Matchday Memories: On This Day 2006 – Don’s Pen. Secures Stalemate At Saints For Micky’s Men

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Manager Micky

On this day (4th March) in 2006 the improving Sky Blues were mid table in the Championship under the tutelege of former player (and now CCFPA member) Micky Adams. Well into the second half of the season Mickey’s men were on their travels to meet a bit of a bogey team, Southampton.There was a crowd of 21,980 at St Mary’s to see what occurred.

Unfortunately our locally born striker Gary McSheffrey was missing suspended and City’s normally livewire loanee Dennis Wise put in a rather subdued performance against his former club. Nevertheless the Sky Blues managed to force a 1-1 draw with the Saints. The game remained stalemated until the home side scored what they expected would be their winner from their own loanee from ‘Spurs Gregorz Raziak ten minutes from time with a far post header.


Don Hutchison in the Sky Blue

Fortunately sixteen minutes from the final whistle Mickey had brought on as substitute (fairly recent CCFPA recruit) Don Hutchison for Stern John.  Don’s arrival sparked a bit of a Sky Blue revival and when he went down in the box as a result of a Nathan Dyer challenge and won a spot kick with just two minutes left it proved Sky Blue salvation! It must have taken some nerve but ‘Hutch’ picked himself up and coolly slid the ball home, a blockbuster of a penalty, past Saint’s goalie Paul Smith. The Sky Blues probably deserved to share the points and the result might have been a tad predictable as the 1-1 draw repeated the score between the two teams at Highfield Road at the end of August. In addition, Southampton had now drawn seventeen games so far this season!  

The main match details are provided in the graphic below (courtesy of former CCFPA committee member Dean Nelson). The referee was Mr. P.Dowd

We are delighted to say that the Sky Blues ‘gaffer’ and all team members (except Dennis and Stern) later went on to join CCFPA.

CCFC 2005-06

By season’s end both teams had had reasonable seasons in the second tier but City claimed bragging rights over George Burley‘s men finishing in eighth spot not far by position from the playoffs, albeit a dozen points. The Saints ended up twelfth.
At the top of the Championship title holders Reading with a massive 106 points and runners up Sheffield United sixteen points adrift both were Premier League bound. Bottom of the pile Brighton were accompanied down to the third tier by Crewe Alexandra (22nd) and Millwall (23rd).
Thanks to CCFPA’s Mike Young for sourcing the images.
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