Coventry United F.C.

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Coventry United
Coventry United F.C. logo.png
Full name Coventry United Football Club
Nickname(s) Cov United
Founded 1 July 2013; 5 years ago (2013-07-01)
Ground Butts Park Arena, Coventry (Groundshare at Coventry R.F.C.)
Capacity 4,000 (3,000 seats)
Chairman Peter Reynolds
Manager Terry Anderson
League Midland League Premier Division
2017–18 Midland League Premier Division, 8th of 22

Coventry United Football Club is an English association football club based in Coventry in the West Midlands. The team competes in the Midland League Premier Division (the 9th highest tier in English football) after being promoted at the end of the 2015–16 season.

The club was founded in 2013 by chairman Jason Kay along with three co-chairmen Jason Timms, Marcus Green and Pete Schofield and Club secretary Graham Wood following a takeover of Coventry Spartans in reaction to Coventry City moving from the Ricoh Arena to Northampton to play at Sixfields Stadium.[1] Edwin Greaves had been in charge at the club since its formation until Spring 2016, when he was replaced by current manager Terry Anderson.

On 4 July 2015, the club announced the takeover of Coventry City Ladies F.C, rebranding the ladies side Coventry United Ladies F.C.[2]

History[edit]

  • 2013 – The club is founded by four friends after the problems surrounding local club Coventry City.
  • 2014 – Coventry United defeat Polesworth 28–0[3]
  • 2014 - Coventry United win promotion from the Midland Football League Division Three after finishing 2nd place.
  • 2015 – In April, Coventry United were crowned champions of the Midland Football League Division Two with six league games remaining.[4]
  • 2015 - In July, the club announced the takeover of Coventry City Ladies Football Club, re-branding the Woman's Premier League side as Coventry United Ladies Football Club.
  • 2016 - Again in April, the team win the Midland Football League Division One, gaining promotion to the Midland Football League Premier Division.
  • 2016 - In October, Coventry United won the "Club of the Year" award at the Coventry & Warwickshire Sports Awards. They were also runners up in the "Team of the Year" category.

Colours[edit]

Coventry United's home kit is made up from the city's civic colours. The shirt is a dark red Adidas designed top that prominently features the logo of the current club sponsors "Graham The Plumbers' Merchant"[5] on the front. The shorts and socks are the same shade of dark green. The club's away strip is a full white strip which is also sponsored by Graham The Plumbers' Merchant.

At the start of the 2014–15 season, Coventry unveiled their third kit for the season which is a full sky blue strip that references local professional club Coventry City.

Ladies[edit]

On 4 July 2015, Coventry City Ladies F.C. announced that they will merge with Coventry United and be rebranded as Coventry United Ladies F.C. from the beginning of the 2015–16 Women's Premier League season.[6]

The move means that the team will play in Coventry United Men's team colours, also the cities civic colours, red and green rather than Coventry City's sky blue. They will also continue playing home games at The Bedworth Oval.[7] The clubs were keen to point out that the ladies team will still be independently run, with its own board of directors.

Backroom staff and club officials[edit]

Name Position
England Terry Anderson Manager
England Luke Morton Assistant Manager
England Harry Barnes Coach
Portugal Jose Asencio Coach
England Jamie Burkaski U21 Manager
England Craig Ludford U21 Assistant Manager
England Reece Palmer U21 Coach
England Johnny Morris U21 Coach
England Graham Wood Club Secretary
England Stephen Kershaw U21 Secretary
England Liam Cook Stadium Announcer/Commentator

Seasons[edit]

Year[8] League Level P W D L F A GD Pts Position Leading league scorer(s) Goals FA Cup FA Trophy Average attendance
2013–14 Midland Combination Div. Two 12 30 22 2 6 105 33 +72 68 2nd of 16
Promoted as runners-up
Daniel Stokes
Brian Ndlovu
Nathan Stoute
26
17
8
not eligible not eligible not enough data
2014–15 Midland League Div. Two 11 30 22 4 4 97 40 +57 70 1st of 16
Promoted as champions
Daniel Stokes
Joshua Blake
Sean Kavanagh
24
17
10
not eligible not eligible 97
2015–16 Midland League Div. One 10 38 33 1 4 123 33 +90 100 1st of 20
Promoted as champions
Joshua O'Grady
Matthew Brown
Chris Cox
29
15
15
DNP not eligible 98
2016–17 Midland League Premier Div. 9 42 18 8 16 63 57 +6 62 8th of 22 Kai Williams
Chris Cox
Joshua O'Grady
14
12
11
QR1 not eligible 100

Records and honours[edit]

Club honours[edit]

  • Midland Football League Division One
    • Winners: 2015–16
  • Midland Football League Division Two
    • Winners: 2014–15
  • Midland Football League Division Three
    • Runners-Up: 2013–14
  • Presidents Cup
    • Winners: 2014–15
  • Birmingham FA Challenge Vase
    • Runners-Up: 2013–14

Records[edit]

  • Biggest league win: Coventry United 28–0 Polesworth (17 April 2014)
  • Biggest league loss: Coleshill Town 4-0 Coventry United (23 August 2016)
  • First competitive goal for the club: Stefan McGrath (10 October 2013)
  • Most goals scored in one game by a single player: 6 – Daniel Stokes (Coventry United 28–0 Polesworth; 17 April 2014)
  • Longest unbeaten run (all competitions): 25 matches (8 November 2014 – 4 May 2015)
  • Longest unbeaten run (league only): 21 matches (4 October 2014 – 4 May 2015)
  • Most clean sheets in a row (all competitions): 6 (19 April 2016 – 7 August 2016)
  • Most clean sheets in a row (league only) : 8 (19 April 2016 – 23 August 2016)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11710/8813931/coventry-city-to-play-home-matches-at-northamptons-sixfields-stadium
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 July 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  3. ^ http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/sky-blues-protest-club-coventry-7005747
  4. ^ http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/coventry-united-fc-promoted-second-9010109
  5. ^ http://www.channelgraham.co.uk/content/graham_scores_with_coventry_united#.V--4oOArI2x
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 July 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  7. ^ http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/
  8. ^ "Midland Football League". full-time.thefa.com. 21 August 2016.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°24′4.972″N 1°28′19.132″W / 52.40138111°N 1.47198111°W / 52.40138111; -1.47198111