Saturday 11 October 1969
Coventry City 1 (Clements 43)
West Ham Utd 1 (Glazier og 47)
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.
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.
Yes indeed, that was the equaliser. The misfortunes I have to suffer to earn a mere crust of caviar and champagne.