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Businessman's plan to get Coventry City back home

A Coventry-born businessman now based in the United States has come up with a plan to get Coventry City playing at the Ricoh Arena again.   His idea is to strike a deal with Arena Coventry Limited to rent the Ricoh to the club.   The money would be raised by a crowd funding scheme involving fans.

New revelations about Leeds

Accounts filed at Companies House have led to new revelations about Leeds United.  GFH Capital sold half its stake to an unnamed party between March and June last year before buying it back in December 2013, reaching 85 per cent ownership.  This meant that there was no 'controlling party' of the club for at least six months.

Sky Blues attendances slump

Coventry City's attendances have slumped with games being played in Northampton.   Indeed, the club has recorded its ten worst home attendances ever.   Nearby Conference club Nuneaton Town are catching up with the Sky Blues as their promotion push gains momentum.

One might think that Sisu, the owners of Coventry City, would learn something from this, but probably not.

Where will new Sky Blues stadium be?

The Coventry Evening Telegraph has been trying to find out where the fabled new stadium for Coventry City might be built.   The paper has been using Freedom of Information requests, but despite a good track record in investigative journalism, hasn't got very far.

Crawley think about new stadium

Crawley Town have been in preliminary talks about building a brand new stadium for the club. However, the club has emphasised that no contact had been made with Crawley Borough Council and no site had yet been identified.

The talks are still at a very early and informal stage and multi-million pound investment would need to be found to bankroll the exciting venture. Reds currently play their home matches at the council-owned Stadium after moving from Town Mead, their home for 48 years, in 1997. Crawley is a former new town and home to Gatwick Airport.

The plight of Coventry City

As 5,200 Coventry City fans head down to London for tonight's FA Cup tie with Arsenal at the Emirates, it is time to reflect again on the current plight of the Sky Blues. Securing the FA Cup against the odds 27 years ago brought delight to a city that had already seen its economic prosperity punctured.

According to a friend who was on a train down to London, the Coventry fans were in fine voice. They will, however, be holding up protest banners at designated points in tonight's game and Arsenal fans are planning to show their solidarity.

Vale chairman admits budget was ambitious

Port Vale chairman Norman Smurthwaite has admitted that Port Vale are operating to an over ambitious budget.    It required average home attendances of 7,500.   The playing budget amounts to £300k a month.  Smurthwaite has put in £1m to deal with the shortfall and this may have to increase to £1.2m. Being a football club chairman is an expensive hobby, even in the lower divisions.

New financial problems at Port Vale

Port Vale have encountered a number of financial problems in recent years. Their finances are under the spotlight after chairman Norman Smurthwaite told football agents the club is unable to currently pay money owed to them.

Sky Blues unveil new stadium plans

Coventry City have unveiled images of their proposed new stadium.   Of course, the most crucial piece of information is missing: where the new stadium might be.

Sky Blues insist new stadium deal is possible

Coventry City's chief executive has insisted that the club is months away from buying the land for a new stadium, but fans are sceptical to say the least.  It was admitted that the Brandon site was not a starter, as if it ever was.   Even if a new site can be found, why is it needed?