27th Jul, 2021

Sky Blues' fans chance to meet Coventry City legends at city-centre book signings on Wednesday

Les Reid 11th Dec, 2017

SKY Blues fans have a chance on Wednesday to meet legends from better days in Coventry city centre as well as the authors of two new books.

Writers Steve Phelps and Jim Brown, the club’s historian and statistician, have in recent weeks published books respectively entitled: ’29 Minutes from Wembley: The Inside Story of Coventry City’s 1980/81 Season’ and ‘Sky Blues Champions 1967, Coventry City’s Rise to the Top.’

The will be signing copies at Waterstones in Smithford Way, Coventry city centre, from 5pm to 6.30pm on Wednesday (December 13), accompanied by the legends.

The promotion 50 years ago from the old second division into the top flight under manager Jimmy Hill is still much celebrated.

It was the start of Coventry City becoming an established first division and Premier League outfit until relegation in 2000/1 – a remarkable 34-year feat.

Among the players was midfielder Ronnie Farmer, who will be at Waterstones to meet fans.

He is considered one of the greatest Sky Blues players of all time.

Steve says 1980/1 team heroes Peter Bodak and Andy Blair and possibly more will be accompanying him for the book signing.

It was a momentous year as after years of surviving in the top flight Coventry City came extremely close to making it to Wembley for the first time in their history.

They made it to the semi-finals of the old League Cup, playing West Ham in a two-leg tie.

The Sky Blues won 3-2 in a memorable home fixture at Highfield Road but the cup-run ended in heartache away at Upton Park, with a 2-0 defeat.

Digital Advertising

Advertise on the Coventry Observer to boost your online presence.


Weddings, Birthdays, Bereavements, Thank you notices, Marriages and more.

Public Notices

View and download all of the public notices in the Coventry Observer.

Reader Travel

Check out all of the latest reader travel offers to get your hands on some free gifts.