THOUSANDS of Sky Blues fans took to the streets of Coventry on Saturday for a mass protest march with one clear message – bring Coventry City home.
A sea of sky blue flooded the city centre streets as fans walked from Gosford Park, near Highfield Road, to Broadgate to vent their fury at playing games 35 miles away in Northampton.
Organised by the Sky Blue Trust, the march was also seen by many as one final attempt to all parties involved in the Ricoh Arena enter negotiations and bring the club back to Coventry.
Fans led by Lady Godiva and were greeted in Broadgate by the team’s iconic 1987 FA Cup Final bus.
Along the way there were chants aimed at Sisu, the council and ACL, as well as
A host of former players and Moz Baker from the Trust gave powerful speeches to the crowds, which the Trust believes topped more than last year.
Addressing thousands of fans, Moz, chairman of the Trust said: “How the hell has it come to this.
“A once proud club that spent 34 years in football’s top flight now playing 35 miles away in Northampton, playing in front of pathetic crowds in a dump of a stadium.
Football is tribal. It’s all about a sense of belonging, a sense of caring, it’s about passion, it’s about being part of a community. You take the football club out of that community and it starts to die. This football club is dying.
“This club in on life support at the moment and another season in Northampton and I fear the worst.
“Keep up the pressure and keep up the fight. We have a football club to save and a football club to prosper in the future.”
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