Coventry City Football Club
Highfield Road Stadium
King Richard Street
CV2 4FW | map
Tel: +44 (0) 247 623 4000
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Coventry City F.C. was formed in 1883 by employees of local cycle manufacturer Singers, which became the team name. In 1893 the club turned professional after winning three cups, the Walsall Cup, the Wednesbury Cup and the Birmingham Cup in the previous year. They changed the name to Coventry City F.C. and moved to Highfield Road in 1898. The club originally picked up the nickname 'The Bantams' as they were considered lightweights of the Southern League. In 1962 the club adopted the sky blue colours and were renamed 'The Sky Blues' by Jimmy Hill. The club were elected to the Football League after the First World War. They narrowly avoided relegation in the first year, after securing the necessary points for survival against Bury F.C. in two fixtures at the end of the season. This caused a major scandal, however, when three years later it was found that the two teams had colluded. Chairman Dave Cooke and ten other officials were banned for life from football. Manager Jimmy Hill took the club to the top flight in the late 1960's, where they remained until 2001. The club won the FA cup in 1987, in the same year as their youth team won the FA Youth Cup.
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