Matchday Memories: On This Day 2009 – Royals Hold Sky Blues At Ricoh In No Score Draw!

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Chris Coleman- Sky Blue Gaffer

On this day (4th April) in 2009, a week after we beat Doncaster Rovers 1-0 on Legends Day 2009, Referee Trevor Kettle made sure the match between the Sky Blues and the Royals at the Ricoh didn’t boil over!City had lost 3-1 at the Madejski stadium on 1st December previously so revenge was sought but not delivered.

Jay in Sky Blue action

The game between Chris Coleman‘s CCFC and Reading finished goalless with few clear cut chances for either side. The Royals had fairly recent Association recruit (and Sky Blue the previous season) Jay Tabb in their side and he went close to giving the visitors the points!

Third placed Reading missed out on making the top two in the Championship. It was also the last game in Sky Blue for our future England international loanee from Sunderland Jordan Henderson. There were 17, 218 fans in the Ricoh including 1801 from Berkshire.
 

Jordan Henderson in the Sky Blue

In a tetchy game seven players were yellow carded, Ben Turner, Stephen Wright, Danny Fox and Clinton Morrison from the Sky Blues and Harper, Bikey and Jay Tabb for the Royals.

The two teams lined up as follows:-

Sky Blues (CCFPA members underlined):-

Keiren Westwood, Stephen Wright, Danny Fox, Ben Turner, Scott Dann, Guillaume Beuzelin, Jordan Henderson (sub. Isaac Osbourne -60), Aron Gunnarsson, Clinton Morrison, Leon Best (sub. Robbie Simpson -46), and Freddy Eastwood (sub. Marcus Hall -85), 
Unused Subs:  Elliott Ward and Andy Marshall (gk)

Reading:-

Sky Blue Stephen Hunt

Marcus Hahnemann, Julian Kelly, Andre Bikey, Michael Duberry, Chris Armstrong, Glen Little (sub. Marek Matejovsky -68), Kalifa Cisse, Harper (sub. Stephen Hunt -68), Jay Tabb (sub. Noel Hunt -82), Dave Kitson and Shane Long.  Unused Subs:  Alex Pearce and Adam Federici (gk)   Referee: Trevor Kettle (Rutland).

Like Jay Reading player Stephen Hunt went on to become a CCFPA member having played for the Sky Blues in a handful of games on a short term contract in 2016.
 
The BBC Sport report on the game with comments from both ‘gaffers’ CC and Steve Coppell can be found here. You can watch limited highlights (in poor quality) of this game by clicking on the link or image below:-
City failed to win their final eight games of the season and slipped from today’s 14th spot to finish 17th in the Championship! Reang slipped to finish 4th six points behind the automatically promoted second place team Birmingham City and 13 points behind champions Wolverhampton Wanderers. It must have been galling for Royals manager Steve Coppell to see his team not even make the play-off final and see fifth placed Burnley go up, so he resigned at season’s end.
 
CCFC were eight points clear of the relegated trio, Norwich City (22nd), Southampton (23rd) and Charlton Athletic (24th).

CCFC 2008-09

Thanks to CCFPA’s Mike Young for sourcing the images.

 

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