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Coventry boss hopes for spirit of ‘87 at Spurs

Coventry City manager Mark Robins during the npower League One match at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry Picture: David Davies/PA Wire. Coventry City manager Mark Robins during the npower League One match at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry Picture: David Davies/PA Wire.

Friday, January 4, 2013
1:24 PM

Manager Mark Robins hopes Coventry will revive the spirit of 1987 by wearing replica shirts of their proudest day when they again come up against Tottenham in the FA Cup tomorrow.

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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.”

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