Today’s announcement that Sky Blue gaffer (and CCFPA member) Steve Pressley and his squad will be returning to the Ricoh to play home games next month is one which has been already welcomed by the Manager. The news comes the day before the deadline for return of the (now possibly superfluous) CCFPA’s Member’s Survey on their views of the (then apparently) continuing exile in Northampton. Reactions from a growing number of CCFPA members via the social networks are starting to come in:-
‘Coventry City agree to go back to the Ricoh arena great news start of a great comeback!’ (David Thompson)
‘Great news. Coventry City to return to the Ricoh’ (Micky Quinn)
‘We are back at The Ricoh…. so pleased for all the fans who have worked so hard to make it happen well done all of you’. (Steve Froggatt)
‘Good to see Coventry City back at the Ricoh’ (Cyrus Christie)
‘Great to see Coventry City going back home to Ricoh!! Fantastic stadium! Will bring the fans back!’ (Andy Morrell)
‘Great news regarding Coventry City today, the persistence of so many got it’s just rewards’. (Terry Gibson)
‘Great news that Coventry City will be back playing at the Ricoh Arena,time for all fans to get behind the Club’ (Darren Huckerby)
and both former player and manager of the Sky Blues, Bobby Gould tweeted:-
“I believe The Sky Blues are going home ! Happiest Day since I got married, Coventry here we come xxxx”
Though the announced deal bringing the Club back to the Ricoh may not universally popular particularly with those parts of the Sky Blue ‘family’ who still have a deep distrust of the Club’s owners, the return must be great news particularly for many of CCFPA’s veteran members and Diamond Club fans who feared their chances of seeing their Club play once again in Coventry surrounded by their friends and family were going if not gone. Though it is early days yet the return should also allow the camaraderie of places like the Legends Lounge at the Ricoh during games at the Ricoh and post-match Lady Gs at G-Casino to be rekindled. The Association can now start to think about reuniting former players and fans again and planning another Legends Day.
We are sure our former players will be looking forward to meeting their friends and former colleagues once again at a Sky Blues home game in Coventry. Plans appear to be that the team’s first reappearance at the Ricoh for well over a year will be on Friday night the 5th of September against Gillingham (an evening game moved forward from Saturday afternoon for the benefit of Sky coverage).
Look out on this site for further announcements from CCFPA on future arrangements at the Sky Blues’ home games as things are firmed up.