There is a prize and City fans are warmly invited to have a go, too. You judge whether it’s a great one

Another big Sunderland following will be on the road this weekend for the visit to Coventry City and the Ricoh, hardly a name with the appeal to any football fan of Highfield Road but the one demanded by the Japanese sponsors of the the sports, hotel and shopping complex where it is situated.

Will the travelling support witness the sort of  Sunderland display that dismissed Rochdale with some ease or the one that stuttered and stumbled at Burton? We’ll see.

Jack Ross continues to impress with a start that is at least as strong as realistically could have been expected from a team of players who barely knew one another before they were thrust together on the training pitch.

Recruitment has been mixed but includes some genuine class for this level of football and there seems no reason why further progress cannot be made ahead of the massive home game against League One leaders Peterborough next Tuesday.

Many of those travelling fans will have their own or handed-down memories of long ago, a night in 1977 when Coventry drew 2-2 at home to Bristol City, a result that kept both clubs in the old First Division at our expense.

We’d been beaten at Everton and this was the only combination of final-game matches that could relegate us. As is also well known, crowd congestion delayed the Coventry kick-off, the Sunderland score was flashed up on the scoreboard on the instructions of Jimmy Hill, then Coventry chairman. To no surprise, the score remained 2-2 for the final minutes with no one trying desperately hard for a winner.

Unforgivable gamesmanship, on a par with match-fixing? Or something any club might have done in similar circumstances? The result stood and we went down.

Our record over the years against City has been fairly even, typically winning home games and losing at their place, when not playing out draws. They won the EFL trophy in 2017, but also went down, and regained League One status last season via the playoffs.

The last taste of real glory for Coventry was in 1987 when our own Nick Pickering helped them to a 3-2 win in an exciting FA Cup Final against Spurs.

So here we have two sides that have known distinctly better days and have waited a long time for serious silverware.

Have a go at guessing the score. The first reader to get it right will win a prize mug whoever he or she supports, provided it can go to a UK postal address. Monsieur Salut’s decision shall be final.

Ha’way the Lads.

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13 Responses to “Coventry City vs Sunderland prize Guess the Score. Seize the chance ahead of Peterborough crunch game” Subscribe

  1. CSB September 26, 2018 at 7:55 am #

    And it has to be……..

    Coventry City 1 – 4 Sunderland.

  2. Eric012 September 26, 2018 at 8:56 am #

    Pipped at the post last week by the above. Fower nowt.

  3. Malcolm Ray September 26, 2018 at 9:45 am #

    2-1 away win but any win will do – Maja to continue scoring run

  4. Phil D September 26, 2018 at 10:10 am #

    Coventry 0 Sunderland 1, with a huge away following,

  5. John mac September 26, 2018 at 10:51 am #

    0-2. Maja and Sinclair.

  6. Terry McLoughlin September 26, 2018 at 11:08 am #

    A 1-3 away win still fails to assuage those with a long memory.

  7. malcolm September 26, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

    Them 0 Us 6

    The match kicks off late when the Sky crew get stuck in an imaginary traffic jam on the M6 and while the home side are still grinning at the cameras the boy Gooch sticks one in.

    Flanagan, Maguire, McGeuoch and Maja make it five before half time and substitute Max Power celebrates the end of his suspension with a 25 yard volley.

    Must go now. That nice young lady in the overall has brought my soup but I wish they wouldn’t make me use plastic cutlery.

  8. wrinkly pete September 26, 2018 at 3:11 pm #

    I am getting close. Last week I had five of the seven I needed – in the right order too. It will be 4-3 to The Lads with our keeper saving a penalty kick as well.

  9. Paul September 26, 2018 at 5:24 pm #

    3-2 away win.

  10. Mike September 26, 2018 at 9:02 pm #

    Will try again for The Lads to win 4-2 .

  11. Bill September 27, 2018 at 10:40 am #

    2-2 to the lads

  12. Edward September 28, 2018 at 10:17 am #

    I’ll go for 2-2.

  13. Mel Bond September 28, 2018 at 6:29 pm #

    The eternal optimist says that we owe them big time I was there in 77 and will never forget that Thursday night let’s give it to them they deserve a stuffing 6-0 to the lads

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