The recent story in the Coventry Telegraph about Wasps rugby club taking a majority stake in ACL, the Ricoh Arena operating company, raises some major concerns among Coventry City supporters. The Sky Blue Trust has stated that it believes that for the good of the football club its long term future lies at the Ricoh Arena, either as tenants or owners, with access to all relevant income streams and, on the face of it, this news makes that future uncertain. We are in contact with all the relevant parties, Coventry City Council, ACL, Higgs Charity and CCFC to establish the facts and the potential implications on the future of Coventry City. Once we have obtained these, we will be in a position to advise our members and make a decision on what stance and, if necessary, what actions the Sky Blue Trust should take. Until we have a clearer picture of exactly what the situationis, it would be unwise to base any policy or actions on a solitary newspaper report.
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We'd like to bring to the attention of our members, and other supporters a newly released movie, "Jack to a King - The Swansea Story", that should bring hope not just to Coventry City supporters but all football supporters of clubs not enjoying the best of times.
This documentary film charts the incredible story of Swansea City Football Club's momentous journey to the Premier League, recounting the remarkable tale of how a group of dedicated Swansea City fans came together to save their football club.
It is the story of how the club was sold for just £1 in 2001 and then just 10 years later achieved the £90 million promotion to the Premier League.
The film will be airing in selected cinemas throughout the country and is currently showing at the Odeon Panton Street in Londons West End.
It will also be released in digital and dvd format in December.Write comment (0 Comments)
The Sky Blue Trust has been in regular contact with all the local authorities in the Coventry area concerning the prospect of CCFC building a new stadium and all have reported that, to date, there has been no contact between them and the club. The councils that were contacted were Coventry, Stratford, Solihull, Warwickshire, Daventry, Rugby, Warwick, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Hinckley and Bosworth and North Warwickshire. Each was asked specifically if “In the period from 4th March 2014 until 14th August 2014, whether members, officers or other representatives of the council had taken part in any discussions, meetings or correspondence with Coventry City Football Club, Otium Entertainments Ltd, SISU Capital, CBRE or any individuals or companies acting on their behalf” – a negative response was received for every council.
Last month Tim Fisher is reported as saying “We have had meetings this week and I am currently focused on the land deal. It has been made clear the Ricoh Arena is not for sale which we fully respect and ACL understand we need to seek our own revenues. Outside of match days we have 340+ days where we generate no revenues and this hamstrings us as a club so we need those year-round revenues.”
The Sky Blue Trust will continue in its on-going dialogue with the club and all local councils and will monitor the situation with interestWrite comment (0 Comments)
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