Last Monday the Sky Blue Trust called a meeting to give all Coventry City fans the opportunity to have their input on the stadium issues that threaten the future of our club and to offer any suggestions as to what supporters can do to break the impasse.

We invited Joy Seppala, Tim Fisher and David Boddy to the meeting but received no response. We also invited representatives from Wasps and Coventry City Council who responded to say they were unable to attend.

Approximately 100 attended the meeting, many of whom were angry and frustrated that there had been no resolution to this damaging issue.

At the start of the meeting it was outlined to those in attendance how the Trust’s “Countdown to Homelessness campaign, which was in operation for the second successive season had targeted all key stakeholders, including club owners, CCFC Chief Executive, CCFC Chairman, Coventry City Council, EFL, Local MP’s etc., appealing for their input to seek a solution to the potential “homelessness” issue.

We then provided an update on the support we had received from a large number of local MP’s and the action they were taking, following our intervention, to arrange meetings with the parties concerned.

Members attending the meeting were keen to continue to raise the profile by writing individual letter to MP’s  to further seek their support. Particularly the two local MP’s who had not yet responded despite repeated contact.

There was also a view that with Coventry soon to receive both “City of Culture” and “City of Sport” status, that Coventry City Council may be persuaded to take a more active role in seeking a solution. The Trust has sought meetings with the Council and will continue to do so.

It was also agreed that talks with the EFL be pursued to seek clarity on the allocation of the “Golden Share”, confirmation of the deadlines they are imposing on the club owners to confirm where the Sky Blues will be playing next season and critically, should no solution be found, what action they will take about the clubs place in the football league. There was also a call to raise concerns with them about Tim Fisher’s untenable position due to the conflict of interest between his concurrent roles as: Sole Director of Otium Entertainment and co-Director of Sky Blue Sports & Leisure, two of the litigants against Wasps; and Chairman of Coventry City FC, trading name of Otium, which is the tenant of Wasps.

It was also felt that the EFL should endeavour to speak directly with Joy Seppala to try and identify her intentions for the football club.

The meeting was also keen for the Trust to continue to seek meetings with both the owners of Coventry City FC and Wasps RFC.

There were a number of other ideas suggested in the form of protest and raising awareness on a National level, targeted at each of the parties involved and these will be considered further and allocated amongst different groups in attendance.

The Sky Blue Trust will  now be writing to both those attending the meeting and members generally to outline how it intends to take these plans forward.

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The Sky Blues Trust are proud to promote and support the following Sounds of the Fortunes event in aid of the Jimmy Hill Legacy Fund.

 

Members of The Fortunes, Michael Smitham and Eddie Mooney will be appearing as Sounds of the Fortunes at Coombe Social Club in Coventry on Saturday 23 February 2019 in aid of the Jimmy Hill Legacy Fund

 

Michael and Eddie have been with The Fortunes for nearly fifty years collectively, and Michael is now the longest serving member of the band since the untimely passing of founding members Rod Allen and Barry Pritchard.

 

They will be performing all the hits of The Fortunes and more in this must see show! With support from Bob Morgan who will be performing all your favourite 60s hits, you won't want to miss this.

 

Tickets are £8 available from here  http://www.mlepromotions.co.uk/events/products/06fd2549-88b9-43c9-91c7-6b0c14b1f58a

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The Sky Blue Trust was pleased to see the Westminster Hall debate arranged by Coventry MP Jim Cunningham take place today following our appeal to all local MP's to help seek a solution to the ongoing stadium crisis that threatens the very existence of the Sky Blues.
 
All of the Coventry and Warwickshire MPs who contributed to the debate spoke passionately and clearly in support of the fans and asked searching questions of SISU, of Wasps and the football authorities. The Minister in response made some very good points. 
 
She said that it is important that football clubs are treated as community assets and not as pawns to be bought and sold.  She added that the football authorities must look again at the protection of clubs and  that Coventry City FC should prioritise an open dialogue about the issues of concern to fans. 
 
She stressed  that the number of problems arising at football clubs may suggest that the football authorities are unable to govern the game.
 
Of course, what is important now is how will the various parties who have the ability to prevent the homelessness of Coventry City will act.  Will the court case continue to grind on and heighten the risks (as well as wasting lots of money)? What stance will the English Football League and the Football Association take ?  What will Ministers say directly to the football authorities about the need for reform of the regulation of football in this country?
 
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and seek urgent answers as well as positive actions from all of the parties concerned.
 
For those wishing to see the debate please follow the link below
 
 
As an alternative you can read a transcript of the proceedings at the following link
 
 
The Sky Blue Trust note and thank the comments of Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South) (Lab)
"I thank the Sky Blue Trust, which has worked tirelessly for the sake of the club and the city, and all the other Coventry City supporters both in the city and outside it."
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