Next Game

Swindon v Coventry

Saturday, 30 August 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet League 1

Last Game

MK Dons 0 - 0 Coventry

Saturday, 23 August 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet League 1

Robins draws on former glory

Mark Robins hopes Coventry will revive the spirit of 1987 by wearing replica shirts of their proudest day against Tottenham in the FA Cup.

Last Updated: 04/01/13 at 15:30

Mark Robins: His side will wear replica kits of 1987 success

Mark Robins: His side will wear replica kits of 1987 success

The Sky Blues upset fancied Spurs 3-2 at Wembley in what was the club's first and still is their only domestic cup final, clinching the finest moment in their history.

A Tottenham side boasting the likes of Ossie Ardiles, Glenn Hoddle, Clive Allen, Chris Waddle, Richard Gough and Ray Clemence, among others, were undone by Gary Mabbutt's injury-time own goal.

And the romance of the FA Cup has not been lost 26 years on after the two sides were again paired together for a third-round tie at White Hart Lane.

Manager Robins has himself pushed the idea of donning the club's famous Sky Blue and white stripes from that day, and they will do so in front of around 5,000 travelling City supporters.

"The thinking behind it is that it evokes the memories and it's special for the supporters," said Robins, who will be assisted in the City dugout by goalkeeping coach Steve Ogrizovic, an integral member of the club's FA Cup success.

"It's not every day you play against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, it's a great fixture for everybody involved at the club.

"It's a big game, the FA Cup is always a big deal, we want to try and remain in all the competitions for as long as possible. We're realistic as well, we know we're going into the game as massive underdogs and if we can get something then fantastic."

Coventry captain Carl Baker, 30, does not even remember City's skipper from 1987, Brian Kilcline, and admits to never having watched the final, although that may possibly change on the team coach travelling down to London.

Talking about the change of strip, Baker added: "It's a nice little touch from the club, obviously it's a nice feeling for us to play in that kit and it brings the history back. I'm sure the fans will like to see that."

Robins was fortunate enough to win the FA Cup himself as a player with Manchester United in 1990 - three years after Coventry.

The former striker scored the winning goal in United's semi-final replay against hometown club Oldham, before later stepping off the bench in the famous 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace in the final at Wembley although taking the role of an unused substitute in the replay, which United won 1-0.

It was Sir Alex Ferguson's first success of a now trophy-laden spell in charge, but it is an earlier round of that year's competition for which Robins is most remembered.

United, struggling in the league, went to Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest in the third round. It is widely reported Ferguson's job would have come under threat had they lost, something since denied by several leading figures at the club, but Robins duly headed home a memorable winner.

Asked if Ferguson ever said thank you, Robins replied: "Would you have expected him to? I was just doing my job."

Expanding on his FA Cup memories, Robins added: "I was 20 years of age and I had broken in, for me the cup competition was good because it gave a me foothold in and around the (United) squad.

"I scored 10 goals that season I think from Christmas time through to the end of the season. I was used sparingly, off the bench quite often.

"But that particular season was outstanding and obviously the culmination was winning the FA Cup. It was a great feeling, it's something you always remember. Something which is special and stays with you, without a shadow of a doubt."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Transfer news: Alex Song and Danny Welbeck linked with Tottenham

Tottenham are discussing the potential signings of Alex Song and Danny Welbeck on loan, according to Sky sources.

Premier League: Neil Warnock feels he owes Crystal Palace fans

New Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock feels he owes the club after the way his first spell in charge ended.

Transfer news: Liverpool-owned Divock Origi reveals Tottenham snub

Divock Origi has revealed that he rejected an offer from Tottenham Hotspur to move to Liverpool this summer.

Mail Box

A United Fan Happy To See Welbeck Go

One United fan doesn't understand all the fuss over Danny Welbeck, while we also have mails on Arsenal being Arsenal, curious transfers and how to pronounce 'Gaal'...

Should Kagawa Play Ahead Of Mata?

That's one question posed in the afternoon mailbox, although it looks like the Japanese playmaker could soon be on his way. Plus, tipping Palace to go down under Warnock...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property