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)
The results of the first of our annual Supporters' Survey are being comprehensively analysed, and a full report will be published in a week or two, but we've had a number of questions from people about the results, so here's a short summary of our initial analysis. many thanks to those who completed the questionnaire.
- There were 372 responses, of which 15 were incomplete. Three quarters of those responding were Trust members.
- More respondents just looked for the results of games than went to Sixfields. (22% as opposed to 12% who either had a season ticket or went to at least one "home" game)
- 93% will not buy a season ticket if games are played in Northampton, and 88% won't attend any games at Sixfields
- However, if games were played at the Ricoh, 54% would buy a season ticket.
- 82% intend to attend at least one away game next season
- 93% disagree with the statement "The club were right to stop playing at the Ricoh Arena" with 79% strongly disagreeing
- Although almost 85% felt the rent at the Ricoh was too high, over 90% say that the club should have stayed.
- 72% would support the Council in not selling the Ricoh cheaply. However, 84% think it would be a good idea for the Council to lease it to the club.
- Fans are divided over whether the Council want to force Sisu to sell the club, with a narrow majority believing they don't (52% to 48%)
- Just under 10% think the Football League were right in allowing CCFC to play at Northampton
- 96% think the League haven't done enough to get the club back playing in Coventry, and believe they don't take supporters' feelings into account when they make decisions
- When asked to say how much the club was to blame for the dispute, on a scale of 1-5 (where 1 = Not at all and 5 = completely), the average score was 4.58, as opposed to 2.97 for ACL, 2.96 for the Council, and 3.82 for the Football League
- Asked to describe how they felt about the club building a new stadium, the vast majority (73%) believe it will never be built, and 17% completely oppose the idea. Less than 2% are "excited" by the prospect.
- 65% are not happy with the stadium being built, while 40% would be content if it were to be built in Coventry.
- If a new stadium was built, 38% would not go, with 19% not attending any home games at all.
- Only 5% had the involvement of the current owners (with or without an element of fan ownership) as their most favoured ownership model.
- 71% wanted to see full or part fan-ownership (excluding a partnership with Sisu)
- Conversely, 63% had continued ownership by Sisu as their least favoured option.
- 85% would be prepared to pledge money to buy the club, with £100 being the most popular amount.
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