Coventry City’s Relegation Marks A New Low For SISU

It has been forty-eight years since Coventry City last played in the bottom two divisions of the Football League. Under the managership of Jimmy Hill, they returned to the Second Division for the first time in twelve years as champions of the Third Division, and three years later a further promotion took the club into the First Division for the first time in its history. This arrival into the top division of English football ended up as one of the divisions more enduring anomalies. It would be more than thirty years before Coventry City fell back out of the division again, and in the twelve years since this happened the club has, on the whole, failed to set the Championship on fire as well, a slow decline which saw only two finishes in the top half of the table in the last eleven seasons and ended this afternoon with a relegation that has had an air of inevitability about it all season. The air was rich with symbolism at The Ricoh Arena this afternoon. Pitch invaders were hauled from the pitch, while there was talk of fighting betweens fans and stewards. On the pitch, meanwhile, Andy Thorn’s team was beaten at home by the one team in the division that had already been relegated prior to today, Doncaster Rovers. ¬†As the club slid from the division, its owners released...

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