Mistakes Cost Coventry and West Ham Full Points

Saturday 11 October 1969

Division One

Coventry City     1 (Clements 43)

West Ham Utd  1 (Glazier og 47)

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by Antrobus Caruthers-Spittle

Ah, oh how football burdens me. An afternoon of enjoyment was turned into an afternoon of frustration, as bumbling passes were underhit or overhit (you didn’t know what you were going to get)

It began with Joicey’s open goal miss for Coventry and terminated, thankfully with both Redknapp and Best hitting the right post with 10 minutes to go. Scintillating it was not, rugged, perhaps, but only because skill deserted both teams. If I wasn’t getting paid to retell the story, I would’ve been surely miffed I could’ve spent the afternoon in London, drinking port, smoking cigars and carousing about past indiscretions. Alas.

Of the two goals only Coventry’s showed a modicum of creativeness. Luckily our photographer hadn’t fallen asleep. Small mercies indeed.

Hunt with the ball

Hunt with the ball

A square pass infield finds Blockley.

A square pass infield finds Blockley.

Blockely's turn of speed pushes his momentum passed two Hammer players.

Blockely’s turn of speed pushes his momentum passed two Hammer players.

Blockley's long ball finds Joicey.

Blockley’s long ball finds Clements.

Clements controls and turns...

Clements controls and turns…

Clements is about to be surrounded.

Clements is about to be surrounded.

No problem. Clements puts Coventry 1-0 up.

No problem. Clements puts Coventry 1-0 up.

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West Ham’s equaliser  was not long in coming in the second half. It wasn’t with any endevour, skill or cleverness. I believe it must’ve been the black arts themselves, or purely Coventry’s Glazier had run over a number of black cats on his way to the stadium.

Brooking heading forward.

Brooking heading forward.

He takes a step and looks towards goals. Will he try his luck so far out?

He takes a step and looks towards goals. Will he try his luck so far out?

He surely does. At first it seems Brooking's luck has deserted him, as the ball hits the post.

He surely does. At first it seems Brooking’s luck has deserted him, as the ball hits the post.

But wait! For there's a dark hand at work. The ball ricochets off the post and hits Glazier on the back.

But wait! For there’s a dark hand at work. The ball ricochets off the post and hits Glazier on the back.

And gently rolls into the net and West Ham equalises.

And gently rolls into the net and West Ham equalises.

 

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Yes indeed, that was the equaliser. The misfortunes I have to suffer to earn a mere crust of caviar and champagne.

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