COVENTRY City are to wear a special one-off kit for the play-off final at Wembley – with a return to the blue and white stripes of the 1987 FA Cup winning team.
The Sky Blues return to the national stadium for the second time in a year after last year’s Checkatrade Trophy win against Oxford – the club’s first silverware in 30 years.
Friday night’s televised scintillating 4-1 League Two play-offs semi-final victory at Notts County booked them their place at Wembley to play Exeter City. It will be for the far more important matter of promotion to League One – the third tier of English football – following the Sky Blues’ relegation last year.
Once again, around 40,000 tickets are being made available for Coventry fans for the Bank Holiday Monday clash (May 28), after an extremely impressive sell-out of last year’s allocation.
The Sky Blues’ kit this season has been solid Sky Blue, but club officials have opted for a return to the stripes which has also proved a lucky omen at Wembley last year.
A statement on the CCFC website today reads: “The Sky Blues have exhausted their supply of the home kit for the 2017/18 season and therefore, due to those exceptional circumstances, will wear a one-off kit for this game.
“The 2017/18 home kit also proved very popular with supporters, which has meant that stock has also sold out in the club shop ahead of the final.
“The introduction of a special, one-off limited edition shirt will mean that fans will be able to buy a replica CCFC shirt ahead of the big game.”
The club says it was unable to order the current 2017/18 home shirt due to the requirement for large minimum order numbers, and the timescale.
Dave Boddy, Coventry City chief executive, said: “The striped kit is one with much history, especially at Wembley, for the Sky Blues.
“We hope it will be very popular with supporters, who will be able to buy the shirt now online at ccfc.clubstore.co.uk.
“This will not be the kit for the 2018/19 season, so we hope it will be a very unique shirt for the club and fans.”
The shirt is expected to be in stock in store on Wednesday. Sky Blues can pre-order online by visiting the CCFC website.
* Tickets went on sale this morning for the second priority window, the went on general sale this afternoon for next Monday’s big game in London (3pm kick-off).
Season ticket holders have been snapping up theirs since Saturday, at six per person, and 20,000 had been sold by mid-afternoon today.
Tickets will be available in advance from eticketing.co.uk/CCFC or 0844 453 9134 only.
Only disabled fans requiring a wheelchair space will be need to buy at the Butts Park Arena Ticket Office.
For this game, ambulant disabled supporters will be able to purchase online at eticketing.co.uk/CCFC or by calling 0844 453 9134.
Fans who are not disabled will not be able to buy in person from the Ticket Office, only online or over the phone.
Coventry City fans have been allocated the West End of Wembley Stadium – the same as last year’s Checkatrade Trophy Final.
Ticketmaster will be distributing all Coventry City F.C tickets direct, including those bought in person.
Adult tickets range from £26 to £60, with concessions for adults and senior citizens.