Sky Blue Trust members and other concerned Coventry City fans are invited to join us as we travel down to London on Thursday March 21st to raise the profile of the Sky Blues impending homelessness.

 

We'll be calling at SISU headquarters for a lawful demonstration to urge our club owners to do whatever they need to do to ensure a deal is done with Wasps to stay at the Ricoh.

 

We'll also be delivering your messages to Joy Seppala to let her know just what Coventry City means to our supporters and just why it is so important that the Sky Blues remain in Coventry.

 

 From there we'll be heading to the EFL's base in London to send them the same message, that Coventry City belongs not only in Coventry but also as a proud member of the Football League and to ask them to ensure they do everything in their power to ensure that happens.

The coach will leave a central location at approximately 9am and leave London at around 4pm. 

Places on the coach will be allocated on a first come first served basis, secured by a non refundable deposit of £10

 

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Descendants of the founders of Coventry City Football Club, George Singer and Willie Stanley, have responded to the recent statement made by the English Football League about the football club’s future:

 

ANNABEL LEVEAUX (Great, Great Grand-daughter of George Singer)

 

"George Singer, my great, great grandfather, formed a strong bond with his employees.  He actively encouraged the formation of Singer Football Club in 1883.  Workers also formed a rugby union team.  Sport and recreation was regarded as integral to the well-being of the workforce.  During his office as Lord Mayor of Coventry he championed the introduction of various public services for the benefit of the city's population.  In many respects he was ahead of his time.

 

In 1898 he endorsed the name change to Coventry City Football Club and must have been very proud to see the works team develop into a club fit to represent the city of Coventry.  Now the club's very existence is under threat due to erroneous litigation by the current owner.  My message to Joy Seppala is very simple.  You have a duty of care to protect this 135 year-old institution.  Cease the legal action and commence constructive talks".

 

IAN DEVOY (Great Grandson of Willie Stanley)

 

"My great grandfather, Willie Stanley, must be turning in his grave.  He and his fellow bicycle machinists were pioneers of the association game in Coventry.  He would be shocked and angry to learn the football club which he formed has been damaged by the current owner to the extent it could cease to exist.  The football club established itself as an important part of our community. 

 

Generations of supporters have since followed the Sky Blues, in the good times and the bad times.  But they have never experienced the pending disaster the club faces today.  If SISU had built the new stadium they promised we would not face the prospect of being homeless.  The best solution to solve the problem is for Joy Seppala to stop the litigation process, something which the vast majority of supporters would welcome.  You have to ask the question: Has she really got the best interests of CCFC at heart?      

 

The above statements were made to Lionel Bird, CCFC historian.

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The Sky Blue Trust notes that the English Football League have notified CCFC that the Club has until 5 March 2019 to update the EFL Board on the Club’s home ground for the 2019/20 season.  The EFL have stated to the Club that, if a satisfactory solution is not found within the next two months, an Extraordinary General Meeting of Clubs will be held ton 25 April 2019 to consider CCFC’s expulsion from the League. This is seriously alarming - but not surprising - news.

 

The Trust has been warning about imminent homelessness of Coventry City FC for some time. The latest statement from the EFL means that our home game versus Shrewsbury Town at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday 28 April may be our last game in Coventry - not just for the 2018/19 season but for ever. 

 

To avert this rapidly approaching disaster, the Trust calls upon SISU to put an end to all court action involving Wasps and Coventry City Council, to enable urgent discussions to take place over future use of the Ricoh Arena by CCFC. SISU could also help to resolve the crisis once and for all by agreeing to sell the Club to new owners who would secure a long-term sustainable fitter for the Sky Blues in Coventry. We understand that an offer for the Club was made last year and is still ‘on the table.

 

 

We also call upon Wasps and Coventry City Council to do everything in their power to come to the negotiating table to deliver an agreed solution to this crisis. The real victims of CCFC’s expulsion from the league would be the Sky Blue community - its loyal fans for whom their football club is a vital part of their lives.  We implore all those involved to think selflessly and act urgently to save our club from extinction.

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