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Can we get to the 3rd round?

Coventry Win
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Ipswich Win
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Draw
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7%
 
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Coventry City FC vs Ipswich Town FA Cup 2nd Round Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by Frosty » Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:57 pm

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FA Cup – 2nd Round

Sunday 1st December 2019 – 14:00

St Andrews, Birmingham



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Pre-Match Thoughts - Mike



It Has To Turn Soon.......


It is one of the easiest things to do where Football is concerned.......Blame the Referee !!! I'm sorry but Tuesday evening went to a level I never thought I would ever see, it just cannot get anymore blatant and horrific than that !!! Alan Young, you sir are a prat of the highest order and as James Norwood said, should never referee again, yes you were that bad. It is true to say he never actually lost control of the game because at no time did he ever have control of it, from Ten minutes in he allowed time wasting to go unpunished, decision after decision was baffling to say the least and not just in our favour either, we then see a Jon Nolan goal bound shot kept out by Jacobson's arm with the keeper nowhere, a cert goal denied, what followed beggared belief as Luke Chambers header is inexplicably ruled out for offside and /or handball, to this day the prat doesn't know why he disallowed it, in actual fact it was a perfectly good goal as it came off a Wycombe player, to add insult to injury he then proceeds to award a penalty for a foul which even Stevie Wonder would see is outside the box, thankfully the best keeper at the club had been restored and he pulled off one of the best penalty saves you will see to at least stop us from being beaten but the upshot of it all is that we have been robbed of yet another Two points in our quest to gain promotion.

Moving on to the game and I actually thought we played quite well, especially in the First half, again we came out of the traps quickly and took the game to the league leaders, the tempo was good, at that point our passing was crisp and we were looking to get forward, I suppose it is fair to say that as the game wore on the harder it became what with all the gamesmanship etc which Wycombe were intent on doing and as a result our performance levels did fall off a bit, the biggest negative for me was the amount of efforts on target from the numerous shots we had at goal, but I suppose even if they had gone in they wouldn't have counted.

Speaking of League leaders, how the hell are that pile of rabble top ? For me they were certainly the worst team to visit Portman Road this season and aside from Bolton's kids I don't think we have played a worse team to date anywhere, I am bot at all bothered by them, I know we will finish above them so that is One team I can forget about in the race for promotion cus it's never gonna happen for them this season.


Uncharted Territory......


This weekend see's Town venture into Round Two of the FA Cup, I have forgotten what it's like such has been the wait, our win at Lincoln has set us up with a trip to Birmingham to play Coventry City, can only happen in Football, Coventry are of course one of the teams currently in the League One race for the top Six so again cannot be taken lightly, that said with our approach to the cup competitions it could be said we do take teams lightly with much changed team selections, what we don't know is how serious the Sky Blues will take it, hopefully they too will see the league as very much a priority and rotate their line up which would make it a bit of a leveller.

I still think with the likes of Norris, Wilson, Dozzell, Judge, Georgiou, Edwards, Keane, El Mizouni etc etc all possible starters that we have a team more than capable of getting a result, add to that the likelihood that Town will have as much support as Coventry at St. Andrews and we can go into it in a positive frame of mind. I just can't help but feel that FA Cup wins for Town could well turn out to be like London Buses, wait an age for One and then Two come along at once, that is the hope anyway and even though I think it may take a replay I don't see our cup run ending on Sunday so it's a narrow Town win for me or at worst we get to do it all again at Portman Road in a couple of weeks. COYB'S.




The Opposition – Coventry City



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The earliest known organised football club in Coventry was Stoke F.C., founded in the suburb of the same name in 1869. The team did not play regularly and games were played under a variety of football rules, with some being closer to rugby union than Association football. By the late 1870s rugby had become dominant in the area, fuelled by the sport's popularity in local public schools such as Bablake and Rugby. Association football was reintroduced with the arrival of the bicycle industry in the city, and an influx of workers from Birmingham and the Black Country. In the 1880s each of the factories set up a football team. It was at one of these factories, that of the Singer Cycle Company, that Coventry City F.C. was born.

The club was founded in 1883 by William Stanley, an employee of the factory, and initially known as Singers F.C. The club's first headquarters was the White Lion in Gosford Green and they began playing matches at pitch in Stoke called Dowells Field. The Singers Cycle Company founder, George Singer, became the first president of the club.

In 1887 Singers appointed J.G. Morgan as club secretary, and he oversaw a transformation of the club into a serious operation. Morgan was the first official at the club who did not play, and fulfilled a role similar to a modern manager. Singers relocated from their original pitch at Dowells Field to an enclosed ground called Stoke Road, located just to the south of the future Highfield Road location.

Singers began the 1890–91 season with a new centre forward, Frank Mobley, regarded as one of the club's best players of the nineteenth century. Singers won their first trophy at the end of the season, defeating the Willenhall Pickwick 1–0 in the final of the Birmingham Junior Cup. The future seemed bright for the club, but financial problems at the cycle factory forced a number of top players to depart in the summer of 1892.

Despite a slump in form as a result of losing their best players, Singers continued to develop administratively through the 1890s. The club became professional in 1892 but the status was largely symbolic as many players remained amateur and the professionals only received expenses and match fees. It was still a "shop club" which meant that only Singers factory employees were permitted to play. They entered the FA Cup for the first time in 1892 and began to play a full league fixture list from 1894, competing in the Birmingham and District League.

There was a perennial proposal through the decade to change the club's name, given the growing support from Coventry residents not connected with the cycle factory. Club president George Singer, who was also mayor of Coventry in the early 1890s, favoured calling the club after the city but there was insufficient support within the club administration. The proposal finally gained the necessary support in 1898 as another slump in the factory's fortunes highlighted the desirability of distancing the football team from the company. Despite a last-minute objection from Coventry Rugby Club, who felt that the name was too similar to their own, the name change to Coventry City Football Club was approved by the Football Association (FA) on 12 August 1898.

The club's first season as Coventry City was not a very successful one, with no victory recorded until six games into the campaign. This was the last season at Stoke Road, as the land was earmarked for a housing development to accommodate Coventry's rising population. Building work began on Highfield Road in early 1899 but the cost of building the new stadium put the club into a perilous financial situation.

The club restructured itself in the summer of 1905, in a bid to reverse the long run of poor performance. The board was replaced by a "syndicate", headed by Frank Lee, with Joe Beaman taking over training duties. The following two seasons were much more successful. The change of management was not completely flawless, as the club's previous board made a complaint to the FA. The resulting investigation found shortcomings in the management of the club, and the syndicate was fined £10. Acting on the FA's advice, they registered the club as a limited company in 1907. Shares worth five shillings were sold, yielding a capital return of £2,000. Lee became secretary of the new entity, while Thomas Owen was named as chairman.

Following the addition of several more new players the 1907–08 season was Coventry's best so far, as they reached the first-round proper of the FA Cup for the first time. After the season finished Coventry applied to join the Southern League, which at the time was regarded as the third-best division in the country with clubs of a similar stature to those of the Football League's second division. Crystal Palace, who had been impressed by City's performance and supporters in the FA Cup game, were vocal in support for the application and it was duly accepted on 27 May 1908.

Coventry City struggled in their first season of Southern League football and escaped relegation only because of an expansion from twenty to twenty-two teams. In the middle of the season the club adopted a nickname for the first time, becoming the "Bantams" in a reference to their light-weight status as newcomers to the Southern League. David Cooke joined the board in mid-1909 and provided funds for City to invest in new playing staff. After another poor start to the season their fortunes changed. Coventry were challenging for the Southern League title at Christmas and went on to reach the FA Cup quarter final.

The club then entered suffered a slump in fortune. They finished thirteenth in 1912–13 and financial pressure led to the cutting of the professional staff form 24 to 18. The following season they finished bottom of the league and were relegated to division two of the Southern League. The quality of teams was much lower and Coventry had some big victories in the 1914–15 season but the finances of the club were once more in grave danger.

The club tried unsuccessfully to join the Football League's second division and came close to extinction in the summer of 1915. They were saved in part by the decision to abandon the upcoming FA Cup and Southern League seasons because of World War I. Although no football was played for the next few years City still had liabilities and in 1917 had to be rescued by David Cooke, who paid off the debts and began replenishing the club's staff.

In early 1919 they made a speculative application for league status and were successful, topping the ballot and gaining entry to the second division when full-time football restarted in 1919–20.

Recognising the need to strengthen the playing squad and the administration of the club, the club made a number of investments in preparation for league football. Highfield Road was upgraded, with a new capacity of 40,000. Despite these improvements, the club's first twelve years in the Football League were mostly disastrous, both on and off the field. City lost their first ten games in 1919–20 and failed to record a win until Christmas Day. William Clayton, manager since 1917, resigned a few months into the season. The club's form improved somewhat under new boss Harry Pollitt but, with one game remaining, City still remained in danger of finishing in the bottom two and having to seek re-election. In the season's final game, City came from behind to beat Bury 2–1 in front of a then-record 22,000 crowd. The win ensured the club's safety and meant Lincoln City lost their league place. The match became infamous, as it transpired some years later that Coventry and Bury had colluded to rig the game. The FA set up an enquiry in 1923 which concluded "The Commission is satisfied that an arrangement was made between Bury and Coventry allowing the latter to win".Both clubs received a heavy fine, along with life bans from football for several officials including David Cooke and later, in 1925, Harry Pollitt.

Pollitt had left City in the 1920 close season and was replaced by Albert Evans. In 1921–22 they switched in the latter part of the season to a new-look kit which ditched the traditional blue and white for red-and-green halves, but remained poor on the field, escaping relegation by one point. Eighteenth- and nineteenth-place finishes followed in the subsequent two seasons and in 1924–25, facing their sixth relegation battle in a row, Coventry finally succumbed and were relegated to the Third Division North. Albert Evans left the club in November 1924 and at the end of the season James Kerr was named as his replacement.

The club reverted back to their traditional blue-and-white colours at the beginning of 1925–26 but this did not inspire a reversal in the ongoing slump. Coventry spent one season in Division Three North and their poor form led to a decline in attendance to less than 1,000, the lowest in the league era. They finished in sixteenth place and were eliminated from the FA Cup in an embarrassing defeat to Midland League side Worksop. Stoke City and Stockport County were relegated into Division Three North that season and Coventry, being a Midlands team, were asked to move to Division Three South to keep the numbers even. This switch meant that some years later they were could claim the distinction of being the only club to appear in every division of the Football League – First, Second, Third, Third–South, Third–North, and Fourth.

The move of leagues had little effect on their performance as they continued to struggle for the next two seasons. Some fans began to call for the club to be wound up, allowing for a phoenix club to rise in its place. Coventry ended the season close to the bottom of the league, and in danger of having to seek re-election. In their final game at Northampton, they lost to a dubious goal and the fans began rioting. Ultimately they finished twentieth and narrowly avoided having to seek re-election, but morale was at an all-time low.

The last manager of the 1920s was former-player Jimmy McIntyre, who took over the reins for the start of the 1928–29 season and City finally began to enjoy greater success on the field. The on-field performances had improved, but there were problems behind the scenes. Walter Brandish became the club's chairman in 1928 and began a bitter battle for control with rival W. Carpenter.

In contrast with the non-stop struggles of the 1920s, the 1930s went on to become one of Coventry's most successful decades, spearheaded by Harry Storer.

In 1935–36 the club were finally, after several seasons of near-misses, promoted back to the Second Division, winning the Division Three South championship.

The club made a solid start to life back in the second division, with an eighth-place finish in 1936–37. This was accompanied by off-field improvements such as the construction of a new main stand and the purchase of the freehold to Highfield Road, made possible by a loan of £20,000 from local motor-industry entrepreneur John Siddeley. In 1937–38 they performed even better, being undefeated for the first fifteen games and finishing fourth, one point behind promoted Manchester United. They again finished fourth in 1938–39.

There was little transfer activity in the summer of 1939, due to the deteriorating political situation in Europe and the 1939–40 league season was aborted after only a few games with the start of World War II. Coventry continued playing some friendly games until November 1940, when the Coventry Blitz damaged the stadium and brought all football in the city to a halt. Friendly matches resumed again in 1942, as parts of Highfield Road had been rebuilt, and the team joined the Midland Regional League.

After the conclusion of World War II, league football resumed in 1946. Harry Storer was replaced as manager by d*ck Bayliss, and City finished eighth in 1946–47 and established a reputation for being difficult to beat. They suffered a major setback when Bayliss, who was returning from a scouting mission to Scotland, became stranded in a snowstorm in Yorkshire. He became seriously ill and died in April 1947. He was replaced by Billy Frith, who guided the club to another mid-table finish in 1947–48. The following season started disastrously, with City losing ten of their opening sixteen games and Frith was dismissed in November 1948 and Storer was persuaded to leave Birmingham and return to Coventry.

Despite a reasonable start to the 1951–52 season the club were relegated back to Division Three South with a final-day defeat at Leeds United.

In April 1954 a new board was elected following a contentious annual general meeting. The new board was led by Erle Shanks and also featured Derrick Robins, who would later go on to become a highly influential figure in the club

In 1956 George Curtis, who would go on to become a Coventry legend as player and manager, made his debut at the age of 17. After the conclusion of the season, City appointed Harry Warren as the manager, the club's sixth in just five years.

The 1957–58 season didn’t go well, Warren was dismissed in September following a poor start, to be replaced by Billy Frith, returning for a second spell in charge, but form did not improve and City finished 19th. The league was to be reorganised at the end of the season, an idea originally proposed by Coventry themselves, with the two regional third divisions replaced by a single nationwide third and a new fourth division. City were placed in the latter following their bottom-half finish, consigning them to their lowest tier of football since joining the Football League.

Despite an early-season blip, which saw Coventry occupy their lowest-ever league position of 91st after three games, the club's stay in Division Four limited to just one season.

Coventry's good form continued in the 1959–60 season, and they were a contender for a second-successive promotion until Easter. But a run of three defeats in the final matches meant that they missed out. Once more in a perilous financial situation, Coventry started 1960–61 poorly with only four wins in the first sixteen games. They rallied in the middle part of the season, but another poor run consigned them to a poor finish. The most significant aspect of the season was that Walter Brandish was replaced by Derrick Robins as club chairman; it was under Robins' chairmanship that the club's fortunes were transformed.

The 1961–62 season marked the beginning of what would later be called the "Sky Blue revolution", as Jimmy Hill replaced Frith as manager in December.

Coventry began 1962–63 with a change of strip, to a sky-blue colour, and an associated nickname change, with the "Bantams" moniker dropped in favour of the "Sky Blues".

The next season, 1963–64, Coventry finally achieved promotion back to Division Two. The introduction of a new continental-style all sky blue kit (making Coventry the first team to play in matching shorts and shirts

In the 1966–67 season Coventry became Division Two Champions, under the management of Jimmy Hill. City went unbeaten in 25 games as they were promoted to Division 1. Controversially, Jimmy Hill resigned from the club on the eve of the team's First Division debut to move into a career in television.

Coventry retained their First Division status at the end of the 1967–68 season and would continue to defy the odds as the seasons passed, finishing between 6th and 19th in the top division and sometimes avoiding relegation on the last day of the season when all hope seemed gone.

In 1970–71, manager Noel Cantwell led Coventry into their only European campaign to date.

In 1975 Derrick Robins retired as chairman, emigrating to South Africa, to be replaced by Jimmy Hill as Managing Director. In 1981 he transformed Highfield Road into the country's first all-seater stadium under the slogan "You can't be a hooligan sitting down.". However, the idea backfired when Leeds United fans tore the seats out to use them as missiles when they lost their League Cup quarter-final to Coventry. The terraces were reinstated and Hill left the club in 1983. The stadium also gained the first electronic scoreboard, flashing in scores from around the country.

Coventry City have a reputation for 'innovative' kit designs. The club's chocolate brown 'egg timer' away shirt of the mid-late 1970s regularly tops polls for the worst kit in football league history, a fact that has since given it cult status in the game. The club re-issued replicas of the shirts in 2000 in response to increased interest in vintage shirts.

The 1981/82 season saw the club banned from wearing their home shirts during televised games. Under advertising regulations, teams were not permitted to display sponsors names on their shirts (this ban was lifted for the 1983–84 season). Coventry had just announced the football league's first club sponsorship deal, and so to work around the ban Jimmy Hill tried to have the club renamed 'Coventry Talbot' to highlight the partnership with the locally based car manufacturer. When this failed he commissioned a club home shirt onto which the Talbot 'T' symbol was boldly integrated into the design, which was promptly banned for televised games.

In 1987 they won the FA Cup, beating an impressive Tottenham Hotspur side 3–2 in the final after extra time, the score having been 2–2 after 90 minutes

Coventry City's youth team also won the FA Youth Cup in 1987 (beating Charlton Athletic 2–1) to secure a remarkable 'double'. Aside from Coventry, only Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton have ever won both the FA Cup and FA Youth Cup in the same season.

The following season's opening game, the Charity Shield against Everton, saw Sillett introduce his new signing David Speedie with the quote "For too long this club has shopped at Woolworth's, from now on we'll be shopping at Harrods." In 1988–89, he guided Coventry to the club's second best ever league finish of seventh place in the First Division.

By 1990–91, Coventry's problems with league form returned and in November 1990 Sillett was sacked after five years in charge. He was replaced by Terry Butcher, the former England defender who was released from his contract with Rangers in a £350,000 deal. Butcher, aged 32, became player-manager and at the time was the youngest manager employed in English league football. However, he was sacked in January 1992 after just over one year in charge. Don Howe took over as interim manager until the end of the season. His replacement was West Bromwich Albion's Bobby Gould, who in 1988 had led Wimbledon to a famous FA Cup final triumph over Liverpool.

Coventry narrowly avoided relegation at the end of the 1991–92 season and the club took its place in the inaugural FA Premier League.

Coventry had a decent start to the 1993–94 season but Gould resigned in October and his successor Phil Neal secured an 11th-place finish. In February 1995, with Coventry battling relegation for the first time in three years, Neal was sacked. Neal's demise at the club will always be linked to his appearance in the infamous "Cutting Edge" television documentary "The Impossible Job" (popularly known as "Do I Not Like That?"), which followed the England team's failure to qualify for the USA '94 World Cup. Neal was an assistant to Graham Taylor, the then England manager, and the astonishingly frank and darkly comic documentary cast Taylor, Neal and fellow assistant Lawrie McMenemy in an unattractive light.

Ron Atkinson was appointed as the new Coventry City manager in February 1995. He brought in Leeds United midfielder Gordon Strachan as his assistant and long-term replacement. Atkinson steered Coventry to Premiership survival in 1995 and 1996 before he became Director of Football in November 1996 and Strachan took over as manager.

The 1997–98 season saw Coventry reach the FA Cup quarter-finals, surprisingly losing away to Sheffield United (a division below them) in a replay. Strachan guided Coventry to 11th, 15th and 14th-place finishes in the Premiership over the next three seasons. Their luck finally ran out on 5 May 2001 when a 3–2 defeat, ironically at the hands of arch-rivals Aston Villa, ended their impressive 34-year tenure in the top flight (a game they were winning 2–0 at half-time, away at Villa Park).

Five games into the 2001–02 season manager Gordon Strachan was sacked, shortly after an embarrassing 1–0 defeat at home to Grimsby Town. He was replaced by 38-year-old team regular Roland Nilsson, who took on the role of player-manager. Nilsson was dismissed at the end of the season after failing to get Coventry into the play-offs. He was replaced by 37-year-old Gary McAllister, also a player-manager, who had been on the club's books from 1996 to 2000 before being transferred to Liverpool.

In the 2002–03 season they finished 20th in the final table – just two places above the relegation zone. Their form in 2003–04 was slightly better but McAllister left halfway through the season to spend time with his seriously ill wife, Denise. Assistant manager Eric Black took charge and kept the club well clear of the drop zone and facilitated some excellent results. Before the final match of the season, he was replaced by former Sunderland manager Peter Reid. This decision proved a very unpopular one with the majority of the club's fans, as Black (who was popular and had been doing a good job with relatively limited resources) had been seen to have been ousted for a 'big name' whose management style was perceived as 'old school' and not fitting with the modern game. As a protest against the decision and gesture of support for Black, thousands of fans arranged to turn up to the final game of the season against Crystal Palace in black clothing. Reid caused further anger when he worked in Portugal for the BBC during the summer of 2004, when many felt he should have been scouting and trying to improve the stretched playing squad.

On 13 January 2005, the club touched off a controversy when it announced that the traditional badge would be replaced with an updated, more modern version. Fan reaction was swift and negative, and under pressure from supporters' groups the club cancelled plans to change the crest.

Peter Reid lasted just eight months before the club's dismal league form led to his departure and in January 2005 he left the club looking in real danger of relegation to League One. The club's board replaced Reid with former Leicester City manager Micky Adams. Adams helped the Sky Blues stay clear of the Championship drop zone in their final season at Highfield Road before relocating to a new 32,600-seat stadium at Foleshill (later named the Ricoh Arena as part of a sponsorship deal). As an ex-Coventry player from 1983 to 1987, Adams was a popular choice with fans as he had a genuine fondness for the club and preferred a more technical and Continental approach to playing than his predecessor. In the 2005–06 season, Coventry City finished a respectable 8th in the Championship (missing out on the Premiership play-offs by only two league places), which represented good progress from the previous season's narrow escape from relegation. Micky Adams was expected to challenge for a play-off position in the 2006–07 season but was relieved of his duties in January 2007 after a string of poor.

During the 2005/06 campaign, as fans grew increasingly discontent at the lack of progress in the club, the club's senior management were replaced. They launched 'Operation Premiership', a 3-year plan to get Coventry back in the top league. To help achieve that they brought in new investment and created initiatives such as 'True Sky Blue' (aka Private Seat Licence), which gives fans the chance to buy a seat for life. In turn, more money has been invested in the squad, allowing Adams to invest in 11 players before the start of the 2006–07 season.

The 2006/07 season started with the most optimism for years, with genuine belief the club could mount a serious challenge to get back to the Premiership based on the turn in fortunes of the club with the new stadium, innovative board, good manager and squad, as well as the previous season's improved form. However poor form saw manager Micky Adams, position became untenable and he was dismissed.

Iain Dowie who signed a three-year contract declared his ambition to guide Coventry back into the Premiership. Following a highly successful start to the season, Dowie was named "Manager of the Month" for August 2007, having secured top position after the first four league games and two successive League Cup wins. However, by February 2008 the team had slumped to a lowly 19th position in the league table.

On 6 October 2007, Paul Fletcher tendered his resignation in the wake of numerous takeover bids being priced out of the market, leaving both Operation Premiership and the long-term financial future of the club up in the air. Then, on 10 October 2007, Geoffrey Robinson resigned as Chairman of Coventry City Football club, stating that he wished to devote his time to pursuing his Parliamentary career. Joe Elliott promptly took over as Chairman on the same day, with rumours rife that the club was close to being called-in by administrators whilst burdened with estimated debts of £38 million. In response to takeover talks, the club confirmed that two consortia, one led by former Chairman Geoffrey Robinson and the other led by former footballer Ray Ranson, had offered takeover bids for the club. Nonetheless, the club filed for administration with a 14 December 2007 deadline to avoid administration by closing a takeover deal.

On 14 December 2007, Ray Ranson and the SISU group successfully completed the takeover of the football club with half an hour to spare before going into administration. As of 11 February 2008, Ian Dowie was sacked with immediate effect, with one win in their last 6 League matches leaving them 19th in the Championship and 4 points from relegation.

John Harbin and Frankie Bunn were placed in temporary charge of first team affairs in a joint caretaker role but they were replaced on 19 February 2008, with former Fulham and Real Sociedad manager Chris Coleman. Coventry's Championship status was not secured until the final game of the season.

In the 2008/09 season the club celebrated its 125th anniversary. It avoided relegation to League One on the final day of the season.

In the 2011/12 – Coventry are relegated to League One, the third tier in English Football, for the first time in 48 years.

In 2013 – The club owners, SISU, place a non-operating subsidiary of the club, which owns no financial assets and has no employee on or off the pitch, into administration. The club moved all staff out of the Ricoh Arena and the administrator accepted a bid from the Otium Entertainment Group, a company registered by three ex-Sky Blues directors Ken Dulieu, Onye Igwe and Leonard Brody. The club agrees to play future home matches at Sixfields Stadium, Northampton. Following two adjournments a creditors meeting in August rejected a Company Voluntary Arrangement put forward by the administrator. In 2014 the club return to the Ricoh Arena.

2016 saw Protests from Coventry City supporters against owners SISU reach an all-time high, with demonstrations during matches against Charlton Athletic and Sheffield United receiving widespread press attention. A petition calling for SISU to sell up and leave was set up in September 2016 and has so far been signed by nearly 20,000 individuals, including several former Coventry City players and managers. FA chairman Greg Clarke described Coventry's situation as "a very sad case", a sentiment later echoed by caretaker manager Mark Venus's description of "a sorry football club".

In 2016/17 Coventry reach Wembley for the first time in 30 years by defeating Wycombe Wanderers in the semi-final of the EFL Trophy. They go on to win the final against Oxford United to lift their first trophy since 1987's FA Cup victory. But that result is in obvious contrast with the club's season as a whole, with Coventry being relegated to EFL League Two, their first time in the fourth tier of English football since 1959.

The 2017/18 the club achieves a top-six finish for the first time since 1969–70, and are promoted via the English Football League play-offs to League One, their first promotion from any tier since 1967.

On 7 June 2019 it was reported that talks between SISU and Wasps had again broken down meaning that Coventry would have to play their 2019–20 "home" matches at Birmingham City's St Andrew's ground.




The Manager – Mark Robins



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Marko’s Caption Contest – THE DON CUP



Marko is moving to a new house over the next few weeks (Marko speak that he has finally been thrown out by the missus) so have a crack at this:-



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Match Referee – Anothony Backhouse



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Re: Coventry City FC vs Ipswuch Town FA Cup 2nd Round Preview & Matchday Thread

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Anyone know the referee for Sunday by any chance, I gave up searching?

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Caption 3 - ‘Derick is now online’ - Tractor boys forum members waiting for him to blame Chambers for the brexit delay, cost of beer at football stadiums and world war 2.

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Re: Coventry City FC vs Ipswuch Town FA Cup 2nd Round Preview & Matchday Thread

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AylesburyBlue wrote:
Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:04 pm
Caption 3 - ‘Derick is now online’ - Tractor boys forum members waiting for him to blame Chambers for the brexit delay, cost of beer at football stadiums and world war 2.
The idea of the caption competition is to be funny, i think you have missed the point. But just for you and your childish pursuit for a reaction.

Caption 1. Coventry fans react to the news Chambers has signed for them. :roll:

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Re: Coventry City FC vs Ipswuch Town FA Cup 2nd Round Preview & Matchday Thread

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derick_ipsw wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:02 am
AylesburyBlue wrote:
Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:04 pm
Caption 3 - ‘Derick is now online’ - Tractor boys forum members waiting for him to blame Chambers for the brexit delay, cost of beer at football stadiums and world war 2.
The idea of the caption competition is to be funny, i think you have missed the point. But just for you and your childish pursuit for a reaction.

Caption 1. Coventry fans react to the news Chambers has signed for them. :roll:
In light of my pursuit for a reaction I think I’ve helped you with this weeks caption... I have to admit even I laughed. Well played.

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Re: Coventry City FC vs Ipswuch Town FA Cup 2nd Round Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by derick_ipsw » Thu Nov 28, 2019 10:30 am

AylesburyBlue wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:36 am
derick_ipsw wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:02 am
AylesburyBlue wrote:
Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:04 pm
Caption 3 - ‘Derick is now online’ - Tractor boys forum members waiting for him to blame Chambers for the brexit delay, cost of beer at football stadiums and world war 2.
The idea of the caption competition is to be funny, i think you have missed the point. But just for you and your childish pursuit for a reaction.

Caption 1. Coventry fans react to the news Chambers has signed for them. :roll:
In light of my pursuit for a reaction I think I’ve helped you with this weeks caption... I have to admit even I laughed. Well played.
Coming from the current leader that is appreciated thank you.

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Post by marko69 » Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:52 am

Excellent preview, and sadly, must admit, even at 50 years of age, still find myself giggling away at Stevie Wonder references. Will they ever stop being funny! Apologies to blind people who may be reading the forum. Wait..... fk it, digging a hole here, better stop.
Mod complaint: “my auntie is blind and can I just say, Markos post really really REALLY ........” 🤦‍♂️

Arguably the largest “The opposition” write up EVER! Actually, I don’t think “arguably”, that’s a feckin novel! Had to text my wee English ginger b*stard cuz Pete to ask if Coventry were THAT important!
Mod complaint: Can you tell Marko, I’m ginger and I’m really really REALLY......” 🤦‍♂️

I believe this’ll be a 3-0 win for Ipswich Town FC at Portman Road. Lambo to take this a bit seriously. Come on, Ipswich..... let’s get back to getting knocked out in the 3rd round!! :lol:,

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The day you were told that you were actually born and raised......... in Coventry.

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Re: Coventry City FC vs Ipswuch Town FA Cup 2nd Round Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by marko69 » Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:59 am

Frosty quote:
Marko is moving to a new house over the next few weeks (Marko speak that he has finally been thrown out by the missus).......
End quote

:lol:

Got to be honest, with the way things are going, I could easily save her the trouble and walk..... moved a few times over the past 30 years.... this one is the absolute worst. I still have the keys to the old house....... found myself in there last few nights trying to chill out and relax. New House owner wasn’t too impressed though! “Mate? Get the fk out!” :lol:

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Re: Coventry City FC vs Ipswuch Town FA Cup 2nd Round Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by AylesburyBlue » Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:44 pm

marko69 wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:59 am
Frosty quote:
Marko is moving to a new house over the next few weeks (Marko speak that he has finally been thrown out by the missus).......
End quote

:lol:

Got to be honest, with the way things are going, I could easily save her the trouble and walk..... moved a few times over the past 30 years.... this one is the absolute worst. I still have the keys to the old house....... found myself in there last few nights trying to chill out and relax. New House owner wasn’t too impressed though! “Mate? Get the fk out!” :lol:
Well you were in his husbands bed

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Post by hallamblue » Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:58 pm

Frosty wrote:
Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:58 pm
Anyone know the referee for Sunday by any chance, I gave up searching?
It’ll be the usual tossa!

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Post by marko69 » Thu Nov 28, 2019 6:15 pm

AylesburyBlue wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:44 pm
marko69 wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:59 am
Frosty quote:
Marko is moving to a new house over the next few weeks (Marko speak that he has finally been thrown out by the missus).......
End quote

:lol:

Got to be honest, with the way things are going, I could easily save her the trouble and walk..... moved a few times over the past 30 years.... this one is the absolute worst. I still have the keys to the old house....... found myself in there last few nights trying to chill out and relax. New House owner wasn’t too impressed though! “Mate? Get the fk out!” :lol:
Well you were in his husbands bed
Whit? Friday night stuff on a Wednesday?? Naw!

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Re: Coventry City FC vs Ipswuch Town FA Cup 2nd Round Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by Ando » Thu Nov 28, 2019 9:36 pm

derick_ipsw wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 10:30 am
AylesburyBlue wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:36 am
derick_ipsw wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:02 am


The idea of the caption competition is to be funny, i think you have missed the point. But just for you and your childish pursuit for a reaction.

Caption 1. Coventry fans react to the news Chambers has signed for them. :roll:
In light of my pursuit for a reaction I think I’ve helped you with this weeks caption... I have to admit even I laughed. Well played.
Coming from the current leader that is appreciated thank you.
Get a room you pair 😁

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Re: Coventry City FC vs Ipswuch Town FA Cup 2nd Round Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by AylesburyBlue » Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:46 am

hallamblue wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:58 pm
Frosty wrote:
Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:58 pm
Anyone know the referee for Sunday by any chance, I gave up searching?
It’ll be the usual tossa!
When did you take up reffing Liz?

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Post by Bluemike » Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:39 am

You must have a death wish :lol:

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Post by Quasar » Fri Nov 29, 2019 12:42 pm

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FFS, my mate marko has been thrown out of the new house and i have to put up with him !!!!

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Post by Bluemike » Fri Nov 29, 2019 1:00 pm

CAPTION 1....."Omg that chicken Balti pie has gone right through me"

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Post by number 9 » Fri Nov 29, 2019 2:39 pm

Caption 1: "I thought the doctor said you have a bulging rod, not bulging rhoid!"

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Re: Coventry City FC vs Ipswuch Town FA Cup 2nd Round Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by Marvinbay1973 » Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:11 pm

Caption: Coventry fans at the play off final have just realised that Alan Young is the afternoons ref

BRING BACK LEAGUE MATCHES :evil:

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Re: Coventry City FC vs Ipswich Town FA Cup 2nd Round Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by Frosty » Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:38 pm

Anthony Backhouse is the ref for those that are having sleepless nights worrying about it.

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Re: Coventry City FC vs Ipswuch Town FA Cup 2nd Round Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by derick_ipsw » Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:13 pm

AylesburyBlue wrote:
Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:46 am
hallamblue wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:58 pm
Frosty wrote:
Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:58 pm
Anyone know the referee for Sunday by any chance, I gave up searching?
It’ll be the usual tossa!
When did you take up reffing Liz?
5 pts Marko. :lol: :lol:

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Re: Coventry City FC vs Ipswuch Town FA Cup 2nd Round Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by hallamblue » Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:17 pm

derick_ipsw wrote:
Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:13 pm
AylesburyBlue wrote:
Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:46 am
hallamblue wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:58 pm


It’ll be the usual tossa!
When did you take up reffing Liz?
5 pts Marko. :lol: :lol:
And NIL points for you Del Boy. What’s marko got to do with anything ? AylesburyBlue posted it not marko. You’re really a bit dim aren’t you 😂

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Re: Coventry City FC vs Ipswich Town FA Cup 2nd Round Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by Ando » Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:35 am

No idea who will play, what the score will be. Would be nice to get to round 3 and draw the scum in the cup at home.

Caption 1 “F..k me not Alan Young again”

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Post by Ando » Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:14 am

Caption 2 Mummy that nasty boy stole my Vimto

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Re: Coventry City FC vs Ipswich Town FA Cup 2nd Round Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by saint jude » Sat Nov 30, 2019 4:13 pm

Get it out the f**king way and not expecting to progress. Why is this game taking place in Birmingham, guess it don't matter to any great extent as expect to be beaten / eliminated any way you have it. We'll put out a tepid squad and won't focus enough to take us through over 90 minutes. May go to a second attempt but (we) don't need extra games with the league race the be all and end all focus.

Don't need to glean opposition history. Won the thing in '87 and haven't done much in the time before or after. Maybe their manager will see cup games as something more pivotal than our own. May be welcome to be involved in the third round again but keeping things rational. not planning ahead to events that are unlikely to happen. That shithouse game official or whatever it's name is may provide the obligatory talking points / errors etc but kind of relying on the players to demonstrate action and necessitate relevant talking points.

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Re: Coventry City FC vs Ipswich Town FA Cup 2nd Round Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by marko69 » Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:59 am

saint jude wrote:
Sat Nov 30, 2019 4:13 pm
That shithouse game official or whatever it's name is may provide the obligatory talking points / errors etc but kind of relying on the players to demonstrate action and necessitate relevant talking points.
Never quit this forum, Saint. I absolutely love these sentences. And with a few budweisers down the swanny, they’re even better. 👍👍👍

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Re: Coventry City FC vs Ipswuch Town FA Cup 2nd Round Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by derick_ipsw » Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:47 am

hallamblue wrote:
Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:17 pm
derick_ipsw wrote:
Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:13 pm
AylesburyBlue wrote:
Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:46 am


When did you take up reffing Liz?
5 pts Marko. :lol: :lol:
And NIL points for you Del Boy. What’s marko got to do with anything ? AylesburyBlue posted it not marko. You’re really a bit dim aren’t you 😂
Caption competition and you call me dim :roll: I should of known better you don't do funny just nasty.

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Re: Coventry City FC vs Ipswich Town FA Cup 2nd Round Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by derick_ipsw » Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:57 am

Caption 2 Coventry fan has just realised the game is not til Sunday at 3pm Saturday.

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Re: Coventry City FC vs Ipswuch Town FA Cup 2nd Round Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by BLUEBLOOD » Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:53 am

Frosty wrote:
Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:58 pm
Anyone know the referee for Sunday by any chance, I gave up searching?

Ref Anthony Backhouse
Frank Spencer “Ooh Betty, the cat’s done a whoopsie on the floor”

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Post by AylesburyBlue » Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:14 pm

Caption 1 - Coventry fan cannot focus on the game due to flashbacks.... poor sod walked in on the mother in law having a shower.

Caption 2 - Coventry fan suffers the effects of mistaking the toothpaste and anusol.

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Re: Coventry City FC vs Ipswich Town FA Cup 2nd Round Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by AylesburyBlue » Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:18 pm

Iinjuries totting up again. Let’s be sensible.

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