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Coventry City
Coventry City FC logo.svg
Full name Coventry City Football Club
Nickname(s) The Sky Blues
Founded 13 August 1883; 131 years ago (1883-08-13)
(as Singers F.C.)[1]
Ground Ricoh Arena, Coventry
Ground Capacity 32,609
Owner Otium Entertainment Group
Chairman Joy Seppala
Manager Steven Pressley
League League One
2013–14 League One, 18th
Current season

Coventry City F.C. is an English association football club representing Coventry in the West Midlands. The team competes in League One, the third tier of the English football league system. Nicknamed the Sky Blues owing to the colour of their strip, Coventry City were formed in 1883 as Singers F.C., and they joined the Football League in 1919. Their only major trophy was won in 1987 when they beat Tottenham Hotspur 3–2 to win the FA Cup in a match listed by the FA as one of the twelve classic FA Cup Finals,[2] and they are one of only five clubs to have ever won the FA Cup and FA Youth Cup 'double' in the same season. They also reached two League Cup semi-finals, in 1981 and 1990.

The club was an inaugural member of the Premier League in 1992 and had spent an impressive 34 consecutive seasons in the English top flight before being relegated in 2001. Following eleven seasons in the second-tier Football League Championship without any significant success, Coventry were relegated to Football League One in 2012, the first time in 48 years that the club played in the English league system's third tier.

Coventry has only qualified for European competition once, during the 1970–71 season, when they competed in the European Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (now the UEFA Europa League), reaching the second round. Despite beating Bayern Munich 2–1 in their home leg, they lost heavily in the away leg to go out of the competition. They were unable to compete in the 1987–88 UEFA Cup Winner's Cup due to the ban on English clubs at that time.

From 1899 to 2005, Coventry City played at the Highfield Road stadium. In 1981 it became the first all-seater stadium in English football, though by the late-1990s the club's directors decided it was time to construct a larger stadium and chose a site in the Rowley's Green area of the city. The 32,609 capacity Ricoh Arena was opened in August 2005, but following a rent dispute with the ground's owners the club opted to play their home games at Northampton Town's Sixfields Stadium starting in the 2013–14 season. A return to the Ricoh Arena was announced on 21 August 2014 by the club after a one year absence.

History in brief[edit]

Chart of historic table positions of Coventry City in the Football League.

* 1883 – The club is founded by employees of Singer, the cycle firm, with William Stanley one of the leading lights.

  • 1898 – The club's name is changed from Singers F.C. to Coventry City.
  • 1899 – The club move to Highfield Road following stints at Dowells Field and Stoke Road.
  • 1901 – The club suffer their worst ever defeat with an 11–2 loss against Worcester-based Berwick Rangers in the qualifying round of the FA Cup.[3]
  • 1919 – The club are voted into the Football League, where they have remained ever since.
  • 1928 – In February, and with Coventry struggling near the foot of Division Three South, the club's worst ever attendance is recorded. Only 2,059 turn up for the match against Crystal Palace.
  • 1932 – Centre-forward Clarrie Bourton heads the Football League scoring lists with 49 goals. The following season he scored 40 goals.
  • 1934 – City record their biggest ever victory a 9–0 league drubbing of Bristol City.
  • 1936 – Coventry City win the Third Division South championship after a nail-biting final day 2–1 victory over Torquay United and return to Division Two after eleven years in the lower division.
  • 1958 – Goalkeeper Alf Wood becomes the oldest player to start a game for the club, which this year was a founding member of Division Four (now Football League Two). He played against Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup aged 43 years and 207 days.
  • 1961 – Former Fulham player and PFA chairman Jimmy Hill is appointed manager following an embarrassing FA Cup defeat at home to non-league King's Lynn.
  • 1964Jimmy Hill guides Coventry to promotion from Division Three as champions after a final day 1–0 victory over Colchester United.
  • 1967 – Coventry City promoted as Second Division champions to the top flight for the first time in their history. This made manager and BBC Sport presenter Jimmy Hill a legend at the club. Coventry's record attendance was also set in this year – officially recorded as 51,455, (although many people who were at that game suggest the attendance was a lot higher, possibly much over 60,000) against Wolverhampton Wanderers, the team that finished a close second to Coventry at the top of the table.
  • 1969-70 – Under Noel Cantwell, Coventry finish 6th in the First Division, their highest League placing.
  • 1970 – Coventry qualified for the European Fairs Cup but lost 7–3 on aggregate in the second round to Bayern Munich, despite winning the second leg 2–1 at Highfield Road.
  • 1977 – Coventry City escaped relegation after drawing with Bristol City who also escaped relegation. The result of this game relegated Sunderland, which has caused many disuputes over the outcome of the match due to the result of the Sunderland game being relayed to Coventry City and Bristol City players for the remainder of the game.
  • 1978 – The strike partnership of Ian Wallace and Mick Ferguson helped the Sky Blues finish in seventh position in the First Division, their second-highest ever final league placing, but fractionally missing out on a UEFA Cup place.
  • 1981 – The club reaches the League Cup semi-final but are denied their first Wembley appearance by West Ham United, despite being 2–1 ahead after the first leg. Highfield Road becomes England's first all-seater stadium.
  • 1987 – The Sky Blues won the FA Cup, beating Tottenham Hotspur in the final. It is their only major trophy to date. They were runners-up to Everton in August in the Charity Shield. Coventry also won the FA Youth Cup in this year.
  • 1989 – Coventry were defeated by non-league Sutton United in the FA Cup Third Round,[4] only 19 months after lifting the trophy. However, their impressive league form meant they equalled their best ever end of season placing, finishing in the top seven once more.
  • 1990 – Coventry reached the League Cup semi-final for the second time, but were defeated by eventual winners Nottingham Forest.
  • 1998 – The club reached the FA Cup quarter-final but were denied a semi-final appearance as Sheffield United (a division below them) won the replay at Bramall Lane on penalties. They also attained their highest Premier League finish of 11th position. Dion Dublin earned the top scorer award, the only one for the club and the second of two players for clubs which never made the top three in the League.
  • 2001 – Coventry relegated from the Premier League after 34 years in the first tier. At the time, only Liverpool, Everton and Arsenal could boast longer tenures in the top flight.
  • 2004 – Their football academy, based in southeast Coventry at The Alan Higgs Centre, owned by the Alan Higgs Centre Trust, was opened in September 2004.[5]
  • 2005 – Coventry relocated to the 32,609 seater Ricoh Arena after 106 years at Highfield Road. The club's last game at Highfield Road stadium results in a 6–2 win over Midlands rivals Derby County in front of a sell-out 23,000 crowd.
  • 2007 – Coventry narrowly avoided administration when Ray Ranson and hedge fund managers SISU took over the club with twenty minutes to spare.
  • 2008 – The club celebrated its 125th anniversary. They avoided relegation to League One despite being beaten 4–1 at Charlton on the final day of the season.
  • 2009 – The first ever complete sell-out of the Ricoh Arena was announced for the FA Cup quarter-final match against Chelsea on 7 March 2009 which Chelsea won 2–0.
  • 2012 – Coventry are relegated to League One, the third tier in English Football, for the first time in 48 years
  • 2013 – The club owners, SISU, place a non-operating subsidiary of the club, which owns no financial assets and has no employee on or off the pitch into administration.[6] The club moved all staff out of the Ricoh Arena and the administrator accepted a bid from the Otium Entertainment Group, a company registered by three ex-Sky Blues directors Ken Dulieu, Onye Igwe and Leonard Brody.[7] The club agrees to play future home matches at Sixfields Stadium, Northampton. Following two adjournments a creditors meeting in August rejected a Company Voluntary Arrangement put forward by the administrator.[8][9][10]
  • 2014 – The club return to the Ricoh Arena.[11]

Playing kit[edit]

Coventry's home shirts are now always sky blue. However this hasn't always been the case. During the 1880s and 1890s, the club used black and red. Sky blue was first used by Coventry in 1898, the sky blue theme was then used until 1922. The colour made its return in 1962 thanks to the then manager, Jimmy Hill. In the 2008–09 season, Coventry used sky blue and white stripes, a design that was used three times that decade. This is a contrast to the late-1990s where sky blue and navy stripes were chosen three times. To mark the 125th year of the club, Coventry wore a special brown shirt in the last home game of the 2008–09 season against Watford having first worn a chocolate brown kit in 1978. This kit is sometimes considered the worst kit in English football history.[12]

In 2012, against Southampton in the FA Cup, they wore a commemorative blue and white striped kit to mark the 25th anniversary of the club winning the FA Cup in 1987.[13] The strip was worn again in January 2013 for Coventry's 3rd round FA Cup fixture with Tottenham Hotspur, whom they beat in the 1987 final.[14]

Stadium[edit]

Main articles: Highfield Road and Ricoh Arena

Grounds[edit]

Ricoh Arena, Coventry's stadium between 2005 and 2013, and since 2014

106 years at Highfield Road[edit]

Coventry City began playing at the Highfield Road stadium in 1899 within the Hillfields district of the city, although the club did not buy the freehold to the site until 1937. The record crowd at the ground was on 29 April 1967 when 51,455 watched the Second Division title decider against Wolverhampton Wanderers. This was more than 6,000 more than the previous record set against Aston Villa in 1938. Many people who were at that game suggest the attendance was a lot higher, possibly over 60,000. Supporters climbed onto the roofs of the stands and up the floodlights. The ground had an interesting history. In 1940 the main stand which backed onto terraced houses in Mowbray Street was bombed by the Luftwaffe, heavy turnstiles from the ground and gas meters from houses in Mowbray Street were discovered in Gosford Park, some 500 metres away. In 1968, the main stand burnt down and its replacement was built within four months.

In 1981, Highfield Road was converted into England's first ever all-seater stadium with a capacity of around 24,500, which many criticised as killing the atmosphere of the ground. Some seats were removed a few years later.[15] It had been gradually upgraded since then, with the final phase of work being completed in the mid-1990s, including two fully enclosed corners, providing some much-needed modernity. On 30 April 2005, the final game played at the stadium was against Derby County; Coventry won with a 6–2 scoreline.[16] The stadium was subsequently demolished and replaced by a housing development.

Relocating to the Ricoh Arena[edit]

For the 2005–06 season, Coventry City moved to the new 32,609-capacity Ricoh Arena after 106 years at Highfield Road.[1][17] In 1998, the club had decided that it was time to relocate to a new stadium in the Rowleys Green area of the city, three-and-a-half miles north of the city centre and close to junction 3 of the M6 motorway. The original plan was for a state-of-the-art, 45,000-seater multipurpose stadium with removable pitch and retractable roof. It was due to be ready for the 2001–02 season and was touted to be one of the finest and most advanced stadiums in Europe. However, the club's subsequent relegation, financial problems, financier/contractor withdrawals and England's failure to secure the 2006 World Cup competition led to a radical redesign. The resulting stadium was built to a standard bowl design with steep stands, in line with several other new stadia built during that period, though it has excellent acoustics and has been used to host several major rock concerts.

Despite initiating the project and being the principal attraction there, Coventry City's financial situation means that they no longer own the stadium and must pay rent to use it; this could appear to raise concerns over the managing of the club's finances by previous club officials, as in 2001 the club were the fourth-longest serving club in the top flight of English football. The stadium naming rights were originally sold to Jaguar Cars, which has strong links with Coventry. Jaguar pulled out of the project on 16 December 2004 and a new major sponsor was needed. A £10 million deal, which included naming rights, was signed and electronics manufacturer Ricoh became the new chief sponsor for the stadium. The project was funded largely by Coventry City Council and the (Alan Edward) Higgs Charity (of which former CCFC and ACL director the late Sir Derek Higgs was a trustee), and includes shopping facilities, a casino, exhibition halls and a concert venue.

At the beginning of the 2005–06 season, construction delays at the ground forced Coventry City to play their first three games of the season away and postpone their home games. On Saturday 20 August 2005, City hosted Queens Park Rangers in the first-ever game at the Ricoh Arena; Coventry won the game 3–0. On 28 July 2011, a statue of Jimmy Hill was installed at the main entrance to the Ricoh Arena, with Hill appearing in person to unveil it.[18]

2013 rent row and ground relocation[edit]

On 3 May 2013, Coventry City put a contingency plan in place to play elsewhere for the 2013–14 season due to ACL (Arena Coventry Limited), who manage the stadium, not being willing to negotiate with the club to agree a new lease. However, this has led to the local newspaper, the Coventry Telegraph, starting a petition in order to try stopping Coventry City from playing outside of Coventry and has been sent to all 72 clubs in the Football League and also the Football League chairman. In May 2013, managing director Tim Fisher set a plan of building a new stadium within the city over the next three years and ground-sharing whilst the new ground is being built.[19] In June 2013, ACL made an offer that Coventry City F.C. could play at the Ricoh Arena rent free while the club was in administration.[20]

It was believed that Coventry City might ground-share with Walsall at the Bescot Stadium or attempt to stay at the Ricoh Arena,[21] following the appointment of new owners.[22] However, by July 2013, the Walsall rumours were denied and since then the club has groundshared at Northampton Town's Sixfields Stadium – a ground that has less than one quarter the capacity of the Ricoh Arena. This was due to continue until at least 2016.[23][24] Plans for the club to play their home matches outside of the city were met with strong opposition and protests by Coventry fans.[25] Member of parliament for Coventry South, Jim Cunningham, described the move as "a disgrace".[26]

Ricoh Return[edit]

On 21 August 2014 it was announced an agreement had been reached allowing the club to return to the Ricoh Arena for the next two years with the option of another two years. Coventry City's first home game at the Ricoh Arena will be played against Gillingham on 5 September 2014. Steve Waggott, who led the negotiations for the club said "We are delighted to get this deal done and I am sure every supporter of Coventry City will be thrilled with the news".[11]

Supporters[edit]

Former Players' Association[edit]

In February 2007 a Former Players' Association was launched. Set up by club historian and statistician Jim Brown, former 1980s player Kirk Stephens and a committee of volunteers, its aim was to bring former players of the club together and cherish their memories. To qualify for membership players have to have made at least one first team competitive appearance for the club or been a manager.

Around 50 former stars of the club attended the launch including Coventry City legends George Hudson, Cyrille Regis, Charlie Timmins and Bill Glazier. The association's first newsletter was published in autumn 2007 and a website launched. The launch of 2007 was followed by subsequent Legends' Days. The 2009 event, held at the home game against Doncaster Rovers was attended by 43 former players including the first visit to Coventry for many years of Roy Barry and Dave Clements. In March 2012 the membership had increased past the 200 mark with former captain Terry Yorath inducted as the 200th member at the 2012 Legends' Day.[citation needed]

Sky Blue Trust[edit]

The Sky Blue Trust is a supporters' trust for Coventry City F.C.; it was originally founded in 2003 as part of a national initiative under the auspices of the umbrella group, Supporters Direct. The Sky Blue Trust, like trusts at other clubs, is a legally based, independent, democratic supporters' group with membership open to all. One of the Sky Blue Trust's greatest achievements was raising funds to save the football club's Youth Academy which was threatened with closure.[citation needed] By 2009/2010, however, the trust had become moribund.[27] Given the on-going financial uncertainty at Coventry City, the trust was re-launched in the summer of 2012.[27][28] A new board for the trust was elected and from having less than 20 members the trust grew to over 700 within three months.[citation needed] The key aim of the Sky Blue Trust is to obtain a financial stake in Coventry City F.C. and have at least one democratically elected trust member on the club's board, meaning that supporters have a direct say in the running of the club.[29][30][31]

'SISU Out' protesters[edit]

In August 2011, after Coventry City fans became tired of cost-cutting by SISU, Coventry fans started to protest for the removal of SISU. Protests took place at the Jimmy Hill Statue at the Ricoh Arena before games but limited numbers turned out. However after these games the number of protesters grew and so did the number of banners. After protesting near the rear entrance, the fans moved into the lobby and start chanting "SISU OUT" at which point a large number of "security response guards" moved in to remove the protesters.[32]

Sky Blue anthem[edit]

The words to the club's song were written in 1962 by Team Manager Jimmy Hill and Director John Camkin; The words being set to the tune of the Eton Boating Song.[33] It was launched at the home game with Colchester on 22 December 1962 (a match abandoned at half-time because of fog) with the words printed in the programme.[33] It quickly became popular with supporters during the epic FA Cup run in 1963 when the then Third Division team reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup before losing to eventual winners Manchester United:

Original Words:
Let's all sing together
Play up, Sky Blues
While we sing together
They will never lose
Proud Posh or Cobblers
Oysters or anyone
They shan't defeat them
They'll fight 'til the game is won!
City! City! City!

Current Words:

Lets all sing together
Play up, Sky Blues
While we sing together
We will never lose
Tottenham or Chelsea
United or anyone
They shan't defeat us
We'll fight 'til the game is won!
City! City! City!

Rivalries[edit]

As of 2012, Coventry fans consider Leicester City, with whom they contest the M69 derby to be their main rivals. Aston Villa are the club's traditional rivals but this is a somewhat one-sided rivalry as the latter have several stronger local rivalries. A lesser rivalry also exists with Birmingham City.[34] Other rivals could include Wolves, West Brom, Derby and Nottingham Forest.[35] After being relegated from the Championship in the 2011/2012 season, Walsall were seen as their League One rivals.

Current players[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of 18 August 2014.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK Lee Burge
2 England DF Jordan Willis
3 England DF Danny Pugh
4 Scotland DF Andy Webster
5 Benin DF Reda Johnson (captain)
6 England MF Conor Thomas
7 Scotland MF John Fleck
9 Northern Ireland FW Josh McQuoid (on loan from Bournemouth)
10 Scotland MF Danny Swanson
11 Scotland MF Jim O'Brien
12 Canada FW Simeon Jackson
14 Senegal MF Mohamed Coulibaly (on loan from Bournemouth)
No. Position Player
15 England FW Shaun Miller
17 England MF Billy Daniels
18 England DF Aaron Phillips
20 England FW Marcus Tudgay
23 England GK Ryan Allsop (on loan from Bournemouth)
24 England DF Jordan Clarke
26 England DF Ryan Haynes
27 England MF Jack Finch
28 England MF Ivor Lawton
England MF Carl Baker
Republic of Ireland MF Adam Barton

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
33 England GK Reice Charles-Cook (at Nuneaton Town until January 2015)

Academy squad[edit]

As of August 2014.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Ghana GK Corey Addai
England GK Jake Richards
England DF Kyle Barnett
England DF Luke Bromley
Wales DF Cian Harries
England DF Dion Kelly-Evans
England DF Jacob Whitmore
Italy MF Jay Albini
No. Position Player
36 England MF James Maddison
England MF Devon Kelly-Evans
England MF Callum Maycock
England MF Jordan Shipley
Scotland MF Kyle Spence
England MF Ben Stevenson
Germany FW Bassala Sambou
37 Wales FW George Thomas

Backroom staff and club officials[edit]

Name Position
Scotland Steven Pressley Manager
Scotland Neil MacFarlane Assistant Manager
England Steve Ogrizovic Goalkeeping Coach
England Pete Tierney Strength & Conditioning Coach
England Dave Hart Physiotherapist
England Paul Travis Performance Analyst
England Richard Stevens Academy Manager
Scotland Darren Murray Under-18s Coach
Name Position
England Tim Fisher Managing Director
England Steve Waggott Development Director
England Mark Labovitch Director
England Mike McGinnity Life President
England John Sillett Life President
England Jimmy Hill Life President
England George Curtis Life President
England Pam Hindson Club Secretary

Seasons, awards and honours[edit]

Season Review & Statistics Level Pos. Player of the Year Top Goalscorer Most Appearances Other
1967–1968 season 1 20th (22) England Ernie Machin Wales Ronnie Rees 9 England Ernie Machin 44 FA Youth Cup Runners-up
1968–1969 season 1 20th (22) England Bill Glazier England Ernie Hunt 13 England Bill Glazier 49
1969–1970 season 1 6th (22) Scotland Neil Martin Scotland Neil Martin 15 England Mick Coop 44 FA Youth Cup Runners-up
1970–1971 season 1 10th (22) Scotland Willie Carr England Ernie Hunt 12 England Jeff Blockley 48 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Second round
1971–1972 season 1 18th (22) England Ernie Hunt England Ernie Hunt 12 Scotland Willie Carr 45
1972–1973 season 1 19th (22) Scotland Tommy Hutchison Scotland Brian Alderson 17 England Mick Coop 48
1973–1974 season 1 16th (22) England Bill Glazier Scotland Brian Alderson 15 Republic of Ireland Jimmy Holmes 53
1974–1975 season 1 14th (22) Scotland Tommy Hutchison England David Cross 8 Scotland Tommy Hutchison 46
1975–1976 season 1 14th (22) Scotland Tommy Hutchison England David Cross 16 England Mick Coop 47
1976–1977 season 1 19th (22) England Mick Ferguson England Mick Ferguson 15 England John Beck 45
1977–1978 season 1 7th (22) Scotland Ian Wallace Scotland Ian Wallace 23 Scotland Bobby McDonald 47
1978–1979 season 1 10th (22) Scotland Bobby McDonald Scotland Ian Wallace 15 Scotland Tommy Hutchison 45
1979–1980 season 1 15th (22) Scotland Ian Wallace Scotland Ian Wallace 13 Scotland Tommy Hutchison 45
1980–1981 season 1 16th (22) Scotland Gary Gillespie England Garry Thompson 15 England Paul Dyson 54 Football League Cup Semi-finalists
1981–1982 season 1 14th (22) England Danny Thomas England Mark Hateley 18 Scotland Gary Gillespie 46 PFA Merit Award: England Joe Mercer
1982–1983 season 1 19th (22) Scotland Gary Gillespie England Steve Whitton 14 Scotland Gary Gillespie 48 PFA Team of the Year: England Danny Thomas
1983–1984 season 1 19th (22) England Nick Platnauer England Terry Gibson 19 England Trevor Peake 40
1984–1985 season 1 18th (22) England Terry Gibson England Terry Gibson 19 England Steve Ogrizovic 46
1985–1986 season 1 17th (22) England Trevor Peake England Terry Gibson 13 England Steve Ogrizovic 47
1986–1987 season 1 10th (22) England Steve Ogrizovic England Cyrille Regis 16 England Steve Ogrizovic 53 FA Cup Winners: 1987 FA Cup Final; FA Youth Cup Winners
1987–1988 season 1 10th (21) Scotland David Speedie England Cyrille Regis 12 England Brian Borrows 45
1988–1989 season 1 7th (20) Scotland David Speedie Scotland David Speedie 15 England Brian Borrows 42
1989–1990 season 1 12th (20) England Brian Borrows Scotland David Speedie 9 England David Smith 46 Football League Cup Semi-finalists
1990–1991 season 1 16th (20) Scotland Kevin Gallacher Scotland Kevin Gallacher 16 England Brian Borrows 47 PFA Merit Award: Scotland Tommy Hutchison
1991–1992 season 1 19th (22) England Stewart Robson Scotland Kevin Gallacher 10 England Lloyd McGrath 44
1992–1993 season 1 15th (22) England Peter Atherton England Micky Quinn 17 England Peter Atherton 42
1993–1994 season 1 11th (22) Republic of Ireland Phil Babb Zimbabwe Peter Ndlovu 11 Republic of Ireland Phil Babb 44
1994–1995 season 1 16th (22) England Brian Borrows England Dion Dublin 16 England Steve Ogrizovic 40 PFA Merit Award: Scotland Gordon Strachan
1995–1996 season 1 16th (20) England Paul Williams England Dion Dublin 16 England John Salako 40
1996–1997 season 1 17th (20) England Dion Dublin England Dion Dublin 13 England Steve Ogrizovic 46
1997–1998 season 1 11th (20) England Dion Dublin England Dion Dublin 23 England Dion Dublin 43 PFA Merit Award: England Steve Ogrizovic
1998–1999 season 1 15th (20) England Richard Shaw England Noel Whelan 13 Sweden Magnus Hedman 42 FA Youth Cup Runners-up
1999–2000 season 1 14th (20) Scotland Gary McAllister Scotland Gary McAllister 13 Scotland Gary McAllister 43 FA Youth Cup Runners-up
2000–2001 season 1 19th (20) Republic of Ireland Gary Breen Wales Craig Bellamy 8 Wales Craig Bellamy 38 PFA Merit Award: England Jimmy Hill
2001–2002 season 2 11th (24) Scotland Gary McAllister England Lee Hughes 15 England David Thompson 45
2002–2003 season 2 20th (24) Bosnia and Herzegovina Muhamed Konjić England Jay Bothroyd 11 Bosnia and Herzegovina Muhamed Konjić 48
2003–2004 season 2 12th (24) England Stephen Warnock England Gary McSheffrey 12 England Stephen Warnock 46 FWA Tribute Award: England Jimmy Hill
2004–2005 season 2 19th (24) Republic of Ireland Michael Doyle England Gary McSheffrey 14 Republic of Ireland Michael Doyle 48
2005–2006 season 2 8th (24) England Gary McSheffrey England Gary McSheffrey 17 Republic of Ireland Michael Doyle 49
2006–2007 season 2 17th (24) England Andy Marshall Nigeria Dele Adebola 9 England Andy Marshall 42 Birmingham Senior Cup Winners
2007–2008 season 2 21st (24) Republic of Ireland Jay Tabb Malta Michael Mifsud 17 Republic of Ireland Jay Tabb 49
2008–2009 season 2 17th (24) Iceland Aron Gunnarsson Republic of Ireland Clinton Morrison 12 Republic of Ireland Keiren Westwood 49 PFA Team of the Year: England Danny Fox, Republic of Ireland Keiren Westwood
2009–2010 season 2 19th (24) Republic of Ireland Keiren Westwood Republic of Ireland Clinton Morrison 11 Republic of Ireland Keiren Westwood 46
2010–2011 season 2 18th (24) Jamaica Marlon King Jamaica Marlon King 13 Republic of Ireland Richard Keogh 48 FL Fan of the Year: England Kevin Monks
2011–2012 season 2 23rd (24) Republic of Ireland Richard Keogh England Lukas Jutkiewicz 9 Republic of Ireland Joe Murphy 47 Championship Apprentice Award: Democratic Republic of the Congo Gaël Bigirimana
2012–2013 season 3 15th (24) England Carl Baker England David McGoldrick 18 Republic of Ireland Joe Murphy 56 FLT Northern area finalists; FL Fan of the Year: England Pat Raybould;
PFA Team of the Year: England Leon Clarke
2013–2014 season 3 18th (24) †† England Callum Wilson England Callum Wilson 22 Republic of Ireland Joe Murphy 53 FL Goal of the Year: Belgium Franck Moussa;
PFA Team of the Year: England Callum Wilson
2014–2015 season 3 15th (24) * Benin Réda Johnson 2 * 8 players 5 *

Coventry City deducted 10 points by the Football League for going into administration.[36]
†† Coventry City deducted 10 points by the Football League.[37]
* Season in progress.

Club honours[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Official Hall of Fame[edit]

Player Apps Goals
England Dave Bennett 187 33
England Brian Borrows 474 13
England Clarrie Bourton 241 181
Scotland Willie Carr 280 36
England Mick Coop 485 22
England George Curtis 534 13
Scotland Jimmy Dougall 237 14
England Dion Dublin 168 72
Player Apps Goals
England Ron Farmer 311 52
England Mick Ferguson 141 57
Scotland Ian Gibson 101 14
England Bill Glazier 402 0
England Frank Herbert 200 89
England George Hudson 129 75
England Ernie Hunt 166 51
Scotland Tommy Hutchison 353 30
Player Apps Goals
England Mick Kearns 382 15
Wales Leslie Jones 144 74
England Jock Lauderdale 182 63
Wales George Lowrie 85 59
England Ernie Machin 289 39
England George Mason 350 8
England Reg Matthews 116 0
England Steve Ogrizovic 601 1
Player Apps Goals
England Trevor Peake 330 7
Wales Ronnie Rees 262 52
England Cyrille Regis 274 62
England Richard Shaw 338 1
England Danny Thomas 123 6
Scotland Ian Wallace 138 60
England Alf Wood 246 0

Player records[edit]

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

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