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;137 years ago (1883-08-13)
(as Singers F.C.) [1]
Ground Coventry Building Society Arena
Capacity32,609
OwnerJoy Seppala (Otium Entertainment Group)
ChairmanTim Fisher
Manager Mark Robins
League Championship
2020-21 Championship, 16th of 24
Website Club website
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Coventry City Football Club is a professional association football club based in Coventry, West Midlands, England. The team compete in the EFL Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. The club play at the 32,609 capacity Coventry Building Society Arena. The club is nicknamed the Sky Blues because of the colour of their home strip. From 1899 to 2005, Coventry City played at Highfield Road. The 32,609-capacity Coventry Building Society Arena was opened in August 2005 to replace Highfield Road. However, the club left the arena on two occasions having ground-shared with Northampton Town between 2013 and 2014 and Birmingham City between 2019 and 2021.

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Coventry City formed as Singers F.C. in 1883 following a general meeting of the Singer Factory Gentleman's club. They adopted their current name in 1898 and joined the Southern League in 1908, before being elected 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 they 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 suffered further relegations in 2012 and 2017, though did manage to also 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 8th in League One the next season and then led the club to promotion back to the Championship as League One champions in 2020. In their first season back in the Championship, Mark Robins guided the Sky Blues to a respectable 16th placed finish, 12 points above relegation.

History in brief

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Chart of historic table positions of Coventry City in the Football League.
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Coventry City playing against Oxford United at Highfield Road on 13 February 1982

Playing kit

Colours

Coventry's home shirts are either completely or predominately 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. [22]

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. [23] 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. [24] 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. [25]

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
1985–86Elliots
1986–87Triple S Sport Granada Bingo
1987–88 Hummel
1988–89None
1989–92 Asics Peugeot
1992–94 Ribero
1994–96 Pony International
1996–97 Le Coq Sportif
1997–99 Subaru
1999–2004In House Manufacturer (CCFC Leisure)
2004–05Kit@
2005–06 Cassidy Group
2006–10 Puma
2010–13 City Link
2013–14Grace Medical Fund (charity partner)
2014–15 Allsopp & Allsopp
2015–18 Nike
2018–19 Midrepro
2019–20 Hummel International Allsopp & Allsopp The Exams Office (home, away & goalkeeper shorts)
2020– BoyleSports (front)

Jingltree (back)

G&R Scaffolding (home shorts)

SIMIAN Aspects Training (away shorts)

Stadium

Grounds

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The Coventry Building Society Arena

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. The ground had an interesting history. In 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.

The record crowd at the ground was on 29 April 1967 when 51,455 watched the Second Division title decider against Wolverhampton Wanderers. This was over 6,000 more than the previous record set against Aston Villa in 1938. Many people who were at that game suggest the attendance was a lot higher, possibly over 60,000. Supporters climbed onto the roofs of the stands and up the floodlights.[ citation needed ]

In 1968, the main stand burnt down and its replacement was built within four months.

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. [26] 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. [27] The stadium was subsequently demolished and replaced by a housing development.

Ricoh Arena

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Ricoh Arena

For the 2005–06 season, Coventry City moved to the new 32,609-capacity Ricoh Arena after 106 years at Highfield Road. [1] [28] 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. [29]

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. [30] 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. [31]

It was believed that Coventry City might ground-share with Walsall at the Bescot Stadium or attempt to stay at the Ricoh Arena, [32] following the appointment of new owners. [33] 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. [34] [35] 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. [36] Member of parliament for Coventry South, Jim Cunningham, described the move as "a disgrace". [37]

Return to Ricoh 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. [38] 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." [11] 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 [39] and a protest march by the Sky Blue Trust supporters' group. [40] 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. [41]

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. [42] However it was later confirmed that Coventry City would remain at the Ricoh Arena for another year. [43]

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. [44] 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. [45]

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. [46]

The club had the option to spend a further two seasons away from Coventry [47] and remained at St Andrew's for the 2020–21 season. [48] The club returned to the Ricoh 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 Building Society Arena

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. [49]

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 to affect the longer-term goal of constructing a new stadium. [50] The new deal also includes a seven-year break clause should the club require it. [51]

On 5 May 2021, it was announced that the Ricoh Arena would be renamed for the first time, when it will become the Coventry Building Society Arena. The name change will come into effect in July 2021 as a part of a 10-year naming rights deal with the building society. [52] [53]

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.

Sky Blue Trust

The Sky Blue Trust is a supporters' trust for Coventry City F.C.; it was founded in 2003 as part of a national initiative under the auspices of the umbrella group, Supporters Direct. The Sky Blue Trust, like trusts at other clubs, is a legally based, independent, democratic supporters' group with membership open to all. One of the Sky Blue Trust's greatest achievements was raising funds to save the football club's Youth Academy which was threatened with closure.[ citation needed ] By 2009/2010, however, the trust had become moribund. [54] Given the ongoing financial uncertainty at Coventry City, the trust was re-launched in the summer of 2012. [54] [55] A new board for the trust was elected and from having less than 20 members, the trust grew to over 700 within three months, including TV pundit John McCririck.[ citation needed ] The key aim of the Sky Blue Trust is to obtain a financial stake in Coventry City F.C. and have at least one democratically elected trust member on the club's board, meaning that supporters have a direct say in the running of the club. [56] [57] [58]

'SISU Out' protesters

In August 2011, after Coventry City fans became tired of cost-cutting by SISU, Coventry fans started to protest for the removal of SISU. Protests took place at the Jimmy Hill Statue at the Ricoh Arena before games but limited numbers turned out. However, after these games, the number of protesters grew and so did the number of banners. After protesting near the rear entrance, the fans moved into the lobby and start chanting "SISU OUT" at which point a large number of "security response guards" moved in to remove the protesters. [59]

Another protest was staged on 15 October 2016 as Coventry and Charlton Athletic fans threw hundreds of plastic toy pigs onto the pitch during a 3–0 loss for Coventry. Play was stopped for around 5 minutes. This protest was a joint effort between Coventry and Charlton fans against their respective owners. [13]

On 15 December 2016, the televised match between Coventry and Sheffield United was temporarily halted after 86 minutes due to on-field protests, once again against owners SISU. The atmosphere of the match was dominated by Coventry supporters whistling loudly and chanting anti-SISU protests in the stands throughout the entire 90 minutes. [14]

There were protests when Coventry played Northampton Town away on 28 January 2017, when flares were thrown onto the pitch as well as pitch invasions. The play was stopped several times and the players were removed from the field of play twice. [60]

There were further protests against Millwall, as many tennis balls were thrown onto the pitch to halt play, on 4 February 2017 at the Ricoh Arena.

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. [61] 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. [61] 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: [62]

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 'til 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 'til the game is won!
City! City! City!

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 have not played each other since 2012.

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.

Local rivalries also exist with Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion and Walsall but these are much less fierce than the ones with Leicester 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.

The club has an unusual and 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 on the final day of the season. With Coventry and Bristol City facing each other at Highfield Road, Jimmy Hill, Coventry's chairman at the time delayed the kick off of the match by 15 minutes due to ‘Crowd Congestion’. Sunderland, who were playing away to Everton at the same time had lost 2-0 and with 15 minutes left to play Coventry and Bristol City effectively played out a 2–2 draw, sparing them both from relegation and sending Sunderland down instead. Hill was charged with misconduct by The FA, but the result was allowed to stand and Sunderland were controversially relegated. No love has been lost between the two clubs since and the rivalry re-intensified 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.

Current players

First team squad

As of 1 February 2021 [63]

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 Slovakia.svg  SVK Marko Maroši
2 DF Flag of Norway.svg  NOR Leo Skiri Østigård (on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion)
4 DF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Michael Rose
5 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Kyle McFadzean
6 MF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Liam Kelly (captain)
7 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Jodi Jones
8 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Jamie Allen
9 FW Flag of France.svg  FRA Maxime Biamou
10 MF Flag of the Territorial Collectivity of Martinique.svg  MTQ Wesley Jobello
11 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Callum O'Hare
12 FW Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Viktor Gyökeres (on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion)
13 GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Ben Wilson
14 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Ben Sheaf (on loan from Arsenal)
15 DF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Dominic Hyam
No.Pos.NationPlayer
16 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Josh Pask
19 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Tyler Walker
20 FW Flag of Sierra Leone.svg  SLE Amadou Bakayoko
21 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Sam McCallum (on loan from Norwich City)
22 DF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Josh Reid
23 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Fankaty Dabo
24 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Matt Godden
25 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Matty James (on loan from Leicester City)
26 MF Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Jordan Shipley
27 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Jordon Thompson
28 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Josh Eccles
29 DF Flag of France.svg  FRA Julien Dacosta
30 FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Fábio Tavares
38 MF Flag of the Netherlands.svg  NED Gustavo Hamer

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
3 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Brandon Mason (on loan at St Mirren)
17 MF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Marcel Hilßner (on loan at Oldham Athletic)
No.Pos.NationPlayer
33 MF Flag of Curacao.svg  CUW Gervane Kastaneer (on loan at Heart of Midlothian)
35 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Declan Drysdale (on loan at Cambridge United)

Under-23 squad

As of 17 July 2020 [64]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
31 GK Flag of England.svg  ENG Tom Billson
32 MF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Jack Burroughs
37 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Morgan Williams
39 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Daniel Bartlett
40 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Jonny Ngandu
41 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Will Bapaga
42 MF Ulster Banner.svg  NIR Daniel Lafferty
43 FW Flag of England.svg  ENG David Bremang
No.Pos.NationPlayer
44 GK Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL Cian Tyler
45 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Aidan Finnegan
46 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Blaine Rowe
47 MF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Jordan Young
48 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Joe Newton
49 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Aaron Evans-Harriott
50 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Jay McGrath

Under-18 squad

As of 6 August 2019 [65]

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 England.svg  ENG Keelan Fallows
DF Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO George Burroughs
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Kai Forsyth
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Callum Martin
DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Adam Taylor
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Alexander Costa
No.Pos.NationPlayer
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Matthew Harland
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Joseph Nightingale
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Sam Pitts-Eckersall
MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Hayden Purvis
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Thai Duggan
FW Flag of England.svg  ENG Harrison Nee

Backroom staff and club officials

NamePosition
Mark Robins Manager
Adrian Viveash Assistant Manager
Aled WilliamsGoalkeeping Coach
Jason FarndonFirst Team Technical Coach and Head of Under 23 Development
Luke TisdaleUnder 23s Head Coach
John Dempster Under 18s Coach
Daniel BolasAcademy Manager
Karl HooperPersonal Development
Plan (PDP) Coach
Paul GodfreyHead of Medical
Dr Prithish NarayanClub Doctor
Liam StanleyAssistant Physiotherapist
Marcus DrakeSoft Tissue Therapist
Adam HearnHead of Sports Science
Andy YoungSenior Fitness Coach
Paul TravisPerformance Analyst
Mike ReidHead of Football Operations
Ben KilbyFootball Operations
Chris Badlan [66] Head of Recruitment
Ray Gooding Scout (Midlands Region)
Chris Marsh Kitman
NamePosition
Joy SeppalaOwner (SISU)
Tim FisherChairman
David BoddyChief Executive
George Curtis Life Presidents
John Sillett
David Busst Head of Sky Blues
in the Community
Tynan ScopeCommercial Manager
Jim BrownClub Historian

Seasons, awards and honours

Season Review
& Statistics
LevelPos. Player of the Year Club CaptainTop GoalscorerMost AppearancesOther
1958–1959 season 42nd (24)not awarded Flag of England.svg George Curtis Flag of England.svg Ray Straw 30 Flag of England.svg Roy Kirk 48 Football League Fourth Division Runners-up
1959–1960 season 35th (24) Flag of England.svg George Curtis Flag of England.svg Ray Straw 21 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Arthur Lightening 48 Southern Professional Floodlit Cup Winners
1960–1961 season 315th (24) Flag of England.svg George Curtis Flag of England.svg Ray Straw 20 Flag of England.svg George Curtis 51
1961–1962 season 314th (24) Flag of England.svg George Curtis Flag of England.svg Mike Dixon 12 Flag of England.svg George Curtis 49
1962–1963 season 34th (24) Flag of England.svg George Curtis Flag of England.svg Terry Bly 29 Flag of England.svg George Curtis 56
1963–1964 season 31st (24) Flag of England.svg George Curtis Flag of England.svg George Hudson 28 Flag of England.svg George Curtis 50
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ronnie Rees 50
Football League Third Division Champions
1964–1965 season 210th (22) Flag of England.svg George Curtis Flag of England.svg George Hudson 24 Flag of England.svg George Curtis 46
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ronnie Rees 46
1965–1966 season 23rd (22) Flag of England.svg George Curtis Flag of England.svg George Hudson 17 Flag of England.svg George Curtis 50
1966–1967 season 21st (22) Flag of England.svg George Curtis Flag of England.svg Bobby Gould 25 Flag of England.svg George Curtis 46 Football League Second Division Champions
1967–1968 season 120th (22) Flag of England.svg Ernie Machin Flag of England.svg George Curtis Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ronnie Rees 9 Flag of England.svg Ernie Machin 44 FA Youth Cup Runners-up
1968–1969 season 120th (22) Flag of England.svg Bill Glazier Flag of England.svg George Curtis Flag of England.svg Ernie Hunt 13 Flag of England.svg Bill Glazier 49
1969–1970 season 16th (22) Flag of Scotland.svg Neil Martin Flag of Scotland.svg Roy Barry Flag of Scotland.svg Neil Martin 15 Flag of England.svg Mick Coop 44 FA Youth Cup Runners-up
1970–1971 season 110th (22) Flag of Scotland.svg Willie Carr Flag of Scotland.svg Neil Martin Flag of England.svg Ernie Hunt 13
Flag of Scotland.svg Neil Martin 13
Flag of England.svg Jeff Blockley 52 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 Scotland.svg Roy Barry Flag of England.svg Ernie Hunt 12 Flag of Scotland.svg Willie Carr 45
Flag of England.svg Wilf Smith 45
Texaco Cup Second round
1972–1973 season 119th (22) Flag of Scotland.svg Willie Carr Flag of Scotland.svg Roy Barry Flag of Scotland.svg Brian Alderson 17 Flag of England.svg Mick Coop 48 Texaco Cup First round
1973–1974 season 116th (22) Flag of England.svg Bill Glazier Flag of England.svg John Craven Flag of Scotland.svg Brian Alderson 15 Flag of Ireland.svg Jimmy Holmes 53
Flag of Scotland.svg Tommy Hutchison 53
Texaco Cup First round
1974–1975 season 114th (22) Flag of England.svg Graham Oakey Flag of England.svg John Craven Flag of Scotland.svg Brian Alderson 8
Flag of England.svg David Cross 8
Flag of Scotland.svg Tommy Hutchison 46
1975–1976 season 114th (22) Flag of Scotland.svg Tommy Hutchison Flag of England.svg John Craven Flag of England.svg David Cross 16 Flag of England.svg Mick Coop 47
Flag of Scotland.svg Tommy Hutchison 47
1976–1977 season 119th (22) Flag of Scotland.svg Jim Blyth Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Terry Yorath Flag of England.svg Mick Ferguson 15 Flag of England.svg John Beck 45
1977–1978 season 17th (22) Flag of Scotland.svg Ian Wallace Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Terry Yorath Flag of Scotland.svg Ian Wallace 23 Flag of Scotland.svg Bobby McDonald 47
Flag of England.svg Barry Powell 47
1978–1979 season 110th (22) Flag of Scotland.svg Bobby McDonald Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Terry Yorath Flag of Scotland.svg Ian Wallace 15 Flag of Scotland.svg Tommy Hutchison 45
Flag of Scotland.svg Bobby McDonald 45
1979–1980 season 115th (22) Flag of Scotland.svg Gary Gillespie Flag of Scotland.svg Tommy Hutchison Flag of Scotland.svg Ian Wallace 13 Flag of Scotland.svg Tommy Hutchison 45
1980–1981 season 116th (22) Flag of England.svg Danny Thomas Flag of England.svg Mick Coop Flag of England.svg Garry Thompson 15 Flag of England.svg Paul Dyson 54
Flag of England.svg Harry Roberts 54
Football League Cup Semi-finalists
1981–1982 season 114th (22) Flag of England.svg Danny Thomas Flag of Ireland.svg Gerry Daly Flag of England.svg Mark Hateley 18 Flag of Scotland.svg Gary Gillespie 46 PFA Merit Award: Flag of England.svg Joe Mercer
1982–1983 season 119th (22) Flag of Scotland.svg Gary Gillespie Flag of England.svg Gerry Francis Flag of England.svg Steve Whitton 14 Flag of Scotland.svg Gary Gillespie 48 PFA Team OTY: Flag of England.svg Danny Thomas
1983–1984 season 119th (22) Flag of England.svg Nick Platnauer Flag of England.svg Harry Roberts Flag of England.svg Terry Gibson 19 Flag of England.svg Terry Gibson 41
Flag of England.svg Nick Platnauer 41
1984–1985 season 118th (22) Flag of England.svg Terry Gibson Flag of England.svg Trevor Peake Flag of England.svg Terry Gibson 19 Flag of England.svg Steve Ogrizovic 46
1985–1986 season 117th (22) Flag of England.svg Trevor Peake Flag of England.svg Brian Kilcline Flag of England.svg Terry Gibson 13 Flag of England.svg Steve Ogrizovic 47
1986–1987 season 110th (22) Flag of England.svg Steve Ogrizovic Flag of England.svg Brian Kilcline Flag of England.svg Cyrille Regis 16 Flag of England.svg Steve Ogrizovic 53 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 Brian Kilcline Flag of England.svg Cyrille Regis 12 Flag of England.svg Steve Ogrizovic 46 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 England.svg Brian Kilcline Flag of Scotland.svg David Speedie 15 Flag of England.svg Brian Borrows 42
Flag of England.svg Steve Ogrizovic 42
1989–1990 season 112th (20) Flag of England.svg Brian Borrows Flag of England.svg Brian Kilcline Flag of Scotland.svg David Speedie 9 Flag of England.svg Brian Borrows 46
Flag of England.svg David Smith 46
Football League Cup Semi-finalists
1990–1991 season 116th (20) Flag of Scotland.svg Kevin Gallacher Flag of England.svg Brian Kilcline Flag of Scotland.svg Kevin Gallacher 16 Flag of England.svg Brian Borrows 47 PFA Merit Award: Flag of Scotland.svg Tommy Hutchison
1991–1992 season 119th (22) Flag of England.svg Stewart Robson Flag of England.svg Stewart Robson Flag of Scotland.svg Kevin Gallacher 10 Flag of England.svg Lloyd McGrath 46
1992–1993 season 115th (22) Flag of England.svg Peter Atherton Flag of England.svg Brian Borrows Flag of England.svg Micky Quinn 17 Flag of England.svg John Williams 44
1993–1994 season 111th (22) Flag of Ireland.svg Phil Babb Flag of England.svg Brian Borrows Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Peter Ndlovu 11 Flag of Ireland.svg Phil Babb 44
Flag of England.svg Steve Morgan 44
1994–1995 season 116th (22) Flag of England.svg Brian Borrows Flag of England.svg Brian Borrows Flag of England.svg Dion Dublin 16 Flag of England.svg Brian Borrows 40
Flag of England.svg Paul Cook 40
Flag of England.svg Steve Ogrizovic 40
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 Flag of England.svg Dion Dublin 16 Flag of England.svg John Salako 43
1996–1997 season 117th (20) Flag of England.svg Dion Dublin Flag of Scotland.svg Gary McAllister Flag of England.svg Dion Dublin 13 Flag of Scotland.svg Gary McAllister 46
Flag of England.svg Steve Ogrizovic 46
1997–1998 season 111th (20) Flag of England.svg Dion Dublin Flag of Scotland.svg Gary McAllister Flag of England.svg Dion Dublin 23 Flag of England.svg Dion Dublin 43 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 Scotland.svg Gary McAllister Flag of England.svg Noel Whelan 13 Flag of Sweden.svg Magnus Hedman 42
Flag of England.svg Richard Shaw 42
FA Youth Cup Runners-up
1999–2000 season 114th (20) Flag of Scotland.svg Gary McAllister Flag of Scotland.svg Gary McAllister Flag of Scotland.svg Gary McAllister 13 Flag of Scotland.svg Gary McAllister 43 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 Morocco.svg Mustapha Hadji Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Craig Bellamy 8 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Craig Bellamy 39 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 John Eustace Flag of England.svg Lee Hughes 14 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Muhamed Konjić 41
2002–2003 season 220th (24) Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Muhamed Konjić Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Muhamed Konjić Flag of England.svg Jay Bothroyd 11 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Muhamed Konjić 48
2003–2004 season 212th (24) Flag of England.svg Stephen Warnock Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Muhamed Konjić Flag of England.svg Gary McSheffrey 12 Flag of England.svg Stephen Warnock 49 FWA Tribute Award: Flag of England.svg Jimmy Hill
2004–2005 season 219th (24) Flag of Ireland.svg Michael Doyle Flag of England.svg Stephen Hughes Flag of England.svg Gary McSheffrey 14 Flag of Ireland.svg Michael Doyle 49First 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 Ireland.svg Michael Doyle Flag of England.svg Gary McSheffrey 17 Flag of England.svg Gary McSheffrey 50First 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 Wales (1959-present).svg Rob Page Flag of Nigeria.svg Dele Adebola 9 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
Birmingham Senior Cup Winners
2007–2008 season 221st (24) Flag of Ireland.svg Jay Tabb Flag of England.svg Stephen Hughes Flag of Malta.svg Michael Mifsud 17 Flag of Ireland.svg Michael Doyle 49
Flag of England.svg Isaac Osbourne 49
Flag of Ireland.svg Jay Tabb 49
2008–2009 season 217th (24) Flag of Iceland.svg Aron Gunnarsson Flag of England.svg Scott Dann Flag of Ireland.svg Clinton Morrison 12 Flag of Ireland.svg Keiren Westwood 49 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 England.svg Stephen Wright Flag of Ireland.svg Clinton Morrison 11 Flag of Ireland.svg Keiren Westwood 46
2010–2011 season 218th (24) Flag of Jamaica.svg Marlon King Flag of Ireland.svg Lee Carsley Flag of Jamaica.svg Marlon King 13 Flag of Ireland.svg Richard Keogh 48 FL Fan OTY: Flag of England.svg Kevin Monks
2011–2012 season 223rd (24) Flag of Ireland.svg Richard Keogh Ulster Banner.svg Sammy Clingan Flag of England.svg Lukas Jutkiewicz 9
Flag of England.svg Gary McSheffrey 9
Flag of Ireland.svg Richard Keogh 47
Flag of Ireland.svg Joe Murphy 47
Championship Apprentice Award: Flag of Burundi.svg Gaël Bigirimana
2012–2013 season 315th (24) Flag of England.svg Carl Baker Flag of England.svg Carl Baker Flag of Ireland.svg David McGoldrick 18 Flag of Ireland.svg Joe Murphy 56 FLT 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 Carl Baker Flag of England.svg Callum Wilson 22 Flag of Ireland.svg Joe Murphy 53 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 Benin.svg Réda Johnson Flag of England.svg Frank Nouble 7 Flag of Scotland.svg John Fleck 47
Flag of Scotland.svg Jim O'Brien 47
2015–2016 season 38th (24) Flag of Scotland.svg John Fleck Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Sam Ricketts Flag of England.svg Adam Armstrong 20 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Sam Ricketts 46
Flag of France.svg Romain Vincelot 46
PFA Team OTY: Flag of England.svg Adam Armstrong
2016–2017 season 323rd (24) Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg George Thomas Flag of England.svg Jordan Willis Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg George Thomas 9 Flag of England.svg Jordan Turnbull 46
Flag of England.svg Jordan Willis 46
EFL Trophy Winners: 2017 EFL Trophy Final
2017–2018 season 46th (24) Flag of Scotland.svg Marc McNulty Flag of Ireland.svg Michael Doyle Flag of Scotland.svg Marc McNulty 28 Flag of Scotland.svg Jack Grimmer 53 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 Scotland.svg Liam Kelly Flag of England.svg Jordy Hiwula 13 Flag of England.svg Luke Thomas 44
2019–2020 season 31st (23)††† Flag of England.svg Fankaty Dabo Flag of Scotland.svg Liam Kelly Flag of England.svg Matt Godden 15 Flag of Ireland.svg Jordan Shipley 42 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 Scotland.svg Liam Kelly Flag of England.svg Tyler Walker 8 Flag of England.svg Callum O'Hare 48
2021–2022 season 2(24)

Coventry City deducted 10 points by the Football League for going into administration. [67]
†† Coventry City deducted 10 points by the Football League. [68]
††† Bury were expelled from the EFL on 27 August 2019 due to financial issues at the club. [69] 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. [70]

Club honours

Notable players

Official Hall of Fame

Player [72] 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 [72] 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 Frederick Herbert 19985
Flag of England.svg George Hudson 12975
Flag of England.svg Ernie Hunt 16651
Flag of Scotland.svg Tommy Hutchison 35530
Player [72] 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 [72] 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
Flag of Burundi.svg Gaël Bigirimana 2017 EFL Trophy Final winner, 2012 Championship Apprentice Award winner
Flag of England.svg Lee Burge 2017–18 EFL League Two play-off winner, 2017 EFL Trophy Final winner, over 150 appearances for the first team
Flag of England.svg Cyrus Christie 24 international caps and 2 goals for Republic of Ireland, over 100 appearances for the first team
Flag of England.svg Jordan Clarke Over 100 appearances for the first team
Flag of England.svg Jonson Clarke-Harris 2017–18 EFL League Two play-off winner, youngest player to play in a first-team match
Flag of England.svg John Eustace Club captain
Flag of England.svg Marcus Hall England U21 captain, over 300 appearances for the first team
Flag of England.svg Ryan Haynes 2017–18 EFL League Two play-off winner, 2017 EFL Trophy Final winner
Flag of England.svg Chris Kirkland 1 international cap for England, 2004–05 UEFA Champions League winner
Flag of England.svg James Maddison 1 international cap for England, January 2018 EFL Young Player of the Month
Flag of England.svg Gary McSheffrey Over 250 appearances for the first team, two-time Football League Championship runner-up
Flag of England.svg Isaac Osbourne Over 100 appearances for the first team
Flag of England.svg Jordan Ponticelli 2017–18 EFL League Two play-off winner
Flag of Ireland.svg Jordan Shipley 2019–20 EFL League One winner, 2017–18 EFL League Two play-off winner, over 100 appearances for the first team
Flag of England.svg Ben Stevenson 2017 EFL Trophy Final winner
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 the first team
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg George Thomas 2017 EFL Trophy Final winner
Flag of England.svg Ben Turner 2012–13 Football League Championship winner
Flag of England.svg Andy Whing Over 100 appearances for the first team
Flag of England.svg Jordan Willis 2017–18 EFL League Two play-off winner, 2017 EFL Trophy Final winner, club captain, over 200 appearances for the first team
Flag of England.svg Callum Wilson 4 international caps and 1 goal for England, two Premier League hat-tricks, 2014–15 Football League Championship winner

Player records

RecordDetails
Highest transfer fee paid Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Craig Bellamy, £6,500,000 in 2000 (Norwich City)
Highest transfer fee received Flag of Ireland.svg Robbie Keane, £13,000,000 in 2000 (Internazionale)
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, 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)

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Chairmen

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