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HEAD TO HEAD: Coventry City have played Worcester City in the FA Cup on two other occasions

7 November 2014

Sunday's game will not be the first time that these two sides have met, The Sky Blues also faced The Dragons in cup ties on 1960 and 1983…

Coventry City take on Worcester City in the First Round of the FA Cup on Sunday, and although these two teams have spent the majority of their existence several decisions apart, they have met each other on two other occasions.

Both games have been in the FA Cup, with the first game happening in 1960. At a packed St Georges Lane, City won the tie comfortably, coming out 4-1 winners.

The second tie sticks out far more in the memories of older supporters. In 1983 the Dragons came to Highfield Road, the first Non-League side to do so since Kings Lynn in 1961. City were expected to run away with the tie, but made heavy work against a side who are famous for causing shocks, most notably when they beat Liverpool in the same competition in 1959.

The Dragons took a shock lead after 18 minutes from a penalty kick. Steve Whitton equalised for the Sky Blues with another penalty, before Mark Hateley put City in front before half time.

Instead of collapsing, Worcester gave City a real scare in the second half, with the game becoming really even. With five minutes to go Whitton sealed the game for the Sky Blues and a huge sigh of relief went round Highfield Road as the Alliance Premier side came mighty close to knocking out a Premier League side…

With thanks to club historian Jim Brown for information on match facts.

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