Esher this weekend – it’s like falling off a bike…

When this season’s fixture list was first published, I was interested in three dates in particular. Those of the home and away games against Moseley and the away game at Esher. And the Esher game is just three days away… On the face of it, I guess for most supporters Saturday’s visit to Molesey Road…

Golden years…

Yesterday’s post (Dreaming of cups but drinking from mugs) set me thinking  about the six decades of Coventry rugby I’ve been privileged to watch, man and boy. More especially, if I could choose to relive just one of these, purely on a rugby basis, which one would it be? Okay, it’s another one of those hypothetical questions to…

All our yesterdays (3) – Coventry v Leicester: 4th October 1980

  “The “Tigers” who come here today fresh from a big win at Twickenham last week over Harlequins are without question England’s top club at present…” So opens John Butler’s programme notes for the Coventry v Leicester game that took place almost 35 years ago. Coventry’s painful decline since then is in stark contrast with Leicester’s ability to…

All our yesterdays (1) – Coventry v London Welsh: 1st March1975

I’ve never been one to hoard things, much preferring a minimalist approach to life being a little OCD when it comes to clutter. Fortunately however, the same is not so true of my nonagenarian mum. In cleaning out her loft last week,  fortuitously (for me) she came across a large number of Coventry programmes from…

Routinely speaking…

Just up from the old Coundon Road ground was a crossroads and a row of general retailers, one of which was a sweet shop. About 45 minutes before a match on a Saturday, my dad would walk me up there to ‘choose’ from the plethora of brightly coloured jars that adorned the walls in neat rows….

A pre-season friendly…

Aged about 75 and in the early/mid 1970s, my maternal grandfather had to stop going to Coundon Road to watch his beloved Cov because he would grow too excitable. Indeed, he already had a heart condition and during the more exciting passages of play he would discretely slip a pill under his tongue to counter the…