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LAST SEASON'S hard-luck story must surely belong to Coventry

'keeper

transfer to Manchester United fell AMONG THE BIG SPENDERS

SKY BLUES HA', , ,,:EN

Jim Blyth, whose f400,OOO

through after an adverse medical

rep0rt.

internationalnhas had the best

of luck with injuries

his

given a chance one which he has to show taken well. his paces-

substantialfee, he has amply repaid

Scotlandfavourite with Manchester United this. Meanwhile, Coventry have

fansduring his days at OldTrafford, groomed quite a number of players

and in Gary Gillespie there was an up-and-coming defender who is now really making his mark. Gillespie, who cost f40,000 when hewas signedfrom Falkirk in March last year, skippered the Scottish clubat thetender age of 17, and that

through the ranks - among those

Hokon,

who

became

such

a

Blythn

a

and

Sealeynhas been

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

'Oventry

have reinforced their

for

and full-

side in Other centre-back Gary Collier

back David JOnes

f5501000when

BristolCity

they a arrived Of made him the youngest captain been figuring in Coventry's first

and

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

14. the following March, while Blair has

been a full-timer just over two years.

standing 6ft. 2in. tall, was out of the

in England's first-ever Under-21 side for a spell during the second A name familiar in football has international, against Scotland, by half of last season, but he has broken through to first-team

broken back despite the

left-back for Everton. competition from Collier, and is

likely to partner Holton inthe centre Of the defence today. Coventry's midfield line depends a great deal on the experience of skipper Tommy Hutchison, who has been at Highfield-road seven

buy

also had Barry Powell (a f75 000

soccer,and on the books Coventry

back from a summer stint in U.S.

serving player, Mick Coop, arrived

which time he was established at

unique distinction when he played

when Gillespie had played a dozen League games, and last season he

ever known in British senior-

from

professional Soccer. Coventry had respectively. agreed to pay Falkirk a further sum

Collier had played well over 200 games for the Ashton Gate club, Jones - a former skipper of the

totalled

England youth side- had gained a Gillespie, still only 19 and

outings as a marksman - Mark Hateley, son of former striker Tony Hateley, whose travels took him from Notts. County to Aston Villa,

Birmingham

in addition,

Coventry,s longest-

Liverpool,

Chelsea,

and, for a brief spell, to Boundary Park. Young Mark,who stands 5ft. l lin. tall, looks like following in his

years, during which time he has dad'sfootsteps. played World Cup football for But almost certainly - barring

injuries- Coventry's striking force today will consist of Mick Ferguson,

Even then, Coventry had the "Hutchy" was a bargain buy by lan Wallace and Steve Hunt.

from

Wolves,

who

he

and

a

E40'000

when

modest

from

Aston Villa.

Scotland and made and scored a considerable number of goals.

experience of Scotland- Blackpool from north of the

international centre-back Jim and though he cost the Sky Blues a

Border,

Ferguson, recently a magnet for other clubs, including Ipswich.

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joined the Sky Blues from school

nine years ago, and his marksman-

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Coventry's play this season. back row (/eft to riqhtl, it% Terw TICKETPLANS

Yorath (who receklyjbined spursj, Gary Thom~son,Paul Dvson. Jim

MEET THE Sky Blues of season

7979-80

pictured

. and here they are,

the

above. Starting on

has

been

who

a

feature

made

of

his

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Wallace,

international debut for Scotland as

substitute - he went on for Kenny ~olton,~ak~ollier(trim Bristol

Dalglish in a game against Bulgaria at Hampden and hit the winner in a

2-1 victory - has been another Graham Oakey. Centre row: Gary undoubted success since he Bannister, Donato Nardiello, Jim crossed the Border. Hagan, Gary Gillespie, Les Sealey,

City), Tommy Hutchison (captain), David Jones (from Everton),

IF TODAY'S game ends all- square, the replay will be at Coventry on Tuesday night (January 8), with a 7.30 kick-off. The replay would NOT be all-ticket, but stand tickets will be available after this afternoon's match, and on sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow. And below, we give the motorway

just in case.

Adozen goals in as many reserve Jim Blyth, Bobby McDonald, Steve

Hunt, Andy Blair. Front row: Barry Powell, /an Wallace, Brian Roberts,

become a regular Ron Wylie (assistant manager),

marksman in the First Division. Gordon Milne (manager), Keith

he has

games staked his claims to a first- team place with the sky Blues, and

now

amply repaying the fee of around

£75,000 which Coventry laid out. Gooding. 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 helpedthe Sky Bluesto snap up the scoring chances home and away and no doubt Coventry will be hoping they can find the net at Boundary Park.

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HCYW I SEE IT- bv Jim Holton

'Latics will be steamed up so we're facing a tough battle.'

I. HOW DOES Coventry City's Scottish international

entre-back, Jirn Holton, see today's F.A. Cup-tie?-

and in

ne respect, at least, big Jim and Latics manager

immy Frizzell are in complete agreement.

ere's a viewpoint from the opposition camp

I 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 needarises!"

Jirn has played at Boundary Park before -once.

calls, "but since then, of course, Oldham's team has

"It

anchester United."

le third-round draw left Coventry bemoaningtheir 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 mytimewith 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 inthetop flight-men likeJohn Hurst,Vic om and Kenny Clements - and apart from that, re are a lot of good players in Division 2."

he Sky Blues will have to weather an "Oldham will probably be steamed up f-hour" -and then try to get a grip on

I "Our strength is in going forward, and we'll

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 Iability. It's alsotaken pressureoff the back four."

probably

)the Sky Bluescome preparedfor anything- and, L Jim Holton says, "it's a game in which anything can men. It should certainlv be a oood one to watch."

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.

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

The *player who

injuries during his career

- but what he called "the 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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