Coventry fans opt for Ricoh

As many as 7,000 Coventry fans will boycott the club's first 'home' game at Sixfields on Sunday to attend a Ricoh Arena charity match.

Last Updated: 11/08/13 at 17:40 Post Comment

The Ricoh Arena: At centre of dispute between Sisu and ACL

The Ricoh Arena: At centre of dispute between Sisu and ACL

Former City defender Kirk Stephens has organised the game, between a Coventry legends XI and a Midlands all-star XI, on the same day Steven Pressley's side take on Bristol City in Northampton.

City's owners Sisu have taken the team outside Coventry for the first time in the club's 130-year history after failing to reach a new rental agreement with Ricoh owners Arena Coventry Limited.

And on current ticket sales 14 times as many supporters will be at the friendly game as make the trip to Sixfields.

Stephens, who spent two seasons at the club as a player and is a lifelong supporter, told Sky Sports News: "We've said all along this is not about anti-Sisu or anti-ACL. This is about Coventry City Football Club and trying to promote something good.

"The people that are going down to Sixfields - brilliant, I admire them. They're supporting the football team and that's their decision.

"I don't want to do that. This is our home, this is where we want to be playing, and that's why we're having the charity game up here - to raise some money and celebrate 130 years of Coventry City Football Club.

"The supporters have always supported the club and not the league they're in. We get a regular 10-12,000 down here, and they're all together on this.

"Everybody associated with this game has got right behind us and been supportive. We're proving that the football club has a life here at the Ricoh."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

still can't see the Phil Jones thing that some people go on about. Whenever I watch him play it's a repeat of headless chicken meets a gurning Bambi on ice for 90 minutes.

diabolicaldiaby
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

P

robably the first list I've come across in a long time where I agree with a large majority of what was written. Can't agree with everything though, Zaba has had an awful season by his standards, I'd put Monreal (a player who I've never rated) up there, gotta give credit where it's due, he's really stepped up his game.

scroteymcbooger
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

S

ome top analysis here..... UNITED WOULD BE TOP IF IT WEREN'T FOR ALL THEM GAMES THEY LOST

benvo81
United Progress Stifled By Bottom-Half Record

Footer 365

Spanish football could be shut down from May 16 over TV rights argument

La Liga faces being shut down from May 16 over an argument between Spain's football federation and the Government.

Real Madrid the most valuable team in football ahead of Barcelona

Real Madrid have retained their place as the most valuable football team, despite a drop in figures, according to Forbes magazine.

Jose Mourinho agrees new Chelsea deal, claim reports

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has verbally agreed a two-year extension to his contract, according to reports.

Mail Box

Coutinho Better Than Cazorla And Cesc...

Philippe Coutinho has outperformed Santi Cazorla AND Cesc Fabregas, while Arsenal need no new signings. We also have mails on Olivier Giroud and shopping lists...

Giroud Is More Than Good Enough...

Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott are integral to Arsenal's title hopes next season. There's also more on handballs, Juventus, and Ronaldo holding Bale back...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company