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.
The Constitution of the Trust provides for the Board to comprise not more than eight elected Directors. Of those, half are required to stand down each year. An election has to take place to appoint four Directors to bring the Board back up to its full strength. Those Directors standing down are eligible to stand for re-election. An Election Policy, which outlines how this process is to take place, was agreed at the Trust AGM on 21 July 2014.
Four of the Trust’s current elected directors have indicated that they will stand down. A nomination form is attached to this article upon which any Trust member may indicate their wish to be elected to the Board. Anyone doing so must also have their nomination formally supported by two other Trust members. Nominations must be received by the Trust, at the address given on the form, by no later than 17 September 2014.
If there are only four (or fewer) valid nominations, the election of those nominated will be put to the adjourned meeting of the Trust’s AGM on Monday 13 October 2014. If there are more than four, a ballot of Trust members will be held.
The protest at the match against Cardiff on Wednesday has to be deemed a real success in as much as it united the fans of Coventry and Cardiff and gained national attention for the plight of both clubs via the Sky cameras and pundits. Locally it was well covered by Central and the BBC and the Coventry Telegraph devoted more column inches to the protest than to the game itself – possibly because the protest was more exciting!
In front of only 900 Coventry supporters inside Sixfields, 359 Cardiff supporters and 146 Coventry fans on the Hill the 35th minute protest was well supported by all. Nearly a thousand leaflets were handed out prior to the game and many were taken into the stadium. The attitude of the vast majority of Coventry fans entering Sixfields was one of support for the work of the Trust and a sincere hope that we are making a difference. It just brought home the fact that we are in fact all simply supporters of Coventry City who are showing our support in differing ways in the face of a farcical situation. Hopefully soon we will all be back together at the Ricoh doing what we do best – cheering on the team (and obviously moaning about individual players, tactics, managers etc!)
On 35 minutes Daniel our piper played the Last Post followed by a loud rendition of We Want To Go Home, Let Down By The Football League and They’ll Always Be Blue (For the Cardiff fans) from all.
A massive thank you to all who participated, those on the hill, those inside the stadium and especially those who had made the trip from Cardiff. They are also facing a ridiculous situation with their traditional team colours and badge being changed without any consultation simply because their foreign owner thinks red is lucky and dragons are magic! So to our friends in Wales we say “Diolch yn fawr” and can we have Ben and Aron back please. The bond between clubs that have been let down was exemplified by the amazingly generous gesture from one Cardiff fan who donated £50 to the Trust Fighting Fund.
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