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Thursday 10 October 2013

On this day in 1994: Ipswich Cook-ed at Coventry

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall an important home victory for the Sky Blues rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

10 October 1994 - Coventry City 2-0 Ipswich Town

In the few Barclays Premier League matches to ever take place on this particular date, Coventry City completed a hard-fought victory over Ipswich Town thanks to an own goal and a penalty.

Having got off to a sluggish start to the campaign, Coventry found themselves second from bottom of the Premier League standings with just a 2-1 win over Leeds United to show for their eight matches played. And with the Sky television cameras present for the evening visit of an Ipswich side in 15th place, the hosts, with a side featuring Steve Ogrizovic, David Busst, Cobi Jones, Roy Wegerle and Dion Dublin managed to kick-start their season with their second victory of the campaign.

Watched by a crowd of 9,509 spectators, Phil Neal's charges edged ahead on the stroke of half-time when Ipswich veteran John Wark put the ball past his own goalkeeper, Craig Forrest, and a penalty by Paul Cook 15 minutes from time settled the contest in favour of the 1987 FA Cup winners.

The victory proved something of a catalyst for Coventry, who were able to win 10 further matches in the top flight and finish five points above the relegation zone. John Lyall's outfit could not count themselves so lucky and finished bottom the season at the foot of the table with 27 points from 42 matches. The East Anglian side were relegated along with Leicester City, Norwich City and Crystal Palace.

  • Paul Cook's penalty decided the contest in favour of Coventry

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Paul Cook's penalty decided a rare match to be played on 10 October