Who are Coventry City?

By Adam Robertson
 July 24, 2020

On Saturday we welcome Coventry City to Ibrox. Funnily enough Coventry is my hometown, my grandfather moved here in the late 70s and started his family, the rest is history as they say.

I was brought up a Rangers supporter but always kept an eye on Coventry City, regularly attending games at Highfield Road. It was at Highfield Road that I got to watch the likes of Gary McAllister, Colin Hendry and Andy Goram pull on the Sky Blues jersey, as well as seeing the likes of Steven Gerrard, Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp come and show me what football at the top level was all about.

Coventry City have recently been promoted to the English Championship after the League One season was halted in June, City were crowned as champions. I asked Dominic Jerams, a City supporter and a well known blogger (@SideSammy) what the club are all about:

"It now sounds odd but supporting Coventry City for me started off as something of a glory quest. They weren’t the closest team to where my family lived but were a draw as Premier League side with Gary McAllister, Dion Dublin et al among their ranks. Coventry City lost the first game I attended, if only I’d known then that it would pretty much represent the high point!"

"Since then, Coventry City had seemed destined to sink in ever-decreasing circles into lower league obscurity. A series of bad decisions from owners – most notably, pushing ahead with the move to the Ricoh Arena, which has at least twice nearly put the club out of business – poor managerial appointments engendered a sense of apathy from both players and fans took the club from the top-flight into League Two and with little hope of ever getting back".

"Then came Mark Robins".

"Robins has proven that our decline hadn’t been inevitable and could be overcome simply by virtue of good decision-making. He first added the requisite experience and quality to get out of League Two at the first time of asking and has since evolved the team into one where young players can improve and grow with the club – at the moment, centre-backs Michael Rose and Dominic Hyam, right-back Fankaty Dabo and attacking-midfielder Callum O’Hare are the key examples of this ethos".

"Promotion last season was won via a combination of possession football and a resolute defence. We weren’t as free-flowing in attack as some of the other better teams in League One last year but our efficiency at both ends of the pitch meant the goals that we did score mattered. It’s such a shame that one of the most reliable and composed Coventry City sides in recent years didn’t get that moment of glory to crown a fantastic campaign".

The match tomorrow, live on Rangers TV and Premier Sports, should be an interesting one. Rangers are in form and looking good after defeating Hamilton, Lyon, Nice and Motherwell in the last few weeks. Can Coventry City stop the likes of Ianis Hagi and co from putting in another stellar performance?

Written by Adam Robertson (@atrobbo)
Contribution by Dominic Jerams (@SideSammy)

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