Cobblers handed Coventry trip in FA Cup first round

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray
Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray

The Cobblers have been handed a trip to Sky Bet League One outfit Coventry City in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Chris Wilder’s men will travel to the Ricoh Arena to take on the Sky Blues over the weekend beginning November 6.

The tie will be the first meeting between the clubs since January, 1990, when the Cobblers famously beat the then top flight City 1-0 at a rain-soaked County Ground.

Steve Berry was the match winner on that occasion, as Graham Carr’s third division Northampton saw off a Coventry team that had a couple of years earlier won the competition, beating Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 in the final at Wembley in 1987.

Aside from that meeting, the two clubs haven’t played each other in competitive football since 1967.

Coventry did of course utilise Sixfields as their home stadium in the 2013/14 season, and were supposed to stay there for three years, but the dispute that saw them forced out of the of the Ricoh was settled, and the club returned to its home ground in September, 2014.

The Sky Blues are currently managed by former West Brom and Celtic manager Tony Mowbray and have had a good start to the season, sitting fourth in league one.