Originally Posted by Riviera
Nice sidestep there Mercia
I've just said that I disagreed with your initial point there were more than 10,000 Bristol City fans arriving late and that was the cause of the delay.
That was simply the bullshit that was put out by the 2 clubs at the time.
The amount of Coventry and Bristol fans is irrelevant but you seem to be obsessed with it so I'll be polite and answer. I don't have access to all my programmes, etc but I'll go from memory.
IIRC there was around 37,000 in the ground.
Coventry had an average of around 21/22,000 with high's of around 30,000.
Assuming Coventry had a high of 30,000 that would give Bristol under 10,000.
The stories of over 10,000 and even 15,000 to 20,000 are shite.
Besides, why would so many people arrive late for such a vital match?
They didn't, it was Jimmy Hill bullshit and you've gulped it down
Indeed, nice sidestep back to the whole crux of the issue.
Coventry had highs of 30,000 against teams like Liverpool on a Saturday afternoon for a 3pm kick off.
I personally think that with big teams like Liverpool that some were actually away supporters.
The home support for Coventry peaked at around 25,000 I would say.
Their average for the season was just over 21,000 which means they had much lower crowds for many games.
Despite the Bristol game being midweek it was a big game despite being at the end of a miserable season so they probably did pull in 25,000 on the night.
If the gate was 37,000 then that left 12,000 that were Bristol.
I was in the City that night not far from the ground and had mates that went to the game.
They said there were Bristol in all parts of the ground except the West End. I wouldn't expect them to big up the Bristol support.
This fact was well known in the City afterwards and confirmed by people that were not my mates.
The Bristol video at least confirms a fever hit Bristol over the game with even court cases being adjourned so jurors could attend.
The reason they were late....the amount of support was high, the route is not exactly M1 and entering the City they had to reach Highfield Road through heavy traffic.
I get the feeling that even if Dr Who took you back in time to the game you would claim the red and whites around the ground were really Stoke supporters pretending to talk like pirates.
Maybe you would be right and this conspiracy was wider than we think.
Bottom line. Jimmy Hill did take advantage of the situation when he knew Sunderland had lost and for that his is the ultimate twat in football for me who I will never really forget or forgive.