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Saturday 11 May 2013

On this day: Coventry stun Spurs to stay up

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall an escape by Gordon Strachan's men in 1997

  • Paul Williams scores what proved to be the winner for Coventry against Spurs

  • Darren Huckerby is overcome with emotion as Williams and Paul Shaw celebrate

  • The Coventry fans were able to enjoy another season in the Barclays Premier League

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day 11 May 1997: Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Coventry City

Coventry City’s continual presence in the Barclays Premier for more than 30 years looked to be ending when a defeat by Derby County on the penultimate day of the season dropped them into the relegation zone, with a daunting trip to White Hart Lane to come.

When Dion Dublin and Paul Williams put Gordon Strachan’s side 2-0 up they dared to dream but still it was not enough as Sunderland, who at the start of the day were two points ahead and with a better goal difference were, drawing away to Wimbledon.

Things got more nervous for Coventry’s fans when Paul McVeigh pulled a goal back for Spurs just before half-time. But Coventry hung on and they started to celebrate when Wimbledon struck a late winner to send Sunderland down.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com 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 Coventry avoiding relegation on the final in 1996/97