Coventry City - 10 years in the Championship: 2001/02
UK time is: 18:25:06
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

10 years in the Championship: 2001/02

Coventry City will be the Championship`s longest serving club next season following the relegation of Preston North End, the 2011/12 campaign being their 11th in a row in the second tier of English football.

The 2001/02 season began with fans in bullish mood about a swift return to the top-flight, backed up by some hefty spending in the transfer market. With Craig Bellamy having departed for Newcastle United upon relegation, Gordon Strachan persuaded Lee Hughes to leave his beloved West Bromwich Albion and come to Highfield Road, paying a cool 5m for the striker.

It took Hughes less than half-an-hour to score his first goal for the Sky Blues but an opening day win at Stockport was followed by three defeats in four games (the other being a goalless draw against nine-man Nottingham Forest).

'mixed bag'

Strachan was axed, Roland Nilsson took charge and the Swede swiftly settled into his first managerial role, a 10-game unbeaten run culminating in a home win against Sheffield Wednesday that took City to the top of the table.

Results after that were very much a mixed bag, every resounding win (6-1 at Crewe for example) being cancelled out by some depressing defeats (Gillingham were winners at Highfield Road helped by a Marlon King goal while Stockport gained one of only ten points on the road at the same venue) which ended automatic promotion hopes but kept alive play-off dreams.

Amidst a gathering black cloud of financial woe and with no sign of the club`s new stadium ever being built, Nilsson`s team fell apart in the run-in despite a brief cameo from Sky Blues fan Tim Flowers in goal and the Swede parted company with City before the final game, another case perhaps of what might have been on the managerial front had the intelligent and popular Nilsson been given a proper crack at the job.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: CCFC Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday June 5 2011

Time: 10:32AM


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Coventry City Articles

Coventry City Versus Doncaster Rovers (Saturday November 28 2015)

Sky Blues Look To Keep The Pressure On (Friday November 27 2015)

City's Big Opportunity To Forge Ahead (Thursday November 26 2015)

Can City Make It 40 By December? (Thursday November 26 2015)

City Boss Mowbray Hails Performance (Wednesday November 25 2015)

Stats: Bradford City v Coventry City (Tuesday November 24 2015)

Bradford Take Aim At Leaders City (Tuesday November 24 2015)

League One: Review & Preview (Monday November 23 2015)

Clinical Sky Blues Go Top Of League One (Sunday November 22 2015)

Archived Coventry City Articles

List All Vital Coventry Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. houchen 15
2. wolstc 5

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Coventry 20 11 6 3 +17 39
2. Gillingham 20 11 5 4 +14 38
3. Burton 19 12 2 5 +7 38
4. Walsall 19 10 6 3 +14 36
5. Wigan 20 9 7 4 +10 34
6. Peterborough 20 10 3 7 +15 33
7. Millwall 19 9 4 6 +4 31

Coventry City Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Walsall : 28/11/2015 17:23:00
Southend : 28/11/2015 17:17:00
Shrewsbury : 28/11/2015 17:15:00
Scunthorpe : 28/11/2015 17:14:01
Rochdale : 28/11/2015 17:13:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Which 'New' Away Game Are You Looking Forward To?
Suggested By:  Editor
Blackpool 25%
Burton Albion 32%
Bury 3%
Millwall 12%
Shrewsbury Town 3%
Southend United 7%
Wigan Athletic 18%