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“Anger and disappointment”: Coventry City fans on groundshare

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Last week confirmation came that Coventry City would be groundsharing for the second time in six seasons – here Moz Baker from the Sky Blue Trust gives us their reaction to the team’s ‘home’ games being at St Andrew’s in Birmingham next season…

We’ve endured plenty of sad days while supporting Coventry City.

Friday’s devastating announcement that the Sky Blues will be relocating to St Andrew’s next season marks probably the saddest day of all.

To happen once during the disastrous Sixfields period was bad enough but for fans, the real losers in this tragic episode, to have to go through it all again is unforgiveable.

All of those who had the opportunity to do the right thing, ensuring our status in the city of Coventry at the Ricoh Arena, have failed miserably, letting us all down massively.

Everyone will have their own views as to who the main culprits are. We’ve seen enough on social media in the last few days to see that is the case.

The one group in all of this though and the one that once again are the collateral damage in this sorry saga are us the fans.

We therefore urge all Sky Blues fans to respect the views of others. Some will choose to travel to Birmingham, others won’t. Whichever side of the fence you choose to sit on we would ask you to remember that none of this almighty mess is down to supporters, all any of us ultimately want is to watch our team play and do the best they possibly can.

Tragically for the forseeable future that won’t now be in Coventry.

The Sky Blue Trust launched our “Countdown to Homelessness” campaign at the start of last season with the aim of raising the profile of this potentially unwelcome outcome and to focus minds to try and prevent it happening.

Now that it has become reality we will continue to engage with all parties to do what we can to help facilitate the earliest possible return to Coventry. In particular we’ll look to ensure that the EFL’s commitment to quarterly reviews is a meaningful exercise and that they do everything in their power to hasten an early return.

The dismay, anger and disappointment that this disastrous decision has caused is already clear to see. In the coming weeks we shall be exploring ways of galvanising that strength of feeling to demonstrate to the widest audience just what we as Coventry City fans feel about being dragged out of our proud city for the second time.

The FSF blog is the space to challenge perceived wisdom, entertain readers and inform our members. The views expressed are those of the author and they don’t necessarily represent FSF policy and (pay attention journalists) shouldn’t be attributed to the FSF.

Thanks to PA Images for the picture used in this blog.

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