League One Lowdown: Coventry City
Feature by Jim Bonner
Updated Monday, 13th August 2012
A closer look at the Sky Blues and the Ricoh Arena.
Chairman: Ken Dulieu
Last Season: Championship - 23rd (Relegated)
Nickname: The Sky Blues
FA Cup: 1987
Portsmouth vs Coventry: Saturday, March 23rd (3pm)
Coventry vs Portsmouth: Saturday, November 24th (3pm)
The Manager: Andy Thorn
An FA Cup winner as a player with Wimbledon in 1988, Thorn's playing career ended early due to a knee injury when he was 31.
Thorn joined Coventry as chief scout but was made joint manager of the first team with Steve Harrison when Aidy Boothroyd was sacked earlier last season.
He helped steer the Sky Blues to safety and was appointed on a full-time basis in April 2011 but couldn't prevent his side being relegated the following season but the club's board has stuck with him.
The Ground: The Ricoh Arena (Capacity: 32,600)
After 106 years at Highfield Road, Coventry moved to their new stadium which is your typical "new ground" with a slightly different look due to massive logos and the west stand which has a complex attached to it, complete with casino if you're the gambling type.
Pompey fans are sat in the corner of the South Stand which is steep but there is a good view of the pitch and the PA system is one of the best in the country. To the left is the Lloydspharmacy Stand (the different looking one).
The rest of the ground is symmetrical. This is the Telegraph North Stand.
And this is the Tesco East Stand. As you can see, the Ricoh Arena is very sponsor heavy but I suppose Coventry has to pay for the ground somehow!
This is the stand just before kick-off of the opening day of the 2010/2011 season. It's sparsely populated unfortunately and that could be said for the rest of the home stands too. It's a shame for them because if Coventry sold out regularly, they do have potential to become Premier League mainstays - they certainly have a stadium worthy of the top flight.