TRIBUTES will be paid to Coventry City’s legendary FA Cup winning manager John Sillett ahead of the Sky Blues match against West Bromwich Albion this weekend at the Coventry Building Society Arena.
City’s Life President passed away earlier this week at the age of 85 – having guided the club in their finest hour when the Sky Blues beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 in the 1987 FA Cup final at Wembley.
There will be a minute’s applause ahead of kick-off in his memory whilst players will wear black armbands during the Sky Bet Championship clash.
Members of John’s family will be guests of the club – watching from the Premier Lounge balcony – and a special video of ‘Snoz’ will be played during the minute’s applause.
The matchday programme ‘PUSB’ has been dedicated to John with tributes included inside as well as his photo adorning the front cover.
Sky Blues fans will be able to watch the 1987 FA Cup Final on the concourse TVs – whilst the big screen will also show pictures of Sillett in tribute.
Further tributes to John will be confirmed in due course.
Coventry City Chief Executive Dave Boddy told ccfc.co.uk: “There has been an outpouring of emotion for John following news of his death earlier this week.
“He was a remarkable man, a giant of this football club, who achieved so much at the Sky Blues, and the club and fans will join together to remember him on Saturday.
“John’s family will join us on Saturday and we hope that our tributes will bring them some comfort at this sad time.”
Over 21,000 tickets have been sold for the game, and fans are encouraged to arrive early to be part of the tributes to John.
Elsewhere in the City, Coventry Rugby Club will be honouring John Sillett with a minute’s applause ahead of their game on Saturday at the Butts Park Arena against Bedford Blues.
Coventry’s match with West Brom takes place on Saturday, December 4 with kick-off at 12:30pm at the CBS Arena.