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Coventry City are a professional football club located in the city of Coventry in the West Midlands. One of a number of clubs to have played in all top four of the English divisions, Coventry City currently play in the country’s third tier, League One.
The history of Coventry City begins in 1883. Formed by the employees of a local manufacturer called Singer,, the club was named Singer FC.
In 1892, the club turned professional. Singer FC had won three trophies in the season prior, these being The Walsall Cup, The Wednesbury Cup and The Birmingham Cup, and so it was decided the club should move into the professional game.
In 1898, Singer FC were renamed as Coventry City Football Club. Soon after, the club moved to Highfield Road, which would be the home of Coventry City for over a century.
Coventry City joined the Southern League First Division in time for the 1908/1909 season. The club achieved mid table finishes, but in the 1913/1914 season Coventry City suffered demotion to the Southern League Second Division. It was the briefest of stays though in the second tier, the club gaining promotion at the first attempt.
After the First World War, Coventry City joined the Football League. Starting life in the Second Division in the 1919/1920 campaign, the club struggled battling against relegation. On one of these occasions, the club hierarchy were found guilty of match fixing, and the Coventry City chairman David Cooke was punished with a lifetime ban from the sport.
Coventry City’s relegation battles continued, until eventually the club succumbed to relegation in the 1924/1925 season.
The club were demoted to the Third Division North, moving to the Third Division South a season later. The club struggled to adapt to the third tier, finishing in the lower places of the table often. However, in the 1935/1936 campaign, the club won the Third Division South title, sealing promotion back to the Second Division.
The club enjoyed top half finishes in their first seasons back in the second tier. After the Second World War, though, Coventry City found it hard to replicate their pre war form and began to struggle. In the 1951/1952 season, Coventry City were relegated once more.
Coventry City achieved a number of top half finishes during their return to the Third Division South. In preparation for the 1958/1959 season, the Football League was reorganised. The Third Division North and the Third Division South became the Third Division and Fourth Division, with the clubs making up each division not dependant on geographical location. Coventry City, despite their early top half finishes, had finished in 16th place and 19th place in the two seasons preceding the League reorganisation and so were given a place in the Fourth, rather than the Third, Division.
The club’s time in the Fourth Division was short, with Coventry City earning immediate promotion to the Third Division. In the 1964/1965 season, the club were promoted again, this time after winning the Third Division title.
Coventry performed well back in the Second Division. A tenth place finish was followed by a third place finish and in the 1966/1967 season the club won the Second Division title. This title led to the club being promoted to the top tier of English football for the first time in Coventry City history.
In Coventry City’s first two seasons in the First Division, they battled relegation, only narrowly surviving each time. Coventry City remained in the top flight of English football until the year 2000.
In the 1970/1971 season, the club played in European competition for the first time in their history. Coventry City played in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, later renamed as the UEFA Cup, and beat Trakia Plovdiv in the first round by an aggregate score of 6-1. The club faced Bayern Munich in the second round and famously beat the German giants 2-1 at home, but lost on aggregate 7-3.
In 1974, one of Coventry City’s most famous sons Jimmy Hill returned to the club as Managing Director and a year later Hill took the role of Chairman. During the 1970’s, the club had established itself as a steady First Division side, never really challenging for the title but equally Coventry City rarely found themselves deep in the relegation mire.
This continued into the 1980’s, a decade that saw Coventry City win its first major silverware. Meeting Tottenham Hotspur in the 1987 FA Cup Final, Coventry City won the match 3-2 after extra time to lift the trophy for the first time in the club’s history.
In 1992, the Premier League was created. The teams that finished the 1991/1992 season in the First Division, along with the promoted clubs from the Second Division, became founder members of the Premier League, Coventry City being one of them.
Coventry City spent the next eight seasons finishing in the bottom half of the Premier League table, on occasion narrowly avoiding relegation. However, the club’s knack of just escaping the relegation zone came to an end in the 2000/2001 season when Coventry City finished in 19th position.
The club began the 2001/2002 season in Division One, the renamed second tier of English football. Like the club’s later years in the top flight, Coventry City finished in the bottom half of the second tier table in all but one of their eleven seasons in this division.
In the 2011/2012 season, Coventry City were relegated once more. A 23rd place finish condemned the club to League One football and Coventry City found itself in deep financial trouble. In both the 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 seasons, the club were deducted ten points for going into administration.
The club have remained in League One ever since, achieving their highest League One position of eighth in the 2015/2016 campaign.
The current Coventry City crest is set in a shield and features a castle on top of an elephant’s back, which shows a red and white cross. This is a symbol for St George, who legend has it had lived in Coventry. This Coventry City football crest also features a football with a gold eagle and silver eagle either side. The club name features in ribbons above and below the main image.
This Coventry City football badge has been used for the majority of the Coventry City crest history. For the 2008/2009 season, the football featured inside it the phrase 125 years, a celebration of the club’s anniversary.
For the 2011/2012 season, the Coventry City badge was changed. This featured a blue shield containing the image of an elephant stood atop the football. After one season, this badge was ditched and the club returned to its current crest.
The Coventry City colours are traditionally sky blue and white. These kit colours have been used consistently since the 1962/1963 season.
When the club were first formed as Singers FC, the club wore a variety of different colours and styles. The first kit consisted of a dark blue shirt worn with white shorts and dark blue socks, before the shirt changed to blue and white stripes. Pink, black and maroon were all used as main Singer FC colours, before the club changed its name to Coventry City.
Coventry City wore a mixture of dark blue and light blue until 1914. In the 1914/1915 season, the club introduced a blue and white striped shirt, worn with dark blue shorts and dark blue socks.
Stripes were used until 1934, when half blue half white shirts were introduced. In 1959, the club colours changed to white with a blue trim, until the 1962/1963 season when the Coventry City players wore an all sky blue strip.
Sky blue and white have been used ever since, either as a half and half shirt or striped shirt. Dark blue was brought in as a third primary colour and the club alternated between these.
For the 2016/2017 season, Coventry City wore white shirts with feint blue stripes, worn with sky blue shorts and sky blue socks.
The Coventry City stadium is the Ricoh Arena. The club moved into the stadium in 2005, although after a disagreement with the stadium operators Arena Coventry Ltd the club left and played at Northampton Town’s Sixfields stadium, before returning in 2014.
The Coventry City stadium capacity is 32,609, making it one of the largest in League One and indeed throughout the Football League.
The Coventry City stadium layout features four main stands. These are the Alan Higgs Charity Stand, previously known as the Coventry Evening Telegraph Stand and the North Stand; The Lloyds Pharmacy Stand, which is the only two tiered stand at the Ricoh Arena; the East Stand, previously called the NTL Stand and the Tesco Stand; and the South Stand, which is the stand used to house away supporters.
Coventry City started life playing at Dowells Field, before moving to Stoke Road in 1887. In 1899 the club moved to Highfield Road, where they stayed until 2005.
The majority of Coventry City supporters hail from the city of Coventry and the surrounding areas. There are a variety of Coventry City supporters clubs up and down the country, including the Coventry City Supporters Trust, the Sky Blue Trust.
Coventry City supporters enjoy a rivalry with Leicester City, against who they play the M69 derby. Aston Villa and Birmingham City are also considered rivals, with Wolverhampton Wanderers being a rival also, particularly during the 1960’s and 1970’s.
One of the more famous Coventry City supporters songs is the Sky Blue anthem, written by Jimmy Hill and John Camkin.
The Coventry City owner is the Otium Entertainment Group. The group bought the club in 2013, after the then owners Sisu, a hedge fund group, put the club in administration. This move angered the Coventry City supporters as the Otium Entertainment Group had connections to Sisu, with the future of the club still in doubt.
Tim Fisher holds the position of Coventry City chairman, taking up this role in 2014.
The list of Coventry City stats begin with the club’s all time leading appearance maker. The owner of that record is Steve Ogrizovic, who made 601 appearances for the club between 1984 and 2000.
Three other Coventry City players surpassed the 400 appearance mark. These are George Curtis, who made 538 appearance for the club between 1955 and 1969; Mick Coop, who played in 492 games from 1966 to 1981; and Brian Burrows, who played 477 games for Coventry City from 1985 to 1997.
The club’s all time leading goalscorer is Clarrie Bourton. Bourton scored 182 goals for Coventry City from 1931 to 1937. One other Coventry City player scored over 100 goals for the club - William Lake scored 123 goals between 1928 and 1939.
Coventry City’s record transfer signing is Craig Bellamy. Bellamy cost the club £6.5 million from Norwich City in 2000. The highest transfer fee the club has ever received is £13 million, a fee paid by Inter Milan for Robbie Keane in 2000.
Coventry City’s all time record victory is 9-0. The club beat Bristol City by this scoreline in the Third Division South in 1934.
The club’s record defeat is 11-2, a scoreline Berwick Rangers inflicted on Coventry City in the FA Cup in 1901.
The current Coventry City players list consists of 36 members of the first team squad, including the promoted players from the Coventry City Under 18 squad.
Notable ex Coventry City players include members of the club’s official Hall of Fame. Amongst the players inducted into the Hall of Fame include Cyrille Regis, George Mason, Tommy Hutchison, Bill Glazier, Ron Farmer, Dion Dublin and Trevor Peake.
Three Coventry City players hold the record for most goals scored in a single game. The record is five and the players are Cyrille Regis, who scored five goals against Chester City in 1985; Arthur Bacon, who netted five times against Gillingham in 1933; and Clarrie Bourton who scored five goals against Bournemouth in 1931.
Bourton also holds the record for most goals scored in a single season for Coventry City, scoring 50 goals in the 1931/1932 campaign.
The current Coventry City manager is Mark Venus. Venus actually holds the position of technical director, and is currently the caretaker manager of the club after Tony Mowbray left in 2016.
The most successful man in Coventry City manager history is Jimmy Hill. Hill led the club to the Second and Third Division titles, and also held the position of Coventry City chairman.
Coventry City’s longest serving manager is Harry Storer. Storer managed the club for over 19 years across two spells, firstly from 1931 to 1945 and then from 1948 to 1953, taking charge of 584 matches in total.
The Coventry City manager with the highest win percentage is Mark Robins. Robins managed the club from September 2012 to February 2013, leading the club to 17 wins in the 33 matches Robins took charge of. This gives Mark Robins a win percentage of 51.52.
The Coventry City honours list consists of one FA Cup win (1987); one second tier title (1967); one third tier title (1964); one Third Division South title (1936); three Birmingham Senior Cup wins (1911, 1923 and 2007); and one Third Division South Cup (1936).
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