1986–87 Coventry City F.C. season

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1986–87 Coventry City F.C. season
Manager England John Sillett
Stadium Highfield Road
First Division 10th
FA Cup Winners
League Cup Fourth round
Full Members Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League:
Cyrille Regis (12)

Cyrille Regis (16)

During the 1986–87 English football season, Coventry City competed in the Football League First Division.

Season summary[edit]

Coventry City won the FA Cup, defeating Tottenham Hotspur, who had spent much of the season competing for a unique domestic treble of the league and the League and FA Cups, 3–2 in a final considered by many[who?] to be one of the greatest FA Cup finals of all time. The FA Cup triumph was Coventry's first (and, as of 2014, only) major trophy. The only downside to Coventry's victory was UEFA's decision to extend the ban on English teams competing in European competition to a third season, denying Coventry a place in the European Cup Winners' Cup.



Squad at end of season[1]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Steve Ogrizovic
England DF Micky Adams
England DF Brian Borrows
England DF Tony Dobson
England DF Greg Downs
England DF Brian Kilcline (captain)
England DF Martin Lane
England DF Trevor Peake
England DF Graham Rodger
England DF Steve Sedgley
England MF Dave Bennett
No. Position Player
England MF Micky Gynn
England MF Lloyd McGrath
England MF Nick Pickering
England MF David Smith
Wales MF David Phillips
England FW Paul Culpin
England FW Keith Houchen
England FW Steve Livingstone
England FW Ian Painter
England FW Cyrille Regis

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England MF Andy Williams (to Rotherham United)
No. Position Player
England FW Gareth Evans (to Rotherham United)





FA Cup[edit]

Third Round[edit]

Fourth Round[edit]

Fifth Round[edit]

Sixth Round[edit]


12 April 1987
Coventry City 3–2
Leeds United
Gynn Goal 68'
Houchen Goal 77'
Bennett Goal 99'
Report Rennie Goal 14'
Edwards Goal 83'
Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield
Attendance: 51,372
Referee: Roger Milford


16 May 1987
Coventry City 3 – 2
Tottenham Hotspur
Bennett Goal 9'
Houchen Goal 64'
Mabbutt (o.g.) Goal 96'
C. Allen Goal 2'
Mabbutt Goal 40'
Wembley, London
Attendance: 98,000
Referee: Neil Midgley (Manchester)

After only two minutes, Clive Allen scored his 49th goal of the season, heading past keeper Steve Ogrizovic at the near-post from a perfect Chris Waddle cross. Within seven minutes though, the Sky Blues were level through Dave Bennett, a Cup Final loser in 1981 for Manchester City, ironically at the hands of Spurs.

The London club were back in front five minutes before the break though through defender Gary Mabbutt. Midway through the second half Coventry were level again – Bennett's pinpoint cross from the right was met by striker Keith Houchen with a diving header for a memorable goal.

The scores stayed level until full-time and the game went into extra time. Six minutes in, Mabbutt scored an own goal after Lloyd McGrath centred the ball and it took a deflection off of the Spurs defender's knee and over keeper Ray Clemence.

English League Cup[edit]

Second Round[edit]

Third Round[edit]

Fourth Round[edit]