From Highfield Road to Wembley Way

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Coventry City’s FA Cup

‘The scene is colourful, the mood is optimistic; the stage is set for the 106th FA Cup final’

John Motson

On 16 May 1987 Coventry City played Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup final at Wembley. Coventry were appearing in the final for the first time in their 104 year history. Tottenham Hotspur had reached the final seven times before and had never lost. The stage was set for one of the greatest FA Cup finals ever.

This exhibition celebrates the 25th anniversary of Coventry City’s famous victory. Using photography, film, and fan memorabilia, the exhibition guides the visitor through a brief history of the club, each game of the 1986-7 cup run, the memorable final and the return of the conquering heroes. You can re-live the excitement of the Cup win and record your own memories of the occasion in the Memories section.

The exhibition includes newly commissioned work by photographer Paul Smith and sound artist Duncan Whitley. Paul’s photographic portraits of the FA Cup winning team pay homage to the players and evoke a sense of nostalgia for the good old days. Working with archival recordings from Highfield Road, Duncan Whitley has composed a new soundwork, which gives visitors thechance to experience what it might have been like to walk out of the Wembley Stadium tunnel on FA Cup final day.


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