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ON THIS DAY: Coventry City survive on the last day in 1984 as Dave Bennett and Mick Ferguson save the Sky Blues!

12 May 2015

The Sky Blues needed a win over Norwich at Highfield and Bennett and Ferguson secured another memorable survival campaign...

It seems all of our features of late have been on the club surviving on the final day of the season, but on this day 31 years ago, Coventry City went to the last day to stay up in the top flight.

The Sky Blues took on Norwich at Highfield Road and needed a win to stay in Division One as a draw would relegate them on goal difference.



Sam Allardyce, Gerry Daly, Ashley Grimes and Steve Jacobs all made their final appearances in the match which saw the Canaries take the lead through John Deehan.

Things were looking bleak for City as the clock ticked over 70 minutes, with nerves jangling all around Highfield Road.

But club legend Dave Bennett stepped up and provided a memorable goal, as he scored directly from a corner past former England goalkeeper Chris Woods.

On loan striker Mick Ferguson then sent the home fans into raptures as he netted his third goal in seven games to swing the game.

With four minutes to play, Norwich almost condemned City to relegation as future Sky Blue Robert Rosario hit the upright with a header.

But City hung on and the result meant they stayed in Division One by two points at the expense of Midlands rivals Birmingham City.


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