OCT 01] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
MATTHEWS : RIP
Former Coventry City goalkeeper
Reg Matthews has died after a short illness at the age of 68.
Matthews joined Coventry as a
youth and made his debut for the first team in 1953.
Matthews made history twice in
his career. Firstly by becoming the first Coventry City, and
Division 3, player to play for England. Secondly by becoming the
highest paid goalkeeper after a £22,000 move to Chelsea in
Matthews made 116 appearances for
Coventry and won 5 full international caps for England.
ABOUT REG MATTHEWS
BREEN : PASSED THE IRISH TEST
Gary Breen played the full 90
minutes in the Republic of Ireland's 4-0 victory over Cyprus
Breen showed no signs of the
hamstring injury that he picked up in Coventry's game against
Gillingham last week. He is now likely to feature in the
Worthington Cup game against Chelsea this week.
Carsley also played a lively part in the Republic's
impressive win, after coming on for Mark Kennedy after 64
The Republic of Ireland earnt
themselves a World Cup qualifying play-off place with this
result after Portugal beat Estonia 5-0. Ireland will face an
Asian side in a play-off clash next month in their bid to reach
next year's tournament in Japan and South Korea.
EUSTACE : ON THE WAY BACK
Coventry midfielder John Eustace
is working hard to be fully fit again for the local derby with
Birmingham City at St Andrews on 25 November.
Eustace has missed most of the
season with a knee injury that he picked up during the
pre-season Ireland tour.
The 21 year old started with
Birmingham but moved to Coventry in 1999 with fellow teenagers
Martin Devaney and Moses Blake.
BETTS : DONCASTER SETTLEMENT
Coventry City FC and Doncaster
Rovers FC have finally reached a settlement in their long
running dispute relating to
Agreement was reached following mediation
carried out under the auspices of the Sports Dispute Resolution
The parties had referred the
matter to FA Arbitration but both clubs agreed to give mediation
a chance. The mediation session was arranged with Charles
Middleton-Smith of national law firm Hammond Suddards Edge.
Graham Hover of Coventry City
We are pleased that this
matter has been resolved on an amicable basis in the spirit of
goodwill on both sides. We wish Doncaster Rovers every success
in regaining Football League status.
Peter Wetzel, deputy chairman of
Doncaster Rovers said:
I cannot disclose the terms
of the settlement which are confidential but I can say that
the mediation process assisted the clubs in reaching a
settlement which suits both of them.
Since joining Coventry from
Doncaster in 1999 Betts has been on the subs bench three time
for the first team, as well as featuring in the youth and
reserve teams. The 19 year old also had a run out in Coventry's
friendly against Pakistan.