Coventry in Exile

By the river Nene, where we sat down

Yea we wept when we remembered Highfield Road.

It is reported that for Coventry City’s first “home” game at Sixfields, Northampton, there were 2,204 in attendance. This includes about 1,000 actual Sky Blues fans, but not the 30 or so who stood on the bank.

I think it’s the 30 on the bank that give you the clue.

For those unfamiliar with the Sixfields Stadium, it’s an attraction alongside a 10-pin bowling alley, a Bella Italia and a Hungry Horse pub which can hold more than  the football ground – and with a better view of the football, as every table seems to have its own screen. It is built on an old rubbish dump, causing much hilarity and opportunity for rival supporters as the the amount of rubbish that is under the pitch, as opposed to that running around on it.

The “bank” is the top of the old rubbish dump, in effect. From it you get a glorious, free view of about half the pitch. If you ran round the ground fairly quickly, you could probably watch the whole game – but you would be seriously exhausted, If these were genuine Sky Blues, who travelled to Northampton to watch half a game for free while running the risk of falling down the hill – then you can see where some of Coventry’s problems lie.

If you want to know where the people of Coventry think the problems lie, I’d try this Coventry Telegraph article. It’s a dreadful situation, and begs the question – why is it that business people fail so dismally, at the business called football?


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