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Stars Of The Past Gather To Mark Sky Blues Book Launch

Generations of Sky Blues stars will be appearing in Coventry on Saturday to sign up a new book dealing with the history of the club in pictures.

Coventry City - An Illustrated HistoryThey will be lining up to sign copies of the book by Jim Brown in Waterstone’s in Broadgate.

Among the group will be Reg Matthews who caused a sensation in 1956 by being the first Coventry City player picked for England, despite the team only being in the Third Division South.

At the end of the season he was sold to Chelsea for £22,000  - then a world record for a goalkeeper.

Also appearing will be Dietmar Bruck and Brian Hill, who were in Jimmy Hill’s promotion winning side that got the Sky Blues into the top flight.

Andy Blair, who now runs a sports shop at Cannon Park, Danny Thomas and Dennis Mortimer, who went on to win the European Cup with Aston Villa will be completing the line-up alongside.

Jim BrownJim, the club’s official statistician, said the book includes snapshots, contracts and memorabilia dating back to Victorian times.

He said he has been working on the book, which was published this week, for nine months.

Jim said:

“I’m very pleased that the book’s out and I’m very pleased with it.

“The quality of the photos is exceptional. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.

”There was less writing in this book, but I had to make sure the captions told the story.”

He added that the book-signing was an ideal opportunity for fans to meet some of the former stars of the team.

He said:

“The club doesn’t do very much with older players apart from the occasional black tie do – there’s very little for ordinary fans.

“The players are quite easy to find if you know where to look.”

The signing will take place from 11am to 12.30pm. The book, 'Coventry City - An Illustrated History', is published by Desert Island Books priced £16.99.

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CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 22 Nov 00
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