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BEEN reading in the Coventry Telegraph today that the Crewe Paint Trophy tie is heading for a sell out next week with all the home tickets almost gone.
While that is great for the club and it will create a fantastic atmosphere on the night it has to be asked "where have all these fans been and where are they coming from ?
Then again with tickets only costing a Fiver and the possibility of a day out at Wembley if the City get through to the Final you can see the reason why.
THE City left it late against Oldham on Saturday but what a cracking finish from Bailey and they are fast becoming a side that never gives up which is great to see.
But with all the chances we create during a game there's no need really to have us fans biting our nails as we should be relaxed and have the points in the bag.
The Sky Blues play some decent football and at times look a lot better than the opposition but they let them back in far too easy by squandering chances and that needs sorting out if we want to get into the Play Offs.
SO, what does the council bail out mean for SISU's future at Coventry City?
Is it the end of their gamble to get the ground on the cheap?
Are they really going to pay the £1m+ that they owe for rent?
Did they have a "Plan B" in place, should ACL not go into administration?
Could it spell the end for CCFC as we know it?
As always, there are likely to be more questions than answers, but this deal could spell the end for CCFC as we currently know it.
It looks as though SISU were trying to push ACL under, sending them bankrupt to enable them to buy the stadium and land for next to nothing, so now that cannot happen, what are SISU going to do next?
Are they really prepared to put any more money into the club, to enable Mark Robbins to continue his successful rebuilding job. There are real signs of recovery on the playing side and there is a possible chance of a return trip to Wembley in the not too distant future, not to mention the possibility of a play off place come the end of the season.
Let's hope that all the players involved in this ongoing drama can get together sooner, rather than later, sit down and work out a plan that gives hope and a future to Coventry City Football Club.
WHAT a great feeling it was when Leon Clarke banged home the winning goal against Preston last night,and we all went a bit mental in Singers Corner to be honest.
I never thought we had it in us to win the match as Preston are our bogey side and once again they looked to have the measure of the City and were tough and resilient as was expected.
But what fighting spirit and a never say die attitude the Sky Blues showed and with the fans roaring them on it was just a pleasure to have been there.
SO we are still unsure as to what's going to happen to the Ricoh as the deadline has come and gone and its gone silent as all parties involved are remaining tight lipped leaving us fans wondering where we are going to be watching "home" games for the remainder of the season.
Just when the team is doing well and moving in the right direction under the best manager we've had for decades we've still got this financial mess hanging around like a pain that just won't go away.
Add to that the David McGoldrick will he go or stay question it proves without doubt that supporting the Sky Blues is not for the timid or faint hearted is it ?
Here's to a wonderful 2013! With the team on the up and with the possibility of a trip to Wembley, things are looking decidedly better than at the same time last year!
On the upside:
We (currently) have the top scorer in League One, the players are giving their all for Mark Robbins, We have suffered only One defeat in our last 12 games, the gates are increasing and the team have been playing some very attractive football.
We have signed a new Striker in Leon Clarke, who is proven at this level with 11 goals in 15 outings this season and although he is only on trial, it is with a view to a permanent deal if he proves his fitness etc. In Fact it was Clarke who scored both of the goals in our only defeat in the last 12, when he notched both goals for Scunthorpe, back in November!
On the Downside:
It would appear as though we are about to lose the League 1 top scorer, with Leon Clarke bought in to replace David McGoldrought, who looks to be leaving the club when his loan spell expires shortly. There is no end in sight to the disagreement over the rent at the Ricoh.
So, as you would expect, it's a pretty mixed bag, as usual, for long suffering Sky Blues fans, but there does look to be a lot more hope around the place. The team are playing decent football and we have two massive cup games on the horizon, with a trip to Spurs in the FA Cup on the 5th Jan, followed by the return of Preston North End on the 10th.
January will be a very eventful month for the Sky Blues and may be a pivotal time in our season, It will be nice to get a draw at White Hart Lane and a full house at the Ricoh for the replay, followed by a trip to Wembley in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, and rounded off with a play - off place and a second trip to Wembley at the end of the season.
There you have it Santa - it's not too much to ask for - is it?????????????????
IVE written before about my teams inability to produce performances away from home,particularly against teams near the top of the table
So I'm still delighted by the 4-1 win at Doncaster last week. As Andy Turner said it sends a message to the other contenders
Off course performances at Swindon and Brentford earlier in the season started well but levelled off. We've now won four in a row away though
Trips to top sixers Stevenage and Milton Keynes are to come. It does seem that Mark Robins has the team in a very positive mood and I'm more than a little optimistic
IT felt good to be a Sky Blue fan on Saturday after watching the City turn on the style in beating a battling Walsall side.
And the atmosphere was good too especially in Singers Corner and towards the end with the help from the Drummer the Ricoh was rocking and it made you want the game to carry on longer.
Leaving the Arena you would never have guessed that in just a few weeks time we could leaving it for good as the City fans were all on a high.But if the powers that be don't settle things financially this could really happen.
THE recent news about Dave Sexton and the article in last Saturday's Telegraph by Jim Brown brought vivid memories back to me of his time at the club
I recall being very impressed that the club had secured the services of the former Chelsea, Manchester Utd and QPR manager
He also of course was in charge of the England Under 21 team.
This came at a team when the club had a rich vien of talented young players. The team picture in Saturday's Telegraph showed some of those players who it seemed would only gain from working with a coach like Dave Sexton
With an impressive run of results, 5 wins out of last 6 games, and 4 home games on the run to come, there is a decidedly different feel about being a Sky Blues fan at present. With David McGoldrought currently on fire, breaking the club record by scoring a goal in each of the last 6 away games, there are indeed plenty of reasons to be cheerful, for Coventry fans in the run up to Christmas.
We have got: Portsmouth, Morecombe, Sheff Utd & Walsall all heading to the Ricoh in the coming 3 weeks, so if we can transfer our away form into our home games, who knows where we may be, come the New Year!
There is an old adage which states that you shouldn't look at the League table until Xmas, to get a true picture of where a team may finish, and that is an adage every City fan should adhere to, as Mark Robbins has made a real difference to the team, and given the fans at least the chance to hold their heads high, which makes a nice change!
It would be great to see a decent crowd up the Ricoh, to give the players and manager the backing their current form deserves, and get a bit of atmosphere to the place, and I am sure that will come if the current form continues.
We are scoring goals too, with 15 in our last 5 games, it is a record to be proud of.
Scoring goals, winning games, breaking records: Am I really talking about Coventry City?