In recent days we have revealed that two Sky Blues Former Players, recent Club captain (and now doing the same job for Derby County) Richard Keogh and F.A.Cup hero (and CCFPA committee member) Dave Bennett have publicly backed the Coventry Telegraph’s #bringCityhome campaign.
Benno’s interview with the Telegraph followed the massively supported protest march (organised by the Sky Blue Trust) by City fans from Gosford Green to the rally in Broadgate where amongst the speakers were former CCFC players from across the playing generations (and CCFPA members all), Ron Farmer, Micky Gynn and Association President Kirk Stephens supported by CCFPA vice chairman Billy Bell.
The Telegraph have also interviewed two other former Sky Blues about their views concerning the Club’s seemingly continuing exile at Northampton Town’s Sixfields Stadium, Lee Carsley and CCFPA member Dele Adebola. Both players, like ‘Benno’ were part of the Sky Blues team who reached the semi finals of the Club Legends Cup in aid of charity last weekend and were interviewed after the tournament. The Telegraph’ report is reproduced below.
‘Lee, who had two spells with Coventry during different parts of his career, was also at the charity event and he urged both sides to find a speedy resolution to the exile. He said: “The main thing is that they try and get the situation resolved as quickly as possible. They performed really well at Northampton last season but it’s a really difficult situation. I, like many other players, remember playing at Highfield Road and the Ricoh Arena and it’s obvious Coventry need their own ground.”
The one-time Coventry caretaker manager, added: “The support from Sky Blues fans has been brilliant. I have played in a couple of charity matches there and the fans have come out in their droves. The fanbase is there and the loyalty is there – they just want to get home and support their own team.”
Meanwhile one-time Sky Blues striker Dele Adebola, who last season played for Rushall Olympic, has also backed the Telegraph campaign to take City home. He said: “I loved my time at Coventry and it’s really not nice to see them playing away from the Ricoh. From a perspective of looking in and not knowing the full details, you see that fantastic stadium lying empty and just think Coventry should be back at home”.
Adebola, who enjoyed nearly five years with Coventry, added: “There must be solution which can get the club home as quick as possible. Hopefully the latest talks can prove productive and it is what it takes to see Coventry return to the Ricoh“.’