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LAST SEASON'S hard-luck story must surely belong to Coventry 'keeper Jim Blyth, whose f400,OOO transfer to Manchester United fell

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substantial fee, he has amply repaid this. Meanwhile, Coventry have groomed quite a number of players through the ranks - among those who made the breakthrough to League football have been Graham Oakey, Donato Nardiello, Brian Roberts, Ray Gooding and Andy Blair. Gooding and Blair have recently been figuring in Coventry's first team, and one or both could be in action today. Gooding, from Hartlepool, became a full-time professional in May, 1976, and made his debut against Newcastle the following March, while Blair has been a full-timer just over two years. A name familiar in football has broken through to first-team outings as a marksman - Mark Hateley, son of former striker Tony Hateley, whose travels took him from Notts. County to Aston Villa, Liverpool, Chelsea, Birmingham and, for a brief spell, to Boundary Park. Young Mark,who stands 5ft. llin. tall, looks like following in his dad'sfootsteps. But almost certainly - barring injuries- Coventry's striking force today will consist of Mick Ferguson, lan Wallace and Steve Hunt. Ferguson, recently a magnet for other clubs, including Ipswich.

through after an adverse medical Hokon, who became such a rep0rt. Blythn a Scotland favourite with Manchester United internationaln had the best fansduring his days at OldTrafford, has of luck with injuries and and in Gary Gillespie there was an his Sealeyn been up-and-coming defender who is has given a chance to show his pacesnow really making his mark. one which he has taken well. Gillespie, who cost f40,000 when 'Oventry have reinforced their hewas signed from Falkirk in March side in Other for last year, skippered the Scottish centre-back Gary Collier and full- clubat thetender age of 17, and that back David JOnes a Of made him the youngest captain f5501000 when they arrived ever known in British seniorfrom Bristol City and professional Soccer. Coventry had respectively. agreed to pay Falkirk a further sum Collier had played well over 200 when Gillespie had played a dozen games for the Ashton Gate club, League games, and last season he Jones - a former skipper of the totalled 14. Gillespie, still only 19 and England youth side- had gained a unique distinction when he played standing 6ft. 2in. tall, was out of the in England's first-ever Under-21 side for a spell during the second international, against Scotland, by half of last season, but he has which time he was established at broken back despite the competition from Collier, and is left-back for Everton. in addition, Coventry,s longest- likely to partner Holton in the centre serving player, Mick Coop, arrived Of the defence today. back from a summer stint in U.S. Coventry's midfield line depends soccer, on the books Coventry a great deal on the experience of and skipper Tommy Hutchison, who also had Barry Powell (a f75 000 has been at Highfield-road seven buy from Wolves, and years, during which time he has who a modest played World Cup football for E40'000 when he from Scotland and made and scored a Aston Villa. considerable number of goals. Even then, Coventry had the "Hutchy" was a bargain buy by experience of Scotland- Blackpool from north of the Border, international centre-back Jim and though he cost the Sky Blues a

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joined the Sky Blues from school nine years ago, and his marksmanship has been a feature of Coventry's play this season. Wallace, who made his international debut for Scotland as substitute - he went on for Kenny Dalglish in a game against Bulgaria at Hampden and hit the winner in a 2-1 victory - has been another undoubted success since he crossed the Border. Adozen goals in as many reserve games staked his claims to a firstteam place with the sky Blues, and he has now become a regular marksman in the First Division. amply repaying the fee of around £75,000 which Coventry laid out. Hunt had played in English League football before he arrived at Highfield-road - but his transfer came when he crossed the Atlantic bound for home again, after having sampled American Soccer. Along with Ferguson and Wallace, he has helped the Sky Blues to snap up the scoring chances home and away.. . and no doubt Coventry will be hoping they can find the net at Boundary Park.

MEET THE Sky Blues of season 7979-80 . . . and here they are, pictured above. Starting on the back row (/eft to riqhtl, it% Terw Yorath (who receklyjbined spursj, Gary Thom~son, Paul Dvson. Jim ~ o l t o n ,~ a ~ollier(trim Bristol k City), Tommy Hutchison (captain), IF TODAY'S game ends allDavid Jones (from Everton), square, the replay will be at Graham Oakey. Centre row: Gary Coventry on Tuesday night Bannister, Donato Nardiello, Jim (January 8), with a 7.30 kick-off. The Hagan, Gary Gillespie, Les Sealey, replay would NOT be all-ticket, but Jim Blyth, Bobby McDonald, Steve stand tickets will be available after Hunt, Andy Blair. Front row: Barry this afternoon's match, and on sale Powell, /an Wallace, Brian Roberts, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow. Ron Wylie (assistant manager), And below, we give the motorway Gordon Milne (manager), Keith route. . . just in case. Osgood, Mick Ferguson, Ray Gooding.

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HERE IS your R.A.C. route to Coventry, starting on the A62 t c Manchester, junction A5103 (Princess-road/Parkway- seven miles), then it's the A5103/M56 to Bowdon, junction A556 (20 miles) and the A556 (follow "M6 Birmingham" signs) to intersection 19, M6atTabley (23 miles) Take the M6 southbound to intersection 2 (Ansty), junction with A46 (9I miles) and theA46 to COVENTRY (total distance 102 miles). Coventry City's ground is in King Richard-street, off the A46 (Walsgraveroad) t o the right approaching the city. The official car park is ins' Sparkbrook-street, with additional parking in surrounding side streets

HCYW I SEE IT- bv Jim Holton
'Latics will be steamed up . so we're facing a tough battle.'

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HOW DOES Coventry City's Scottish international entre-back, Jirn Holton, see today's F.A. Cup-tie? ere's a viewpoint from the opposition camp . . .and in ne respect, at least, big Jim and Latics manager immy Frizzell are in complete agreement. For Jim says: "We'll be trying to win this game first me out, because that's our style of play. We're not eared for an all-out defensive operation. We're good oing forward - although that's not to say we CAN'T efend when the need arises!" Jirn has played at Boundary Park before -once. "It

calls, "but since then, of course, Oldham's team has anchester United." le third-round draw left Coventry bemoaning their ins: "We've been drawn away so ompetitions that it would have e to play at Highfield-road. ut in this respect, even before I count of the number of times ing my timewith the Sky Blues." e was a bit sick about being way again, and no-one needed to tell us that against a Second Division club on their own is far from easy -teams from a division below ays seem to raise their own game a bit.
IS is going to be some game - a real battle. e may say that the First Division is where all the IS, but that's not strictly true. Oldham have players o've been in thetop flight-men like John Hurst,Vic om and Kenny Clements - and apart from that, re are a lot of good players in Division 2."

FEW players have suffered more from injury than big Jim Holton, Coventry's "iron man" in the back-four line, but he has come through to regain a place in First Division football. The *player who was given a free transfer by West Brom. made his mark at Shrewsbury, and signed for Manchester United in a near-f100,OOO deal, went on to become a Scottish international. Then he moved to Sunderland, skippered the side, found himself on the move again after a few months, and arrived at Coventry. Jim made a brave comeback after having broken a leg twice and he has .suffered other

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daftest" was a pulled calf muscle, as he was warming up before a game at West Brom .He stretched too far - so he limped off the park before the start of the action.

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av a flexible 4-3-3 formation. There was a time when eplayed 4-24 away from home and got murdered in le middle of the park. Now we've brought Tommy utchison more into midfield, and this has given us ability. It's also taken pressure off the back four." )the Sky Blues come prepared for anything - and, Jim Holton says, "it's a game in which anything can men. It should certainlv be a oood one to watch."

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WHAT'S THIS shirt sleeves and sun glasses in the depth of winter? - No, you're not but we thought that we'd imagining things take ou backto the earlydays of theseason fora sunsline "refresher" with this picture of the Boundary Park scene.

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THE date was September 15,1979, when Latics played Preston, and you may have been at the game. If you were, and yours is the face circled in the photo raph, take the picture to the Development Association okce, and your reward will be a voucher worth £5 which you can spend at our souvenir shop.

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HERE'S hoping everyone who came to :he tour of the ground and the afternoon pam/ yesterday thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We hope that the tours around the ground will become a regular feature during the school holidays, and if anyone missed it this time, don't worry, we'll do the same again at Easter.

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New year birthday greetings go out to the following members, Richard Buck, Richard Winterbottom, Martin Dawson, Phillip Hibbert, Darron Lee, all who have birthdays this month.

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