January 20 2017
I turned forty-nine recently. I've supported Coventry City for almost all of those years, ever since I knew what football was.
I used to know every fixture for the season we were in, and recognised every player at the club, including the youth team. Quite often now I fail to know the next opponent, and don't recognise some first team players.
This is nothing to do with getting old, this is simply because if the people connected with the club don't care, neither do I. I want to, but it's all fairly hopeless. We're clueless on and off the pitch.
Those of a similar age, or older, will know we have never been particularly good team, give or take a few seasons (The stat's speak for themselves), but there was usually at least something resembling hope, or fighting spirit on the pitch.
The current owners and squad have taken us to our lowest point, and will seemingly take us further down still. The owners have no real plan of action (Fingers crossed isn't enough), the players have no idea how to win matches.
The only thing left is superb fans, who support through thin and thinner. But even some of the die-hards have had enough. The fact the pitch invasion versus Sheffield United was supported by former players speaks volumes for the troubles at the club.
Some are asking for fans to boycott buying season tickets next year, to hit the owners financially. This seems a fairly hollow campaign, as it will happen anyway. Of the people I've talked to, or opinions heard on the local phone-in, one person 'might' re-new.
I know season ticket holders that, having paid out good money, are not even bothering attending matches this season. They've had enough. I've turned down free tickets a few times since August - it's not worth the walk up. I really never thought it would come to this.
One or two thought Tim Fisher spoke well on the CWR interview before Christmas, but then, why wouldn't he? He's been trotting out the same old lines for years. He told fans nothing they didn't already know.
This includes further cuts to the squad if supporters don't back the club by buying season tickets, etc, this summer. What more is there to cut? Short of asking the FA if we can field less than XI players per match, this is surely it?
I don't understand why the owners are still here, or at least not offering to sell the club to anybody that might want it. I've got more chance of winning the Euro Lottery jackpot than they have of recouping even a small percentage of what they claim to have put into the club.
I inherited a Coventry City mad son-in-law recently. I'm hoping there will still be a club for us to support, with owners that invest, and players that wear the shirt with pride, that we can go and watch one day soon. Preferably in the football league.