League One Lowdown: Coventry City

Vital Statistics

Founded: 1883

Chairman: Tim Fisher

Last Season: League Two - 6th (Promoted via play-offs)

Nickname: The Sky Blues

Rivals: Aston Villa, Leicester City

Major Honours

FA Cup: 1987

Scheduled Matches

Portsmouth vs Coventry: Monday, April 22nd (3pm)

Coventry vs Portsmouth: Tuesday, October 2nd (7:45pm)

Coventry City: A brief history

Founded as Singers FC in 1883 by employees of cycle firm Singer, Coventry City got its current name in 1898 and moved to Highfield Road the year after. They were voted into the Football League in 1919 but didn't attain top flight status until 1967 under Jimmy Hill's management.

The Sky Blues would remain in the top division for 34 years until their relegation from the Premier League in 2001. During that time, Coventry finished as high as 6th and famously won the F.A. Cup in 1987 after beating Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 at Wembley.

Recent times have not been kind to Coventry as a move to the Ricoh Arena and a takeover from SISU culminated in financial problems, having to temporarily play matches at Northampton's Sixfields ground and eventual relegation to League Two. Under Mark Robins, the club bounced straight back to the third tier last season but SISU's cloud still looms. 

The Manager: Mark Robins

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 and were rewarded when he led them to victory in the play-offs last season. 

The Ground: The Ricoh Arena (Capacity: 32,600 - Away: 3,000)

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.

Unfortunately this is the only photo I have left of the ground but think of Leicester, Middlesbrough or (if you dare) Southampton's grounds (only less than half full) and you get an idea of what the Ricoh Arena is like.

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