Sky Blues mourn the loss of club legend Ernie Machin

By Steve Carpenter 25/07 Updated: 25/07 12:20

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ONE of the original members of Jimmy Hill's Sky Blue Revolution has died aged 68.

Inside forward Ernie Machin had been suffering poor health for a number of years. He died on Sunday.

Machin signed for the Sky Blues in March 1962 and went on to make 248 appearances, scoring 39 goals in ten years at Highfield Road before moving to Plymouth Argyle.

"This is very sad news for thousands of Coventry City fans like myself who were fortunate to be there during the original Sky Blue era," said deputy chairman John Clarke.

"Ernie was one of the original Sky Blues team and Jimmy Hill went on record to say that he was his best ever signing.

"This is a very, very sad loss and our thoughts and condolences go the his family at this very difficult time."

Hill signed Machin for £50 and said of him in his autobiography: "He didn't seem to be an outstanding athlete, nor did he have the confidence or the luck to do something special.

"I liked the look in his eyes. He had a bright eye and he said if you give me the chance, I won't let you down."

Those comments gave Machin the nickname, Jimmy's blue-eyed boy and he went on to make his debut during a 2-0 win over Millwall as a young 18-year-old in 1963.

A bad knee injury put him out for 18 months, but he returned and played a pivotal role in guiding Second Division championship win in 1967, scoring in an historical 3-1 win over Wolves, which was watched in front of 51,455 people - the club's biggest ever attendance.

Machin went on to captain the Sky Blues in Division One.

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