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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The Sky Blue Trust welcomes the news that after more than a year the Football League has finally made a decision on the payment by Otium to ACL as part of the Golden Share agreement. The disputed amount is defined under its own Football Creditors Rule but it appears that it has decided to interpret this already controversial rule in a manner that could well lead to further problems for the League with HMRC and Parliament. However now that this particular impediment has been cleared up we would urge ACL to agree that it is no longer a barrier to talks with the club. The fact that they may not agree with the Football League’s calculations is a matter to be resolved between them and the Football League and should not hinder the start of negotiations to bring the club back to Coventry as quickly as possible.
Sky Blue Sports and Leisure and ARVO via their parent company SISU have yet to indicate what they intend to do with respect to Mr Justice Hickinbottom’s unambiguous rejection of their Leave to Appeal to the Appeals Court. We call on Ms Seppala to make it clear that they will not be throwing more good money after bad by continuing this fruitless and futile process by appealing direct to the Court of Appeal. Not only will further appeals costs thousands more but they will also preclude talks with ACL. ACL have justifiably stated that they will not negotiate with someone who is continuing to take legal action against them, so stop the legal proceedings and get talks started for the good of all Sky Blue supporters, Coventry City and the City of Coventry itself.
We need the Sky Blues back at the Ricoh before it’s too late – we need ACL to accept that the Football League decision is not a reason not to start talks and we need SISU to cease their pointless legal actions so as to allow negotiations to begin. Coventry City supporters have been continually let down during this long running dispute – this is an opportunity to act positively – don’t let us down again.Write comment (0 Comments)
Fans Unite In Protest – Fans Let Down
On Wednesday 13th August Coventry City meet Cardiff City in the Capital One Cup, the match being played at Northampton Town’s Sixfields Stadium, 35 miles from Coventry is being televised live on Sky Sports. The Sky Blue Trust and the Cardiff City Supporters Trust are organising a united protest to highlight to the footballing world how both sets of supporters have been Fans Let Down.
The situation surrounding bringing Coventry City home appears as far away as ever with seemingly no talks going on and Sky Blue supporters are becoming increasingly frustrated. On Thursday the Football League is meeting to remove one of the major obstacles to talks when it will decide on the £590,000 payment by Otium to ACL under the Leagues own Football Creditors rule. A failure to reach a conclusion on this critical matter, months after their own final deadline has passed, would be yet another clear sign that the Football League does not care at all about the supporters of Coventry City, the on-going survival of Coventry City nor even their own credibility. Fans Let Down.
Last year the controversial owner of Cardiff City Mr Vincent Tan changed the shirt colour of the Bluebirds from the traditional Blue to Red – allegedly for marketing reasons and because its considered a lucky colour in Far East folklore. The subsequent relegation of Cardiff rather destroys the “lucky” myth and leaves thousands of loyal Cardiff supporters demanding a return to their traditional blue yet Mr Tan ignores these pleas and the football authorities do nothing. Fans Let Down.
Following a costly and pointless legal wrangle which concluded in Mr Justice Hickinbottom comprehensively clearing the Council of any wrongdoing after SISU, the owners of Coventry City, had accused it of acting contrary to European law. The judge awarded substantial costs against SISU and dismissed their application to appeal to the Court of Appeal. ACL have, understandably, stated that they couldn’t enter into any talks whilst legal action is still on-going yet all the signs are that SISU will continue with the appeals procedure even if it means Sky Blue fans are yet again denied the opportunity to support their team in their City. Fans Let Down.
The match between the two CCFC’s on Wednesday is an opportunity to let the world know that fans are united in their disgust at the way they have been let down. The Sky Blue Trust, along with their Welsh counterparts, are organising a protest to make all those responsible aware just how the fans feel about being betrayed and let down. We call on all fans to unite – all the Coventry fans, those on the hill, those who go into Sixfields unite and all the Cardiff fans attending unite and all hold up the leaflets in the 35th minute bearing the simple statement “LET DOWN”.
Coventry fans want their team back in Coventry, the 8000 who marched last month and the tremendous support there has been for the Coventry Telegraph’s #bringCityhome campaign are testament to the strength of feeling. The march by thousands of Cardiff fans in March shows their anger at their situation. Football fans united by one thing – they are all Fans Let Down.
The national television coverage a show of fans unity against those that have let them down will be a powerful message and one that cannot be ignored – let those responsible know they have let us all down.Write comment (0 Comments)
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