21st Oct, 2017

Exhibition to tell history of Coventry City Football Club

Steve Carpenter 3rd Oct, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE STORY of how Coventry City Football Club came into fruition over 100 years ago is brought to life at a special exhibition in the city.

Far Gosford Street’s ‘Football Stories’ tells the story of how a team of bicycle factory workers created a football team back in 1883 called Singers FC.

The men demonstrated the new ‘dribbling game’ to local audiences in a bid to lure them away from rugby union.

The new exhibition shows the significance of Far Gosford Street and Hillfields in the growth of the game locally, with two of the key figures living in the street just five doors apart.

Through photos, quotes and maps, the team’s story is told how Singers FC went on to be renamed Coventry City FC in 1898.

And thanks to painstaking research of CCFC historian, Lionel Bird, he has been able to pinpoint the exact location of Singer FC’s first pitch at Far Glade, which is just a stone‚Äôs throw from Fargo Village.

The players walked from there to headquarters at the White Lion Hotel in Gosford Terrace, where a water pump in the back yard served as washing facilities after matches.

Also included at the exhibition, which runs until October 2, are some newly collected memories of Far Gosford Street on Highfield Road match days shared by local fans and residents.

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