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FIXTURES        CCFC CHAT FORUM

SEASON 2002 - 2003

Fans are welcome to send in reports of the CCFC matches to:
webmaster@coventryweb.co.uk


29th October 2002 - Div 1

Leicester City 2 Coventry City 1

Report by Shaun 'The Drainman' Clifford


The Sky Blues were robbed last night by the worst referee displayIi have ever seen!!

Leicester started the better of the two teams with Dickov hitting the post on 17 mins, but then the Sky Blues (in yellow) woke up with Partridge running at the Foxes, but with no end result. The Sky Blue Army were really getting behind the lads and out singing the home side fans.

Coventry were knocking the ball round well up to half time, but couldn't make it pay and went in 0.0 at half time. The foxes came out well in the 2nd and Deane had a goal ruled out after 49 mins. Then the ref lost the plot, but Coventry broke the deadlock on 54 mins with a great run and a cool finish.

After that City were all over them, then the ref started to miss fouls handballs etc and the home team came back into it with a goal from Taggart. Coventry should have used the subs before then as Mills was out on his feet after working up front all alone, but it was all done too late for us. Safri was fouled and went down with a head injury, but for some reason the ref let play go on and Deane hit the winner with a header in the 6 yard box, but the goal should not have stood as we had a player down with a head injury. The ref needs shooting!! On a plus point Summerbee was sent off for kicking out a Macca.

To sum up City played well at times, but need to kill teams off and not sit back. But when you have a ref like that it makes it a lot harder to hold on. The Sky Blue Army were brilliant all game long, never stopped singing. Shame we cant get it that loud at home.

Shaun 'The Drainman' Clifford



2nd October 2002 - Div 1

Coventry City 8 Rushden & Diamonds 0

Report by our youngest fan:


Tommy Morris, aged 7


I went to my first Coventry City football match on Wednesday night.

When my Dad asked me if I wanted to go I thought he was joking. I couldn't believe it, me going to see my footie team play in real life.

We parked in a street near Highfield Rd. There were cars parked everywhere for the match. When I walked towards the ground my tummy felt weird, I was so excited.There was lots of people walking with us, most were city fans a few were Rushden and Diamonds fans. Everyone was happy and singing songs for Coventry.

In side the ground it was massive, much bigger than I thought, we sat by the goal.

It was great to watch us score so many goals. When it was 6-0 all the city fans were singing," score one more goal", then the other fans sang , " score one goal". This made me laugh so much I was nearly sick.

I will never forget my first match and to win 8-0 was just so good.

I already have my new home and away shirts all I need now is a season ticket Please Dad .

By Tommy Morris, aged 7 years.


2nd October 2002 - Div 1

Coventry City 8 Rushden & Diamonds 0

Report By:    'Drainy' Shaunclif

Coventry City 8 (yes 8) Rushden 0.
McSheffrey 9
Mills 24
McSheffrey 36
Mills 45
McSheffrey 51
Bothroyd 62
Betts 81 Pen
Bothroyd 85

Hunter s/o 33
Dempster s/o 80

What a night a Highfield Road, only a shame 8500 turned up to city turn in. A great show from start to finish.

Gary Macsheffrey started to rout on 9 min after a great ball from Pipe, Mills added a 2nd after a mix up from the Rushden keeper and his defender leaving Mills to slot the ball into the empty net. Hunter was sent off for rushden on 33mins for trying to cut Mills in half.

Citys 3rd came from great work by Safri crossing for Macsheffrey 2nd. Big Mo went on a run into the box but it came to nothing, then went off to a rousing ovation from the city fans.

Mills capped a great 1st show with a shot from the edge of the box to make it 4. Mills went off at half time to be replaced by Betty. Macsheffrey completed his hat trick after 51 mins after good work from Betts, Betty got a great headed goal on 61mins, then city had a pen. for handball in the box for which the Rushden player was sent off.

The whole city crowd where shouting for Shaw to take the pen. and he went up, but Betts wouldn't let him have it and put it away for his 1st goal for the club. Betty made it 8 on 84 with a good finish from close range.

All in all a great night for city, but hats off to the 1300 Rushdens fans who sang all game long, even though they were getting battered.

Maybe city fans could learn from them.

'Drainy'




Sat. 10th August 2002 - Div 1

Coventry City 2 Sheffield United 1

Report By:    Stuart `ccfc-sid' Wilson
`Cov City 'Til I Die!' fanzine editor
www.geocities.com/covcitytilidie

Not quite the revolutionary, sweeping aside all before us start to Gary Mac's reign, but we won - so who cares? So let's get the minuses out of the way first: The passing wasn't as good as we would have hoped for (And were promised), which saw CCFC camped in their own half for the majority of the second half (And usually with no outlet for the desperate `hoof' ball out either - why not?). This left the forwards totally isolated, and highly unlikely to add a third, killer goal. Added to that was the (early) injury to Laurent Delorge (Not a break as I first feared, but a gashed shin, which required stitches) - I predict greatness for him this season, and hopefully he will be back sooner rather than later (To prove me right!).

The positives: Hyldgaard did fine on his debut (A couple of decent saves, including one from Ndlovu, and another from Brown), Davenport was quality, as was Dean Gordon (A bargain!), and Mo Konjic was Mo Konjic! My other tip for greatness, Gary McSheffrey (I've been tipping him for years!) scored a top class goal, that turned out to be a match-winner. The final positive: we took three points! (Closing in on that Premiership return....).

Today's referee was slightly whistle happy, and missed a few `even Stevie Wonder saw that!' decisions, including a blatant piece of shirt-pulling in the SU penalty area on McSheffrey - it was a penalty, so the referee penalised McSheffrey (I guess he shouldn't have been wearing a shirt in the first place....). At least one of the assistant referees had a stormer - being in the right place to spot that Bothroyd's header did cross the line for CCFC's equaliser! McSheffrey possibly should have added his second (Not criticising!), but saw the ball scooped away from him just as he looked like making it 3-1, while Gordon had a fine shot go just wide in the second half. Asaba hit a post, as CCFC gave a real backs-to-the-wall performance (with some real goal-mouth scrambles late on) - but SU are not one of the better sides in the division (Dirty cloggers being an apt description, not Premiership contenders), and I would have expected more from CCFC if we really do want to be up there with the favourites for promotion.

MOM: Hyldgaard. Looked slightly nervous at times, but I guess if you had made your debut after four years of waiting, you would be terrified of making the error(s) that means you might have to wait four years 'til your next match....


Stuart `ccfc-sid' Wilson
`Cov City 'Til I Die!' fanzine editor
www.geocities.com/covcitytilidie



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