackpool, Port Vale and Fleetwood Town before retiring in 2009. 

John Hendrie

The Scottish striker started his career at Coventry City in 1981 before having various spells during a successful career. 

Hendrie signed on as an apprentice in 1980 before signing his first professional deal with the club a year later. He made over 20 appearances, scoring two goals for the Sky Blues.



Hendrie moved to Bradford City in 1983 on a free transfer and made over 170 appearances at the club, scoring 46 goals for the side.

After leaving their in 1988, he had various spells at Newcastle United, Leeds United, Middlesbrough and Barnsley before retiring in 1998.  

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