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Coventry City: Come back

Monday 24th March 2014
Coventry City fan Will Brown has noted that the on-going saga of Coventry City has meant he has now become nonchalant over the League One Club, how many other Sky Blue fans are thinking the same?

It was as I chatted with a couple of friends, who were looking forward to watching and listening to their respective teams – Leeds and Chesterfield – play yesterday, that I realised just what the saga at Coventry City has done to me: I don't care about the team anymore.

The problems are well documented, and I am not writing this article in order to explain what has happened to my once beloved club, or to offer any solutions. To be perfectly honest, I'm not really sure what is going on; I haven't been to a game since March 16th 2013, when Coventry beat Hartlepool at home 1-0. One of the key reasons for this is that I am a student at Durham University, and play football on Saturdays during the holidays and term time, which makes going to games practically impossible.

However, to quote Sir Bobby Robson, what is a club? “It's the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your city. It's a small boy clambering up stadium steps for the very first time, gripping his father's hand, gawping at that hallowed stretch of turf beneath him and, without being able to do a thing about it, falling in love." Even if I had time to go to games, would I go? Only very infrequently. From watching videos of matches, the club does not feel like the club I grew up supporting. There is no noise. There is no passion. And the city we should be playing in is a stretch of motorway away. How are people to get enthused about watching the club at Sixfields? Personally, I think that manager Steven Pressley has done a fantastic job since taking over, but two 10 point deductions and a lack of funds have had a serious impact on the squad, who now sit just four points clear of relegation. There is very little cause for optimism.

Given that the first games I went to watch were in about 1998, I have witnessed the club's steady decline throughout my short life. I'm used to it and have come to love it: it wouldn't be a Coventry game if there wasn't that fear that we could through away a three goal lead in the last five minutes. I would swap safety this season for having our club back in our city at the Ricoh Arena under owners who care about the team, the place, the fans, and the chance to watch us throw away a two goal lead at home to Bury. Until that happens, Coventry City have a very, very bleak future.
Will Brown
Huge football fan, also a follower of tennis, cricket and athletics. Student at Durham University, where I study German and Spanish. Coventry City (live near Coventry during University holidays) and Union Berlin fan, after spending the summer of 2013 in Berlin. Currently living in Graz, Austria, and watching GAK 1902 from time to time.

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