FA Cup heroes in plea for my passion

By Steve Carpenter 18/05 Updated: 18/05 11:26

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SKY Blues FA Cup winners Micky Gynn and Dave Bennett spoke of Coventry's fall from grace since their famous Cup final win over Tottenham Hotspur 25 years ago, writes Callum Maclean.

Both Gynn and Bennett played key roles in the final on May 16, 1987 and gave their views about the day to supporters as part of the popular Coventry Conversations series in association with Coventry University and the Herbert Art Gallery.

Bennett had already lost to Spurs in an FA Cup final six years prior to the victory as a Manchester City player and said he already knew “where to look” and wanted “revenge”.

Gynn on the other hand was slightly more laid back and spoke of the build up to it, summing it up, as “amazing”, but at the same time once it began, it was “just another game we had to win”.

Both paid tribute to manager John Sillett and told a story they think may have given them an advantage over David Pleat's side.

Sillett had paid the groundsman off in order to train on the pitch a couple of days before the final, something that wasn't allowed at the time.

Bennett took it further talking about how there was camaraderie within the Sky Blues camp: “We we were a team on the field, and a team off it”, describing the relationship between the players, coaches and wives as a “family unit”.

Moving on from the past, Gynn and Bennett spoke of the current day crisis at the club.

They both came to the conclusion that the team no longer has that family feeling, but hinted it wasn't too late for the club.

Gynn said “good players can play at that level,” but pointed the finger of blame towards the owners, adding, “there have been people running the club who shouldn't have been there, and there has been too many managers in the past ten years.”

Gynn also believed that Andy Thorn was the man for the job, with Bennett backing him up, hoping he will “get some backing” from the owners.

Both players were asked what could be done to change the club's fortunes by the audience.

Gynn gave two reasons, “to bring in good, determined players, and to stop sacking managers.”

While former winger Bennett firmly believes that it is the way forward, saying the club should use wingers, describing it as a “winning formula.”

He also said that the club needed to bring in some older players back in to coach, as they'd give some history to the club, and help the players along.

They ended the talk by agreeing to end the conversation by stating the club needs more passion and desire.

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