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Every Picture Tells A Sky Blue Story

Snapshots chronicling the Sky Blues through the ages have been put together for a new book which is being published later this year.

Jim BrownClub historian Jim Brown has collected hundreds of shots detailing the rise of Coventry City from works team to Premiership side.

The illustrated history will feature around 300 pictures from all the different eras of the club, which was formed in 1883.

As well as all the favourite players from different teams, there are glimpses of the way the game in general has changed.

Jim, who produces the club’s official statistics and also records matches for CWN, said one particular favourite dates back to the 1930s.

It features all the players from the time around a horse called Ginger.

Ginger was used to pull a mower or roller around the pitch in the days before the club has a motorised tractor.

Jim said the book, which will be available in November, is a visual accompaniment to an earlier volume detailing every match the club has ever played.

He said:

“I’ve been keeping records for years and I worked back through the newspaper library at Colindale to get details of the older games.

“There was some difficulty in 1980 when there was a newspaper strike, but I got all the records eventually.

”Over the years a number of pictures have come into my possession and I thought it would be nice to use them.

“It’s a labour of love  - I don’t make any money from it. I hope to sell several thousand copies.”

People who want their name in a numbered copy of the book, printed at the back alongside the name of their favourite player, can do so by subscribing.

The book costs £16.99 and subscribers will be sent their copy in the post free of charge if they live in the United Kingdom.

To order a copy of Coventry City: An Illustrated History go to
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CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 11 Sep 00
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