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Coventry City 2008

Three weeks after Coventry City played their last Home game of the season, it was the turn of the Sky Blues fans to end the season on a high at The Ricoh Arena. Standing in the footsteps of first team stars Michael Doyle and Michael Mifsud, stood twenty-six fans and two club legends, all looking to win on their Field of Dreams.

Coventry City Home vs Coventry City Away
The Ricoh Arena 17th May 2008
KO: 11:00 am
Match Officials: Peter Lycett, Paul Terry and Chris Terry
Legends: David Busst and Dave Bennett

It was a glorious day at The Ricoh Arena, and with the excellent crowd that had gathered in the stand, it was to continue to be a glorious atmosphere throughout.

Both Legends did a fantastic job in motivating and preparing their respective teams prior to kick-off, with inspirational team talks and an intensive pre-match warm up. After five minutes however it was the Home Team who were first to take the game to their opposition. The ball was sent in from a corner and after an attempt to clear it by the defence the ball fell to Robert Thorpe who crashed the ball home from close range, rendering Away keeper Jordan Hurley helpless.

The Away Team were quick to retaliate to their lost goal, with midfielder Craig Perkins managing to break inside the box two minutes later for an equaliser. Straight back on the attack, Perkins headed straight back down the pitch for a second time: his cross towards the goal however just could not be met by any of his team, and the ball ultimately drifted out of play for a goal kick.

The Away team continued to press and it was Perkins again trying to get on the end of their excellent build up play. However he was denied after a one-on-one with the opposition's keeper ended with Home goalkeeper Nick Enright making a fantastic save to keep his side level.

The midfield was impressively led by Luke Willacy throughout the first half, and the No 7 played his part in the build up for the Away team's second goal. The ball found fellow midfielder Kevin Browne, who shrugged off the attentions of the home defence to hammer in his goal from 20 yards out from the left of the penalty area.

Luke Willacy continued to dominate the midfield, and a great through ball to the feet of Craig Perkins enabled the number 6 to score his second goal of the game. The Home goalkeeper's job was far from over when minutes later Enright came off of his line to tackle Peter Matkin, whose run looked threatening to the Home side.

The Home team were doing everything they could to get back into it at this stage and it took a great saving tackle from Matkin in the Away team to prevent them pulling a goal back.

However it was to be the Away team who would score next, this time with Craig Perkins assisting Simon Bisp on the break to allow the number 10 to score his first goal of the game. It was a blow for the Home side, who were showing signs at this stage that they may get back into the match. Into the closing stages and with eight minutes to go a thunderbolt of a free kick from Jim Rae put the Home side back in the game. The powerful shot whistled past the Away wall, straight into the right hand corner of the goal, leaving keeper Jordan Hurley and the defence helpless.

It was the Away Team however who finished the stronger side, although interplay between the Home side's Gary Rouse and Matthew Pevreall nearly closed the gap, albeit only for the effort to fly over the crossbar in the closing seconds. It was an exciting end to the game, which was full of passion and determination until the very end.

Full Time: Coventry City Home 2-4 Coventry City Away

Man of the Match (Home) - Jim Rae

Man of the Match (Away) - Luke Willacy

Moment of the Match - Nick Enright

Home Team: Enright, Rouse, Bennett, Buglass, Rae, Pevreall, Cutts, McCairns, Martin, Thorpe, Johnson (c) Subs: P. Simmonds, F. Simmonds, Flaherty

Mascot: George McCairns

Away Team: Hurley, McCook, Busst, Matkin, Perkins, Luke Willacy, Browne, Sam Willacy, Bisp, Darling (c) Subs: Steve Willacy, Stapleton, Wheeler, Ashtiaq

Mascot: Harvey Matkin


There are a wide selection of fantastic action photos available from Matt Nuttall Photography for this match, please visit his website for full order details.

In addition there is a superb DVD available, it includes footage of the pre-match build up as well as full match action and can be ordered by contacting Shane Wilkinson on tel - 07976 509335, or by e-mail at -

A percentage of all these sales will go towards Football Aid’s nominated charities.