Sutton United 2–1 Coventry City (1989)

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.

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

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 summaryEdit

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


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


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