Tag: Coventry City

FA Cup First Round Week: Coventry City & Wimbledon – A Tale Of Two Cup Winners

In the second of our series ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup First Round matches, we take a look at two of the bigger names in the draw, who are playing each other on Friday night. Please, if you wish to reproduce this article elsewhere, link to it rather than copying and pasting it. Thanks.  In the FA Cup First Round on Friday night, two clubs with something of a pedigree in this competition will meet when Wimbledon play Coventry City at Kingsmeadow. In the late 1980s, these two clubs provided a little light relief from what would go on to become a little over a quarter of a century’s tedium for the supporters of all but a gilded few. In the years between 1981 and 2007, only a thoroughly predictable six clubs – Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Everton, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea – would otherwise be fortunate enough to see their teams lift the trophy at Wembley or Cardiff, and these are two clubs which now also have something else in common which has become increasingly common in recent years, the loss of a ground and an exile away from home forced upon them by their owners. During the 1986/87 FA Cup, Coventry City crept to the FA Cup Final as if by stealth. The stand out result of their run to Wembley, when viewed from the twenty-first...

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Divided They Fall: The Great Coventry City Schism

It has been another busy few days for Coventry City Football Club, which has ended with questions again being asked in parliament about the administration process that has proved to be such a big part of where the club is now, a bizarre protest outside the City Council headquarters which involved just forty people and a statement from the council clarifying exactly why they are largely unable to comment upon the club’s continuing exile thirty-five miles away in Northampton. And at the end of busy few days, the feeling that we are left with is that, amongst the support at the very least, only division remains, and these are scars that may take many years to heal. Meanwhile crowds at Sixfields, which are perhaps the only true, measurable barometer of how the people of this city feel about their football club at the moment, remain pitifully low. It’s difficult not to look at Coventry City Football Club and pick up the distinct whiff of decay in the air. First up came the emergence of a new pressure group, called Get Cov Back To The Ricoh. This particular group claimed to be non-partisan in taking sides between the owners of the football club and the owners of the stadium, but their initial questions seemed very much to be slanted towards making ACL, the stadium owners, and Coventry City Council, part-owners...

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Jimmy Hill: Union Man, Visionary, Sky Blue Thinker – Part One

This Sunday, the cameras of Sky Sports will be at Sixfields, for the League One match between Coventry City and Sheffield United. A debate is currently going on amongst the supporters of the club over what would be the best way to protest this. The “Not One Penny More” movement has a difficult decision to make. Do they break their own boycott for one match to protest inside the stadium, where the television cameras will broadcast their rage to the nation? Or do they protest outside on the hill that overlooks the ground and run the risk of the cameras missing it altogether? Since the club first moved thirty-five miles from home to play in a different town, Coventry supporters have taken to calling this hill “Jimmy’s Hill”, after the man who not only redefined Coventry City Football Club, but who may also stake a claim for being the most important individual in the entire history of English football. Jimmy Hill’s career as a player ended in 1961 at the age of thirty-three, having started his career with Brentford before moving to Fulham, where he spent nine years from 1952 on. At the time that Hill’s playing career was coming to an end, the role of the professional footballer was very different to that which players enjoy in the twenty-first century. A maximum wage had first been introduced by...

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Coventry City: Roles & Responsibilities, Part Two

We will, at a later date, go into the increasingly farcical situation regarding the registration of players of Coventry City, which company may or may not have owned what, and what this may mean, not only for the administration process at the club but also for how thee Football League has dealt with this all. Recent confusion over who was registered where at Coventry City led to this predictably bullish statement from the club over the Football League’s comments on the subject: As the club has consistently maintained, the players contracts have been registered by CCFC (Holdings) Ltd and registered by the Football League in the name of Holdings for over 10 years – way before Sisu took over the club. Despite claims to the contrary, it should also come as no surprise to many of those who have been involved for many years at a senior level at the club and ACL – including former directors and a finance director – that this was the case. To be clear, players have been contracted to CCFC (Holdings) Ltd and registered as such by the Football League since well before Sisu’s takeover when the club was relegated from the Premier League. So, how does tie in with the below document, which seems to indicate that as recently as 2010 CCFC Ltd was quite clearly involved with a situation concerning monies...

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Here Comes The Judge: Coventry City & The Judicial Review

It has been another long few days for the supporters of Coventry City Football Club, but this evening, as the club’s team plays its second competitive match of the season at Leyton Orient in the Football League Cup, there are, for the first time, signs that the balance of power in terms of the future of the club might even be starting to tilt back into the balance for the first time. At the end of last week, the CVA that had been proposed by administrator Paul Appleton and the Otium Entertainment Group, one of the myriad of SISU-related companies that have come to be indistinguishable to such an extent that we will, for the purposes of brevity, refer to them all as “SISU”, was rejected by the owners of The Ricoh Arena, ACL, and HMRC. The overblown statements made by Tim Fisher last week, one of which, “They’ve run us up against a cliff edge of liquidation and they’ve moved to tip us over,” was such that it was almost impossible to read without collapsing into a fit of giggles, then had no effect, and now Coventry City Football Club Limited will be liquidated. This didn’t stop the Football League from approving the transfer of ownership of the “Golden Share” – which transfers the right to play in the League from one entity to another – into Otium’s...

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