This weekend Coventry City will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their first ever appearance in Europe.

The Sky Blues made their debut in the European Fairs Cup after finishing in their highest ever position of sixth in Division One at the end of the 1969/70 season.

Barnsley are the visitors to the Ricoh Arena on Saturday and Coventry will be marking their achievement at the npower Championship fixture with a special guest appearance all the way from Hungary.

'Dinko' Dermendjiev, the star player at first round opponents Trakia Plovdiv, who are now known as Botev Plovdiv, is making the trip to England to take part in the celebrations.

Coventry beat Plovdiv 6-1 over two legs before bowing out of the competition at the hands of Bayern Munich in the second round.

Jeff Blockley scored in their 2-0 second leg win over Plovdiv at Highfield Road and reflecting on the European adventure, he told www.ccfc.co.uk: "We lined up against Bayern and they had players like Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Muller. They probably had half of the German World Cup squad in their side so while the result wasn't what we wanted it was a still a fantastic experience.

"In the lead up to our European campaign we had a strong nucleus of younger players who all came through the youth system and grew up together. Everybody had enthusiasm and there was no fear because we all wanted to go out and prove ourselves.

"Playing in Europe was a fantastic experience for all of us and one we will never forget."

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