Sky Blues & Grey Clouds – The Decline Of Coventry City


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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5 Responses

  1. Frank Heaven says:

    Sadly, Coventry’s problems will not be fixed easily, because they lie chiefly with their stadium.

    The Ricoh is too big, too far out of the city, too soulless, and has too little in common with the perfectly adequate and modern Highfield Road, now long demolished.

    They are a victim – along with Darlington – of businessmen applying the ‘build it and they will come’ mentality to football, without taking into account a club’s tradition or support.

  2. Stanley says:

    On top of the Ricoh’s many inadequacies, CCFC play in the stadium as tenants and thus miss out on vital revenues. As Frank says, relocation really was a catastrophe and an unnecessary one at that. Highfield Road was perfectly suitable for the club’s needs. Sad thing is, as someone who spent a lot of time in Cov and watched CCFC as a student, the decline of the football club seems to mirror that of the city itself: shiny new structures masking the ruination of the industry that once sustained it.

  3. Phil Roberts says:

    Whilst there is much in what Frank says, the reality is we can’t build another ground, so we are at the Ricoh to stay

    Realistically, City will be relegated unless a new owner can be found in the next week or so, to allow the manager to add to the squad in this transfer window, or SISU completely change their policy and spend some money, which seems very unlikely

    We are 45 minutes into the eleventh hour

  4. Mr Bismarck says:

    “Now, there is suggestion that Coventry City were attempting to defraud anybody”

    I think you accidentally a whole word there.

  5. Ian says:

    Yes, that was a typo – will update accordingly.

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