We would like to thank all those Coventry City fans who gave so generously to the Bucket Collection in aid of Northampton Town Supporters’ Trust on Saturday.
The event which was jointly organised by members of the Sky Blue Trust with our counterparts from Northampton raised £4,621.44 in aid of their Save The Cobblers campaign. The money collected will be added to the Trust’s fighting fund and used to deliver a healthier voice for supporters in any club going forwards. This may mean negotiating with a new owner, administrators or the establishment of a phoenix club.
Please also see the message of thanks on the NTFCST website via this link: http://ntfctrust.co.uk/ntfc-supporters-club/article/more-than-4000-raised-in-bucket-collections-at-coventry-city-game
The Sky Blue Trust views with some concern the decision of CCFC to part company with Steve Waggott. After guiding the club to a period of relative stability and on-field success, the timing of Steve’s departure is worrying.
The Coventry Telegraph reports that he was due to meet with the stadium owners shortly to discuss the Sky Blues future tenure at the Ricoh. We have to ask where his resignation leaves those discussions. Given the complete lack of evidence of any progress whatsoever on a putative "new stadium”, and an agreement to use the Ricoh that runs out at the end of the season, talks on a longer-term deal are vital to give the club the platform to launch a promotion push.
Steve was, first and foremost, a “football man”. The highly successful appointment of Tony Mowbray and his staff was in no small part down to his skills. We thank Steve for his efforts and wish him the best of luck in the future.
The club is now left with a board consisting solely of Chairman Tim Fisher. The Sky Blue Trust asks that Mr Fisher acts quickly to reassure supporters that Steve’s departure will not alter the board’s support of Tony Mowbray and his team, and that discussions to secure a longer-term deal to play at the Ricoh will not be jeopardised by his resignation or by the owners stalling on any such deal until after their Court of Appeal hearing in February.
Northampton Town FC is in huge financial peril. The club faces a winding up petition in the High Court from HMRC over an unpaid tax bill.
There are also serious concerns over the whereabouts of a £10.25 million loan from Northampton Borough Council for stadium works which have not been completed. The players and staff are currently working for no pay.
Over the last few months questions posed by Northampton Town Supporters’ Trust to the football club’s chairman, David Cardoza, regarding this critical situation have remained unanswered.
The Sky Blue Trust and Northampton Town Supporters’ Trust are now uniting in solidarity over the need for a healthy say in our respective clubs.
Northampton Town Supporters’ Trust has launched a fighting fund to help save Northampton Town Football Club because it is at risk of going into liquidation. The initial target is £100,000.
Funds raised will be used to deliver a more functional voice for supporters in any club in the future. This may mean negotiating with a new owner, administrators or the establishment of a phoenix club. Please help give a fighting chance to a club with 118 years of history.
A bucket collection by both Coventry and Cobblers fans towards the fighting fund will take place outside the Ricoh Arena before the FA Cup tie this Saturday, 7th November.
We would like to call on Coventry City fans and visiting Northampton Town supporters to please help our cause and donate. If you can’t attend the match then please visit our online fundraising page at https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/ntfctrust