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NEWS: Two trees to be planted to remember Sky Blues fan and his friend 10 years on from their deaths, supporting Good Grief Trust

16 April 2021

A Coventry City fan and his friend are being remembered 10 years on from their tragic deaths with the planting of two trees at the Ricoh Arena Memorial Garden, supporting a campaign to raise money for the Good Grief Trust.

25-year-old James Cooper, a lifelong Sky Blues fan who worked as a matchday host for the Club, and his friend James Kouzaris, 24, were murdered while on holiday in Florida in April 2011.

The charity ‘Always a Chance’ was set up in their names and to mark the 10 years since their passing, the charity have set up an initiative to raise money for the Good Grief Trust called “Seeds of Hope.”

Friends and family members will honour the boys by planting two seeds, trees or plants – this is to symbolise hope in the form of new life. Sky Blues supporters can also join in the initiative too by planting two seeds, trees or plants of their own, or by making a donation.

Richard Macalister and Ben Webster, friends of James Cooper, will be at the Ricoh Arena on today's anniversary to plant two trees in the Memorial Garden.

Richard said:

“James was a huge Coventry City fan and I am delighted that both CCFC and the Ricoh Arena have been able to support us with the initiative.

“With the return to the Ricoh Arena announced a short while ago this will give friends and family members a place of comfort to meet before home games.

“Both Coops and Jam had such a positive impact on so many people’s lives so it would be great to see fellow fans getting involved in the fundraiser to plant something in memory of the lads.

Fans can see more information about the ‘Always a Chance’ charity, set up in memory of James Cooper and James Kouzaris, or make a donation to the charity by visiting If making a donation please include the reference “TGGT”.

To find out more about the Good Grief Trust, which the “Seeds of Hope” initiative is supporting, please visit

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