Sutton United 2–1 Coventry City (1989)

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Sutton United 2–1 Coventry City
Event1988–89 FA Cup
Date7 January 1989
VenueGander Green Lane, Sutton, London
RefereeAlf Buksh

Sutton United 2–1 Coventry City was a football match played on 7 January 1989 at Gander Green Lane, Sutton. The match was an FA Cup Third Round tie.

It is one of the most famous 'giant-killings' in the competition's history, notable for being one of those rare occasions when a non-League side defeated a club from the highest tier of English football. It remained the most recent such occasion for 24 years, until Luton Town beat Norwich City in the FA Cup Fourth Round in 2013.[1] The home team, Sutton United, played in the Conference. The away team, Coventry City, played in the old First Division.

For Coventry, it was a stark role-reversal from their success 19 months earlier in the 1987 FA Cup Final, when they had been on the right end of a much-celebrated underdog triumph.

Match summary[edit]

Sutton United2–1Coventry City
Rains Goal 42'
Hanlan Goal 59'
Report Phillips Goal 52'
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Alf Buksh
Sutton United
Coventry City
GK 1 England Trevor Roffey
DF 2 Wales Robyn Jones
DF 3 England Tony Rains (c)
DF 4 England Nigel Golley
DF 5 England Vernon Pratt
MF 6 England Paul Rogers
MF 7 England Mickey Stephens
MF 8 England Phil Dawson
FW 9 Jamaica Lennie Dennis
FW 10 England Paul McKinnon
MF 11 England Matthew Hanlan
England Barrie Williams
GK 1 England Steve Ogrizovic
DF 2 England Brian Borrows
DF 3 Wales David Phillips
DF 4 England Steve Sedgley
DF 5 England Brian Kilcline (c)
DF 6 England Trevor Peake
MF 7 England Dave Bennett
MF 8 Scotland David Speedie
FW 9 England Cyrille Regis Substituted off
FW 10 England Lloyd McGrath
MF 11 England David Smith
FW 12 England Keith Houchen Substituted in
England John Sillett


  1. ^ Phillips, Owen. "BBC Sport – Brighton's secret FA Cup giant-killer". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2012-02-18.


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