Previously...At The Ricoh (Part One)
As we prepare to go back to the Ricoh Arena for Friday night's eagerly-awaited clash with Gillingham, a brief look back at the eight seasons Coventry City spent previously at the stadium.
In 2005/06, City's first season in the stadium there are actually plenty of decent games to look back on as the Sky Blues, under Micky Adams, won more than half of their league fixtures.
The first game at the arena was a more than satisfactory 3-0 success against QPR but it was in the new year that the unfamiliar surroundings began to feel more like home.
Nearly 27,000 watched a win against Wolves (who have suffered more than most at the Ricoh), Dennis Wise inspired a 6-1 hammering of Derby and the atmosphere at the stadium was seen to it's full potential in the FA Cup draw against Premier League side Middlesbrough.
At the start of the 2006/07 campaign City continued their good home form from the season before as Sunderland, Norwich and Leeds were seen off but the sale of Gary McSheffrey seemed to trigger a steady downturn in results and the eventual exit of Micky Adams as manager.
One of Adams' last acts as boss had been the signing of Maltese international Michael Mifsud and it was a scintillating display from him that helped see off Wolves in March as Iain Dowie began his reign in fine style.
2007/08 saw very few home wins for supporters to get excited about after a 2-1 success against Preston North End when late goals from Adebola and Doyle sent City (briefly) to the top of the league.
West Ham's League Cup visit created a great atmosphere in the wake of the win at Old Trafford but, as with the previous season, results gradually tailed off and Iain Dowie went the same way as Micky Adams.
Chris Coleman became the latest resident in the home dug-out and immediately inspired a 2-0 local derby triumph against Leicester which would prove to be crucial come a nail-biting end to the season at the foot of the Championship.
A televised 4-1 win against Southampton was the early home highlight of Chris Coleman`s first full season in charge, 2008/09, but it was after new year when things started hotting up at the Ricoh.
Despite being the shortest month City packed in local derby wins over Wolves and Birmingham and masked man Leon Best settled the FA Cup replay against Blackburn.
65,000 plus were in attendance over those three games and the stadium's record attendance was then broken as Chelsea ran out 2-0 winners in the cup quarter-finals.
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