WIFC welcome James Penny and the lads from Coventry City Supporters FC to Met Police this Saturday, for an IFA league clash. Cov’s fast improving young side have won 6 of their last 7 games and will present a stern test for the home side, who have only recorded 1 win so far in 2012. WIFC met a few of the Cov lads at Oxford recently, when Luke Hand, Jack King, James Tookey and Penny himself helped out on a one-game loan deal when we were short. Hand was among the scorers in a 3-5 reverse for WIFC.
While this is only the second time WIFC have met this incarnation of the Cov side, the first being a hard-fought 2-1 win for Watford in the West Midlands last April, fixtures between the two sets of fans go way back to Worldnet in 1999, where WIFC recorded a 1-0 win thanks to an Aidy Spender strike. Since then, the majority of fixtures have been friendlies, as the previous Coventry team did not participate in league games, but a memorable clash in the knockout stages of Worldnet 2002 ended in a dramatic penalty shoot-out win for the Sky Blues.
The last games against the original Coventry side were at Worldnet 2006, when the Sky Blues were drawn in the same group as Watford’s A and B teams, recording a 1-0 win against Simon Devon’s B team, but losing 2-1 to goals from Rob Sterry and Chris Dundon in the A team fixture.
Their followed a four year hiatus before last April’s game, which saw goals from Joel Moody and a Paul Whittenbury penalty set up a desperate rearguard as Watford clung on for the win, with both joint managers Dave Messenger and Chris Davis among the defenders that held out for the points.
Full record – WIFC v Coventry
All-time WIFC scorers v Coventry
3- Steve Eustice
2- Dave Soloway, Joel Moody
1- Aidy Spender, Matt Holliman, Ian Lay, Simon Devon, Fraz Clark, Paul Karlsen, Tim Down, Scott Mathers, Rob Sterry, Chris Dundon, Paul Whittenbury, OG