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Established
1883 (134 years old)

Sport
Soccer

Manager
Mark Robins

Stadium/Home
Ricoh Arena
(32,609 Capacity)

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Location
Coventry

Keywords
The Sky Blues

League
English League 2

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Upcoming Events
22 Dec Coventry - Wycombe Ricoh Arena
26 Dec Port Vale - Coventry Vale Park
30 Dec Carlisle - Coventry Brunton Park
01 Jan Coventry - Chesterfield Ricoh Arena
06 Jan Coventry - Cambridge United Ricoh Arena

Latest Results
16 Dec Coventry 0 - 0 Cheltenham Ricoh Arena
09 Dec Morecambe 2 - 0 Coventry Globe Arena
25 Nov Coventry 1 - 1 Crawley Ricoh Arena
21 Nov Stevenage 1 - 1 Coventry Broadhall Way
18 Nov Lincoln 1 - 2 Coventry Sincil Bank

Description

Coventry City F.C. is an English association football club based in Coventry in the West Midlands. The team competes in League One, the third tier of the English football league system. Nicknamed the Sky Blues owing to the colour of their strip, Coventry City were formed in 1883 as Singers F.C., and they joined the Football League in 1919. Their only major trophy was won in 1987 when they beat Tottenham Hotspur 3–2 to win the FA Cup in a match listed by the FA as one of the twelve classic FA Cup Finals, and they are one of only five clubs to have ever won the FA Cup and FA Youth Cup 'double' in the same season. They also reached two Football League Cup semi-finals, in 1981 and 1990.

The club was an inaugural member of the Premier League in 1992 and had spent an impressive 34 consecutive seasons (since 1967) in the English top flight prior to their relegation in 2001. Following eleven seasons in the second-tier Football League Championship without any significant success, Coventry were relegated to Football League One in 2012, the first time in 48 years that the club played in the English league system's third tier.

Coventry has only qualified for European competition once, during the 1970–71 season, when they competed in the European Fairs Cup (now the UEFA Europa League), reaching the second round. Despite beating Bayern Munich 2–1 in their home leg, they had lost 1–6 in the first leg in Munich to go out of the competition. They were unable to compete in the 1987–88 UEFA Cup Winner's Cup due to the ban on English clubs at that time.

From 1899 to 2005, Coventry City played at the Highfield Road stadium. In 1981 it became the first all-seater stadium in English football, though by the late-1990s the club's directors decided it was time to construct a larger stadium and chose a site in the Rowley's Green area of the city. The 32,609-capacity Ricoh Arena was opened in August 2005, but following a rent dispute with the ground's owners the club opted to play their home games at Northampton Town's Sixfields Stadium starting in the 2013–14 season. A return to the Ricoh Arena was announced on 21 August 2014 by the club after a one-year absence.

Team Members

Carl Baker

Courtney Baker-R

Adam Barton

Stuart Beavon

Gael Bigirimana

Lee Burge

Reice Charles-Co

Jordan Clarke

Michael Doyle

Jack Finch

Kevin Foley

Louis Garner

Alex Gott

Ryan Haynes

Simeon Jackson

Reda Johnson

Dion Kelly-Evans

Ivor Lawton

Leon Lobjoit

Ben Maund

Marc McNulty

Shaun Miller

Liam O'Brie

James O'Bri

Danny Pugh

Lewis Rankin

Jake Richards

Denzel Slager

Kyle Spence

Danny Swanson

Kwame Thomas

Conor Thomas

Marcus Tudgay

Jordan Turnbull

Andy Webster

Jordan Willis

Stadium or Home

The Ricoh Arena (commonly known as the Ricoh) is a stadium complex situated in the Rowleys Green district of the city of Coventry, England, containing a 32,609-seater rugby union and association football stadium, a 6,000 square metres (65,000 sq ft) exhibition hall, a hotel and a casino. The site is also home to Arena Park Shopping Centre, containing one of the largest Tesco Extra hypermarkets. The site was previously the Foleshill gasworks. The stadium is named after its sponsor, Japanese company Ricoh, which paid £10 million for the naming rights over 10 years. For the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, where stadium naming sponsorship was forbidden, the stadium was known as the City of Coventry Stadium.

The arena was opened officially by Dame Kelly Holmes and sports minister Richard Caborn on 24 February 2007. By this time the arena had been open for a year and had already hosted a sell-out England U21 football match against Germany as well as a full season of Coventry City football matches.

The Ricoh Arena was the first cashless stadium in the United Kingdom, with customers using a prepay smartcard system in the grounds bars and shops. However, the stadium now accepts cash at all kiosks.

The stadium was initially operated by Arena Coventry Limited (ACL), with Coventry City F.C. as tenants. ACL was owned jointly by Coventry City Council and the Higgs Charity until both shareholders were bought out by rugby union Premiership club Wasps in October and November 2014. Wasps' first home match in Coventry was on 21 December 2014 against London Irish.

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