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ARCHIVE: A look back at the first Coventry City Race Day

Event took place in July 1980...

16 January 2019


ARCHIVE: A look back at the first Coventry City Race Day

Event took place in July 1980...

16 January 2019

Coventry City hold a Race Day at Warwick Racecourse this April - but did you know it isn't the first time the Sky Blues have done this?

On Saturday 26th July 1980, a Sky Blue Day was held at Warwick Race Course - and we've delved into the archives to bring you the official race card from that event...

See more details about the 2019 CCFC Race Day at Warwick here

It was a 'Sky Blue Day' at Warwick back in 1980, and the 20-page official race card would set you back 30p.

Inside there is a welcome from Chairman Jimmy Hill, talking of the "happy marriage" between racing and football, describing them as "twin sports which more than any others capture the interest of the man on the street."

On page 4, race-goers are given the chance to win a ball signed by the Sky Blues squad and a bottle of whisky too. To win, they just had to select the First Two Horses in the 7.40 race - "The Phil Mead Presidential Trophy."

Mr Mead was president of Coventry City, treasurer of Warwick University and a well-known businessman. He was tragically killed in 1984 when he was hit by a motorcycle.

The first race was the 6pm 'Coventry City FC Maiden Stakes', with 17 runners and riders.


Other races included The Sky Blues Selling Stakes (6:25pm), The Jim Slater Challenge Trophy (6.55pm), The Coventry City FC Maiden Stakes Division II' (7:25pm), Phil Mead Presidential Trophy Handicap Stakes (7:50pm) and The Highfield Road Handicap Stakes (8:20pm), while the seventh and final race was The Jimmy Hill Maiden Stakes (8:50pm).

At the rear of the Race Card, photos of the Sky Blues in action from the 1979-80 season were included.

The Sky Blues return to Warwick Race Course on Wednesday 10th April 2019 for the CCFC Race Day.

The players and management team will be in attendance, and there will be seven races for fans to enjoy.

The day will be hosted in our own private marquee at the Racecourse, with a superb package for fans wanting to attend what will be a great day.

Individual tickets are £110pp inc VAT, while tables of 10 are £1000 inc VAT.

For more information, click here.

To book your place for the event, visit, call 024 7699 2328 or email



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