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PUSB: 'From The Board' versus Barnsley

21 February 2022

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 from our game against Barnsley below:

Good afternoon and welcome to the Coventry Building Society Arena as we face Barnsley today.

I would also like to extend a warm welcome to the players, staff, officials and supporters who join us today from Barnsley.

Earlier in this week, it was announced that the Owners of the Football Club have ended all proceedings relating to the sale of the Coventry Building Society Arena to Wasps back in 2014. I am sure all supporters will agree that it is welcome news and will allow all parties to move forward without this matter continuing. Hopefully this news will allow us to continue to build new and stronger relationships with all our partners.

We also announced earlier this week the 2022 Legends Day, which will return after an absence of two seasons due to the COVID pandemic. Legends Day, which is always popular amongst supporters, will take place on Saturday 12th March against Sheffield United and will see a host of former players attending the game, dining in the Premier Lounge pre-match and being introduced to supporters at half-time. It is always and excellent that we organise in partnership with the Former Players Association, and we are all already looking forward to it. There will be a range of former players coming who we look forward to seeing again, and fans are advised to check our website and social media in the coming weeks for details of who will be attending. It is an event which will be tinged with sadness as we remember those no longer with us, including John Sillett and George Curtis and there will be tributes on that day too.

In a busy week, we also held our first female fans forum at the Sky Blue Tavern after announcing our support of the #HerGameToo campaign. The campaign was founded by passionate female football fans who are committed to growing the campaign with the aim of fostering an ethos in football in which women are welcomed and respected equally and it is vital that we as a Football Club embrace this ethos to make the Football Club and our Stadium a welcoming place for everybody.

We have been talking with them for a while, and really wanted to make this a partnership that was different and more compared to how other Clubs have worked with them. Our partnership with Her Game Too highlights our commitment to making football a game for everyone. Supporter Laura Hartley has been announced as #HerGameToo’s Coventry City ambassador who will also work with the Club and supporters on this campaign.

Thank you as always for your support – enjoy the game, PUSB.


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