Vital Football

Latest QPR News

One Day In History - Coventry City 1988-89

One Day In History - Coventry City 1988-89


Rangers were coasting towards a mid-table finish as they travelled to top half Coventry City.

Teams: Coventry City v Queens Park Rangers

Date: Saturday April 22, 1989

Competition: Football League Division One

Venue: Highfield Road, Coventry

Loftus Road was once again in the midst of transition with any losing visitors' excuse, the plastic pitch, being pulled up, and once again replaced by grass.

There was some sad news as Chairman David Bullstrode suddenly passed away, and he was replaced by the youngest Chairman in the league, Richard Thompson at the age of 24.

The transition didn't stop at the turf or the boardroom with Jim Smith making way for Trevor Francis, with Thompson making his first managerial appointment.

The appointment didn't have the desired effect immediately, with the R's going seven without a victory and one win in 11 clashes under Francis.

Three solid goalless draws and a win over Newcastle United (2-1) heralded a new beginning with a defeat against Everton (1-4) Rangers' first in ten games heading into the fixture with Coventry City.

Coventry were fairing well in the top flight, that was until the day that rocked the club - the defeat away at Sutton United in the FA Cup.

They had only lost one in their last five home games, with Champions Liverpool winning at Highfield Road in a bid to settle one of the tightest title races in recent memory.

The Sky Blues came into the game with a defeat away at Derby (1-0), a victory over Norwich City (2-1) and a draw against Luton Town - epitomising the inconsistency that kept them from challenging higher.

Rangers made three changes from the side that drew at home to Middlesbrough, with Mark Dennis, Mark Falco and Alan McDonald dropping out with Andy Gray, David Kerslake and Danny Maddix stepping in.

Coventry showed well in the early stages with David Seaman saving from Steve Sedgley and thwarting the early dominance of the hosts.

One player that was playing particularly well was striker Colin Clarke - the record capture put Coventry to the sword with a stunning display at Highfield Road.

His double put Rangers two goals to the good, before he set up full back Justin Channing for the third to round off a thoroughly convincing victory.

'We played very well indeed and I was delighted,' said Trevor Francis.

'Tactically we were much superior and that was the most pleasing aspect.'

Rangers rallied towards the end of the campaign with this fixture the start of four wins on the spin - in the end finishing a deserved ninth in the First Division.

Coventry themselves bounced back by beating Manchester United at Old Trafford before rounding off the campaign with a couple of draws to finish seventh - two points above Rangers.

Final Score: Coventry City 0-3 Queens Park Rangers

Attendance: 11,319

Queens Park Rangers: Seaman, Channing, Fereday, Parker, Maddix, Spackman, Gray, Kerslake, Clarke, Reid, Sinton.

Coventry City: Ogrizovic, Borrows, Dobson, Sedgley, Rodger, Peake, Phillips, Speedie, Regis, Bannister, Smith.

To read the full catalogue Click Here >>>



Have your say on The Forum

Follow us on Twitter

Become our friend on Facebook - Add Vital Queens Park Rangers
Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football

Writer:Boxer
Date:Thursday February 11 2010
Time: 7:12AM

Best of Vital Network

Login to post a comment

Recent Queens Park Rangers Articles

No More Quarter Final Replays For QPR

Should Queens Park Rangers progress through to an FA Cup quarter final from the 2016/17 season onwards, the game will no longer be subject to a replay.

QPR's Parachute Payments In 2015/16

With the 2015-16 season behind us, the final television allocation money based on final league positions have been confirmed - and here's what Queens Park Rangers...

QPR - FL Dates 2016/17 (23/5/16)

The Football League have released the key dates for the coming 2016/17 season.

Who Will QPR Face In 2016/17 (22/5/16)

With no matches remaining in the regular 2015/16 campaign, some promotions and relegations in the football pyramid are already known.

Archived Vital QPR Articles

Vital QPR articles from
As featured on NewsNow: Real Madrid news
Real Madrid News 24/7  

Site Journalists

Boxer
Editor email
Profile
sandydl
no email
Profile
Superhoop50
no email
Profile
danielqpr
no email
Profile
JackSupple
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MotM v Bristol City
Suggested By:
Ingram13%
Onuoha1%
Hall0%
Hill12%
Kpekawa1%
Gladwin0%
Henry15%
Faurlin53%
El-Khayati0%
Chery1%
Washington3%
Hoilett0%
Petrasso0%
Polter1%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Burnley 46 26 15 5 93 37
P Middlesbrough 46 26 11 9 89 32
3 Brighton 46 24 17 5 89 30
4 Hull City 46 24 11 11 83 34
5 Derby County 46 21 15 10 78 23
6 Sheff Wed 46 19 17 10 74 21
7 Ipswich 46 18 15 13 69 2
8 Cardiff 46 17 17 12 68 5
9 Brentford 46 19 8 19 65 5
10 Birmingham 46 16 15 15 63 4
11 Preston 46 15 17 14 62 0
12 Q.P.R. 46 14 18 14 60 0
13 Leeds Utd 46 14 17 15 59 -8
14 Wolves 46 14 16 16 58 -5
15 Blackburn 46 13 16 17 55 0
16 Forest 46 13 16 17 55 -4
17 Reading 46 13 13 20 52 -7
18 Bristol City 46 13 13 20 52 -17
19 Huddersfield 46 13 12 21 51 -11
20 Fulham 46 12 15 19 51 -13
21 Rotherham 46 13 10 23 49 -18
R Charlton 46 9 13 24 40 -40
R MK Dons 46 9 12 25 39 -30
R Bolton 46 5 15 26 30 -40
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Queens Park Rangers Results (view all)

Queens Park Rangers Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.QPR4Me16
2.Superhoop506
3.dustman4
4.DMD_QPR4
5.rodneeranger3
6.jezza993
7.jdqpr18823
8.silvertrowel2
9.Clarets R Mad2
10.cartouche2