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PUSB: 'From The Board' versus Blackpool

9 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 Blackpool below:

Good evening and welcome to the Coventry Building Society Arena as we host Blackpool tonight.

I would also like to welcome the players, staff, officials and supporters who join us from Blackpool for today’s game.

Blackpool have had an impressive season so far on their return to the Sky Bet Championship and after a slow start, they have established themselves back in the division.

Looking back on Saturday’s Fourth Round Emirates FA Cup tie at St Mary’s Stadium against Premier League opponents Southampton, I could not help but feeling proud of the team’s performance and exactly where the Club is at the moment. Prior to the game I always felt that it was going to be another marker in our development as a squad and Club, and at the end of the game, despite losing, I felt that we passed the test and at times played some delightful football against top flight opposition.

Once again, the Sky Blue Army was at its very best, generating an amazing atmosphere within the stadium and I hope that everybody that travelled to the South Coast on Saturday afternoon felt the same pride as me.

It is important that we now focus on the Championship and work to attain the highest finish in the league table as we possibly can. From here on in, games will be coming thick and fast with very few free midweeks and lots of twists and turn along the way.

As we continue to develop the Club off the field, supporters may have noticed the new permanent signage over the Club Shop and Ticket Office at the Coventry Building Society Arena which was installed last week. It is striking and eye catching in the South East corner of the stadium, and clearly visible from Jimmy Hill Way and the Arena Shopping Park as well. It is our intention in the future to uplight it as well, so it will be visible in the evenings too. We continue to add final touches to make the Arena feel like our home and we thank Wasps for their support in embracing us in this quest.

We will continue to try and improve our supporters experience and communications with the Club and to that end we have recently appointed a Supporter Services Officer Jodie Jones, who will become the first port of call for any queries, suggestions or complaints that supporters might wish to make. With the growing number of supporters that we are regularly attracting to the stadium, we feel it vital that we get this line of communication right and are now able to deal with matters promptly as they arrive with us.

As always, I hope you enjoy tonight’s game – thank you for your continued support. PUSB

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