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Weekly marks club’s football final appearance with souvenir wrap

A weekly newspaper has run an eight-page souvenir wrap to mark its local football team appearing at Wembley.

The Coventry Observer printed the souvenir wrap as Coventry City prepare to take on Oxford United in the final of the EFL Trophy on Sunday.

The supplement, which can also be viewed online, features an exclusive interview with former City player Keith Houchen, who scored several goals in the club’s successful 1987 FA cup run when they lifted the trophy at the famous London stadium.

It also contains words from City boss Mark Robins, a ‘Sky Blues at Wembley’ poster, and guidance about the day – when over 43,000 Coventry fans are expected in a 70,000-plus crowd.

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Les Reid, Coventry Observer deputy editor, who was responsible for the special edition, said: “There is much nostalgia in the air as people reminisce about the only other time Coventry City got to Wembley 30 years ago. 1987 remains etched deeply in the local popular consciousness. The memories are treasured by those far and wide who experienced one of the greatest cup finals.

“It’s been a long time to wait for those of us who count 16 May 1987 as being among the greatest days of our lives, and for younger generations who haven’t seen the Sky Blues at Wembley.

“For many, Sunday’s return for a lesser competition will be bitter-sweet amid dark days for the struggling club. But most are determined to celebrate what is undoubtedly a special occasion and hope that somehow, just somehow, it might be a springboard for better things.

“We at the Coventry Observer wish the lads good luck and are fully behind the team and the club.”

The news and sport sections of the Observer’s website has featured rolling Wembley coverage, and its reporters will be covering the game live on Sunday.

Photographer Jon Mullis will also be wearing an exclusive photographers’ Wembley ‘red bib’ – giving readers a unique access-all-areas view.