Coventry City fans delighted with Northampton support for protest

A group of Coventry City supporters made a second trip to Northampton today to rally against their team’s deal to play their home games at Sixfields for at least the next three seasons.

The fans said they were delighted with the response from passing locals, many of who sounded their horns and gave thumbs-up in support.

Coventry City fans protesting against the move to Sixfields.

Coventry City fans protesting against the move to Sixfields.

The protest also attracted the interest of national media, including Sky Sports News.

The fans protested with banners and signs at the A4500 and A5076 traffic islands, with the aim of sending out a message to Cobblers chairman David Cardoza; Joy Seppala, head of the SISU hedge fund which has been running the club, and Football League chairman Greg Clarke.

The Football League ratified the deal last Monday, which sparked huge opposition from Sky Blues fans.

Michael Orton, a Sky Blue Trust board member, who attended the protest, said: “The aim of today was simple - to show Joy Seppala, Greg Clark, David Cardoza that if they think Coventry fans are just going to sit back and watch this happen, then they are mistaken. This is just the start.

Coventry City fans protesting against the move to Sixfields.

Coventry City fans protesting against the move to Sixfields.

“When the announcement was made it hit us for six, and everyone felt very down. But we are getting fantastic support from fans all over the country, and politicians are asking very awkward questions in the House of Commons. The Football League are coming under a lot of pressure.”

Regarding the support received at the protest, Mr Orton added: “I think about 90 per cent of people gave us the thumbs-up and bipped their horns. We are really grateful to Northampton Town fans, and fans of other clubs, who showed their support.

“The determination of Coventry fans is just growing and growing. With everything that is going on and the pressure that is being applied, there is a growing belief the groundshare can be stopped. We are going to fight this every step of the way.

“We are just really sorry that Northampton fans are getting caught up with this.”

Coventry City fans protesting against the move to Sixfields.

Coventry City fans protesting against the move to Sixfields.

The Chron reported yesterday that Cobblers bosses have said they will “not be bullied” by the owners of the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, following a letter threatening legal action.

Northampton Town FC received a letter from Arena Coventry Limited (ACL), the owners of the 32,600 seat stadium, threatening to sue them over the deal for the Sky Blues to play in Northampton.