We’re Back – A Victory for Fan Power and Common Sense
Sky Blue Trust:
Today’s statement, that a deal has finally been done for Coventry City to return to their true home at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, is welcome news for all Sky Blues supporters. The situation of playing “home” matches 35 miles from Coventry, in front of minute crowds, was untenable, heart breaking and divisive.
We congratulate both sides on their hard work in getting a deal done but most of all we thank all those who have supported the Sky Blue Trust’s efforts in helping to get the situation resolved. The thousands who joined the march in July, all those who joined in the various actions throughout the year, culminating in last weeks successful protest at the Cardiff match: each and every one deserves congratulations. Not to mention the hard effort and long hours put in by those who worked, in a less public way, to keep communication channels open between the parties involved, challenged the entrenched views that were held and kept our club’s and our supporter’s plight in focus.
This decision is a clear victory for common sense and fan power – the fans, when united, can be a major force in influencing events and decisions, we should never underestimate that power.
Now it is time for all fans to unite once more but this time united behind Steven Pressley and the team at The Ricoh. The two main protagonists in this dark period in Coventry’s illustrious history have managed to put the past behind them and do a deal to work together in the future, we as supporters should follow suit. We must now throw our efforts into cheering on the team and getting us out of this division and most importantly cheering the team on in Coventry.
Coventry City statement in full:
The club has agreed a two-year deal with an option for an extra two years and we should return for the Gillingham match.
Coventry City Football Club has agreed a deal to return to the Ricoh Arena.
The two-year deal, with an option for an extra two years, should see the Sky Blues play at the Ricoh Arena for the first time in the league against Gillingham.
Steve Waggott, development director at Coventry City FC, said: “We are delighted to get this deal done and I am sure every supporter of Coventry City will be thrilled with this news.
“We are under no illusion what a difficult 12 months it has been for the supporters and that was uppermost in our thinking as we worked to get this deal done.
“There has had to be compromise on both sides and the commercial details of the deal will remain confidential.
“Now it is all about looking forward to a really exciting season back in the community and with a real chance of success. I am sure every supporter will want to give Steven Pressley, his staff and players their full backing for the season at the Ricoh.
“Logistically, it’s going to mean a huge amount of work between now and the first game back and we would ask supporters to bear with us as all of our efforts up to now have been in getting this deal over the line to get us back to Coventry as soon as possible.
“We will announce details around tickets, Season Tickets and other information as soon as we can next week but we hope to be back at the Ricoh for the clash with Gillingham. We will keep supporters fully informed of progress to that aim.
“Can I also take this opportunity of thanking Chris Robinson, Chair of ACL, for the professional manner he has conducted our lengthy discussions to reach this agreement.”
Chris Robinson confirmed: “Everyone at ACL looks forward to delivering a top quality service to the club and the fans.” Coventry City have kept Northampton fully informed and would like to thank the club for its hospitality over the last 12 months.