Coventry City F.C.

Coventry City Football Club is a professional association football club based in Coventry, West Midlands, England. The team compete in the EFL Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. The club is nicknamed the Sky Blues because of the colour of their home strip. From 1899 to 2005, Coventry City played at Highfield Road. The 32,609-capacity Ricoh Arena was opened in August 2005 to replace Highfield Road. However, the club left the Ricoh on two occasions having ground-shared with Northampton Town between 2013 and 2014 and Birmingham City between 2019 and 2021. They will return to the Ricoh Arena in August 2021.

Coventry City
Coventry City F.C. logo.png
Full nameCoventry City Football Club
Nickname(s)The Sky Blues
Founded13 August 1883; 137 years ago (1883-08-13)
(as Singers F.C.)[1]
GroundSt Andrew's
(ground-share with Birmingham City until August 2021) returning to the Ricoh Arena in August 2021
Capacity29,409
OwnerJoy Seppala (Otium Entertainment Group)
ChairmanTim Fisher
ManagerMark Robins
LeagueChampionship
2019–20League One, 1st of 23 (promoted)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Coventry City formed as Singers F.C. in 1883 following a general meeting of the Singer Factory Gentleman's club. They adopted their current name in 1898 and joined the Southern League in 1908, before being elected into the Football League in 1919. Relegated in 1925, they returned to the Second Division as champions of the Third Division South and Third Division South Cup winners in 1935–36. Relegated in 1952, they won promotion in the inaugural Fourth Division season in 1958–59. Coventry reached the First Division after winning the Third Division title in 1963–64 and the Second Division title in 1966–67 under the management of Jimmy Hill.

In the 1970–71 season, the team competed in the European Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, reaching the second round. Despite beating Bayern Munich 2–1 in the home leg, they had lost 6–1 in the first leg in Germany, and thus were eliminated.

Coventry's only period in the top division to date lasted 34 consecutive years between 1967 and 2001, and they were inaugural members of the Premier League in 1992. They won the FA Cup in 1987, the club's only major trophy, when they beat Tottenham Hotspur 3–2.[2] They suffered further relegations in 2012 and 2017, though did manage to also win the EFL Trophy in 2017. Coventry returned to Wembley in 2018, beating Exeter City in the League Two play-off final. Manager Mark Robins built on this success and led the club to promotion back to the Championship as League One champions in 2020.

History in briefEdit

 
Chart of historic table positions of Coventry City in the Football League.
  • 1883 – The club is founded by employees of Singer, the cycle firm, with William Stanley one of the leading lights.
  • 1898 – The club's name is changed from Singers F.C. to Coventry City.
  • 1899 – The club move to Highfield Road following stints at Dowells Field and Stoke Road.
  • 1901 – The club suffer their worst ever defeat with an 11–2 loss against Worcester-based Berwick Rangers in the qualifying round of the FA Cup.[3]
  • 1919 – The club are voted into the Football League, where they have remained ever since.
  • 1928 – In February, and with Coventry struggling near the foot of Division Three South, the club's worst ever attendance is recorded. Only 2,059 turn up for the match against Crystal Palace.
  • 1932 – Centre-forward Clarrie Bourton heads the Football League scoring lists with 49 goals. The following season he scored 40 goals.
  • 1934 – City record their biggest ever victory - a 9–0 league drubbing of Bristol City.
  • 1936 – Coventry City win the Third Division South championship after a nail-biting final day 2–1 victory over Torquay United and return to Division Two after eleven years in the lower division.
  • 1958 – Goalkeeper Alf Wood becomes the oldest player to start a game for the club, which this year was a founding member of Division Four (now Football League Two). He played against Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup aged 43 years and 207 days.
  • 1959 - Coventry City finish 2nd to Win Promotion back to Division 3 at the first attempt under Manager Billy Frith.
  • 1961 – Former Fulham player and PFA chairman Jimmy Hill is appointed manager following an embarrassing FA Cup defeat at home to non-league King's Lynn.
  • 1964Jimmy Hill guides Coventry to promotion from Division Three as champions after a final day 1–0 victory over Colchester United.
  • 1967 – Coventry City promoted as Second Division champions to the top flight for the first time in their history. This made manager and BBC Sport presenter Jimmy Hill a legend at the club. Coventry's record attendance was also set in this year – officially recorded as 51,455 (although many people who were at that game suggest the attendance was a lot higher, possibly much over 60,000), against Wolverhampton Wanderers, the team that finished a close second to Coventry at the top of the table.
  • 1970 – Under Noel Cantwell, Coventry finish 6th in the First Division, their highest League placing. Coventry qualify for the European Fairs Cup but lost 7–3 on aggregate in the second round to Bayern Munich, despite winning the second leg 2–1 at Highfield Road.
  • 1977 – Coventry City escaped relegation after drawing with Bristol City who also escaped relegation. The result of this game relegated Sunderland, which caused allegations of match fixing over the outcome of the match due to the result of the Sunderland game being relayed to Coventry City and Bristol City players on the stadium screen before their game had finished.[citation needed]
  • 1978 – The strike partnership of Ian Wallace and Mick Ferguson helped the Sky Blues finish in seventh position in the First Division, their second-highest ever final league placing, but fractionally missing out on a UEFA Cup place.
 
Coventry City playing against Oxford United at Highfield Road on 13 February 1982
  • 1981 – The club reaches the League Cup semi-final but are denied their first Wembley appearance by West Ham United, despite being 3–2 ahead after the first leg. Highfield Road becomes England's first all-seater stadium.
  • 1987 – The Sky Blues won the FA Cup, beating Tottenham Hotspur in the final. It is their only major trophy to date. They were runners-up to Everton in August in the Charity Shield. Coventry also won the FA Youth Cup in this year.
  • 1989 – Coventry were defeated by non-league Sutton United in the FA Cup Third Round,[4] only 19 months after lifting the trophy. However, their impressive league form meant they equalled their second-highest ever end of season placing, finishing seventh once more.
  • 1990 – Coventry reached the League Cup semi-final for the second time, but were narrowly defeated over two legs by eventual winners Nottingham Forest.
  • 1998 – The club reached the FA Cup quarter-final but were denied a semi-final appearance as Sheffield United (a division below them) won the replay at Bramall Lane on penalties. They also attained their highest Premier League finish of 11th position. Dion Dublin earned the top scorer award, the only one for the club and the second of two players for clubs which never made the top three in the League.
  • 2001 – Coventry relegated from the Premier League after 34 years in the first tier. At the time, only Liverpool, Everton and Arsenal could boast longer tenures in the top flight.
  • 2004 – The club's football academy, based in southeast Coventry at The Alan Higgs Centre, owned by the Alan Higgs Centre Trust, was opened in September 2004.[5]
  • 2005 – Coventry relocated to the 32,609 seater Ricoh Arena after 106 years at Highfield Road. The club's last game at Highfield Road stadium results in a 6–2 win over Midlands rivals Derby County in front of a sell-out 22,777 crowd.
  • 2007 – Coventry narrowly avoided administration when Ray Ranson and London-based hedge fund SISU Capital Limited, took over the club with twenty minutes to spare.
  • 2008 – The club celebrated its 125th anniversary. It avoided relegation to League One despite having been beaten 4–1 at Charlton on the final day of the season.
  • 2009 – The first ever complete sell-out of the Ricoh Arena was announced for the FA Cup quarter-final match against Chelsea on 7 March 2009, which Chelsea won 2–0 in front of a crowd of 31,407.
  • 2012 – Coventry are relegated to League One, the third tier in English Football, for the first time in 48 years.
  • 2013 – The club owners, SISU, place a non-operating subsidiary of the club, which owns no financial assets and has no employee on or off the pitch, into administration.[6] The club moved all staff out of the Ricoh Arena and the administrator accepted a bid from the Otium Entertainment Group, a company registered by three ex-Sky Blues directors Ken Dulieu, Onye Igwe and Leonard Brody.[7] The club agrees to play future home matches at Sixfields Stadium, Northampton, a 70-mile round-trip from the Ricoh. Following two adjournments a creditors meeting in August rejected a Company Voluntary Arrangement put forward by the administrator.[8][9][10]
  • 2014 – The club return to the Ricoh Arena[11] and suffer a shock FA Cup First round defeat at the hands of Worcester City.[12]
  • 2016 – Protests from Coventry City supporters against owners SISU reach an all-time high, with demonstrations during matches against Charlton Athletic and Sheffield United receiving widespread press attention.[13][14] A petition calling for SISU to sell up and leave was set up in September 2016 and has so far been signed by nearly 20,000 individuals, including several former Coventry City players and managers.[15] FA chairman Greg Clarke described Coventry's situation as "a very sad case", a sentiment later echoed by caretaker manager Mark Venus's description of "a sorry football club".[16][17]
  • 2017 – Coventry reach Wembley for the first time in 30 years by defeating Wycombe Wanderers in the semi-final of the EFL Trophy.[18] They go on to win the final against Oxford United to lift their first trophy since 1987's FA Cup victory.[19] But that result is in obvious contrast with the club's season as a whole, with Coventry being relegated to EFL League Two, their first time in the fourth tier of English football since 1959.[20]
  • 2018 – The club achieve a top-six finish for the first time since 1969–70, and are promoted via the League Two play-offs to League One, their first promotion from any tier since 1967.
  • 2019 – After failing to reach an agreement with Ricoh Arena owners Wasps RFC, the club commits to a groundsharing agreement with Birmingham City, playing their home fixtures at St Andrew's (a 38-mile round-trip from Coventry), again much to the chagrin of the supporters.
  • 2020 – Coventry were crowned Champions of EFL League One after an Extraordinary General Meeting between all 23 League One clubs, which saw the season ended 9 games early, ruled that the final table would be calculated on a points per game (PPG) basis.[21]
  • 2021 – The club began life back in EFL Championship for the first time in 9 years. In March 2021, The club announced that they will return to The Ricoh Arena in August 2021 on a 10-year deal after spending the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons playing home matches in Birmingham.

Playing kitEdit

ColoursEdit

Coventry's home shirts are either completely or predominately sky blue. However, in past seasons, different 'home colours' were worn. For example, in 1889, the then Singers FC wore pink and blue halved shirts (mirroring the corporate colours of Singers Motors). Furthermore, in the 1890s, black and red were the club's colours. In the early 1920s, the club wore red and green (to reflect the colours of the city crest). Sky blue was first used by Coventry in 1898 and the theme was used until 1922. Variations of blue and white were then used until the 1960s and the beginning of the 'sky blue revolution'. The colour made its return in 1962 thanks to the then manager, Jimmy Hill. To mark the 125th year of the club, Coventry wore a special brown shirt in the last home game of the 2008–09 season against Watford, having first worn a chocolate brown away kit in 1978. This kit has been cited by some as the worst in English football history, but also has an iconic status with some fans.[22]

In 2012, in the Third round FA Cup tie versus Southampton, the team wore a commemorative blue and white striped kit, marking the 25th anniversary of the club winning the FA Cup in 1987.[23] The strip was worn again in January 2013 for Coventry's 3rd round FA Cup fixture with Tottenham Hotspur, whom they beat in the 1987 final.[24] In 2019, Coventry City announced a new third kit in black and white honouring the city's connection with 2 Tone Records on the 40th anniversary of the record label.[25]

Kit maker and sponsorshipEdit

Since the 2019–20 season, the kit is made by Hummel. The home, away and third kit is sponsored by BoyleSports.

The first official kit manufacture deal came in 1974 when Umbro signed a deal with the club. Coventry also had the first kit sponsorship deal in the football league, when Jimmy Hill, then Chairman of the club, negotiated a deal with Talbot, who manufactured cars in the city.

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor Shorts sponsor
1974–75 Umbro None None or N/A
1975–80 Admiral Sportswear
1980–81 Talbot
1981–83 Talbot Sports
1983–84 Umbro Tallon
1984–85 Glazepta
1985–86 Elliots
1986–87 Triple S Sport Granada Bingo
1987–88 Hummel
1988–89 None
1989–92 Asics Peugeot
1992–94 Ribero
1994–96 Pony International
1996–97 Le Coq Sportif
1997–99 Subaru
1999–2004 In House Manufacturer (CCFC Leisure)
2004–05 Kit@
2005–06 Cassidy Group
2006–10 Puma
2010–13 City Link
2013–14 Grace Medical Fund (charity partner)
2014–15 Allsopp & Allsopp
2015–18 Nike
2018–19 Midrepro
2019–20 Hummel International Allsopp & Allsopp The Exams Office (home, away & goalkeeper shorts)
2020– BoyleSports (front)

Jingltree (back)

G&R Scaffolding (home shorts)

SIMIAN Aspects Training (away shorts)

StadiumEdit

GroundsEdit

 
The Ricoh Arena, soon to be the club's home again from August 2021

106 years at Highfield RoadEdit

 
Coventry City played at Highfield Road between 1899 and 2005

Coventry City began playing at the Highfield Road stadium in 1899 within the Hillfields district of the city, although the club did not buy the freehold to the site until 1937. The ground had an interesting history. In 1940 the main stand which backed onto terraced houses in Mowbray Street was bombed by the Luftwaffe. Heavy turnstiles from the ground and gas meters from houses in Mowbray Street were discovered in Gosford Park, some 500 metres away.

The record crowd at the ground was on 29 April 1967 when 51,455 watched the Second Division title decider against Wolverhampton Wanderers. This was over 6,000 more than the previous record set against Aston Villa in 1938. Many people who were at that game suggest the attendance was a lot higher, possibly over 60,000. Supporters climbed onto the roofs of the stands and up the floodlights.[citation needed]

In 1968, the main stand burnt down and its replacement was built within four months.

In 1981, Highfield Road was converted into England's first-ever all-seater stadium with a capacity of around 24,500, which many criticised as killing the atmosphere of the ground. Some seats were removed a few years later.[26] It had been gradually upgraded since then, with the final phase of work being completed in the mid-1990s, including two fully enclosed corners, providing some much-needed modernity. On 30 April 2005, the final game played at the stadium was against Midlands rivals Derby County; Coventry won 6–2.[27] The stadium was subsequently demolished and replaced by a housing development.

Ricoh ArenaEdit

 
Ricoh Arena

For the 2005–06 season, Coventry City moved to the new 32,609-capacity Ricoh Arena after 106 years at Highfield Road.[1][28] In 1998, the club had decided that it was time to relocate to a new stadium in the Rowleys Green area of the city, 3 12 miles (5.6 km) north of the city centre and close to junction 3 of the M6 motorway. The original plan was for a state-of-the-art, 45,000-seater multipurpose stadium with removable pitch and retractable roof. It was due to be ready for the 2001–02 season and was touted to be one of the finest and most advanced stadiums in Europe. However, the club's subsequent relegation, financial problems, financier/contractor withdrawals, and England's failure to secure the 2006 World Cup competition led to a radical redesign. The resulting stadium was built to a standard bowl design with steep stands in line with several other new stadia built during that period. It has excellent acoustics and has been used to host several major rock concerts.

Despite initiating the project and being the principal attraction there, Coventry City's financial situation means that it no longer owned the stadium and must pay rent to use it; this appeared to raise concerns over the managing of the club's finances by previous club officials, because in 2001 the club was the fourth-longest serving club in the top flight of English football. The stadium naming rights were originally sold to Jaguar Cars, which has strong links with Coventry. Jaguar pulled out of the project on 16 December 2004 and a new major sponsor was needed. A £10 million deal, which included naming rights, was signed and electronics manufacturer Ricoh became the new chief sponsor for the stadium. The project was funded largely by Coventry City Council and the (Alan Edward) Higgs Charity (of which former CCFC and ACL director the late Sir Derek Higgs was a trustee), and includes shopping facilities, a casino, exhibition halls and a concert venue.

At the beginning of the 2005–06 season, construction delays at the ground forced Coventry City to play their first three games of the season away and postpone their home games. On Saturday 20 August 2005, City hosted Queens Park Rangers in the first-ever game at the Ricoh Arena; Coventry won the game 3–0. On 28 July 2011, a statue of Jimmy Hill was installed at the main entrance to the Ricoh Arena, with Hill appearing in person to unveil it.[29]

SixfieldsEdit

 
Rent disputes caused Coventry City to play the 2013–14 season at Sixfields Stadium in Northampton

On 3 May 2013, Coventry City put a contingency plan in place to play elsewhere for the 2013–14 season. It was argued by the club that this was due to ACL (Arena Coventry Limited), which managed the stadium, being unwilling to negotiate with the club to agree to a new lease. However, that led to the local newspaper, the Coventry Telegraph, starting a petition to stop Coventry City from playing outside of Coventry. It was sent to all 72 clubs in the Football League and Football League chairman Greg Clarke. In May 2013, managing director Tim Fisher set a plan of building a new stadium within the city over the next three years, and ground-sharing whilst the new ground was being built.[30] In June 2013, ACL made an offer that Coventry City F.C. could play at the Ricoh Arena rent free while the club was in administration.[31]

It was believed that Coventry City might ground-share with Walsall at the Bescot Stadium or attempt to stay at the Ricoh Arena,[32] following the appointment of new owners.[33] However, by July 2013, the Walsall rumours were denied and the club ground-shared at Northampton Town's Sixfields Stadium – a venue that had less than a quarter the capacity of the Ricoh Arena, and involved a round-trip of 70 miles (110 km). That arrangement was due to continue until at least 2016.[34][35] Plans for the club to play its home matches outside of the city were met with strong opposition, and led to protests by Coventry fans.[36] Member of parliament for Coventry South, Jim Cunningham, described the move as "a disgrace".[37]

Return to Ricoh ArenaEdit

On 21 August 2014 it was announced that an agreement had been reached allowing the club to return to the Ricoh Arena for the next two years with the option of another two years.[38] Coventry City's first home game back at the Ricoh Arena was played against Gillingham on 5 September 2014. Steve Waggott, who led the negotiations for the club, said: "We are delighted to get this deal done and I am sure every supporter of Coventry City will be thrilled with the news."[11] City won their first match back at the Ricoh Arena 1–0 with Frank Nouble scoring the only goal of the match in front of 27,306 supporters.

The return followed a social media campaign entitled #bringCityhome by the Coventry Telegraph[39] and a protest march by the Sky Blue Trust supporters' group.[40] The campaign drew praise from national media and figures within the football world. It was short-listed at the 2014 British Press Awards in the "Campaign of the Year" category.[41]

Because the tenancy agreement with Wasps was to expire in August 2018, it was reported in November 2015 that there would be a relocation to another site within the city.[42] However it was later confirmed that Coventry City would remain at the Ricoh Arena for another year.[43]

In May 2016 the Coventry Telegraph broke the news that the club had drawn up plans with Coventry Rugby Club for a ground-share arrangement at a redeveloped Butts Park Arena.[44] That was eventually denied by Rugby Club chairman Jon Sharp, who said there could be no deal with the football club while it was still owned by SISU.[45]

St Andrew'sEdit

On 7 June 2019 it was reported that talks between SISU and Wasps had again broken down meaning that Coventry would have to play their 2019–20 home matches at Birmingham City's St Andrew's ground.[46]

The club had the option to spend a further two seasons away from Coventry[47] and remained at St Andrew's for the 2020–21 season.[48] The club will return to the Ricoh Arena in August 2021, ending the ground-share agreement between Coventry and Birmingham.

New Stadium at the University of Warwick and second return to Ricoh ArenaEdit

In July 2020, the club confirmed that they had commenced a partnership with the University of Warwick which would see land provided for a new stadium.[49]

In March 2021, the club announced that they had secured a ten-year agreement to return to the Ricoh Arena from the start of the 2021–22 season. The deal, described by the club;'s owners as "the best the club has had in terms of commercial revenue" during their time at the stadium, would not to affect the longer-term goal of constructing a new stadium.[50] The new deal also includes a seven-year break clause should the club require it.[51]

SupportersEdit

Former Players' AssociationEdit

In February 2007 a Former Players' Association was launched. Set up by club historian and statistician Jim Brown, former 1980s player Kirk Stephens and a committee of volunteers, its aim was to bring former players of the club together and cherish their memories. To qualify for membership players have to have made at least one first-team competitive appearance for the club or been a manager.

Around 50 former stars of the club attended the launch including Coventry City legends George Hudson, Cyrille Regis, Charlie Timmins and Bill Glazier. The association's first newsletter was published in autumn 2007 and a website launched. The launch of 2007 was followed by subsequent Legends' Days. The 2009 event, held at the home game against Doncaster Rovers was attended by 43 former players including the first visit to Coventry for many years of Roy Barry and Dave Clements. In March 2012 the membership had increased past the 200 mark with former captain Terry Yorath inducted as the 200th member at the 2012 Legends' Day.[citation needed]

Sky Blue TrustEdit

The Sky Blue Trust is a supporters' trust for Coventry City F.C.; it was founded in 2003 as part of a national initiative under the auspices of the umbrella group, Supporters Direct. The Sky Blue Trust, like trusts at other clubs, is a legally based, independent, democratic supporters' group with membership open to all. One of the Sky Blue Trust's greatest achievements was raising funds to save the football club's Youth Academy which was threatened with closure.[citation needed] By 2009/2010, however, the trust had become moribund.[52] Given the ongoing financial uncertainty at Coventry City, the trust was re-launched in the summer of 2012.[52][53] A new board for the trust was elected and from having less than 20 members, the trust grew to over 700 within three months, including TV pundit John McCririck.[citation needed] The key aim of the Sky Blue Trust is to obtain a financial stake in Coventry City F.C. and have at least one democratically elected trust member on the club's board, meaning that supporters have a direct say in the running of the club.[54][55][56]

'SISU Out' protestersEdit

In August 2011, after Coventry City fans became tired of cost-cutting by SISU, Coventry fans started to protest for the removal of SISU. Protests took place at the Jimmy Hill Statue at the Ricoh Arena before games but limited numbers turned out. However, after these games, the number of protesters grew and so did the number of banners. After protesting near the rear entrance, the fans moved into the lobby and start chanting "SISU OUT" at which point a large number of "security response guards" moved in to remove the protesters.[57]

Another protest was staged on 15 October 2016 as Coventry and Charlton Athletic fans threw hundreds of plastic toy pigs onto the pitch during a 3–0 loss for Coventry. Play was stopped for around 5 minutes. This protest was a joint effort between Coventry and Charlton fans against their respective owners.[13]

On 15 December 2016, the televised match between Coventry and Sheffield United was temporarily halted after 86 minutes due to on-field protests, once again against owners SISU. The atmosphere of the match was dominated by Coventry supporters whistling loudly and chanting anti-SISU protests in the stands throughout the entire 90 minutes.[14]

There were protests when Coventry played Northampton Town away on 28 January 2017, when flares were thrown onto the pitch as well as pitch invasions. The play was stopped several times and the players were removed from the field of play twice.[58]

There were further protests against Millwall, as many tennis balls were thrown onto the pitch to halt play, on 4 February 2017 at the Ricoh Arena.

Sky Blue anthemEdit

The words to the club's song were written in 1962 by Team Manager Jimmy Hill and Director John Camkin; The words being set to the tune of the Eton Boating Song.[59] It was launched at the home game with Colchester on 22 December 1962 (a match abandoned at half-time because of fog) with the words printed in the programme.[59] It quickly became popular with supporters during the epic FA Cup run in 1963 when the then Third Division team reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup before losing to eventual winners Manchester United:[60]

Original Words:
Let's all sing together
Play up, Sky Blues
While we sing together
We will never lose
Proud, Posh or Cobblers
Oysters or anyone
They shan't defeat us
We'll fight 'til the game is won!
City! City! City!

Current Words:
Let's all sing together
Play up, Sky Blues
While we sing together
We will never lose
Tottenham or Chelsea
United or anyone
They shan't defeat us
We'll fight 'til the game is won!
City! City! City!

RivalriesEdit

Leicester City are considered Coventry City's main rival and the two clubs compete the M69 Derby. However, largely due to the clubs' differing fortunes meetings between the two have been rare in recent years; the two clubs have not played each other since 2012.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s and to the turn of the millennium, Aston Villa were considered Coventry's main rivals as they continually competed against each other in the First Division and then the Premier League. The two clubs however have not met since Coventry's relegation from the Premier League in 2001.

Local rivalries also exist with Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion and Walsall but these are much less fierce than the ones with Leicester and Villa.

A local rivalry also exists with Birmingham City, however the ground share agreement at St Andrew's between 2019 and 2021 - which effectively spared Coventry from being expelled from the EFL - has led to friendlier relations between the two clubs.

The club has an unusual and long distance rivalry with North East side Sunderland which stems back to the end of the 1976/77 season when Coventry, Sunderland and Bristol City were all battling against relegation on the final day of the season. With Coventry and Bristol City facing each other at Highfield Road, Jimmy Hill, Coventry's chairman at the time delayed the kick off of the match by 15 minutes due to ‘Crowd Congestion’. Sunderland, who were playing away to Everton at the same time had lost 2-0 and with 15 minutes left to play Coventry and Bristol City effectively played out a 2–2 draw, sparing them both from relegation and sending Sunderland down instead. Hill was charged with misconduct by The FA, but the result was allowed to stand and Sunderland were controversially relegated. No love has been lost between the two clubs since and the rivalry re-intensified as the two clubs competed for promotion from League One together in 2018/19 and 2019/20. In 2018/19 Crowd trouble marred the meetings between the two at The Ricoh Arena and The Stadium of Light leading to numerous arrests among both sets of fans.

Current playersEdit

First team squadEdit

As of 1 February 2021[61]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   SVK Marko Maroši
2 DF   NOR Leo Østigård (on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion)
4 DF   SCO Michael Rose
5 DF   ENG Kyle McFadzean
6 MF   SCO Liam Kelly (captain)
7 MF   ENG Jodi Jones
8 MF   ENG Jamie Allen
9 FW   FRA Maxime Biamou
10 MF   MTQ Wesley Jobello
11 MF   ENG Callum O'Hare
12 FW   SWE Viktor Gyökeres (on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion)
13 GK   ENG Ben Wilson
14 MF   ENG Ben Sheaf (on loan from Arsenal)
15 DF   SCO Dominic Hyam
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 DF   ENG Josh Pask
19 FW   ENG Tyler Walker
20 FW   SLE Amadou Bakayoko
21 DF   ENG Sam McCallum (on loan from Norwich City)
22 DF   SCO Josh Reid
23 DF   ENG Fankaty Dabo
24 FW   ENG Matt Godden
25 MF   ENG Matty James (on loan from Leicester City)
26 MF   IRL Jordan Shipley
27 DF   ENG Jordon Thompson
28 MF   ENG Josh Eccles
29 DF   FRA Julien Dacosta
30 FW   POR Fábio Tavares
38 MF   NED Gustavo Hamer

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
3 DF   ENG Brandon Mason (on loan at St Mirren)
17 MF   GER Marcel Hilßner (on loan at Oldham Athletic)
No. Pos. Nation Player
33 MF   CUW Gervane Kastaneer (on loan at Heart of Midlothian)
35 DF   ENG Declan Drysdale (on loan at Cambridge United)

Under-23 squadEdit

As of 17 July 2020[62]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
31 GK   ENG Tom Billson
32 MF   SCO Jack Burroughs
37 DF   ENG Morgan Williams
39 MF   ENG Daniel Bartlett
40 FW   ENG Jonny Ngandu
41 FW   ENG Will Bapaga
42 MF   NIR Daniel Lafferty
43 FW   ENG David Bremang
No. Pos. Nation Player
44 GK   WAL Cian Tyler
45 MF   ENG Aidan Finnegan
46 DF   ENG Blaine Rowe
47 MF   SCO Jordan Young
48 DF   ENG Joe Newton
49 MF   ENG Aaron Evans-Harriott
50 DF   ENG Jay McGrath

Under-18 squadEdit

As of 6 August 2019[63]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   ENG Keelan Fallows
DF   SCO George Burroughs
DF   ENG Kai Forsyth
DF   ENG Callum Martin
DF   ENG Adam Taylor
MF   ENG Alexander Costa
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   ENG Matthew Harland
MF   ENG Joseph Nightingale
MF   ENG Sam Pitts-Eckersall
MF   ENG Hayden Purvis
FW   ENG Thai Duggan
FW   ENG Harrison Nee

Backroom staff and club officialsEdit

Name Position
Mark Robins Manager
Adrian Viveash Assistant Manager
Aled Williams Goalkeeping Coach
Jason Farndon First Team Technical Coach and Head of Under 23 Development
Luke Tisdale Under 23s Head Coach
John Dempster Under 18s Coach
Daniel Bolas Academy Manager
Karl Hooper Personal Development
Plan (PDP) Coach
Paul Godfrey Head of Medical
Dr Prithish Narayan Club Doctor
Liam Stanley Assistant Physiotherapist
Marcus Drake Soft Tissue Therapist
Adam Hearn Head of Sports Science
Andy Young Senior Fitness Coach
Paul Travis Performance Analyst
Mike Reid Head of Football Operations
Ben Kilby Football Operations
Chris Badlan[64] Head of Recruitment
Ray Gooding Scout (Midlands Region)
Chris Marsh Kitman
Name Position
Joy Seppala Owner (SISU)
Tim Fisher Chairman
David Boddy Chief Executive
George Curtis Life Presidents
John Sillett
David Busst Head of Sky Blues
in the Community
Tynan Scope Commercial Manager
Jim Brown Club Historian

Seasons, awards and honoursEdit

Season Review
& Statistics
Level Pos. Player of the Year Club Captain Top Goalscorer Most Appearances Other
1958–1959 season 4 2nd (24) not awarded   George Curtis   Ray Straw 30   Roy Kirk 48 Football League Fourth Division Runners-up
1959–1960 season 3 5th (24)   George Curtis   Ray Straw 21   Arthur Lightening 48 Southern Professional Floodlit Cup Winners
1960–1961 season 3 15th (24)   George Curtis   Ray Straw 20   George Curtis 51
1961–1962 season 3 14th (24)   George Curtis   Mike Dixon 12   George Curtis 49
1962–1963 season 3 4th (24)   George Curtis   Terry Bly 29   George Curtis 56
1963–1964 season 3 1st (24)   George Curtis   George Hudson 28   George Curtis 50
  Ronnie Rees 50
Football League Third Division Champions
1964–1965 season 2 10th (22)   George Curtis   George Hudson 24   George Curtis 46
  Ronnie Rees 46
1965–1966 season 2 3rd (22)   George Curtis   George Hudson 17   George Curtis 50
1966–1967 season 2 1st (22)   George Curtis   Bobby Gould 25   George Curtis 46 Football League Second Division Champions
1967–1968 season 1 20th (22)   Ernie Machin   George Curtis   Ronnie Rees 9   Ernie Machin 44 FA Youth Cup Runners-up
1968–1969 season 1 20th (22)   Bill Glazier   George Curtis   Ernie Hunt 13   Bill Glazier 49
1969–1970 season 1 6th (22)   Neil Martin   Roy Barry   Neil Martin 15   Mick Coop 44 FA Youth Cup Runners-up
1970–1971 season 1 10th (22)   Willie Carr   Neil Martin   Ernie Hunt 13
  Neil Martin 13
  Jeff Blockley 52 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Second round;
BBC Goal of the Season:   Ernie Hunt
1971–1972 season 1 18th (22)   Ernie Hunt   Roy Barry   Ernie Hunt 12   Willie Carr 45
  Wilf Smith 45
Texaco Cup Second round
1972–1973 season 1 19th (22)   Willie Carr   Roy Barry   Brian Alderson 17   Mick Coop 48 Texaco Cup First round
1973–1974 season 1 16th (22)   Bill Glazier   John Craven   Brian Alderson 15   Jimmy Holmes 53
  Tommy Hutchison 53
Texaco Cup First round
1974–1975 season 1 14th (22)   Graham Oakey   John Craven   Brian Alderson 8
  David Cross 8
  Tommy Hutchison 46
1975–1976 season 1 14th (22)   Tommy Hutchison   John Craven   David Cross 16   Mick Coop 47
  Tommy Hutchison 47
1976–1977 season 1 19th (22)   Jim Blyth   Terry Yorath   Mick Ferguson 15   John Beck 45
1977–1978 season 1 7th (22)   Ian Wallace   Terry Yorath   Ian Wallace 23   Bobby McDonald 47
  Barry Powell 47
1978–1979 season 1 10th (22)   Bobby McDonald   Terry Yorath   Ian Wallace 15   Tommy Hutchison 45
  Bobby McDonald 45
1979–1980 season 1 15th (22)   Gary Gillespie   Tommy Hutchison   Ian Wallace 13   Tommy Hutchison 45
1980–1981 season 1 16th (22)   Danny Thomas   Mick Coop   Garry Thompson 15   Paul Dyson 54
  Harry Roberts 54
Football League Cup Semi-finalists
1981–1982 season 1 14th (22)   Danny Thomas   Gerry Daly   Mark Hateley 18   Gary Gillespie 46 PFA Merit Award:   Joe Mercer
1982–1983 season 1 19th (22)   Gary Gillespie   Gerry Francis   Steve Whitton 14   Gary Gillespie 48 PFA Team OTY:   Danny Thomas
1983–1984 season 1 19th (22)   Nick Platnauer   Harry Roberts   Terry Gibson 19   Terry Gibson 41
  Nick Platnauer 41
1984–1985 season 1 18th (22)   Terry Gibson   Trevor Peake   Terry Gibson 19   Steve Ogrizovic 46
1985–1986 season 1 17th (22)   Trevor Peake   Brian Kilcline   Terry Gibson 13   Steve Ogrizovic 47
1986–1987 season 1 10th (22)   Steve Ogrizovic   Brian Kilcline   Cyrille Regis 16   Steve Ogrizovic 53 FA Cup Winners: 1987 FA Cup Final;
FA Youth Cup Winners: 1987 FA Youth Cup Final;
BBC Goal of the Season:   Keith Houchen
1987–1988 season 1 10th (21)   David Speedie   Brian Kilcline   Cyrille Regis 12   Steve Ogrizovic 46 FA Charity Shield Runners-up: 1987 FA Charity Shield;
Full Members Cup Semi-finalists
1988–1989 season 1 7th (20)   David Speedie   Brian Kilcline   David Speedie 15   Brian Borrows 42
  Steve Ogrizovic 42
1989–1990 season 1 12th (20)   Brian Borrows   Brian Kilcline   David Speedie 9   Brian Borrows 46
  David Smith 46
Football League Cup Semi-finalists
1990–1991 season 1 16th (20)   Kevin Gallacher   Brian Kilcline   Kevin Gallacher 16   Brian Borrows 47 PFA Merit Award:   Tommy Hutchison
1991–1992 season 1 19th (22)   Stewart Robson   Stewart Robson   Kevin Gallacher 10   Lloyd McGrath 46
1992–1993 season 1 15th (22)   Peter Atherton   Brian Borrows   Micky Quinn 17   John Williams 44
1993–1994 season 1 11th (22)   Phil Babb   Brian Borrows   Peter Ndlovu 11   Phil Babb 44
  Steve Morgan 44
1994–1995 season 1 16th (22)   Brian Borrows   Brian Borrows   Dion Dublin 16   Brian Borrows 40
  Paul Cook 40
  Steve Ogrizovic 40
PFA Merit Award:   Gordon Strachan
1995–1996 season 1 16th (20)   Paul Williams   Dion Dublin   Dion Dublin 16   John Salako 43
1996–1997 season 1 17th (20)   Dion Dublin   Gary McAllister   Dion Dublin 13   Gary McAllister 46
  Steve Ogrizovic 46
1997–1998 season 1 11th (20)   Dion Dublin   Gary McAllister   Dion Dublin 23   Dion Dublin 43 Premier League Golden Boot:   Dion Dublin;
PFA Merit Award:   Steve Ogrizovic
1998–1999 season 1 15th (20)   Richard Shaw   Gary McAllister   Noel Whelan 13   Magnus Hedman 42
  Richard Shaw 42
FA Youth Cup Runners-up
1999–2000 season 1 14th (20)   Gary McAllister   Gary McAllister   Gary McAllister 13   Gary McAllister 43 FA Youth Cup Runners-up;
FAI Young Int'l Player OTY:   Robbie Keane
2000–2001 season 1 19th (20)   Gary Breen   Mustapha Hadji   Craig Bellamy 8   Craig Bellamy 39 PFA Merit Award:   Jimmy Hill
Welsh Footballer OTY:   John Hartson
2001–2002 season 2 11th (24)   David Thompson   John Eustace   Lee Hughes 14   Muhamed Konjić 41
2002–2003 season 2 20th (24)   Muhamed Konjić   Muhamed Konjić   Jay Bothroyd 11   Muhamed Konjić 48
2003–2004 season 2 12th (24)   Stephen Warnock   Muhamed Konjić   Gary McSheffrey 12   Stephen Warnock 49 FWA Tribute Award:   Jimmy Hill
2004–2005 season 2 19th (24)   Michael Doyle   Stephen Hughes   Gary McSheffrey 14   Michael Doyle 49 First CONCACAF 50-goal scorer:   Stern John
Last goal at Highfield Road:   Andy Whing
2005–2006 season 2 8th (24)   Gary McSheffrey   Michael Doyle   Gary McSheffrey 17   Gary McSheffrey 50 First goal at Ricoh Arena:   Claus Bech Jørgensen
2006–2007 season 2 17th (24)   Andy Marshall   Rob Page   Dele Adebola 9   Dele Adebola 42
  Michael Doyle 42
  Marcus Hall 42
  Andy Marshall 42
Birmingham Senior Cup Winners
2007–2008 season 2 21st (24)   Jay Tabb   Stephen Hughes   Michael Mifsud 17   Michael Doyle 49
  Isaac Osbourne 49
  Jay Tabb 49
2008–2009 season 2 17th (24)   Aron Gunnarsson   Scott Dann   Clinton Morrison 12   Keiren Westwood 49 PFA Team OTY:   Danny Fox,   Keiren Westwood
2009–2010 season 2 19th (24)   Keiren Westwood   Stephen Wright   Clinton Morrison 11   Keiren Westwood 46
2010–2011 season 2 18th (24)   Marlon King   Lee Carsley   Marlon King 13   Richard Keogh 48 FL Fan OTY:   Kevin Monks
2011–2012 season 2 23rd (24)   Richard Keogh   Sammy Clingan   Lukas Jutkiewicz 9
  Gary McSheffrey 9
  Richard Keogh 47
  Joe Murphy 47
Championship Apprentice Award:   Gaël Bigirimana
2012–2013 season 3 15th (24)   Carl Baker   Carl Baker   David McGoldrick 18   Joe Murphy 56 FLT Northern area finalists;
PFA Team OTY:   Leon Clarke;
FL Fan OTY:   Pat Raybould
2013–2014 season 3 18th (24) ††   Callum Wilson   Carl Baker   Callum Wilson 22   Joe Murphy 53 FL Goal OTY:   Franck Moussa;
PFA Team OTY:   Callum Wilson
2014–2015 season 3 17th (24)   Jim O'Brien   Réda Johnson   Frank Nouble 7   John Fleck 47
  Jim O'Brien 47
2015–2016 season 3 8th (24)   John Fleck   Sam Ricketts   Adam Armstrong 20   Sam Ricketts 46
  Romain Vincelot 46
PFA Team OTY:   Adam Armstrong
2016–2017 season 3 23rd (24)   George Thomas   Jordan Willis   George Thomas 9   Jordan Turnbull 46
  Jordan Willis 46
EFL Trophy Winners: 2017 EFL Trophy Final
2017–2018 season 4 6th (24)   Marc McNulty   Michael Doyle   Marc McNulty 28   Jack Grimmer 53 EFL League Two play-offs Winners: 2018 play-off Final;
EFL Team OTY:   Lee Burge,   Jordan Willis;
PFA Team OTY:   Jack Grimmer;
PFA Fans' Player OTY:   Marc McNulty
2018–2019 season 3 8th (24)   Dominic Hyam   Liam Kelly   Jordy Hiwula 13   Luke Thomas 44
2019–2020 season 3 1st (23) †††   Fankaty Dabo   Liam Kelly   Matt Godden 15   Jordan Shipley 42 EFL League One Champions;
LMA Awards Manager OTY:   Mark Robins;
PFA Team OTY:   Marko Maroši,   Fankaty Dabo,
  Liam Walsh,   Matt Godden
2020–2021 season 2 20th (24) *   Liam Kelly   Tyler Walker 6 *   Callum O'Hare 41 *

Coventry City deducted 10 points by the Football League for going into administration.[65]
†† Coventry City deducted 10 points by the Football League.[66]
††† Bury were expelled from the EFL on 27 August 2019 due to financial issues at the club.[67] The season was postponed on 13 March 2020 and later concluded prematurely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with league positions and promotions decided on a points-per-game basis.[68]
* Season in progress.

Club honoursEdit

Notable playersEdit

Official Hall of FameEdit

Player[70] Apps Goals
  Dave Bennett 201 33
  Brian Borrows 477 13
  Clarrie Bourton 241 182
  Willie Carr 280 36
  Mick Coop 492 22
  George Curtis 538 13
  Jimmy Dougall 236 14
  Dion Dublin 170 72
Player[70] Apps Goals
  Ron Farmer 311 52
  Mick Ferguson 141 57
  Ian Gibson 101 14
  Bill Glazier 395 0
  Frederick Herbert 199 85
  George Hudson 129 75
  Ernie Hunt 166 51
  Tommy Hutchison 355 30
Player[70] Apps Goals
  Mick Kearns 382 16
  Leslie Jones 145 73
  Jock Lauderdale 182 63
  George Lowrie 85 59
  Ernie Machin 289 39
  George Mason 350 9
  Reg Matthews 116 0
  Steve Ogrizovic 601 1
Player[70] Apps Goals
  Trevor Peake 336 7
  Ronnie Rees 262 52
  Cyrille Regis 283 62
  Richard Shaw 362 1
  Danny Thomas 123 6
  Ian Wallace 138 60
  Alf Wood 246 0

Notable Academy graduatesEdit

Player Achievements
  Tom Bayliss 2017–18 EFL League Two play-off winner
  Gaël Bigirimana 2017 EFL Trophy Final winner, 2012 Championship Apprentice Award winner
  Lee Burge 2017–18 EFL League Two play-off winner, 2017 EFL Trophy Final winner, over 150 appearances for the first team
  Cyrus Christie 24 international caps and 2 goals for Republic of Ireland, over 100 appearances for the first team
  Jordan Clarke Over 100 appearances for the first team
  Jonson Clarke-Harris 2017–18 EFL League Two play-off winner, youngest player to play in a first-team match
  John Eustace Club captain
  Marcus Hall England U21 captain, over 300 appearances for the first team
  Ryan Haynes 2017–18 EFL League Two play-off winner, 2017 EFL Trophy Final winner
  Chris Kirkland 1 international cap for England, 2004–05 UEFA Champions League winner
  James Maddison 1 international cap for England, January 2018 EFL Young Player of the Month
  Gary McSheffrey Over 250 appearances for the first team, two-time Football League Championship runner-up
  Isaac Osbourne Over 100 appearances for the first team
  Jordan Ponticelli 2017–18 EFL League Two play-off winner
  Jordan Shipley 2019–20 EFL League One winner, 2017–18 EFL League Two play-off winner, over 100 appearances for the first team
  Ben Stevenson 2017 EFL Trophy Final winner
  Daniel Sturridge 26 international caps and 8 goals for England, 2011–12 UEFA Champions League winner, 2009–10 Premier League winner
  Conor Thomas Over 100 appearances for the first team
  George Thomas 2017 EFL Trophy Final winner
  Ben Turner 2012–13 Football League Championship winner
  Andy Whing Over 100 appearances for the first team
  Jordan Willis 2017–18 EFL League Two play-off winner, 2017 EFL Trophy Final winner, club captain, over 200 appearances for the first team
  Callum Wilson 4 international caps and 1 goal for England, two Premier League hat-tricks, 2014–15 Football League Championship winner

Player recordsEdit

Record Details
Highest transfer fee paid   Craig Bellamy, £6,500,000 in 2000 (Norwich City)
Highest transfer fee received   Robbie Keane, £13,000,000 in 2000 (Internazionale)
Most appearances (all competitions)   Steve Ogrizovic, 601 (1984–2000)
Most appearances (league)   Steve Ogrizovic, 504 (1984–2000)
All-time top scorer (all competitions)   Clarrie Bourton, 182 goals (1931–1937)
All-time top scorer (league)   Clarrie Bourton, 173 goals (1931–1937)
Top-flight era top scorer (all competitions)   Dion Dublin, 72 goals (1994–1998)
Top-flight era top scorer (league)   Dion Dublin, 60 goals (1994–1998)
Most goals by one player in a game   Arthur Bacon, 5 (vs Gillingham, 1933)
  Clarrie Bourton, 5 (vs Bournemouth, 1931)
  Cyrille Regis, 5 (vs Chester City, 1985)
Most goals by one player in a season   Clarrie Bourton, 50 (1931–1932, 49 league, 1 FA Cup)
Most goals by one player in a season in top-flight   Dion Dublin, 23 (1997–1998)
  Ian Wallace, 23 (1977–1978)
Oldest player to play in a first-team match   Alf Wood, 43 years 207 days (vs Plymouth Argyle, 1958)
Youngest player to play in a first-team match   Jonson Clarke-Harris, 16 years 21 days (substitute vs Morecambe, 2010)
Youngest player to start a first-team match   Brian Hill, 16 years 273 days (vs Gillingham, 1958)

ManagersEdit

ChairmenEdit

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