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City Look To Lift Norwich FA Cup Curse

Coventry City will be determined to reverse a losing trend after the FA Cup third round draw was made yesterday.

The Sky Blues were pulled out of the hat alongside division one Norwich City, meaning Gordon Strachan’s men could be the third Coventry side in the 90’s to crash out of the competition at Carrow Road.

Since becoming Highfield Road boss Strachan has reached round six and round five in successive years, but recent history will be against them progressing past the clash with Norwich.

In 1993 Bobby Gould’s side were drawn against the Canaries and travelled to the ground with high hopes of embarking on a long cup run, but they were cut short by a toothless performance that saw Norwich triumph 1-0.

The Coventry team that day contained keeper Steve Ogrizovic, the only player still with the club, Newcastle forward Kevin Gallacher and Liverpool defender Phil Babb.

Sky Blues boss Bobby Gould was banished from the dug-out after launching a verbal volley at the linesman following Darren Beckford’s crucial goal.

In 1995 Phil Neale was the next City manager to fall from the cup at Carrow Road, after Norwich earned themselves a second bite of the cherry with a goal-less draw at Highfield Road.

The replay was another disappointment for Coventry fans with the added blow that Dion Dublin and Roy Wegerle were forced off the pitch through injury.

Norwich took the lead after just eight minutes with Darren Eadie scoring, Peter Ndlovu equalised for City, but after extra-time the Canaries raced away with the game with further goals from Eadie and Mike Sheron.

Strachan will now be hoping that it is third-time lucky for his side, who have been tipped by several TV pundits as a good outside bet to lift the trophy.

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Staying Up by Rick Gekoski

CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 22 Nov 99

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