September 1st 1908 Coventry City 1-1 Crystal Palace (attendance c.5000)

The Bantam’s first match of the season (and their first under this new nickname) in their first season in the Southern League. This was also the first proper programme (as opposed to team sheets issued for particular matches) and offered 14 pages for the sum of one penny. Centre half Tom Marvin gave us a 22nd minute lead but Bauchop equalised midway through the 2nd half. We beat the Palace 1-0 at their own ground the following April.

Season 1908-09 P40, W15, D4, L21, F64-91A, Pts 34, Pos 20th

March 12th 1910  Coventry City 5-0 Watford (attendance c.5000) <

1909-10 Front PageWatford (h) 12-03-1910 pp00-01The Bantams produced a much better performance in their 2nd season in the Southern League finishing in the top ten. Harry Buckle had become player-manager and Robert Wallace took on the Secretary’s role. The defence was greatly tightened up with Welsh international R.O.’Bob’ Evans between the sticks, Eli Bradley providing a steadying role at centre-half and the guile of cricketing footballer Elias ‘Patsy’ Hendren clearly evident at no.10. City went on a fantastic cup run beating Wrexham and Kettering in successive qualifying rounds and then vanquishing mighty English league opposition Preston (a); Portsmouth (a) and Nottingham Forest (h) before succumbing to a 0-2 home defeat to Everton in the 4th round in March.

Watford, already beaten 3-0 by the City on their own ground in October, were handed out another heavy beating in this game with City going nap. Harry Buckle, once more top scorer with 17 goals stated with a 2nd minute opener followed by a brace from George Warren before half-time. Bradley and Hendren completed the comprehensive victory in the second half.

The programme was very similar to the first season’s effort remaining 14 pages priced at a penny

Season 1909-10 P42, W19, D8, L15, F71-60A, Pts 46, Pos 8th

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