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A-Z: D is the next letter under investigation in our popular Coventry City A-Z!

9 June 2015

The club's first home, a former England striker and some of our memorable derbies feature in our fourth installment of our Coventry City A-Z...

Across the season, we worked our way through the alphabet for this year's Coventry City matchday programme PUSB, finding a Sky Blue perspective of each letter in the alphabet.

It made for a popular feature so we thought we'd bring it to the web too! So without further ado, here is D, with the club's first home, a former England striker and some of our memorable derbies featuring in our fourth installment of our Coventry City A-Z...  

D is for…

Dowells Field 

The club was founded in 1883 as Singers FC by Willie Stanley, an employee of cycle firm Singers in the White Lion Hotel in Gosford Terrace.

Just opposite the White Lion Hotel was Dowells Field where the club played it's first-ever games. In the club's first-game, Singers suffered a 9-0 defeat by Coventry Association FC.

The players would use the backroom of the White Lion Hotel as a dressing room and would have to cross Gosford Green and Binley Road before a short walk along a public footpath.

Gate receipts were obtained at Dowells Field in the less traditional way of going around the crowd with a hat. Tickets varied between two shillings (10p) to five shillings (25p) during the club's time at the Field.

Singers spent four years at Dowells Field before they moved to a new pitch between Paynes Lane and Swan Lane, called the Stoke Road ground.

Dion Dublin 



The former City centre-forward moved to the club in 1994 after a two-year spell at Manchester United for £2 million.

Whilst with the Sky Blues, Dublin established himself as one of the Premier League's best strikers. Partnering the likes of Noel Whelan, Darren Huckerby and Peter Ndlovu, Dublin achieved great success at Highfield Road.

Dublin will always be fondly remembered at the club for his role in the 'great escape' of the 1996/97 Premiership season.

Having scored a last-minute winner at Anfield in the previous game, City travelled to White Hart Lane needing a win and other results to go our way.

Dublin scored in the first-half before Paul Williams' goal sealed a 2-1 victory against Tottenham Hotspur.

His goals continued to provide City with success in the 1997/98 season as his 18 league goals and his partnership with Huckerby helped City achieve an 11th place, the club's highest Premier League finish.

Dublin left the club in the summer of 1998 to join local rivals Aston Villa having made 145 appearances for the club, scoring 61 goals.

He went on to have spells at Millwall, Leicester City, Celtic and Norwich City before retiring in 2008.


Michael Doyle 

The combative midfielder moved to the club in 2003 from Scottish Giants Celtic having never played a game for the side during his five-year spell at the club.

Doyle spent eight years at the club and made over 260 appearances for the Sky Blues, scoring 20 goals, and the Irishman was awarded the 2004-05 Player of the Season award 

He had a loan spell at Leeds United in the 2009/10 season after losing his place in the side to Northern Irish midfielder Sammy Clingan.

Doyle returned to the club after his loan spell and continued to play in the City first-team.

The 33-year old left the club in 2011 and joined Sheffield United on a free transfer where he has already made over 150 appearances.

Doyle came on for the Blades during the second-half of City's 1-0 win over Sheffield United at Sixfields.

Derbies 



Coventry City's main derbies have been against Aston Villa and Leicester City, and City have enjoyed some fantastic victories against both of them.

One of the most notable victories came in 1999 when the Sky Blues travelled to Villa Park and recorded an incredible 4-1 victory against the Villians with George Boateng and John Aloisi notching a brace in the Premiership.

Overall, the Sky Blues have beat Villa in 10 occasions, the earliest of which came in the 1936/37 season thanks to a 1-0 victory at Highfield Road in the old English Division Two.



City have beat their East Midlands rivals, better known as the M69 derby, on 25 occasions, the last of which came in 2008 scored Elliott Ward and Leon Best scored to secure a 2-0 win at the Ricoh Arena.

In 1999, the Sky Blues travelled to Filbert Street in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Striker Noel Whelan put City ahead in the 16th minute before George Boateng was sent off just before the half-time break.

Gordon Strachan's side defended brilliantly in the second-half before City scored two break-away goals in the final minutes of the game through Steve Froggatt and Paul Telfer.


Overall, City have beat the Foxes on 25 occasions, the first of which came in 1921 thanks to a 1-0 away win at Filbert Street.

Denmark



City have only had one Danish-born player play for the club, and he was Faroe Islands international Claus Bech Jorgensen.

Jorgensen started his career in his native homeland before moving to Bournemouth in 1999. After a short spell at Bradford, City signed the midfielder who went on to make 52 appearances for the club, scoring six goals.

During his time at the Sky Blues, Jorgensen declared for the Faroe Islands through his mother and he made 10 international appearances for the side, scoring on one occasion against Cyprus in 2004.


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