Football: Spirit of '87; MANCHESTER UNITED COVENTRY CITY FOOTBALL CLUB Coach Fleet to Old Trafford Could Top Wembley Outing

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Football: Spirit of '87; MANCHESTER UNITED COVENTRY CITY FOOTBALL CLUB Coach Fleet to Old Trafford Could Top Wembley Outing


Byline: By Alan Poole

COVENTRY CITY fans are getting set for their biggest day out since 1987's FA Cup triumph.

An armada of 55 official supporters coaches has already been booked up for the September 26 trip to Manchester United as Carling Cup fever grips the Sky Blues - and the final figure is now on course to beat the 57 that travelled down to Wembley.

"It just shows the scale of the match," said John Shaw, a director of Harry Shaw City Cruiser. "Ever since the draw was made the demand for a place on the coaches has been huge.

"For an average away match we usually take three or four coaches, and we took just two to Carlisle for the last round. At this stage we have 55 coaches being operated through the club going up to Old Trafford and we will look to source more on a hire basis if necessary."

He added: "I don't need to even look up the last time we took this many coaches to a match. It was for the Cup final in 1987 - one of the biggest days in this company's history as well as the city's and the football club's.

"It really was a weekend to remember and the atmosphere on the way to and from the ground was very special. …

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