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D211021967RESULTS11 February ~ Jimmy Hill's Coventry City went top in early January then stayed in the promotion places, going unbeaten for their last 25 games. Hill quit at the end of the season to take up a job in TV but returned to the club's board in the 1970s. Coventry's Highfield Road stadium was renovated during Hill's five years in charge with average attendances nearly trebling – a club record 51,452 saw the 3-1 win over Wolves in late April.

Bobby Gould, who got Coventry's first goal against Preston, was the team's top scorer with 24 – including the only goal during a 1-0 win over Huddersfield in April. Centre-back George Curtis was the only ever-present player – he was joint manager, with John Sillett, when Coventry won the FA Cup in 1987.

Boosted by the signing of Northern Ireland striker Derek Dougan, who got a hat-trick on his debut in March, Wolves were a point clear going into the final day but lost the title with a 4-1 defeat at Crystal Palace while Coventry were winning at home to Millwall.

One of the Wolves scorers in the win at Charlton was striker Peter Knowles who quit football in 1969 to join the Jehovah's Witnesses. Midfielder Ron Flowers, who had been a member of England's 1966 World Cup-winning squad, was the only player left from Wolves' title-winning teams of 1957-59. But he lost his place during the season and left for Division Three Northampton in the summer.

Northampton had been relegated after one season Division One in 1965-66 and went down again, two points above bottom-placed Bury and three behind Cardiff. They began the 1960s in Division Four and were promoted three times in four seasons then relegated just as quickly, returning to the fourth level for 1969-70.

A second World Cup winner playing in the Second Division was former Man Utd winger John Connelly, who scored Blackburn's goal against Bristol City. Kevin Hector, who had joined Derby from Bradford Park Avenue in September, scored their goal against Cardiff and went on to feature in the club's two title wins in the 1970s. Another future England striker, Frank Worthington, made his League debut in Huddersfield's draw at Crystal Palace.

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