Following various statements this week  it is now clear that nothing is going to change unless ALL parties involved in this saga are prepared to start acting in the best interest of Coventry City Football Club. 
 
We therefore feel strongly that it is time to stop the "blame game" and get on with the business of saving OUR club.
 
We welcome SISU's willingness to withdraw their legal action although their conditions are far from straightforward. 
 
We don’t believe that a new stadium is either needed or feasible. After six years of rhetoric about such a  stadium we remain sceptical and believe that all parties should focus on a return to the Ricoh with CCFC working in partnership with Wasps.
 
However if that's their intention we would urge SISU to keep their word and to work with the Council and Wasps to bring this to fruition. 
 
We therefore urge SISU to show they mean business by starting the process of withdrawing the legals.
 
Similarly we urge Wasps to show they mean business by sitting round the table to discuss a short term deal whilst the new proposed stadium is being constructed.
 
After all what do they have to lose by agreeing a deal in principle conditional upon the legals being dropped.
 
We also urge Coventry City Council to work with SISU in finding them suitable land, if available, in line with the local plan within Coventry and to assist with the planning process. 
 
We now call for all those involved to cease the stubborn refusal to cooperate and urge all parties to set aside their historic antipathies and work together on a long term solution for the club and its long suffering supporters. 
 
Be that a new stadium or long term deal at the Ricoh the future of this great club is in all of your hands - don't let us down. Work for one common goal in good faith, history will judge you.
 
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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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