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INTERVIEW: 1987 heroes talk about George Curtis and John Sillett

11 January 2024


INTERVIEW: 1987 heroes talk about George Curtis and John Sillett

11 January 2024

Four of Coventry City's 1987 FA Cup winnng heroes shared their memories of George Curtis and John Sillett as the fundraising appeal for a statue of the Sky Blues legends was launched last week.

Dave Bennett, Trevor Peake, Lloyd McGrath and Steve Ogrizovic spoke about their time at the Club under George and John, throwing their weight behind the fundraising appeal.

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Bennett scored the Sky Blues first goal on that famous day in 1987, bringing the scores level at 1-1.

"They were good cop and bad cop," said Bennett.

"John was very jovial, always wanting to have a laugh. George was a disciplinarian - making sure you were well shaven, no training shoes or ear-rings like me!

"They worked together and got us together, and that's why our team is still together to this day because the camaraderie they built."

Trevor Peake, a stalwart at centre-half in the Cup winning side, said that the statue is fitting tribute to the pair.

"They were very thoughtful in their sayings and we took it on board, and it turned out right in 87," said Peake.

"They deserve it definitely. For the fans that were around at the time, it's great for them to have something to look at and take their memories back to the 80s."

Lloyd McGrath's ball into the box was turned into his own net by Spurs skipper Gary Mabbutt in 1987 to put City 3-2 ahead in extra time - a lead they saw out to bring the FA Cup back to Coventry - and the midfielder welcomed the prospect of the statue.

"Absolutely fantastic," said McGrath.

"Two great blokes who thoroughly deserve it."

"George was a disciplinarian, John was a joker - but together they made a great team and they brought the 87 lads to great heights."

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Club legend Steve Ogrizovic was in goal and a mainstay of the 1987 side, and compared the pair's tribute to the statue already in place for Jimmy Hill at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

"It's great to see Jimmy Hill out there. People say about meeting at the Jimmy Hill statue, and they'll do the same with John and George. Those three were all together and it will be great to all three of them having a look at the whole atmosphere.

"The Football Club is on a real up at the moment, it's in the best position it's been in since the Premiership days and that's great to see and they'd be very proud."

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