I can’t quite believe we’re having to deal with a situation like this so soon. The excitement of our return to the Ricoh is already being sullied by talk surrounding the owners of Wasps attempting to hijack our stadium, and I tell you what, I’m livid.
Let me tell you “owners“, members of our council, and any other shyster fat cat with a desire to disregard the wishes of our community for dubious financial benefit: you’re messing with the wrong team, and the wrong community.
I’m like every other supporter of Coventry City, Cov Rugby Club, Wasps, and any other supporter of a sports team out there. I understand and value the sanctity of the local team, because I know how intrinsic it is to the culture, heritage and sheer enjoyment of being a fan. You don’t mess with that.
If you think stealing a team from its roots and brazenly relocating it in the heart of another team’s patch is in any way acceptable, you’re in for a rude surprise. We’re not Milton Keynes. There’s no gap in the market here. We have our own teams and our own history. Coventry is full.
Do you think your own fans will follow you once you’ve stolen their team and placed them a hundred miles from home? They won’t.
Do you think Cov Rugby club fans will abandon their club in favour of this a despicable creation? They won’t.
Do you think Coventry City fans are going to sit back and allow the strong-armed acquisition of the home they’ve spent 18 months fighting for? They won’t.
And do you honestly think other sports fans are going to justify this behaviour by lining your pockets as you set up camp in a stadium that you have no due right to? They won’t.
From a CCFC fans’ perspective, the temptation is to flip this on its head and demand that Sisu in turn makes a bid for the stadium. I understand that logic, and yes – if the current discussions prompt decisive action from our own bosses in securing the long-term future of Coventry City, then we’ll all be happy.
But I want those terms to be water-tight, for the right reasons, and especially with the right people. Those who have the best intentions of Coventry City at heart, and the capability to safeguard them. This can’t just be another by-product or ill-considered response to rogue external influences. We’re back home and rebuilding relationships – a rental agreement provides a safe and sensible middle ground while the club gets itself back on its feet. I’m fine with that; it feels like the best thing at the moment, which is why I’m so pissed off at such an unnecessary distraction with the potential to sabotage all the rebuilding work we’ve done to this point.
It’s another unwanted fight, but at least this time we finally have a stance we can all focus on. One that will revolve around refusing and refuting any acknowledgement from our own council of this outrageous attempt at destabilising the fabric of sport in Coventry.
We have our teams, we have our stadiums, and crucially, we have our principles – and in the words of Tony Montana, we don’t break them for no one.
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Vote in the Football Blogging Awards
If you have a couple of minutes and could throw a couple of votes our way, that would be lovely. I’m sure you’ll agree it’s about time an ultra-niche Coventry City podcast and/or blog won something.
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Method one: Complete a Nomination form
The simplest way is to use the online form and select “Sky Blues Blog” in the Best Club Blog category and “The Nii Lamptey Show” in the Best Podcast category.
Method two: Complete a Facebook poll
If you’re on Facebook, visit the link below and you’ll go straight to a very short poll where you can choose Sky Blues Blog (Club) and The Nii Lamptey Show (Podcast) and submit your vote.
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Loads of you are on Twitter too. You can vote for Sky Blues Blog and The Nii Lamptey Show by posting a single tweet for each. Click the link below to do this automatically, or copy the following into a tweet:
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