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ON THIS DAY: Brian Kilcline scores the winner against Luton Town to almost ensure Coventry City safety

23 May 2016

Today we revisit the 80s, when City defender Brian Kilcline netted the only goal in a tense victory over Luton Town...

THURSDAY 23rd MAY 1985: The Sky Blues beat Luton Town 1-0 in the penultimate fixture of the 1984/85 season to keep the Division One dream alive.

Following the 1-0 win at Stoke City, lifeline number two arrived with just six minutes remaining against Luton Town. 

Considering the enormity of the game, the ball boys were replaced by youth team players so the ball could be returned at the earliest opportunity. 

A corner from the right side was cleared as far as Brian Kilcline who volleyed in to the corner of Les Sealey’s goal. The goal was followed by pandemonium from the Sky Blue fans, with the final whistle shortly following. 

This day can also be celebrated for the birthday of Ian Wallace in 1976, who made 140 first-team appearances and scored 60 goals for the Sky Blues before Brian Clough signed him for European Cup Winners Nottingham Forest. During 1977/78 season Wallace scored 21 league goals, which still stands at City's top flight club record for a single player.   

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