Date: 11th February 2007 at 6:51pm
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Ron Atkinson’s first game in charge of Coventry City, 12 years ago today on 18 February 1995, added 4,000 to the gate at Highfield Road and inspired City to a 2-0 win over West Ham United.

Phil Neal had been sacked earlier in the week despite a 2-0 win at Crystal Palace and after agreeing compensation with Aston Villa following his departure earlier in the season, Big Ron was approached to take over.

£300,000 secured his first signing, Kevin Richardson who made an immediate debut against the Hammers, with Peter Ndlovu and Mike Marsh scoring the goals to give the home side a crucial win.

A week late over 20,000 turned out to watch a 4-2 win over Leicester City and the honeymoon continued into March when Ndlovu’s hat-trick defeated Liverpool at Anfield before five defeats in six made it another nail-biting end to the season.

 

One Reply to “On this day: Big Ron arrives”

  • I remember this day well alot of fans turned up and cheered but it was not long before you could find a fan that wanted him at the club or ever did

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