17th April 2005 – The Night of the Long Faces !

Probably one of the most miserable experiences for any Phantoms player or fan who was present was the very first Coventry Play-Off Final in 2005 which saw Phantoms go up against arch-rivals – and they really were arch-rivals back then – Milton Keynes Lightning.

The Nick Poole / Gary Clarke inspired Lightning started favourites but Phantoms were full of strong characters and expectations were high for a real showcase final …… but it wasn’t to be as Lightning tore Phantoms to pieces to win 7-2.

Not sure I’ve ever seen more devastated faces post-game, both on the faces of players and fans, than I did after this one.

Share the pain via the photo gallery from the game on the Phantoms Archive Facebook Group HERE