The second big piece of news to break late last night was that the Cobblers had seemingly agreed a deal to host Coventry City’s home matches for ‘the next three years’ according to two key sources, the Chronicle and Echo and the Coventry Telegraph:
The move comes after the Sky Blues were forced to consider options at the end of last season with the club moving all of their staff from the Ricoh Arena. A new stadium is being planned for the city but in the meantime the League One club are assessing their options with Sixfields apparently now the front runner to host City home games whilst the new ground is developed.
The news came on the same day as the Sixfields redevelopment appeared to be rubber stamped by the Cobblers and Northampton Borough Council and we could now be looking at Sixfields being under construction mid-way through next season and also hosting TWO Football League clubs. The plan would apparently see City moving any clashing home games to a midweek or a Sunday but either way this isn’t going to sit well with Coventry supporters who would face a seventy mile round trip for ‘home’ games every other week.
There’s already been protests by Coventry fans and who can blame them? Their football club is set to be uprooted and they won’t have a clear idea of a future return to their own city for a long period of time. The least football fans should expect is that their own team is situated in their own town or city no matter what is going on behind the scenes and you have to feel for the Coventry supporters through all of this. That being said, I’m sure we would do our best to accommodate them should they decide not to boycott their games at Sixfields and hopefully anything that we do helps their club to stay alive.
It’s all got to go through the Football League before anything happens for certain but I would think Cobblers grounds men Paul Knowles and Jason Hawthorn are preparing himself for what could be a very busy winter!