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Premier League Fixtures Announced

Coventry City hope they have been handed three points to kick off the new season by the football authorities.

The Premier League fixtures released today reveal that on the opening the Sky Blues are at home to Southampton Saints, who like themselves were involved in the relegation dog fight last season.

It makes a change from Chelsea at home, who Coventry have met on the opening day of the last two seasons.

On the other hand Coventry might reflect that they beat Chelsea in both those matches so maybe they are no better off after all.

They will certainly see a start of Southampton (h), Leicester City (a), Wimbledon (a) and Derby County (h) as a reasonable opening to the new campaign, but treble winners Manchester United at Highfield Road on Wednesday 25 August will be a tough match.

The Christmas programme is not easy either. Liverpool (a) is followed by Arsenal (h) on Boxing Day, with Middlesbrough (a) two days later and then Chelsea (h) is the first match of the new millennium on January 3rd.

But Coventry fans will not be unhappy with the final four matches of the season in the event of another relegation battle. They run Everton (h), Newcastle United (a), Sheffield Wednesday (h) and end with newly promoted Watford (a).

The FA Cup Final will be on Saturday 20th May.

One man who will play no part in the new season for the first time in 20 years will be the former Coventry favourite Brian Borrows.

Borrows, who played more than 450 matches in his 12 years with Coventry, has finally hung up his boots at the age of 38.

He spent the last two years at Swindon Town and is now looking around for a coaching job. Judged by many to be unlucky not to play for England, his biggest disappointment at Coventry was missing the 1987 FA Cup Final when the Sky Blues beat Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

He played virtually every match that season but injured his knee one week before the cup final. He was lying in a hospital bed when his teammates won the cup but he was awarded a winners’ medal nonetheless.

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Staying Up by Rick Gekoski

CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 24 Jun 99

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