In the summer of 1962, Coventry was a boomtown of over 300,000 people – one of the top ten largest cities in England.

Despite this, it had never had a top flight football club, and Coventry City still languished in Division Three. This all changed over the next five years as Jimmy Hill worked his managerial magic to take the club to Division One.

This is an account of the first two exciting years of that period as seen through the eyes of a young Coventry City fan who was also witnessing radical changes in the social and musical culture of 1960's Britain.

I hope you enjoy the story. Any comments or questions can be addressed to:- ron.osmond@ntlworld.com

Photos from the past

(Photos courtesy of the Coventry Evening Telegraph)

SKY BLUES 1 SUNDERLAND 1

March 25th, 1963 - Terry Bly celebrates as Dietmar Bruck's shot deceives Jim Montgomery.

SKY BLUES 2 SUNDERLAND 1

March 25th, 1963 - Jimmy Whitehouse follows in George Curtis's header as Sunderland defenders try to clear.

SKY BLUES 1 COLCHESTER UTD 0

April 25th, 1964 - George Hudson slots home the only goal of the game to clinch the Division 3 title.

CHAMPIONS!

April 25th, 1964 - Crowds on the pitch at Highfield Road to celebrate the winning of the Championship against Colchester.