Tag: Coventry City

Video of the Day: Coventry City vs Sheffield United, November 1973

In League One tomorrow afternoon, Coventry City and Sheffield United will play a match of little consequence in the league other than to cap the end of an underwhelming season for both clubs. Sheffield United are in ninth place in the table, four points from a play-off place with two matches left to play, most likely to tall an order for the Blades to be able to make up. Coventry City have seen their season crumble to an even greater extent and are in twelfth place in the table, with early season hopes of a promotion push having fallen...

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Coventry City & The Franchising Of London Wasps

For a couple of weeks or so, there was something approaching normality at The Ricoh Arena. After an absurd amount of time away, Coventry City Football Club was back home with a team that was performing reasonably well on the pitch, and all was as near as things have been at this basket-case of a club over the last two or three years or so. It didn’t take long, however, for a cat to be thrown amongst the pigeons yet again for the long-suffering supporters of the club. Or a Wasp, to be a little more precise. Earlier on...

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Plus ça Change: The High Court Damning Of Coventry City

When the verdict was delivered at the High Court in London earlier this week, it couldn’t have been done so in a more emphatic manner. Contrary to the many public statements on behalf of the club over the last few months or so, Mr Justice Hickinbottom ruled that Coventry City Council had not acted “irrationally” in refinancing a loan taken out by the owners of the Ricoh Arena, ACL, at the start of last year, and that this loan didn’t, as the club had previously claimed, breach European State Aid law. These verdicts, however, were not the only bad...

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No End In Sight To The Agony Of Coventry City Supporters

Steven Pressly celebrated his first anniversary as the manager of Coventry City last Saturday. It didn’t turn out to be a particularly happy anniversary for the Sky Blues manager. His team has won just three of its twelve league matches so far in 2014 and, whilst his team sits in eleventh place in the League One table at the moment, it is only six points above the relegation places and has a distinct feeling of stutter about its form at the moment. Not, of course, that this makes a great deal of difference to the vast majority of Coventry City supporters at the moment. Just 1,637 people turned out for their last “home” match against Walsall last week, and there seems little sign that the ongoing boycott of the club’s matches in Northampton is going to break at any point this season. Last week’s release of the annual accounts for The Sky Blue Sports & Leisure Group, the company which owns just over 90% of the shares in the Otium Entertainment Group, the company that brought Coventry City – or the two companies that made that up, at least – from administration last summer, then, don’t necessarily give us too much of an indication of what the club’s financial position might be right now, when we consider that attendances have collapsed from an average of 10,973 at The Ricoh...

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Coventry City, A New Ground, The Charity & The Hedge Fund

A new year has brought little respite for the increasingly beleagured supporters of Coventry City Football Club. On the pitch, the team has gone five games unbeaten since its last defeat at Swindon Town on the Saturday before Christmas, including a win against Championship opposition in the form of Barnsley in the Third Round of the FA Cup, but away from it the prospects of the club returning to the city of Coventry from its self-imposed exile in Northampton now seem to have shrunk to being a mere pin-prick on the horizon. January started with the club’s supporters trust, the Sky Blues Trust, publishing the results of Freedom of Information requests to try and establish the whereabouts of the sites that the club has been claiming that it has identified to build the new stadium that it has long promised. In an interview shortly before Christmas, Mark Labovitch – a non-executive director of the club – claimed that it was in the final stages of securing land for a new stadium and details were likely to be revealed in February, which followed confirmation from Councillor Anne Lucas, the leader of Coventry City Council, that it was time for them to “move on” from negotiations with the club’s owner over the future of The Ricoh Arena. The Sky Blues Trust issued its FoI requests to eight local councils on the...

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