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"The cup run was just like a holiday. Coventry allowed me to be successful." - Coventry City legend Brian Kilcline

16 May 2016

On the day that CCFC celebrate the 29th anniversary of the FA Cup final win, we take a look back at former Sky Blues captain speaking to Sky Blues Player on this year's Legends Day...

Coventry City's 1987 FA Cup winning captain Brian Kilcline has revealed the cup run was just like 'a holiday'.

The Sky Blues' legendary skipper returned to the club for Legends Day in February as City recorded a 6-0 thrashing against Bury at the Ricoh Arena.

Kilcline moved to the club from Notts County in 1984 and spent seven years with the Sky Blues, making 173 appearances, scoring 28 goals. 

The City legend lifted the trophy for the club after City triumphed in the 1987 FA Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur, an image which has become iconic for the City and the FA Cup.

Kilcline, speaking to Sky Blues Player, admitted he did well to lift it on the day and describes his luck with Coventry City.

He said: "I did well to be able to lift it, I didn't finish the game but I was told by John to get up there and lift the cup.

"It was a great day. I've been very lucky in football. I've been in the right place, at the right time with the right guys and Coventry was the most iconic time for me.

"Three years previous to the FA Cup run, we were fighting relegation. That was hard. So, the cup year, it was just like a holiday to me really.

"It was a bit of fun to us really and it was probably our best end to a season as well as we also beat Liverpool in the league and won the FA Cup of course."

After leaving the Sky Blues, Kilcline went on to have spells with Newcastle United, Derby County, Swindon Town and Mansfield Town.

Kilcine admitted his time with the Sky Blues was the most successful of his career and mentioned his fond memory of Highfield Road.

He added: "I had my up's and down's at Highfield Road but I used to love playing there. I've got a lot of fond memories of it, the atmosphere and the passion it had.

"In life, you aim to get to the very top of whatever you're trying to do and to be successful. Coventry allowed me to be successful at football.

"I was at my most successful when I was at Coventry so I'll always hold that very dear to myself. I always keep an eye out for the Coventry City scores and hopefully they'll continue to be positive this season."


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