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HIGHFIELD ROAD 10th ANNIVERSARY: Five great moments from the former home of Coventry City

30 April 2015

It has been ten years since City played their last match in Hillfields, we've picked five great moments from 106 years of history…

Today marks ten years since Coventry City last played at their former home, Highfield Road. To commemorate, we have selected five great moments from the 106 years that the Sky Blues played there.

We start with the conquering of a european giant on a cold, famous night under the floodlights...

PROMOTION V WOLVES - 1967

It was the final piece of the jigsaw for Jimmy Hill and his Sky Blue revolution. He had promised it, and on April 29th, 1967 it finally happened, as City beat their midlands rivals 3-1 to reach the First Division for the first time in the clubs history.

A crowd of 51,455 crammed inside the ground and created an attendance record that is likely to never be broken. Ian Gibson, Earnie Machin and Ronnie Rees scored the goals that all but saw City clinch English Football's top division for the first time, where they would stay for 34 years.

 

CITY 3-2 MANCHESTER UNITED, 1997

Probably the pinnacle of City's time in the Premier League, this was a game that had everything. Twists, turns and a young man cementing himself as a Sky Blues hero with a late winner.

Noel Whelan put City ahead before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham put the champions seemingly out of sight. However with ten minutes to go Dion Dublin smashed home a penalty to bring the Sky Blues level.

Up stepped Darren Huckerby. With two minutes to go he went on a mazy dribble, beating four players before guiding the ball home to blow the roof off of the old ground.



CITY 3-2 WEST HAM, (League Cup Semi Final 1st leg) 1981

With so much on the line, you could not have asked for a more dramatic game. City went two goals down and the night was beginning to look like a disaster.

But Garry Thompson preceded to have the game of his life. He scored an own goal earlier on in the match, but he pulled one back, before Gerry Daly equalised to send the crowd into raptures.

Thompson then came forward for one last attack. He turned on the edge of the box and fired into the corner to complete one of the most remarkable comebacks in League Cup history.

 

THE LAST GAME - DERBY COUNTY, 2005

It was an emotional occasion as City said goodbye to their old home for the last time. It could not have been a better send off as the Sky Blues trounced Derby County 6-2 to secure their place in the Championship.

Andy Whing scored the final goal that day and the image of him running behind the goal and high-fiving the Sky Blue Army will be one that is used for many days to come.



CITY 2-1 BAYERN MUNICH - 1970

It would prove not to be enough to advance in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, but City created a massive moment of history when they beat giants Bayern Munich 2-1 in the second leg of their second round tie.

John O'Rourke and Neil Martin scored the goals in front of 26,000 fans, as the Sky Blues bowed out of the competition in style.

With thanks to Youtube users covonthebox, Gaffer2 and Dean Lander.

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