Coventry City F.C.

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Coventry City
Coventry City F.C. logo.png
Full nameCoventry City Football Club
Nickname(s)The Sky Blues
Founded13 August 1883;140 years ago (1883-08-13)
(as Singers F.C.) [1]
Ground Coventry Building Society Arena
Capacity32,609
OwnerDoug King
ChairmanDoug King
Manager Mark Robins
League EFL Championship
2022–23 EFL Championship, 5th of 24
Website Club website
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Coventry City Football Club is a professional association football club based in Coventry, England. The team currently play in the EFL Championship, the second level of the English football league system.

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Coventry City formed as Singers F.C. in 1883 following a general meeting of the Singer Gentleman's club. They adopted their current name in 1898 and joined the Southern League in 1908, before being selected into the Football League in 1919. Relegated in 1925, they returned to the Second Division as champions of the Third Division South and Third Division South Cup winners in 1935–36. Relegated in 1952, they won promotion in the inaugural Fourth Division season in 1958–59. Coventry reached the First Division after winning the Third Division title in 1963–64 and the Second Division title in 1966– 67 under the management of Jimmy Hill. In the 1970–71 season, the team competed in the European Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, reaching the second round. Despite beating Bayern Munich 2–1 in the home leg, they had lost 6–1 in the first leg in Germany, and thus were eliminated.

Coventry's only period in the top division to date lasted 34 consecutive years between 1967 and 2001, and the club were inaugural members of the Premier League in 1992. They won the FA Cup in 1987, the club's only major trophy, when they beat Tottenham Hotspur 3–2. [2] They experienced further relegations in 2012 and 2017, though did manage to win the EFL Trophy in 2017.

Coventry returned to Wembley in 2018, beating Exeter City in the League Two play-off final. Manager Mark Robins built on this success guiding the Sky Blues to eighth in League One the next season and then led the club to promotion back to the EFL Championship as League One champions in 2020. In the 2022–23 season, Coventry secured a play-off place in the Championship, before losing the play-off final to Luton Town on penalties. For 106 years, from 1899 to 2005, Coventry City played at Highfield Road. The 32,609-capacity Coventry Arena was opened in August 2005 to replace Highfield Road, but the club has struggled with the new stadium lease since moving.

History

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Chart of historic table positions of Coventry City in the Football League.

Early years (1883–1919)

Coventry City was founded in 1883 as Singers F.C., following a meeting between William Stanley and seven colleagues from the Singer Cycle Company at the Lord Aylesford Inn in Hillfields. It was one of several 19th century clubs linked to Coventry's bicycle factories, and the company founder George Singer was its first president. [3] [4] [5] Singers joined the Birmingham County Football Association in 1884 and played around forty games in their first four years at Dowells Field in the Stoke area. [6] [7] In early seasons they lacked a regular playing staff and sometimes lacked equipment such as goal nets. [4] [8] In 1887, the club moved to the larger Stoke Road Ground, which had rudimentary stands, and they charged an entrance fee for the first time. [6] The following five seasons were very successful, culminating in back-to-back Birmingham Junior Cup titles in 1891 and 1892. [4]

Singers turned professional in 1892 and joined the Birmingham & District League in 1894, competing against strong reserve sides from established regional teams such as Aston Villa. [9] Coventry residents not connected to the cycle company began supporting the club, and it was renamed Coventry City in 1898. [10] [11] Highfield Road opened in 1899, but its construction caused a financial crisis and subsequent salary disputes with the players. [12] The club endured several poor seasons on the field, having to re-apply for membership of the league three times in the space of five years. [13] In 1901, Coventry suffered their worst ever defeat with an 11–2 loss against Worcester-based Berwick Rangers in the qualifying round of the FA Cup. [14] The club became a limited company in July 1907 and the team was more successful the following season, reaching the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time before being eliminated by Crystal Palace. [15] [16]

In 1908, Coventry joined the Southern League, at the time the third-strongest English division. [17] In their second season, Coventry reached the FA Cup quarter final, beating top-flight teams Preston and Nottingham Forest before losing to Everton. [18] Another two successful seasons followed but in 1914 the club was relegated, amid renewed financial problems. [4] Its economic health worsened as attendances dropped sharply, and the club was in danger of dissolution. It was saved in part by the abandonment of competitive football in mid-1915 due to World War I. [19] The club's debts were then paid off by benefactor David Cooke in 1917. [20] During the war, they played some friendly matches against local clubs and joined a temporary wartime division for 1918–19. [21]

League football and the "Old Five" (1919–1945)

In 1919, Coventry submitted a successful application to join the Football League and were placed into the Second Division for the 1919–20 season, the first played after the war. [22] In preparation for league football, the club invested in new players and increased Highfield Road's capacity to 40,000. [23] They avoided finishing last in 1919–20 when they won their final game against Bury, but this result was later found to be rigged, the club receiving a heavy fine in 1923. [24] In 1924–25, after their sixth successive relegation battle, Coventry finished bottom of the table and dropped into the Third Division North. [25] A year later they were asked by the League to switch to the Third Division South, to keep the sizes of the divisions even. [22] Their poor form continued, and in 1927–28 they narrowly avoided having to seek re-election. [26] Supporters rioted after the final game that season, some calling for the club to be wound up and a phoenix club established in its place. [27] In 1928, the club's worst ever attendance was recorded with a gate of 2,059 for a match against Crystal Palace. [28]

In addition to poor form on the field, the club ran into financial difficulties by the end of the 1920s, having to rely on fundraisers by supporters and a cash injection by Cooke, who had become club president. A committee of enquiry in 1928 concluded that the club was being mismanaged, leading to resignation of chairman W. Carpenter and his replacement by Walter Brandish. [29] The club's form began to improve under the new board, [30] and the appointment of Harry Storer as manager in 1931 brought in an era of success at the club. [31] [32] Coventry scored a total of 108 goals in the 1931–32 season, gaining the nickname "The Old Five" as a result of scoring five or more in many games. [33] New signing Clarrie Bourton's individual tally of 49 goals was the Football League record for that season, and his overall total of 50 remains the club record. [34] Two further 100-goal seasons followed, the first time in the league that a team had achieved three in a row, and Coventry recorded their largest ever league victory in April 1934, 9–0 against Bristol City. [35] Despite scoring heavily, Coventry missed out on promotion every season until 1935–36, when they finished as Third Division North champions. [36]

The club continued their good form in the second tier, finishing eighth, fourth and fourth again between 1936 and 1939. [37] They also constructed a new main stand and purchased the freehold of Highfield Road, utilising a loan of £20,000 from local motor-industry entrepreneur John Siddeley. [38] In 1937–38 they met with Midlands rivals Aston Villa the first time in league football, securing with a win and a draw in the two meetings as well as a higher-placed finish than the Birmingham club. [39] In September 1939, the league season was aborted after three games due to the start of World War II. [40] Many supporters at the time blamed the war for robbing the team of a probable imminent promotion to the First Division, although several top players including Bourton had been sold by 1939, and attendances had begun to fall. [41] 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. [40]

Rise to the First Division, Europe, and FA Cup victory (1945–1987)

Storer left Coventry for Birmingham City after the war, and many of the 1939 squad had retired by 1945. New manager Dick Bayliss assembled a squad with a mixture of pre-war players and newcomers, [40] but his tenure was cut short when he died after being stranded in a snow storm in 1947. [42] Replacement Billy Frith was dismissed following a poor start to 1948–49 and the club persuaded Storer to return from Birmingham. [43] In 1950–51, Coventry led the Second Division table at Christmas, but a poor run ended their promotion hopes and the following season they were relegated. [44] [45] They spent the next six seasons in the Third Division South, with seven different managers, but were never in contention for promotion. [46] The average attendance at Highfield Road dropped sharply during this period, and several top players had to be sold amid financial difficulties. [47] [48] In 1958, the north and south divisions were replaced by a single nationwide third and a new fourth. Coventry were placed in the latter as a result of a bottom-half finish in 1957–58. [49] Three games into 1958–59, the club occupied its lowest ever overall league position, 91st, but recovered to secure promotion back into the third tier. [50] [51]

The appointment of Derrick Robins as chairman in 1958 and Jimmy Hill as manager in 1961, marked the start of the "Sky Blue revolution" at the club. [52] [53] Hill changed the club's kit colour and nickname, introduced the Sky Blue Song, and added pre-match entertainment. [54] Backed by an injection of cash from Robins, Hill led Coventry to the Third and Second Division championships in 1964 and 1967 respectively, taking them to the top division for the first time. [55] Coventry's record attendance was set in 1967, against fellow title-chasers Wolverhampton Wanderers; the official gate was 51,455 although the club estimated that the figure was higher. [56] [57] In 1969–70, under Hill's successor Noel Cantwell, the club finished sixth in the First Division, which as of 2022 remains their highest ever position. [58] The top-six finish earned them a place in the 1970–71 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, which ended in the second round with a 7–3 aggregate defeat against Bayern Munich. [59] In the mid-1970s, the club faced renewed financial difficulty and sold several top players. [60] A relegation battle followed in 1976–77, which culminated in a controversial 2–2 draw with Bristol City that saw both sides survive at the expense of Sunderland, playing out the final minutes without any attempt to score further goals. [61] A season of success followed in 1977–78, as Coventry finished seventh, narrowly missing a European place. [62] In 1980–81, Coventry reached their first major semi-final, losing to West Ham United in the League Cup. [63]

Hill returned to the club as managing director in 1975, and was elevated to chairman in 1980. [64] [65] He initiated several transformations at the club, including the conversion of Highfield Road to England's first all-seat stadium in 1981, [66] [67] and the opening of a sports centre and training ground in Ryton-on-Dunsmore. Hill attempted to rename the club "Coventry Talbot", after their sponsors, but this was rejected by the Football Association. [65] To pay for the developments, the club sold top players including popular striker Tommy Hutchison, and results suffered. [68] Hill was forced out of the club in 1983 and terraces reintroduced. [69] Despite surviving relegation battles for four successive seasons, with three changes of manager, by 1986 the club had assembled a strong squad. Under duo George Curtis and John Sillett, they spent most of the following season in the top eight, and advanced to the 1987 FA Cup Final. [69] In a match later described by Steven Pye of The Guardian' as a "classic final", Coventry beat Tottenham Hotspur 3–2 at Wembley which, as of 2022, is the club's only major trophy to date. [70]

Recent history (1987–present)

Coventry's FA Cup defence ended with a fourth-round defeat to Watford, followed a season later by one of the biggest upsets in FA Cup history when they lost 2–1 to non-league Sutton United in the third round. [71] [72] They finished seventh in the league that season, however, their highest finish since 1978. [71] [73] [74] [71] A last-day escape in 1991–92 earned Coventry a place in the newly-formed Premier League. [75] [76] Bryan Richardson took over as club chairman in summer 1993, making large sums of money available for players over subsequent years. [77] [78] With Ron Atkinson and then Gordon Strachan as manager, Coventry signed several high-profile players such as Dion Dublin, Moustapha Hadji, Peter Ndlovu and Robbie Keane, but did not finish higher than 11th place for the remainder of their Premier League tenure. [79] [80]

In 1997, Richardson revealed the initial proposals for a new stadium in the north of Coventry, at the time envisaged as having 40,000 seats and included in England's unsuccessful bid for the 2006 World Cup. [81] [82] The project was backed by Coventry City Council and gained planning permission in 1998, but involved high costs, inducing the board to sell Highfield Road to a property developer and lease it back, before construction had started. [83] On the field, Coventry were forced by the rising debts to sell their top players without replacement, and were finally relegated in 2000–01, ending 34 years of continuous tenure in the top flight. [84]

In their first season back in the second tier, Coventry occupied 4th place with seven games remaining, but ultimately finished 11th, outside the play-off places. [85] The new stadium opened in 2005, having been reduced in size and delayed several times; [86] [87] the club had previously sold its 50% share to the Alan Higgs charity to repay debts. [88] The club's financial situation remained poor, and by 2007 they faced the possibility of being forced out of business; this was averted when the club was bought by hedge fund owner Sisu Capital. [89] [90] Led by chairman Ray Ranson, Coventry signed several promising youngsters in the early Sisu years, but they failed to achieve on-field success. [91] [92] Sisu began reducing investment from 2009 as debts mounted, leading eventually to Ranson's resignation in 2011. [93] [94] They were relegated to League One in 2012, and were forced to groundshare with Northampton Town for more than a year from 2013, following a rent dispute with the Ricoh Arena owners. [95] [96] [97] The club also fell into liquidation, but were allowed to continue playing in League One under Sisu company Otium. [98]

In 2016–17, Coventry were relegated to League Two, [99] but also won the EFL Trophy in the same season, their first trophy for 30 years. The following season, their first in the fourth tier since 1959, they were promoted straight back, finishing sixth and beating Exeter City in the play-off final. Two seasons later, they were promoted again, being awarded the League One championship via a points-per-game system after the season was curtailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [100] At the time of curtailment in March 2020, they led the table with 67 points from 34 games. [101] [100] They were exiled from the Ricoh Arena again from 2019 to 2021, playing their home games at St Andrew's in Birmingham, amid ongoing legal action by Sisu over the 2014 purchase of the stadium by rugby club Wasps, which concluded only in 2022 when the European Commission declined to hear an appeal. [102]

The Sisu era at Coventry City ended in 2023, when local businessman Doug King purchased the club. [103] King had also attempted to acquire the CBS Arena, after both Wasps and the stadium holding company had fallen into administration, but his bid came too late and the stadium was eventually sold to Mike Ashley. [104] Coventry went on to finish fifth in the Championship at the end of the season, earning a play-off place. After beating Middlesbrough in the semi-final they played in the 2023 EFL Championship play-off final at Wembley, missing out on promotion to the Premier League after a 6–5 penalty shoot-out defeat against Luton Town. [105] [106] [107] On 16 March 2024, Coventry City progressed to the semi-finals of the FA Cup for the first time since their 1986–87 FA Cup victory with a 3–2 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers, following two stoppage time goals from Ellis Simms and Haji Wright. [108]

Playing kit

Colours

Coventry's home shirts are either completely or predominantly sky blue. However, in past seasons, different 'home colours' were worn. For example, in 1889, the then Singers FC wore pink and blue halved shirts (mirroring the corporate colours of Singers Motors). Furthermore, in the 1890s, black and red were the club's colours. In the early 1920s, the club wore red and green (to reflect the colours of the city crest). Sky blue was first used by Coventry in 1898 and the theme was used until 1922. Variations of blue and white were then used until the 1960s and the beginning of the 'sky blue revolution'. The colour made its return in 1962 thanks to the then manager, Jimmy Hill. To mark the 125th year of the club, Coventry wore a special brown shirt in the last home game of the 2008–09 season against Watford, having first worn a chocolate brown away kit in 1978. This kit has been cited by some as the worst in English football history, but also has an iconic status with some fans. [109]

In 2012, in the Third round FA Cup tie versus Southampton, the team wore a commemorative blue and white striped kit, marking the 25th anniversary of the club winning the FA Cup in 1987. [110] The strip was worn again in January 2013 for Coventry's 3rd round FA Cup fixture with Tottenham Hotspur, whom they beat in the 1987 final. [111] In 2019, Coventry City announced a new third kit in black and white honouring the city's connection with 2 Tone Records on the 40th anniversary of the record label. [112]

Kit maker and sponsorship

Since the 2019–20 season, the kit is made by Hummel. The home, away and third kit is sponsored by BoyleSports.

The first official kit manufacture deal came in 1974 when Umbro signed a deal with the club. Coventry also had the first kit sponsorship deal in the football league, when Jimmy Hill, then Chairman of the club, negotiated a deal with Talbot, who manufactured cars in the city.

PeriodKit manufacturerShirt sponsorShorts sponsor
1974–75 Umbro NoneNone or N/A
1975–80 Admiral Sportswear
1980–81 Talbot
1981–83 Talbot Sports
1983–84 Umbro Tallon
1984–85Glazepta
1985–86Elliotts
1986–87Triple S Sport Granada Bingo
1987–88 Hummel
1988–89None
1989–92 Asics Peugeot
1992–94Ribero
1994–96 Pony International
1996–97 Le Coq Sportif
1997–99 Subaru (home)

Isuzu (away)

1999–2004In House Manufacturer (CCFC Leisure)
2004–05Kit@
2005–06Cassidy Group
2006–10 Puma
2010–13 City Link
2013–14Grace Medical Fund (charity partner)
2014–15Allsopp & Allsopp
2015–18 Nike
2018–19Midrepro
2019–20 Hummel International Allsopp & AllsoppThe Exams Office [113]
2020–21 BoyleSports (front), Jingltree [114] (back)G&R Scaffolding [115] (home), SIMIAN Aspects Training [116] (away)
2021–2023 BoyleSports (front), XL Motors (back)
2023– King of Shaves (front), XL Motors (sleeve), Coventry Building Society (rear)G&R Scaffolding

Stadium

Grounds

106 years at Highfield Road

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Coventry City played at Highfield Road between 1899 and 2005

Coventry City began playing at the Highfield Road stadium in 1899 within the Hillfields district of the city, although the club did not buy the freehold to the site until 1937.

In November 1940, the main stand which backed onto terraced houses in Mowbray Street was bombed by the Luftwaffe. Heavy turnstiles from the ground and gas meters from houses in Mowbray Street were discovered in Gosford Park, some 500 metres away. Bombs also damaged the roof of the terrace at the city end of the ground and the pitch resulting in the ground being unusable for more than two years.

The record crowd at the ground was on 29 April 1967 when 51,452 watched the Second Division title decider against Wolverhampton Wanderers. This was over 6,000 more than the previous record of 44,930 set against Aston Villa in 1938. Many people who were at the Wolves game suggest the attendance was higher, possibly over 55,000. Supporters climbed onto the roofs of the stands and up the floodlights.[ citation needed ]

In 1968, the main stand and the club’s offices suffered serious damage in a fire following a reserve game. The Second Division Championship trophy was destroyed in the fire and the club decided to demolish the stand and built its replacement within four months. Ten days after the fire the club hosted Manchester United and were able to use half the stand. The game attracted the club’s second highest attendance of all time (47,111).

In 1981, Highfield Road was converted into England's first-ever all-seater stadium with a capacity of around 24,500, which many criticised as killing the atmosphere of the ground. Some seats were removed a few years later. [118] It had been gradually upgraded since then, with the final phase of work being completed in the mid-1990s, including two fully enclosed corners, providing some much-needed modernity. On 30 April 2005, the final game played at the stadium was against Midlands rivals Derby County; Coventry won 6–2. [119] The stadium was subsequently demolished and replaced by a housing development.

Coventry Building Society Arena

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Coventry Building Society Arena

For the 2005–06 season, Coventry City moved to the new 32,609-capacity Coventry Building Society Arena (then named the Ricoh Arena) after 106 years at Highfield Road. [1] [120] In 1998, the club had decided that it was time to relocate to a new stadium in the Rowleys Green area of the city, 3+12 miles (5.6 km) north of the city centre and close to junction 3 of the M6 motorway. The original plan was for a state-of-the-art, 45,000-seater multipurpose stadium with removable pitch and retractable roof. It was due to be ready for the 2001–02 season and was touted to be one of the finest and most advanced stadiums in Europe. However, the club's subsequent relegation, financial problems, financier/contractor withdrawals, and England's failure to secure the 2006 World Cup competition led to a radical redesign. The resulting stadium was built to a standard bowl design with steep stands in line with several other new stadia built during that period. It has excellent acoustics and has been used to host several major rock concerts.

Despite initiating the project and being the principal attraction there, Coventry City's financial situation means that it no longer owned the stadium and must pay rent to use it; this appeared to raise concerns over the managing of the club's finances by previous club officials, because in 2001 the club was the fourth-longest serving club in the top flight of English football. The stadium naming rights were originally sold to Jaguar Cars, which has strong links with Coventry. Jaguar pulled out of the project on 16 December 2004 and a new major sponsor was needed. A £10 million deal, which included naming rights, was signed and electronics manufacturer Ricoh became the new chief sponsor for the stadium. The project was funded largely by Coventry City Council and the (Alan Edward) Higgs Charity (of which former CCFC and ACL director the late Sir Derek Higgs was a trustee), and includes shopping facilities, a casino, exhibition halls and a concert venue.

At the beginning of the 2005–06 season, construction delays at the ground forced Coventry City to play their first three games of the season away and postpone their home games. On Saturday 20 August 2005, City hosted Queens Park Rangers in the first-ever game at the Ricoh Arena; Coventry won the game 3–0. On 28 July 2011, a statue of Jimmy Hill was installed at the main entrance to the Ricoh Arena, with Hill appearing in person to unveil it. [121]

Sixfields

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Rent disputes caused Coventry City to play the 2013–14 season at Sixfields Stadium in Northampton

On 3 May 2013, Coventry City put a contingency plan in place to play elsewhere for the 2013–14 season. It was argued by the club that this was due to ACL (Arena Coventry Limited), which managed the stadium, being unwilling to negotiate with the club to agree to a new lease. However, that led to the local newspaper, the Coventry Telegraph , starting a petition to stop Coventry City from playing outside of Coventry. It was sent to all 72 clubs in the Football League and Football League chairman Greg Clarke. In May 2013, managing director Tim Fisher set a plan of building a new stadium within the city over the next three years, and ground-sharing whilst the new ground was being built. [122] In June 2013, ACL made an offer that Coventry City F.C. could play at the Ricoh Arena rent free while the club was in administration. [123]

It was believed that Coventry City might ground-share with Walsall at the Bescot Stadium or attempt to stay at the Ricoh Arena, [124] following the appointment of new owners. [125] However, by July 2013, the Walsall rumours were denied and the club ground-shared at Northampton Town's Sixfields Stadium – a venue that had less than a quarter the capacity of the Ricoh Arena, and involved a round-trip of 70 miles (110 km). That arrangement was due to continue until at least 2016. [126] [127] Plans for the club to play its home matches outside of the city were met with strong opposition, and led to protests by Coventry fans. [128] Member of parliament for Coventry South, Jim Cunningham, described the move as "a disgrace". [129]

Return to the Coventry Building Society Arena

On 21 August 2014 it was announced that an agreement had been reached allowing the club to return to the Ricoh Arena for the next two years with the option of another two years. [130] Coventry City's first home game back at the Ricoh Arena was played against Gillingham on 5 September 2014. Steve Waggott, who led the negotiations for the club, said: "We are delighted to get this deal done and I am sure every supporter of Coventry City will be thrilled with the news." [131] City won their first match back at the Ricoh Arena 1–0 with Frank Nouble scoring the only goal of the match in front of 27,306 supporters.

The return followed a social media campaign entitled #bringCityhome by the Coventry Telegraph [132] and a protest march by the Sky Blue Trust supporters' group. [133] The campaign drew praise from national media and figures within the football world. It was short-listed at the 2014 British Press Awards in the "Campaign of the Year" category. [134]

Because the tenancy agreement with Wasps was to expire in August 2018, it was reported in November 2015 that there would be a relocation to another site within the city. [135] However it was later confirmed that Coventry City would remain at the Ricoh Arena for another year. [136]

In May 2016 the Coventry Telegraph broke the news that the club had drawn up plans with Coventry Rugby Club for a ground-share arrangement at a redeveloped Butts Park Arena. [137] That was eventually denied by Rugby Club chairman Jon Sharp, who said there could be no deal with the football club while it was still owned by SISU. [138]

St Andrew's

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. [139]

The club had the option to spend a further two seasons away from Coventry [140] and remained at St Andrew's for the 2020–21 season. [141] The club returned to the Coventry Building Society Arena in August 2021, ending the ground-share agreement between Coventry and Birmingham.

New Stadium at the University of Warwick and second return to Coventry

In July 2020, the club confirmed that they had commenced a partnership with the University of Warwick which would see land provided for a new stadium. [142]

In March 2021, the club announced that they had secured a ten-year agreement to return to the Ricoh Arena from the start of the 2021–22 season. The deal, described by the club's owners as "the best the club has had in terms of commercial revenue" during their time at the stadium, would not affect the longer-term goal of constructing a new stadium. [143] The new deal also included a seven-year break clause should the club require it. [144]

On 5 May 2021, it was announced that the Ricoh Arena would be renamed for the first time, when it would become the Coventry Building Society Arena. The name change came into effect in July 2021 as a part of a 10-year naming rights deal with the building society. [145] [146]

On 8 August 2021, Coventry City played Nottingham Forest at the Coventry Building Society Arena in the club's first game back at the ground in 2 years and their first Championship game in Coventry since 2012. They won the match 2–1. On 16 September 2021, Coventry City owner Joy Seppala told the BBC the club remained "firmly committed" to a new stadium, planned for a site owned by the University of Warwick. [147]

The club were forced to move at least 1 match away from Coventry again in August 2022 when their EFL Cup match against Bristol City was held at Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium due to the pitch being deemed "unsafe". [117]

Arena Coventry entered Administration in November 2022 and was subsequently bought by Frasers Group. Coventry City did not sign to continue the previous deal with the new owners and were issued a notice of eviction on 5 December unless they signed a new deal which only ran until May 2023. [148] The new deal was signed on 13 December meaning the Sky Blues would remain at the CBS Arena only until at least May 2023. [149] The deal was subsequently extended by 5 years; additional guarantees in the lease included that City would be the sole tenant of the CBS Arena throughout the lease, would move back into the original home dressing room (previously used by Wasps), a new club shop, and enhanced Sky Blues branding in the concourse. [150]

Supporters

Former Players' Association

In February 2007 a Former Players' Association was launched. Set up by club historian and statistician Jim Brown, former 1980s player Kirk Stephens and a committee of volunteers, its aim was to bring former players of the club together and cherish their memories. To qualify for membership players have to have made at least one first-team competitive appearance for the club or been a manager.

Around 50 former stars of the club attended the launch including Coventry City legends George Hudson, Cyrille Regis, Charlie Timmins and Bill Glazier. The association's first newsletter was published in autumn 2007 and a website launched. The launch of 2007 was followed by subsequent Legends' Days. The 2009 event, held at the home game against Doncaster Rovers was attended by 43 former players including the first visit to Coventry for many years of Roy Barry and Dave Clements. In March 2012 the membership had increased past the 200 mark with former captain Terry Yorath inducted as the 200th member at the 2012 Legends' Day.[ citation needed ]

Legends’ Day has become an almost permanent fixture amongst Coventry supporters. Legends’ Day has been held almost every year since the Inaugural Event. The only exceptions being in 2014 when the club were exiled playing home games in Northampton and in 2020 and 2021 after fans were shut out of stadiums as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Identity

The club’s support is collectively known as The Sky Blue Army. In Coventry and Warwickshire the use of the term ‘Going Up The City’ is a term used to say you are going to watch a Coventry City match.

The club’s support massively dropped off in the years of the SISU ownership, with the decline in average attendances falling in line with the club’s slide down the league pyramid. The exit from The Ricoh Arena in 2013 led to many supporters protesting against SISU’s ownership of the club and a section of the support enforce a ‘Not One Penny More’ policy in which its backers vowed not to give any more money to the club as long as SISU remained in charge.

In the 2013–14 season, in which the club was exiled at Northampton Town’s Sixfields Stadium the average attendance dropped to just over 2,000.

The Sky Blue Trust is the largest member-based supporters club and in its peak was fighting to gain a stake in the club and to get fan representation on the board of directors. As of 2022 The Sky Blue Trust are less vocal and are viewed as obsolete by many supporters.

Sky Blue anthem

The words to the club's song were written in 1962 by Team Manager Jimmy Hill and Director John Camkin; The words being set to the tune of the Eton Boating Song. [151] It was launched at the home game with Colchester on 22 December 1962 (a match abandoned at half-time because of fog) with the words printed in the programme. [151] It quickly became popular with supporters during the epic FA Cup run in 1963 when the then Third Division team reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup before losing to eventual winners Manchester United: [152]

Original Words:
Let's all sing together
Play up, Sky Blues
While we sing together
We will never lose
Proud, Posh or Cobblers
Oysters or anyone
They shan't defeat us
We'll fight till the game is won!
City! City! City!

Current Words:
Let's all sing together
Play up, Sky Blues
While we sing together
We will never lose
Tottenham or Chelsea
United or anyone
They shan't defeat us
We'll fight till the game is won!
City! City! City!

Famous Supporters

The club has a number of famous supporters, Television Broadcaster Richard Keys was born in the City and is a lifelong supporter of the club. Fellow broadcaster Jon Gaunt is also a City fan.

The principal of the Red Bull Formula 1 team Christian Horner was outed as a supporter of the club when he jokingly claimed in an interview with Sky F1 he was trying to convince Kevin De Bruyne to join the club.

Haas F1 Team principal Ayao Komatsu revealed in an interview with Sky Sports F1 that he is a fan of the club. [153] Komatusu's support stems from being introduced to the club whilst he was studying at Loughborough University.

Comedian Josh Pugh grew up in nearby Atherstone and currently lives in Coventry and supports the Sky Blues.

From the world of music, Musician Neville Staple of The Specials is also a keen supporter of the club and in 2019, appeared in a kit launch for the clubs new ‘Two Tone’ themed Third Kit. [154] Tom Clarke, Andy Hopkins and Liam Watts who formed local rock band The Enemy are all big City supporters.

Singer/Songwriter Tom Grennan is also a fan of the club owing to his manager and agent being a Sky Blues fan. [155]

The actor Graeme Hawley who is best known for playing the role of John Stape in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street is a season ticket holder at the club.

Other famous fans include professional Darts players Steve Beaton and Steve Hine, Formula 1 mogul Eddie Jordan and Westlife member Brian McFadden.

Malcolm In The Middle actor Frankie Muniz is reportedly a Coventry City fan, apparently owing to a producer he made friends with on the set of the film Agent Cody Banks 2. [156]

Politician Geoffrey Robinson is a fan of the club and once served as Chairman.

Rivalries

Leicester City are considered Coventry City's main rival and the two clubs compete the M69 Derby. However, largely due to the clubs' differing fortunes meetings between the two have been rare in recent years; the two clubs had not played each other between 2012 and 2023. The derby returned for the first time in eleven years in the 2023–24 EFL Championship season, following Leicester's relegation from the Premier League. A small section of The Sky Blues' support were widely condemned in the build up to an M69 Derby in January 2024, after offensive banners mocking the death of former Foxes owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha were displayed across the City of Coventry [157]

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s and to the turn of the millennium, Aston Villa were considered Coventry's main rivals as they continually competed against each other in the First Division and then the Premier League. The two clubs however have not met since Coventry's relegation from the Premier League in 2001.

In the 1960s and 1970s there was intense rivalry with Wolverhampton Wanderers which started in 1965 after Wolves were relegated from Division One and the two clubs met in Division Two. The two sides were promoted together in 1967 and there were fierce battles in both city centres when the clubs met during the period. There was also rivalries with West Bromwich Albion and Walsall but these are much less fierce than the ones with Leicester, Wolves and Villa.

A local rivalry also exists with Birmingham City, however the ground share agreement at St Andrew's between 2019 and 2021 – which effectively spared Coventry from being expelled from the EFL – has led to friendlier relations between the two clubs’ supporters.

The club has an unusual long-distance rivalry with North-East side Sunderland, which stems back to the end of the 1976–77 season, when Coventry, Sunderland and Bristol City were all battling against relegation from Division One on the final day of the season. With Coventry and Bristol City facing each other at Highfield Road, the referee, on the advice of the police, delayed the kick-off of the match by 15 minutes as many Bristol fans were still trying to enter the ground and there was a risk of serious trouble. Sunderland, who were playing away to Everton at the same time, lost 2–0, and the result was displayed on the Highfield Road scoreboard. There were still 15 minutes left to play and Coventry and Bristol City effectively stopped playing knowing that a 2–2 draw would keep both teams up and send Sunderland down. There was an inquiry but the result was allowed to stand and Sunderland were relegated. Some Sunderland fans have held a grudge, believing that then-Coventry chairman Jimmy Hill used his influence to delay the game and give his side an advantage, and there has been some rivalry more recently as the two clubs competed for promotion from League One together in 2018–19 and 2019–20. In 2018–19 crowd trouble marred the meetings between the two at The Ricoh Arena and The Stadium of Light leading to numerous arrests among both sets of fans.

Players

First-team squad

As of 31 January 2024 [158]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Simon Moore
2 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Luis Binks (on loan from Bologna)
3 DF Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL Jay Dasilva
4 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Bobby Thomas
6 MF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Liam Kelly (captain)
7 MF Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Tatsuhiro Sakamoto
8 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Jamie Allen (4th captain)
9 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Ellis Simms
10 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Callum O'Hare
11 FW Flag of the United States.svg  USA Haji Wright
13 GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Ben Wilson
No.Pos.NationPlayer
14 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Ben Sheaf (vice captain)
15 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Liam Kitching
21 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Jake Bidwell
22 DF Flag of Jamaica.svg  JAM Joel Latibeaudiere
24 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Matt Godden (3rd captain)
27 DF Flag of the Netherlands.svg  NED Milan van Ewijk
28 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Josh Eccles
29 MF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Victor Torp
30 FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Fábio Tavares
40 GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Bradley Collins
45 MF Flag of Jamaica.svg  JAM Kasey Palmer

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
32 DF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Jack Burroughs (at Lincoln City until 30 June 2024)
36 MF Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL Ryan Howley (at Dundee until 30 June 2024)
43 MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Marco Rus (at Universitatea Cluj)
49 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Justin Obikwu (at Grimsby Town until 30 June 2024)
50 DF Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Riccardo Di Trolio(at Welling United until 30 June 2024)
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Ephron Mason-Clark (at Peterborough United until 30 June 2024)

Under-21 squad

As of 31 January 2024 [159]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
41 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Dermi Lusala
44 GK Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL Cian Tyler
46 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Bradley Stretton
47 MF Flag of Austria.svg  AUT Evan Eghosa
48 GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Luke Bell
No.Pos.NationPlayer
52 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Tristan Batanwi
53 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Isaac Moore
54 FW Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL Kai Andrews
61 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Callum Perry
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Kain Ryan

Under-18 squad

As of 1 August 2023 [160]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
GK Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL Luis Lines
GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Daniel Rachel
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Ben Blakely
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Joshua Gordon
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG David Mantle
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Jay Marshall
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Jayden Smith
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Conrad Ambursley
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Elliot Betjemann
No.Pos.NationPlayer
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Charlie Finney
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Jack James
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Joseph McCallum
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Leon Osaghae
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Rylie Siddall
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Mackenzie Stretton
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Aidan Dausch
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Constantine Panayiotou

Backroom staff and club officials

NamePosition
Mark Robins Manager
Adi Viveash Assistant manager
VacantFirst-team coach
Aled WilliamsGoalkeeping coach
John Dempster Under 21s Head Coach
Mark Delaney Under 18s Coach
Daniel BolasAcademy manager
Dr Ganeshan RamsamyClub doctor
Dr Claire-Marie RobertsPerformance Director
Liam StanleyAssistant physiotherapist
Adam HearnHead of sports science
Andy YoungSenior Fitness Coach
Paul TravisPerformance analyst
Mike ReidHead of Football Operations
Ben KingFootball Operations
Dean Austin Head of recruitment
Jamie Johnson [161] Head of Scouting
Chris Marsh Kitman
NamePosition
Doug KingOwner/Chairman
John TaylorChief Operating Officer
David Busst Head of Sky Blues
in the Community
Tynan ScopeCommercial Manager
Mark HornbyHead of Marketing & Communications
Jim BrownClub Historian

Seasons

Season Review
& Statistics
LevelPos. Player of the Year Top GoalscorerMatchesMost AppearancesMost Captain AppsOther
1958–1959 season 42nd (24)not awarded Flag of England.svg Ray Straw 3048 Flag of England.svg Roy Kirk 48 Flag of England.svg George Curtis Football League Fourth Division Runners-up
1959–1960 season 35th (24) Flag of England.svg Ray Straw 2148 Flag of South Africa (1928-1982).svg Arthur Lightening 48 Flag of England.svg George Curtis Southern Professional Floodlit Cup Winners
1960–1961 season 315th (24) Flag of England.svg Ray Straw 2051 Flag of England.svg George Curtis 51 Flag of England.svg George Curtis
1961–1962 season 314th (24) Flag of England.svg Mike Dixon 1249 Flag of England.svg George Curtis 49 Flag of England.svg George Curtis
1962–1963 season 34th (24) Flag of England.svg Terry Bly 2957 Flag of England.svg George Curtis 56 Flag of England.svg George Curtis
1963–1964 season 31st (24) Flag of England.svg George Hudson 2850 Flag of England.svg George Curtis 50
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ronnie Rees 50
Flag of England.svg George Curtis Football League Third Division Champions
1964–1965 season 210th (22) Flag of England.svg George Hudson 2447 Flag of England.svg George Curtis 46
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ronnie Rees 46
Flag of England.svg George Curtis
1965–1966 season 23rd (22) Flag of England.svg George Hudson 1750 Flag of England.svg George Curtis 50 Flag of England.svg George Curtis
1966–1967 season 21st (22) Flag of England.svg Bobby Gould 2546 Flag of England.svg George Curtis 46 Flag of England.svg George Curtis Football League Second Division Champions
1967–1968 season 120th (22) Flag of England.svg Ernie Machin Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ronnie Rees 946 Flag of England.svg Ernie Machin 44 Flag of England.svg George Curtis FA Youth Cup Runners-up
1968–1969 season 120th (22) Flag of England.svg Bill Glazier Flag of England.svg Ernie Hunt 1349 Flag of England.svg Bill Glazier 49 Flag of England.svg George Curtis
1969–1970 season 16th (22) Flag of Scotland.svg Neil Martin Flag of Scotland.svg Neil Martin 1545 Flag of England.svg Mick Coop 44 Flag of Scotland.svg Roy Barry FA Youth Cup Runners-up
1970–1971 season 110th (22) Flag of Scotland.svg Willie Carr Flag of England.svg Ernie Hunt 13
Flag of Scotland.svg Neil Martin 13
52 Flag of England.svg Jeff Blockley 52 Flag of Scotland.svg Neil Martin Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Second round;
BBC Goal of the Season: Flag of England.svg Ernie Hunt
1971–1972 season 118th (22) Flag of England.svg Ernie Hunt Flag of England.svg Ernie Hunt 1245 Flag of Scotland.svg Willie Carr 45
Flag of England.svg Wilf Smith 45
Flag of Scotland.svg Roy Barry Texaco Cup Second round
1972–1973 season 119th (22) Flag of Scotland.svg Willie Carr Flag of Scotland.svg Brian Alderson 1748 Flag of England.svg Mick Coop 48 Flag of Scotland.svg Roy Barry Texaco Cup First round
1973–1974 season 116th (22) Flag of England.svg Bill Glazier Flag of Scotland.svg Brian Alderson 1554 Flag of Ireland.svg Jimmy Holmes 53
Flag of Scotland.svg Tommy Hutchison 53
Flag of England.svg John Craven Texaco Cup First round
1974–1975 season 114th (22) Flag of England.svg Graham Oakey Flag of Scotland.svg Brian Alderson 8
Flag of England.svg David Cross 8
46 Flag of Scotland.svg Tommy Hutchison 46 Flag of England.svg John Craven
1975–1976 season 114th (22) Flag of Scotland.svg Tommy Hutchison Flag of England.svg David Cross 1647 Flag of England.svg Mick Coop 47
Flag of Scotland.svg Tommy Hutchison 47
Flag of England.svg John Craven
1976–1977 season 119th (22) Flag of Scotland.svg Jim Blyth Flag of England.svg Mick Ferguson 1547 Flag of England.svg John Beck 45 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Terry Yorath
1977–1978 season 17th (22) Flag of Scotland.svg Ian Wallace Flag of Scotland.svg Ian Wallace 2347 Flag of Scotland.svg Bobby McDonald 47
Flag of England.svg Barry Powell 47
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Terry Yorath
1978–1979 season 110th (22) Flag of Scotland.svg Bobby McDonald Flag of Scotland.svg Ian Wallace 1545 Flag of Scotland.svg Tommy Hutchison 45
Flag of Scotland.svg Bobby McDonald 45
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Terry Yorath
1979–1980 season 115th (22) Flag of Scotland.svg Gary Gillespie Flag of Scotland.svg Ian Wallace 1347 Flag of Scotland.svg Tommy Hutchison 45 Flag of Scotland.svg Tommy Hutchison
1980–1981 season 116th (22) Flag of England.svg Danny Thomas Flag of England.svg Garry Thompson 1555 Flag of England.svg Paul Dyson 54
Flag of England.svg Harry Roberts 54
Flag of England.svg Mick Coop Football League Cup Semi-finalists
1981–1982 season 114th (22) Flag of England.svg Danny Thomas Flag of England.svg Mark Hateley 1848 Flag of Scotland.svg Gary Gillespie 46 Flag of Ireland.svg Gerry Daly PFA Merit Award: Flag of England.svg Joe Mercer
1982–1983 season 119th (22) Flag of Scotland.svg Gary Gillespie Flag of England.svg Steve Whitton 1448 Flag of Scotland.svg Gary Gillespie 48 Flag of England.svg Gerry Francis PFA Team OTY: Flag of England.svg Danny Thomas
1983–1984 season 119th (22) Flag of England.svg Nick Platnauer Flag of England.svg Terry Gibson 1949 Flag of England.svg Terry Gibson 41
Flag of England.svg Nick Platnauer 41
Flag of England.svg Harry Roberts
1984–1985 season 118th (22) Flag of England.svg Terry Gibson Flag of England.svg Terry Gibson 1946 Flag of England.svg Steve Ogrizovic 46 Flag of England.svg Trevor Peake
1985–1986 season 117th (22) Flag of England.svg Trevor Peake Flag of England.svg Terry Gibson 1347 Flag of England.svg Steve Ogrizovic 47 Flag of England.svg Brian Kilcline
1986–1987 season 110th (22) Flag of England.svg Steve Ogrizovic Flag of England.svg Cyrille Regis 1653 Flag of England.svg Steve Ogrizovic 53 Flag of England.svg Brian Kilcline FA Cup Winners: 1987 FA Cup final;
FA Youth Cup Winners: 1987 FA Youth Cup final;

BBC Goal of the Season: Flag of England.svg Keith Houchen
1987–1988 season 110th (21) Flag of Scotland.svg David Speedie Flag of England.svg Cyrille Regis 1246 Flag of England.svg Steve Ogrizovic 46 Flag of England.svg Brian Kilcline FA Charity Shield Runners-up: 1987 FA Charity Shield;
Full Members Cup Semi-finalists
1988–1989 season 17th (20) Flag of Scotland.svg David Speedie Flag of Scotland.svg David Speedie 1542 Flag of England.svg Brian Borrows 42
Flag of England.svg Steve Ogrizovic 42
Flag of England.svg Brian Kilcline
1989–1990 season 112th (20) Flag of England.svg Brian Borrows Flag of Scotland.svg David Speedie 947 Flag of England.svg Brian Borrows 46
Flag of England.svg David Smith 46
Flag of England.svg Brian Kilcline Football League Cup Semi-finalists
1990–1991 season 116th (20) Flag of Scotland.svg Kevin Gallacher Flag of Scotland.svg Kevin Gallacher 1647 Flag of England.svg Brian Borrows 47 Flag of England.svg Brian Kilcline PFA Merit Award: Flag of Scotland.svg Tommy Hutchison
1991–1992 season 119th (22) Flag of England.svg Stewart Robson Flag of Scotland.svg Kevin Gallacher 1048 Flag of England.svg Lloyd McGrath 46 Flag of England.svg Stewart Robson
1992–1993 season 115th (22) Flag of England.svg Peter Atherton Flag of England.svg Micky Quinn 1745 Flag of England.svg John Williams 44 Flag of England.svg Brian Borrows
1993–1994 season 111th (22) Flag of Ireland.svg Phil Babb Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Peter Ndlovu 1146 Flag of Ireland.svg Phil Babb 44
Flag of England.svg Steve Morgan 44
Flag of England.svg Brian Borrows
1994–1995 season 116th (22) Flag of England.svg Brian Borrows Flag of England.svg Dion Dublin 1649 Flag of England.svg Brian Borrows 40
Flag of England.svg Paul Cook 40
Flag of England.svg Steve Ogrizovic 40
Flag of England.svg Brian Borrows PFA Merit Award: Flag of Scotland.svg Gordon Strachan
1995–1996 season 116th (20) Flag of England.svg Paul Williams Flag of England.svg Dion Dublin 1645 Flag of England.svg John Salako 43 Flag of England.svg Dion Dublin
1996–1997 season 117th (20) Flag of England.svg Dion Dublin Flag of England.svg Dion Dublin 1346 Flag of Scotland.svg Gary McAllister 46
Flag of England.svg Steve Ogrizovic 46
Flag of Scotland.svg Gary McAllister
1997–1998 season 111th (20) Flag of England.svg Dion Dublin Flag of England.svg Dion Dublin 2347 Flag of England.svg Dion Dublin 43 Flag of Scotland.svg Gary McAllister Premier League Golden Boot: Flag of England.svg Dion Dublin;
PFA Merit Award: Flag of England.svg Steve Ogrizovic
1998–1999 season 115th (20) Flag of England.svg Richard Shaw Flag of England.svg Noel Whelan 1344 Flag of Sweden.svg Magnus Hedman 42
Flag of England.svg Richard Shaw 42
Flag of Scotland.svg Gary McAllister FA Youth Cup Runners-up
1999–2000 season 114th (20) Flag of Scotland.svg Gary McAllister Flag of Scotland.svg Gary McAllister 1343 Flag of Scotland.svg Gary McAllister 43 Flag of Scotland.svg Gary McAllister FA Youth Cup Runners-up;
FAI Young Int'l Player OTY: Flag of Ireland.svg Robbie Keane
2000–2001 season 119th (20) Flag of Ireland.svg Gary Breen Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Craig Bellamy 844 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Craig Bellamy 39 Flag of Morocco.svg Mustapha Hadji PFA Merit Award: Flag of England.svg Jimmy Hill;
Welsh Footballer OTY: Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg John Hartson
2001–2002 season 211th (24) Flag of England.svg David Thompson Flag of England.svg Lee Hughes 1449 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Muhamed Konjić 41 Flag of England.svg John Eustace
2002–2003 season 220th (24) Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Muhamed Konjić Flag of England.svg Jay Bothroyd 1152 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Muhamed Konjić 48 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Muhamed Konjić
2003–2004 season 212th (24) Flag of England.svg Stephen Warnock Flag of England.svg Gary McSheffrey 1251 Flag of England.svg Stephen Warnock 49 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Muhamed Konjić FWA Tribute Award: Flag of England.svg Jimmy Hill
2004–2005 season 219th (24) Flag of Ireland.svg Michael Doyle Flag of England.svg Gary McSheffrey 1451 Flag of Ireland.svg Michael Doyle 49 Flag of England.svg Stephen Hughes First CONCACAF 50-goal scorer: Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Stern John;
Last goal at Highfield Road: Flag of England.svg Andy Whing
2005–2006 season 28th (24) Flag of England.svg Gary McSheffrey Flag of England.svg Gary McSheffrey 1751 Flag of England.svg Gary McSheffrey 50 Flag of Ireland.svg Michael Doyle First goal at Ricoh Arena: Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg Claus Bech Jørgensen
2006–2007 season 217th (24) Flag of England.svg Andy Marshall Flag of Nigeria.svg Dele Adebola 949 Flag of Nigeria.svg Dele Adebola 42
Flag of Ireland.svg Michael Doyle 42
Flag of England.svg Marcus Hall 42
Flag of England.svg Andy Marshall 42
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Rob Page Birmingham Senior Cup Winners
2007–2008 season 221st (24) Flag of Ireland.svg Jay Tabb Flag of Malta.svg Michael Mifsud 1753 Flag of Ireland.svg Michael Doyle 49
Flag of England.svg Isaac Osbourne 49
Flag of Ireland.svg Jay Tabb 49
Flag of England.svg Stephen Hughes
2008–2009 season 217th (24) Flag of Iceland.svg Aron Gunnarsson Flag of Ireland.svg Clinton Morrison 1253 Flag of Ireland.svg Keiren Westwood 49 Flag of England.svg Scott Dann PFA Team OTY: Flag of England.svg Danny Fox, Flag of Ireland.svg Keiren Westwood
2009–2010 season 219th (24) Flag of Ireland.svg Keiren Westwood Flag of Ireland.svg Clinton Morrison 1149 Flag of Ireland.svg Keiren Westwood 46 Flag of England.svg Stephen Wright
2010–2011 season 218th (24) Flag of Jamaica.svg Marlon King Flag of Jamaica.svg Marlon King 1349 Flag of Ireland.svg Richard Keogh 48 Flag of Ireland.svg Lee Carsley FL Fan OTY: Flag of England.svg Kevin Monks
2011–2012 season 223rd (24) Flag of Ireland.svg Richard Keogh Flag of England.svg Lukas Jutkiewicz 9
Flag of England.svg Gary McSheffrey 9
48 Flag of Ireland.svg Richard Keogh 47
Flag of Ireland.svg Joe Murphy 47
Ulster Banner.svg Sammy Clingan Championship Apprentice Award: Flag of Burundi.svg Gaël Bigirimana
2012–2013 season 315th (24) Flag of England.svg Carl Baker Flag of Ireland.svg David McGoldrick 1858 Flag of Ireland.svg Joe Murphy 56 Flag of England.svg Carl Baker FL Trophy Northern area finalists;
PFA Team OTY: Flag of England.svg Leon Clarke;
FL Fan OTY: Flag of England.svg Pat Raybould
2013–2014 season 318th (24)†† Flag of England.svg Callum Wilson Flag of England.svg Callum Wilson 2253 Flag of Ireland.svg Joe Murphy 53 Flag of England.svg Carl Baker FL Goal OTY: Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Franck Moussa;
PFA Team OTY: Flag of England.svg Callum Wilson
2014–2015 season 317th (24) Flag of Scotland.svg Jim O'Brien Flag of England.svg Frank Nouble 752 Flag of Scotland.svg John Fleck 47
Flag of Scotland.svg Jim O'Brien 47
Flag of Benin.svg Réda Johnson
2015–2016 season 38th (24) Flag of Scotland.svg John Fleck Flag of England.svg Adam Armstrong 2049 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Sam Ricketts 46
Flag of France.svg Romain Vincelot 46
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Sam Ricketts PFA Team OTY: Flag of England.svg Adam Armstrong
2016–2017 season 323rd (24) Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg George Thomas Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg George Thomas 959 Flag of England.svg Jordan Turnbull 46
Flag of England.svg Jordan Willis 46
Flag of England.svg Jordan Willis EFL Trophy Winners: 2017 EFL Trophy final
2017–2018 season 46th (24) Flag of Scotland.svg Marc McNulty Flag of Scotland.svg Marc McNulty 2858 Flag of Scotland.svg Jack Grimmer 53 Flag of Ireland.svg Michael Doyle EFL League Two play-offs Winners: 2018 play-off final;
EFL Team OTY: Flag of England.svg Lee Burge, Flag of England.svg Jordan Willis;
PFA Team OTY: Flag of Scotland.svg Jack Grimmer;
PFA Fans' Player OTY: Flag of Scotland.svg Marc McNulty
2018–2019 season 38th (24) Flag of Scotland.svg Dominic Hyam Flag of England.svg Jordy Hiwula 1351 Flag of England.svg Luke Thomas 44 Flag of Scotland.svg Liam Kelly
2019–2020 season 31st (23)††† Flag of England.svg Fankaty Dabo Flag of England.svg Matt Godden 1547 Flag of Ireland.svg Jordan Shipley 42 Flag of Scotland.svg Liam Kelly EFL League One Champions;
LMA Awards Manager OTY: Flag of England.svg Mark Robins;
PFA Team OTY: Flag of Slovakia.svg Marko Maroši, Flag of England.svg Fankaty Dabo,
Flag of England.svg Liam Walsh, Flag of England.svg Matt Godden
2020–2021 season 216th (24) Flag of England.svg Callum O'Hare Flag of England.svg Tyler Walker 849 Flag of England.svg Callum O'Hare 48 Flag of Scotland.svg Liam Kelly
2021–2022 season 212th (24) Flag of the Netherlands.svg Gustavo Hamer Flag of Sweden.svg Viktor Gyökeres 1849 Flag of Sweden.svg Viktor Gyökeres 47
Flag of England.svg Callum O'Hare 47
Flag of England.svg Kyle McFadzean Championship Apprentice Award: Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ryan Howley
2022–2023 season 25th (24) Flag of the Netherlands.svg Gustavo Hamer Flag of Sweden.svg Viktor Gyökeres 2251 Flag of England.svg Jake Bidwell 50
Flag of Sweden.svg Viktor Gyökeres 50
Flag of England.svg Kyle McFadzean EFL Championship play-offs Runners-up: 2023 play-off final;
Birmingham Senior Cup Runners-up;
EFL Team OTY: Flag of England.svg Ben Wilson, Flag of Sweden.svg Viktor Gyökeres;
EFL Golden Glove: Flag of England.svg Ben Wilson;
PFA Team OTY: Flag of Sweden.svg Viktor Gyökeres
2023–2024 season 27th (24) * Flag of England.svg Ellis Simms 16 *
Flag of the United States.svg Haji Wright 16
44 * Flag of England.svg Ellis Simms 44 * Flag of England.svg Ben Sheaf *

Coventry City deducted 10 points by the Football League for going into administration. [162]
†† Coventry City deducted 10 points by the Football League. [163]
††† Bury were expelled from the EFL on 27 August 2019 due to financial issues at the club. [164] The season was postponed on 13 March 2020 and later concluded prematurely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with league positions and promotions decided on a points-per-game basis. [165]
* Season in progress.

Notable players

Official Hall of Fame

Player [166] AppsGoals
Flag of England.svg Dave Bennett 20133
Flag of England.svg Brian Borrows 47713
Flag of England.svg Clarrie Bourton 241182
Flag of Scotland.svg Willie Carr 28036
Flag of England.svg Mick Coop 49222
Flag of England.svg George Curtis 53813
Flag of Scotland.svg Jimmy Dougall 23614
Flag of England.svg Dion Dublin 17072
Player [166] AppsGoals
Flag of England.svg Ron Farmer 31152
Flag of England.svg Mick Ferguson 14157
Flag of Scotland.svg Ian Gibson 10114
Flag of England.svg Bill Glazier 3950
Flag of England.svg Fred Herbert 19985
Flag of England.svg George Hudson 12975
Flag of England.svg Ernie Hunt 16651
Flag of Scotland.svg Tommy Hutchison 35530
Player [166] AppsGoals
Flag of England.svg Mick Kearns 38216
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Leslie Jones 14573
Flag of Scotland.svg Jock Lauderdale 18263
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg George Lowrie 8559
Flag of England.svg Ernie Machin 28939
Flag of England.svg George Mason 3509
Flag of England.svg Reg Matthews 1160
Flag of England.svg Steve Ogrizovic 6011
Player [166] AppsGoals
Flag of England.svg Trevor Peake 3367
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ronnie Rees 26252
Flag of England.svg Cyrille Regis 28362
Flag of England.svg Richard Shaw 3621
Flag of England.svg Danny Thomas 1236
Flag of Scotland.svg Ian Wallace 13860
Flag of England.svg Alf Wood 2460

Notable Academy graduates

PlayerAchievements
Flag of England.svg Tom Bayliss 2017–18 EFL League Two play-off winner with Coventry
Flag of Burundi.svg Gaël Bigirimana 2017 EFL Trophy Final winner with Coventry, 2012 Championship Apprentice Award winner
Flag of Ireland.svg Willie Boland Over 200 appearances for Cardiff City, 2001–02 FAW Premier Cup winner
Flag of England.svg Lee Burge 2017–18 EFL League Two play-off winner with Coventry, 2017 EFL Trophy Final winner with Coventry, over 150 appearances for Coventry
Flag of Ireland.svg Cyrus Christie 24 international caps and 2 goals for Republic of Ireland, over 100 appearances for Coventry
Flag of England.svg Jordan Clarke Over 100 appearances for Coventry
Flag of England.svg Jonson Clarke-Harris 2017–18 EFL League Two play-off winner with Coventry, youngest player to play in a first-team match for Coventry
Flag of England.svg Josh Eccles Over 50 appearances for Coventry
Flag of England.svg John Eustace Coventry club captain
Flag of England.svg Marcus Hall England U21 captain, over 300 appearances for Coventry
Flag of England.svg Ryan Haynes 2017–18 EFL League Two play-off winner with Coventry, 2017 EFL Trophy Final winner with Coventry
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ryan Howley 2022 Championship Apprentice Award winner
Flag of Ireland.svg Dean Kiely 11 international caps for Republic of Ireland, 2007–08 Championship Golden Glove, two-time Football League Championship winner
Flag of England.svg Chris Kirkland 1 international cap for England, 2004–05 UEFA Champions League winner
Flag of England.svg James Maddison 2 international caps for England, part of England 2022 World Cup squad, January 2018 EFL Young Player of the Month
Flag of England.svg Gary McSheffrey Over 250 appearances for Coventry, two-time Football League Championship runner-up
Flag of Ireland.svg Roy O'Donovan 2 caps for Republic of Ireland B, 2015–16 A-League Goal of the Year winner
Flag of England.svg Isaac Osbourne Over 100 appearances for Coventry
Flag of England.svg Jordan Ponticelli 2017–18 EFL League Two play-off winner with Coventry
Flag of England.svg Josh Ruffels Over 300 appearances for Oxford United
Flag of Ireland.svg Jordan Shipley 2019–20 EFL League One winner with Coventry, 2017–18 EFL League Two play-off winner with Coventry, over 100 appearances for Coventry
Flag of England.svg Ben Stevenson 2017 EFL Trophy Final winner with Coventry
Flag of England.svg Daniel Sturridge 26 international caps and 8 goals for England, 2011–12 UEFA Champions League winner, 2009–10 Premier League winner
Flag of England.svg Conor Thomas Over 100 appearances for Coventry
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg George Thomas 2017 EFL Trophy Final winner with Coventry
Flag of Scotland.svg Kevin Thomson 3 international caps for Scotland, two-time Scottish Premier League winner, 2007–08 Scottish Cup winner
Flag of Ireland.svg Kevin Thornton Over 50 appearances for the first team, 2012–13 FA Trophy winner
Flag of England.svg Ben Turner 2012–13 Football League Championship winner
Flag of England.svg Andy Whing Over 100 appearances for Coventry
Flag of England.svg Jordan Willis 2017–18 EFL League Two play-off winner with Coventry, 2017 EFL Trophy Final winner with Coventry, Coventry club captain, over 200 appearances for Coventry
Flag of England.svg Callum Wilson 6 international caps and 1 goal for England, part of England 2022 World Cup squad, two Premier League hat-tricks, 2014–15 Football League Championship winner

Player records

RecordDetails
Highest transfer fee paid Flag of the United States.svg Haji Wright, £7,700,000 in 2023 (from Antalyaspor)
Highest transfer fee received Flag of Sweden.svg Viktor Gyökeres, £20,500,000 in 2023 (to Sporting CP)
Most appearances (all competitions) Flag of England.svg Steve Ogrizovic, 601 (1984–2000)
Most appearances (league) Flag of England.svg Steve Ogrizovic, 504 (1984–2000)
All-time top scorer (all competitions) Flag of England.svg Clarrie Bourton, 182 goals (1931–1937)
All-time top scorer (league) Flag of England.svg Clarrie Bourton, 173 goals (1931–1937)
Top-flight era top scorer (all competitions) Flag of England.svg Dion Dublin, 72 goals (1994–1998)
Top-flight era top scorer (league) Flag of England.svg Dion Dublin, 60 goals (1994–1998)
Most goals by one player in a game Flag of England.svg Arthur Bacon, 5 (vs Gillingham, 1933)
Flag of England.svg Clarrie Bourton, 5 (vs Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic, 1931)
Flag of England.svg Cyrille Regis, 5 (vs Chester City, 1985)
Most goals by one player in a season Flag of England.svg Clarrie Bourton, 50 (1931–1932, 49 league, 1 FA Cup)
Most goals by one player in a season in top-flight Flag of England.svg Dion Dublin, 23 (1997–1998)
Flag of Scotland.svg Ian Wallace, 23 (1977–1978)
Oldest player to play in a first-team match Flag of England.svg Alf Wood, 43 years 207 days (vs Plymouth Argyle, 1958)
Youngest player to play in a first-team match Flag of England.svg Jonson Clarke-Harris, 16 years 21 days (substitute vs Morecambe, 2010)
Youngest player to start a first-team match Flag of England.svg Brian Hill, 16 years 273 days (vs Gillingham, 1958)

Managers

Chairmen

Tim Fisher was chairman of Coventry City from 2014 until 2023 TimFisher.jpg
Tim Fisher was chairman of Coventry City from 2014 until 2023

Honours

League

Cup

Notes

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