After each matchday programme this season, we publish the regular column from the Coventry City board on our website. You can read Coventry City Chief Executive Dave Boddy's column our game against Fulham below:
Good afternoon and welcome to today’s game as we face Fulham here at the Coventry Building Society Arena in a Championship match which is live on Sky Sports.
I would like to also welcome the players, staff, officials and supporters who join us today from Fulham.
Today we celebrate the Jimmy Hill Day. Since Jimmy’s passing the Club has honoured his memory with a Day to celebrate his impact and achievements at Coventry City and for the good of football in general.
Jimmy led the Sky Blue Revolution during the 1960s as manager, guiding the Club from the old Third Division (now League One) to the old First Division (now the Premier League). Not only did he bring success on the field but he was instrumental in innovation off the field, with things such being at the forefront of engaging with supporters, matchday programmes, travel to games, matchday entertainment, corporate hospitality, executive boxes and much more – as well making us the Sky Blues and helping to create the Sky Blue Song too, plus much more.
We are proud to welcome his son Jamie Hill and Jane Howard-Hill, wife of Jimmy’s other son Graham who sadly is out of the country and can’t join us today, along with a number of Jimmy’s grandchildren and their partners.
We are also fundraising today for the Jimmy Hill Legacy Fund. The Legacy Fund was formed in 2016 as a fundraising initiative in order to provide opportunities to improve the quality of life for those who need it most in Jimmy’s name. The Legacy Fund supports activities for children and adults with disabilities and providing opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people in Coventry and Warwickshire, as well as providing grants for local community groups. £1 from each match ticket sold today will be donated by the Club to the Legacy Fund. Fans can also donate, with a bucket collection around the ground this afternoon and online at https://bit.ly/JHLegacyFundDonate
Our last home game against Peterborough last Friday evening saw another outstanding performance and another big crowd here at the Coventry Building Society Arena. The 20,652 was just shy of our biggest crowd on the opening day against Nottingham Forest, however 18,924 home supporters was significantly larger than the Forest match. The atmosphere again on the night was outstanding both inside and outside the stadium, and the growing number of home supporters adds additional welcoming challenges to us as an operation.
We are always trying to improve the fans experience here at the CBS Arena, and supporters will have noted additional mobile catering facilities outside the East Stand and the North Stand last week. Whilst we grow so quickly, there are always going to be teething problems which we endeavour to put right and have been working on the issues during the last week. I would urge all Sky Blues fans to try and arrive at the Arena earlier going forward as the Sky Blue Army grows.
As always, thank you for your support - enjoy the game today and PUSB.