The Swindon Town bogey has officially been put to rest after last Saturday's 3-1 victory for the Sky Blues secured City's second double of the season. It was City's first home win over the Robins since October 1964 when Jimmy Hill's team won 3-2 at Highfield Road. Since then City had been unable to win in seven home games, one in the League Cup (1968), one in the Premiership (1994), both of these draws at Highfield Road, and five games in League One (four defeats, one draw).City's record at the County Ground has been little better until the victory there this season – the first in the league since 1960.
That last home victory in 1964 was an interesting game. City, newly promoted from Division Three, had started the season in scintillating form, winning their first five games to head the table. Then the wheels fell off and they went seven games without a win. The Swindon victory was a very nervous one and ended the dreadful run. Swindon had a young, exciting team which included Mike Summerbee and Don Rogers as well as future City star, Ernie Hunt. Ernie Machin gave City an early lead but Ken Skeen equalised. George Hudson made it 2-1 but Hunt levelled from the penalty spot before half-time. City's winner came ten minutes from time from Ken Hale and the game was watched by 25,253. Swindon were relegated that season and it would be thirty years before the clubs met again in league action.Ken Hale
Saturday's victory made it six home wins in a row (five in the league plus one FA Cup). That is the best home run in league and cup games since 1987 when the team won six in a row in the run up to the FA Cup final
Feb 14 Chelsea won 3-0
Feb 28 Charlton won 2-1
Mar 7 Sheffield W won 1-0
Mar 20 Oxford won 3-0
Apr 20 QPR won 4-1
May 2 Liverpool won 1-0
The run was ended by Manchester United who held City to a 1-1 draw on May 6th.
City did win six league games in a row in early 2006, inspired by the signing of Dennis Wise, but a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup with Middlesbrough spoiled the run. The club record for consecutive home wins is 12 set in 1952-53 season (11 league and 1 Cup).
Nigel Spence asked me a question a few weeks ago. He wanted to know which City goalkeeper has saved the most penalties. I have records of most missed penalties since World War Two and I believe the top three 'savers' are:
Steve Ogrizovic 12
Bill Glazier 10
Joe Murphy 9
Joe holds the record for the most saves in a season – 5 in 2013-14 and his record achieved in just three seasons is impressive. Since Joe left Coventry four years ago only two penalties have been saved (excluding penalty shoot-outs), both by Lee Burge last season.
Ian Crawley was a local football legend and the son of former Coventry City player Tom Crawley. In 1983 he scored the winner for VS Rugby in the FA Vase final at Wembley and followed up this achievement when hitting the net six years later when Telford beat Macclesfield Town in the FA Trophy final.
In 2006 Ian was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and shortly after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He cruelly lost his life on 8th July 2008.
On May 19th 2018 his family and friends will be celebrating Ian’s life and raising funds for the MND Association with the Crawl Ball 10th Anniversary at the Britannia Hotel Coventry with tickets at £35. Throughout the night there will be a number of fundraising activities such as raffles and auctions to support the vital work of MND Association. For tickets contact his daughter Sophie Crawley on email firstname.lastname@example.org