Is Ashley The Better Alternative?

Last updated : 12 August 2013 By Footy Mad - Editor

And watching the "disaster" that is now the Sky Blues ... perhaps we should look and see what could have happened to NEWCASTLE UNITED!

99.99% cannot stand Mike Ashley (and include me in that list) but, God forbid, it's a tough life being a Coventry fan these days.

Coventry edged a nine-goal thriller with Bristol City to claim all three points from their League 1 encounter at Sixfields yesterday ... and that game at NORTHAMPTON was a HOME fixture.

Not only that, but they start the season with -10pts.

Up to 7,000 of their fans missed the match after deciding to boycott the Northampton clash in favour of a legends charity game at the Ricoh Arena.

City's owners Sisu had taken the decision to play their home games outside Coventry for the first time in the club's history after failing to reach a new rental agreement with the stadium's owners Arena Coventry Limited.

With so many Sky Blues supporters opting against the short trip down the M6, only 2,204 - including 500 opposition fans - witnessed the match.

While the Sky Blues were celebrating their first three points of the season, those who decided to take in the legends game made their feelings known to the club's hierarchy.

Despite being treated to 11 goals, the loudest cheer of the day was heard when Billy Bell - organiser of the Coventry City Legends v Midlands All Stars - boomed over the speaker system: "Welcome to the Ricoh Arena... the home of Coventry City."

After the release of 130 Sky Blues balloons - one for each year of the club's existence - the fans were treated to an exhibition of football from former players including Dave Bennett, former Toon striker Darren Huckerby, Noel Whelan and Steve Froggatt, as the City Legends saw off their Midlands rivals 8-3.

* tells us:-
There was 996 coventry fans and 1208 brizzle fans. At the Ricoh the attendance was between 8 - 10,000



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