The City Are Back!
After an eight year absence from the English second tier, Coventry City are finally back playing championship football. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the football season for league one clubs abruptly ended as the Sky Blues sat top of the league with eight games remaining. City were five points ahead of Rotherham (second place) and had not lost in fourteen league games spanning back to 14th December. Before the decision to prematurely end the season was implemented, Coventry had only lost three games. Therefore, the Sky Blues finished as champions after a PPG of 1.970. This is the best average points per game (PPG) that Coventry has ever had in a single season with the previous best coming in 1967.
The last time City faced a season in the championship, they finished 23rd and were subsequently relegated after eleven consecutive seasons in the second tier. Despite the disappointment of the season, the Sky Blue Army came in their thousands to support the team with an average attendance of over 15,000 fans.
At the time of writing, City are in talks over a return to the Ricoh Arena which should be the Board’s number one aim over the summer. As championship football is seen as a luxury for Coventry fans, more than it was nearly a decade ago, one would expect a higher home attendance for the club than previously. Nobody will have seen the team play in at least five months so fans will be desperate for the opportunity to see the team take to the pitch again.
Almost a decade ago, City were relegated to the league we would call home for the majority of the 2010s. But as we enter the 2020s there is a new sense of hope as we rejoin the second division of English football hungry for success.
By Jamie Riley (age 16)