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Coventry fans to get on board 1987 FA Cup open-top bus

Coventry City fans have the chance to get on board the iconic open-top bus that paraded the team through the streets after they won the FA Cup 30 years ago.

The bus on display at the museum Credit: Coventry Transport Museum

It's the first time the bus will be open to the public, at the Coventry Transport Museum.

They say original audio and TV footage will be piped through speakers and screens while people are on the bus.

Coventry beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 at Wembley, back in 1987.

Brian Kilcline lifts the trophy Credit: ITV

The bus is open to the public just for today, between 10am and 4.30pm.

Cyrille Regis was one of the Coventry City players on 16 May 1987:

I had never seen anything like it - the final was a great game and to win it was a dream come true, but the actual bus tour was still one of the most incredible experiences of my life.

There were mums, dads, the elderly, kids, cats, dogs…the whole of Coventry came out to see us.

So this is a great opportunity for Coventry fans to enjoy a piece of history - it's a brilliant idea by Coventry Transport Museum.

The 1987 FA Cup Final was a professional highlight for me. And I hope this day brings back some great memories for supporters young and old.

– Cyrille Regis

The original bus is a 1973 Daimler Fleetline, which arrived at the museum a few weeks before the Wembley final.

Technicians in the workshop, who clearly sensed a Coventry victory, converted the bus to make it open-top, and painted it Sky Blue.

Some of the paintwork was still wet when the players got on the bus Credit: ITV News Central

And on the night of the final, when Brian Kilcline was lifting the famous trophy, the 'Winners' was added to the paintwork. And it was so fresh, it wasn't yet dry the next day, when the team toured the city on the bus.

The players on board the bus in 1987 Credit: ITV News Central