Next up making his Sky Blues Blog bow, please welcome writer, media guy and Coventry’s greatest London-based supporter. It’s the compelling Mark Woods.
His challenge: make us all feel good again.
By Mark Woods
You can relax. This isn’t going to be another forensic examination of the events of the past which have led to us being presented with the dreaded moniker of “crisis club”. I’ll leave that to those far smarter than I.
No, for a brief moment lets just focus on some of the good that has, almost entirely by accident, come of our dire plight.
Whoever you think is to blame, wherever you think we should play and regardless if you think it’s a waistcoat or a cardi, come join me as we look at a few reasons to be cheerful.
1. We should be beating the likes of this lot.
My first game was the 4-1 at home to Everton in 1985. I then enjoyed 15 years of playing the big boys and occasionally beating them. Although of course I didn’t enjoy it as much as I should have done because I regarded it as a perpetual entree to a European football playing, established top 6 finishing main course.
The legacy of this golden era for me and those who were lucky enough to get high on it for many years more is that from the moment when we went down to the moment when the grim reality of Sixfields came into focus we, as a set of fans, couldn’t help but believe we should be sticking the old five past almost everyone we played.
There are a few amongst our number who smelled the coffee earlier of course, but by and large it’s been a very long period of cold turkey indeed – and for Northampton read the Priory.
Now we don’t expect to win, we’re just happy to still have a club when we wake up each morning. We have changed forever and it can only be a good thing.
1a. As a result of the above phenomenon I’ve always enjoyed away games much more than home ones. We’ve always had brilliant, vocal and funny away support too.
But this season is a different gravy. I knew from the way the team was supported whilst losing at Leyton Orient in the League Cup that this was going to be a superb season to follow the city away.
We are about to take over a goodly slice of Port Vale, and I for one haven’t been as excited by a game in ages as I am about the upcoming trip to Wolves.
Lets all go in waistcoat/cardi combos shall we, in homage to…
We’ve had some managers haven’t we. Big ones, small ones, some as wrong as your arm.
I’ve liked some, hated more and in the case of Mark Robins felt as jilted a lover as ever I’ve done by their actions.
When Steven Pressley was announced as our 245th manager in three years the celebrations started quietly then petered out. Wasn’t he the one who got sent off four times in a single game? Or gave three penalties away in the warm up? And is that a beard or has he used his face to sponge paint emulsion?
What we know now is – and if I could work out how to I’d write this in very small font indeed – we finally have landed a genuinely talented manager.
So far he’s been courageous, single minded, humble, funny, passionate and he’s over delivered on what he’s promised.
And he’s Scottish.
And he’s got Fergie on speed dial.
And I love him.
3. The Team
We have one.
They are playing brilliantly entertaining football, are young, enthused and crucially mostly under contract to us rather than having been picked up at Tredwell Services on a month loan.
And I love them.
4. The Trust
I was never sure about the Trust before this summer happened. It was more my problem than there’s I think, but when I thought about them I imagined a cross between CAMRA and the Judean People’s Front.
The truth is our recent woes have seen the Trust become a real force for good, a turn of events that no matter what transpires is a positive thing.
Whenever people form a group of any sort there will be disagreements and we won’t always agree with what they do or how they do it – but it’s worth remembering that the people who put the time and effort into its running have the best interests of our club at heart and also have jobs and families and a front near side tyre that needs replacing just like the rest of us.
Hats off. Together we are stronger.
Finally and perhaps most importantly I have it on extremely good authority that every single citizen of Coventry is to be awarded with a CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting purely for the ambient exposure to the finer points of corporate governance they’ve experienced these past six months.
To claim yours, please contact the Butts or of course, Northampton College of F.E
PUSBYou can follow Mark on Twitter @mark_r_woods