Date: 18th December 2017 at 8:05pm
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Has any football club in the country changed as much as Coventry City in the past 20 years?

Wimbledon is the obvious answer but, after the initial pain, that has been a success story which will soon culminate in a return home for the Dons.

The 1997/1998 season at Coventry City was told, in brilliant detail, by Rick Gekoski, a fan who ‘got lucky’ in his own words and spent the campaign up close and personal with the team, management and chairman Bryan Richardson.

The result was Staying Up

Read again on its own it is an uplifting story as someone completely outside the usually tight-knit football circle manages not only to infiltrate it but to make friends in the process.

Although the players involved are just on the cusp of the big-money era, they mostly come across as likeable and down-to-earth as they move from the training ground to the hotel breakfast room, from the team coach to the dressing room after a game.

Gordon Strachan is guarded but professional at all times, Richardson talks up the club and his plans for it non-stop.

The book closes with the unshakeable impression that this is a football club that is destined to break away from its years of struggle and make the leap into the higher echelons of the game.

But read it with the knowledge of what has happened in those twenty years and it becomes something different altogether.