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CLASSIC MATCH: A look back at 1987's FA Cup tie versus Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough

26 January 2024

History

CLASSIC MATCH: A look back at 1987's FA Cup tie versus Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough

26 January 2024

Coventry City famously secured their place in the FA Cup Final with a semi-final win at Hillsborough, but a round earlier they had also been victorious at the home of Sheffield Wednesday against the Owls.

This Saturday's Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round tie for the current squad brings back memories of the trip to Yorkshire to face Wednesday in the Quarter Final back in 1987.

Memories of that time are always in the minds of Sky Blues fans, but have been rekindled again following the announcement of plans for a statue of City's 1987 management duo George Curtis and John Sillett.

Donate to the Statue Appeal here. 

City had reached the Quarter Final having disposed of Bolton Wanderers, Manchester United and Stoke City in the previous rounds.

Sheffield Wednesday held a winning run at Hillsborough which had lasted 23 FA Cup games but that was to come unstuck on 14th March 1987.

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Cyrille Regis netted a brilliant goal to open the scoring on 16 minutes - released after a one-two with Dave Bennett, Regus surged forward from the halfway line and hit a low shot from the edge of the box into the Wedesday net past Martin Hodge.

City have to soak up much pressure from the hosts and eventually Gary Megson equalised with 66 minutes on the clock.

However, FA Cup specialist Keith Houchen scored in the 78th and 83rd minute to secure City's place in the next round and send the 15,000 travelling Sky Blue Army into delight.

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After being released by Bennett, Houchen's shot from the edge of the box was deflected in for his first and then he capitalised on a poor header to break free and finish cooly for his second.

Vs Sheffield Wednesday, 3-1 (A) - Regis, Houchen (2)
14th March 1987
Att: 48,005
Team: Ogrizovic, Borrows, Downs, Kilcline, Peake, Bennett, Phillips, McGrath (Sedgley), Pickering, Regis, Houchen.

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