I wanted to write to our supporters in the aftermath of the incredibly emotional scenes on our bus parade through the streets of Coventry and Civic Reception at St Mary’s Guildhall following our promotion back to League One, and share with you the emotions we are feeling and the desire we have to repeat this again.
It was a fantastic experience for all of us to see thousands upon thousands of people on the parade route in Coventry, creating a sea of Sky Blue together from Ryton right into the City Centre. Whether they were in their windows, gardens or driveways, or gathered on roads, at pubs or in public squares, the reception that the community gave to the promotion winning squad and staff was fantastic and we are very grateful for that.
This showed again the support which this Club has out there and the desire which you have for our Club to be a successful one. It has been a truly incredible few days for myself and the players and staff at Coventry City but more importantly for the supporters and the City, who travelled in huge numbers down to Wembley too.
To bring you the promotion that you greatly deserve has been an enormous pleasure and privilege for us.
We have seen this season the re-connection between the players and our supporters, and I think that relationship is the best it has been here for a very long time.
There is an energy and positivity around the club we want to continue and take into next season, as we continue to build the bonds and relationships for our club to be successful together.
There is much work behind-the-scenes from staff at the club to continue this, including at Sky Blues in the Community and our successful Academy, which recently agreed a long-term deal to remain at the Alan Higgs Centre. Community Day was a huge success, with over 28,000 tickets sold or given to our local community, and the Club will continue in with efforts such as this next season.
We must not rest on our laurels. We will be looking to improve the squad again, as we did last summer, to push on and challenge at the top of League One. We want to bring you more great days like the ones that you have enjoyed this week, as well as the other memorable occasions this season such as the matches against Notts County, wins over Cheltenham and Luton or our FA Cup run.
I have made no secret of my desire to see a packed Ricoh Arena week-in, week-out supporting the team together. Your support, always dedicated, unflinching and vocal, can make a huge difference to the lads.
In the 2017/18 campaign, we had around 4,500 Season Ticket holders. After taking 37,000 to Wembley and the support on the streets this week, we want to increase this massively as we head into League One.
We run the Club very much on an even keel – what revenue we generate as a Club is what we can spend. Therefore, the sale of Season Tickets makes a massive difference to our recruitment and what we are able to do.
In the Standard Zone, adults are £322 (or £14 per game) while JSB Under 13s are free, and Season Tickets can be purchased at eticketing.co.uk/CCFC or by calling 0844 453 9134. The deadline for the second Early Bird period is set to be midnight on Sunday 3rd June.
Our slogan ‘Rise Together’ is an ethos which runs through the Club. It is how we want to approach everything that we do. Whether that is on the field or off it, players or supporters, working together we can achieve anything.
Your support will be crucial as we continue to build a club that you and the wider community can be proud of and give you all more memorable moments next season and in the future.
Manager, Coventry City Football Club