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Sky Blues Fancast: A Coventry City Podcast

English, Sports, 1 season, 100 episodes, 2 days, 7 hours, 41 minutes
A weekly round-up of all things Coventry City, the roller coaster ride of being part of part of the Sky Blue Army, presented by Lorna Bailey and a cast of fans.
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So good he named her Wembley!

For all football fans or football widows we all know that sometimes those big FA Cup games become unmissable events, especially if your team is in the running. For one Coventry City fan back in 1987, the FA CUP final meant he missed the birth of his daughter, to find out more, meet Michelle WEMBLEY McQueen, yes you heard it right, he named her Wembley!
3/15/20242 minutes, 47 seconds
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7 years of Robins!

The Fancasters joined Clive after a disappointing loss against West Brom on Friday, following a controversial formation change.They also spoke about how Coventry City Manager Mark Robins is celebrating his 7th year at the club, becoming one of the longest-standing managers in the club's history. BBC CWR's Clive Eakin also caught up with Jamie McAllister, host of the podcast 'That Blind Lads podcast', which aims to promote and raise awareness around equality, diversity, and inclusion in several areas, including sports. They spoke about the latest campaign, 'Unite for Access', which is a celebration of inclusion at sports venues.Fancasters also looked ahead to the next league match against Rotherham and the next round of the FA Cup against Wolves.
3/5/202421 minutes, 52 seconds
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4 points, 3 Fancasters, 2 matches, 1 Mark Robins

This week, three fancasters joined BBC CWR's Clive Eakin to talk about the two games the Sky Blues played last week.Covering everything from Ellis Simms' strike that gave CCFC a thrilling victory over Stoke City to a Valentine's Day equaliser with Plymouth Argyle which is all included in Mark Robins' "brilliant" plan.They also reminisce about last seasons dream duo in Gus Hamer and Viktor Gyökeres and how Haji Wright compares. Sam, Antony and Joe also look ahead to next match against Preston and speculate about potential line-ups.
2/20/202423 minutes, 5 seconds
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Rock, Paper, Scissor, Penalty?

Fancaster Jas and BBC CWR's Clive Eakin discuss the latest Sky Blue's win against Millwall.They also speak about the new ticket trial for the away stand at the CBS Arena, which could increase home capacity, as well as the unlikely rock, paper, scissors game between Haji Wright and Callum O'Hare.Jas and Clive also look forward to the Valentine's Day trip to Plymouth.
2/13/202419 minutes, 52 seconds
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Fortune cookies for the Transfer window

Clive, Anthony and Ben discuss FA Cup, transfer deadline day and Bristol City at home.They reflect on Coventry City's fourth round FA Cup draw at Sheffield Wednesday, with Victor Torp's debut goal!
1/30/202421 minutes, 36 seconds
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A Dave Boddy Appreciation Fancast

On this bonus episode of the Sky Blues Fancast, Lorna Bailey is joined by BBC CWR’s Clive Eakin, fans Anthony and Sam and the outgoing Chief Executive, Dave Boddy. He’s leaving the club at the end of January after seven years steering the club and rebuilding relationships with the fans through and after the tumultuous SISU Years.He reflects on the highs and the lows over his time at Coventry City and how he will always be a Sky Blues Fan. He talks about the difficult relationship with Rugby Club and former Owners of the CBS Arena, Wasps. We find out about his plans for the future and the fans have their chance to say thank you.
1/23/202426 minutes, 44 seconds
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On this week’s episode of the Sky Blues Fancast the team look back on the 2-1 win over the Owls at Hillsborough and ahead to the next trip to ‘Sheaffield’ in the FA Cup.Ben Sheaf scored a brace to lead to the fans renaming the city of Sheffield on social media and celebrating yet another ‘Cup Final’ win. Fancasters Anthony and Sam made the trip together in a Fancast first as they did their first away day together… would they get on, did they have enough to talk about, how were the limbs?Also on the Fancast this week it’s BBC CWR’s Clive Eakin and making a guest appearance it’s also the outgoing Chief Executive, Dave Boddy.They begin by talking about the racist abuse that Coventry City player, Kasey Palmer was subjected to at the match. Fans from both clubs have condemned it.
1/23/202421 minutes, 14 seconds
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We live and die in these towns

What a day it was at the CBS Arena when Leicester City came to Coventry along the M69 for the derby game. Anyone want a Sky Blues Fancast? Oh go on then. With Lorna Bailey on this week’s episode it’s BBC CWR’s Clive Eakin and fancasters Sue and Jamie. Together they look back on an historic day at the CBS which saw Coventry City go one nil down after Dewsbury-Hall scored from the penalty spot at the end of the first half and in a few minutes of drama Leicester City then went down to 10 men after a foul on Jake Bidwell.Bring on the second half and Coventry City took advantage of the extra man and after Mark Robins made some excellent substitutions Callum O’Hare went on to score another brace with Milan van Ewijk scoring in between the two to take them ahead. It finished 3-1. Yes, 3-1 in what was apparently our Cup Final! Ha! Pass the salt…You’ll hear from Callum O’Hare – and yes there’s chat about his contract as well as the thoughts on new signing Victor Torp and a look ahead to a double helping of Sheffield Wednesday! Leicester City, top of the league… you’re having a laugh.
1/16/202419 minutes, 26 seconds
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Cup Draw Disappointment

The Sky Blues Fancast discuss the visit of Leicester and the FA Cup draw.
1/9/202427 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ultimate Dream Team

The fancast panel discuss which Coventry City players would make their Dream Team XI.
1/1/202426 minutes, 27 seconds
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A Mark Robins' Tactical Masterclass

Lorna Bailey and the Sky Blues Fancasters get together to look back at a very salty match against Leeds away which saw Coventry City come from behind to take a point much to the annoyance of the Leeds fans and players. Handshake, anyone? Joining Lorna it’s BBC CWR’s Clive Eakin, Sky Blue Claire, Joe and from Singers' Corner it’s Lynden.It was Bobby Thomas who got the equaliser from a lovely ball in from Sakamoto. You’ll hear the post-match thoughts of the manager, Mark Robins as well as from the goal scorer himself. Plus the team look ahead to a packed Christmas Schedule and try to work out how many points they can realistically hope to get from the matches away at Sunderland and Middlesborough and the fixtures at the Coventry Building Society Arena against Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea.
12/18/202325 minutes, 8 seconds
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"We're Coventry, puff your chests out"

Coventry City through the eyes of the Sky Blue army.
12/5/202321 minutes, 36 seconds
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Tats the way - I like it.

On this week’s episode of the Sky Blues Fancast Lorna Bailey, Clive Eakin, Anthony and Sam look back at the 3-0 win on the road in London at the weekend against Millwall at The Den.3-0 Win! And we scored from a corner! What is going on?! Not only that but Tatsuhiro Sakamoto bags his first goal for Coventry City on his 14th appearance for the club. Matty Godden and Ben Sheaf the other two scorers. It’s Coventry’s first win since early October and the limbs in the away end were testament to how much it meant to the fans and the players! The Fancast team also look again at Jake Bidwell and you’ll hear from both him and Manager Mark Robins in this episode. Next up for the Sky Blues it’s a quick turn around as they face Plymouth Argyle at home on Tuesday night but there’s also a real run of games now before Christmas so how do the team feel they are going to do? Plus hear from Hallie Reeve’s Uncle, Adam, as the club support the family after her death and the Sky Blue Army come together to remember a little girl who captured a city’s hearts on the 17th minute of the match against Argyle.
11/27/202321 minutes, 4 seconds
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“It was never on”

It's the International Break so on this week's episode of the Sky Blues Fancast the team take a look at the season so far and what they feel needs to happen as they head into a run of nine games before the New Year. Lorna is with BBC CWR's Clive Eakin, Matt and Anthony and they look ahead to the next five matches and Clive has a very positive idea of what's going to happen! On last week's episode - Josh Eccles described himself as a cake as a clue to work out who was hidden in a Santa suit - well Anthony has taken up the challenge to create a cake themed starting eleven.... ummm it's interesting! Matt's daughter has had a shirt she designed in a competition made into a one off piece of Coventry City memorabilia - the Sky Blue Army have got together to make that happen. And owning #PUSB this week has been Tom Grennan bumping into Viktor Gyokeres in a Swedish Spa and grabbing a photo! Plus the team take a look at the fake rivalry with Sunderland, how it came about.
11/20/202324 minutes, 24 seconds
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My second name is a cake!

On this week’s episode of the Sky Blues Fancast Lorna and the team take a look back at the match at CBS Arena which ended the run of defeats, saw several changes made by Mark Robins, and a return to Coventry of the Mosquito. With Lorna this week it’s BBC CWR’s Clive Eakin, Anthony and Sam who get together to talk all things Sky Blue. Plenty to discuss including Jake Bidwell’s outstanding return to the starting eleven and Brad Collins debut in goal. Also this week two great Stats minds meet in on the Fancast with The Great Coventry Stat-Off – it’s like The Great British Bake-off but without a tent, cakes and Paul Hollywood. Actually, it’s nothing like the GBBO but it is fun! You’ll hear from the manager Mark Robins and also from Goalkeeper Brad Collins. Anthony talks about meeting his hero – former goal scoring legend Michael Mifsud who was at the game. Plus, in a bonus game on this week’s episode 2 Coventry City players join in with a game of Secret Santa as the city’s Christmas lights get switched on… can you guess who they are? Who could possibly give a clue like… my second name is a cake!
11/13/202325 minutes, 4 seconds
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Deep ‘Joyless’ Dale

The Sky Blues Fancast is back and after yet another failed attempt to win at Deepdale. Lorna Bailey got together with BBC CWR’s Rob Gurney and Fancasters Sam, Anthony and Katie to look back at the 3-2 defeat against Preston North End. After Hadji Wright put Mark Robins’ men ahead the travelling fans (2982 of them) thought that maybe on the 22nd attempt to win a game at the stadium maybe it was finally on. But, NO! Just minutes later Coventry City were behind and despite changes at Half Time and an improved second half performance the Sky Blues couldn’t turn it around. Hadji Wright got a brace but it wasn’t enough. On this episode the Fancast Team talk about Ben Wilson’s confidence, Mark Robins, what’s not working and what is, the atmosphere at Deepdale and they look ahead to a Saturday fixture that kicks off at 3pm – it’s a miracle! Next up it’s Stoke City at the Coventry Building Society Arena – predictions please. Oh and there’s also some talk about Michael Mifsud who will be at that game… Hear also from Hadji Wright and Mark Robins.
11/6/202324 minutes, 2 seconds
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Look for the Rainbows

Coventry City welcomed West Brom to the Coventry Building Society Arena on a Monday night under the lights for the club’s Rainbow Laces fixture. On this week’s episode of The Sky Blues Fancast Lorna Bailey unpicks the loss with Anthony, Alex and Lewis from Coventry City’s official LGBTQ+ Supporters Club, Proud Sky Blues. Together they chat about the 2-0 home defeat which saw the unbeaten record at the CBS gone and the third straight defeat for Mark Robins team. Are they panicking yet about the league position, the lack of goals, and do they trust in the process? They talk about the fans and the player’s confidence as they travel away next to Deepdale where they haven’t won! On this episode you’ll also hear from the Manager, Mark Robins as well as defender Kyle McFadzean.
11/1/202325 minutes, 12 seconds
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We’re Doug King Approved!

In this episode the team look back at the hour long Q&A hosted by BBC CWR with Mark Robins and Doug King that was streamed live on Facebook and on the radio and saw fans asking the questions they wanted to of the boss and the gaffer. There’s a lot of chat about Callum O’Hare after questions were asked about the Solihull Messi at the forum. The Fancasters unpick the hour and also reflect on the fact that Doug King is a Fancast Fan! They also look at who would be on their fantasy player forum.
10/24/202320 minutes, 53 seconds
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Let's be 'aving you!

This week on the Sky Blues Fancast – there’s a mini appearance of Delia Smith post the last home match before the international break. It was Norwich City who came to the CBS Arena and it ended in a 1-1 draw thanks to a late own goal from Ben Gibson – cue Sky Blue limbs. Lorna Bailey met up with fans Anthony, Mark and Patrick at the Jimmy Hill Statue to discuss the match which saw Mark Robins start Ellis Simms and Haji Wright up front together for the first time with Godden on the bench. It was a fast paced match with the Sky Blues having the majority of the attempts on goal and the majority of the possession as well. The Fancast look at Eccles performance, discover how a Frenchman (Patrick) ended up in a love affair with Coventry City and you’ll hear from defender Liam Kitching who made his full debut in the match. Manager Mark Robins also gives his post-match thoughts. Talk of the fans on social media this week involved a lot of chat about the team building bowling trip video and there’s also discussion of how not only the team are gelling but also the fans – it was LOUD at the CBS on Saturday.
10/9/202320 minutes, 3 seconds
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Simm City

Finally! An away win and Simms scores for Coventry City – a brace and a goal from Cov Kid, Josh Eccles leave the travelling Sky Blue Army delighted and the rest of us too! On this week’s episode of the Sky Blues Fancast, Lorna is joined by Stuart Court from the matchday team behind the music at the CBS on matchdays and Fancast regular Sam to unpick what those goals and that win meant for the team and the fans. You’ll hear from the Manager Mark Robins and from Ellis Simms as well as getting BBC CWR’s Martin Winch’s thoughts on the game. The team also look ahead to the two home fixtures again Blackburn Rovers and Norwich City on Wednesday night and Saturday ahead of the next International Break. Stu also gives a bit of an insight into how he’s trying to showcase local bands at half time on matchdays and how he feels about the noise of the Sky Blue Army pre match now he’s introduced We Live and Die in These Town’s before kick-off.
10/2/202324 minutes, 44 seconds
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On the Sky Blues Fancast this week the team try hard to avoid talking about the football after Huddersfield equalised in the dying moments of the game at the CBS Arena for it to end 1-1 on a Monday night under the lights. Even a run through of Anthony’s recent triumph on the golf course, where he got a hole in one, wasn't enough to lift their spirits! You’ll hear Lorna, Sam and Anthony discussing the match – unpick how hard it is to watch at times, the thoughts of the manager Mark Robins, the trials of getting out of Car Park C and the return of Rob Gurney to BBC CWR (and a guest appearance on this episode!). Ellis Simms performance is something that caught the Fancast’s eye as well as the fans reactions to the 95 minutes overall and how it divided opinions. On this episode you will also hear from Jay Dasilva about the goal and the performance. Plus the Fancast looks ahead to the next fixtures.
9/27/202325 minutes, 40 seconds
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To Hull and back

Friday night under the lights and Coventry City go to Hull and back along with the travelling support from the Sky Blue Army. On this episode of the Sky Blues Fancast Lorna Bailey is joined by fans Sam, Sim and Jas to discuss the match and the disappointment of the late equaliser for Hull City which saw Coventry City take a point on the road. You will hear from the Coventry City Manager, Mark Robins and goal scorer Joel Latibeaudiere. He focuses on how he was able to represent Jamaica and be ready to play for the team just a few hours later. There’s also talk of Gus Hamer and Viktor Gyokeres and the continued impact of their loss on the team as well as the transition the club is in as well as the fans. The Fancast team also look at some of the issues off the pitch with the shirts and also the season tickets and how some areas of the club feel Premier League and other areas don’t. There’s a look ahead to Cardiff and then to the next CBS fixture against Huddersfield – is that one a must win?
9/18/202325 minutes, 25 seconds
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S4, Ep4: Sunderland stalemate

Lorna and the Fancasters met outside the Jimmy Hill statue straight after the 0-0 draw against Sunderland. Frustrations with the play and a farewell to a visiting Hamer who had come to watch.
8/29/202312 minutes, 50 seconds
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S4, Ep3: We never beat Swansea

We never do beat Swansea… who knows why? On this episode of the Sky Blues Fancast Lorna Bailey is back in the studio with Ryan and Sam and this week from the Coventry Band – Arthur and the Invincibles, Arthur and JP. They look back at the 1-1 draw away in Wales after Matty Godden had put Mark Robin’s team ahead only for them to concede an equaliser. Given Coventry City’s record away at the stadium the Fancast team are mainly content with the point and there’s plenty to discuss both on and off the pitch including thoughts on Tatsuhiro Sakamoto, the changes to the CBS, the team and how they are working together, hopes for the season ahead and fake rivalries. You’ll hear from the manager Mark Robins with his thoughts post Swansea and also on this episode is Cov kid Josh Eccles who is missing his mate Gustavo Hamer. Plus, can Sam work her magic for Arthur and the Invincibles like she did for The Mucks and get the band played at home games on the playlist?
8/21/202321 minutes, 6 seconds
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S4, EP2: The Wright Time

Viktor Gyokeres had already gone and now Gus Hamer has gone too. So, it’s the Wright time for a new crop of Coventry City players to entertain the crowds at the Coventry Building Society Arena. The opening home game of the Championship Season saw Mark Robins’ men take on Middlesborough – again! On this episode of the Sky Blues Fancast, Lorna Bailey, Sam, Lennon and Charlie met at the Jimmy Hill Statue after the final whistle to look back on the 3-0 win in the post Hamer era. Matty Godden got his first league goal of the season and club record signing Haji Wright got on the score sheet for the first time after coming on from the bench. Darragh Lenihan's stoppage-time own goal made it a miserable afternoon for the travelling fans. Michael Carrick's side are winless in their last seven Championship games - four of those coming against Coventry City. Martin Winch is back on the Sky Blues Fancast with his reflections of the game and also on this episode you’ll hear the post-match thoughts of the manager Mark Robins as well as man of the match, Ben Sheaf. There’s a look ahead to the next game away at Swansea.
8/14/202314 minutes, 3 seconds
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S4 E1: What the Foxes?

The Sky Blue Army travelled in their thousands (under ‘Welcome banners’) along the M69 to face Leicester City for their opening game of the new Championship Season. Coventry City hadn’t won away to their Midlands rivals since 2001 and the last time these two teams faced each other in the league was 2012. The anticipation of the return of this fixture was high amongst the travelling fans. On this episode (recorded Haji Wright style, in a bush!) Lorna Bailey is joined from the Fancast team by Anthony to look back on the match and the return to football. You’ll also hear from special guest, YouTuber Benjamin Bloom, as he gives his post-match thoughts. Also on this episode - the Manager Mark Robins and the Coventry City goal scorer Kyle McFadzean. For a while it had looked like last season's beaten Championship play-off finalists were on course for a deserved three points when they led through Kyle 's 47th-minute opener from a near-post corner but that was before Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall struck two late goals and the relegated Foxes began their life back in the Championship with a win. Lorna and Anthony discuss what could have been with the missed chances as well as the performance of the new players including Bobby Thomas and new record signing Haji Wright. The Fancast will also look ahead to the midweek EFL Cup fixture on the road to Wimbledon and the opening Championship home game of the season against Middlesbrough on Saturday August 12th.
8/7/202317 minutes, 32 seconds
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Commentary special

It’s a brand new episode of the Sky Blues Fancast! And as we get ready for the start of the brand new season have you ever thought that you could sit with the commentary team in the press box and give being a commentator a go? Lorna Bailey took two of the Sky Blues Fancast team and did just that… Ryan and Anthony headed to the CBS Arena to watch Coventry City vs Stoke City. Before the match they met Martin Winch, Clive Eakin and Steve Ogrizovic from BBC CWR’s commentary team to get some advice and have a look at Oggy’s stats book. They were given top tips, like do not swear (Ryan we are looking at you!) and how to pace the commentary against the pace of the game. How did they get on? In this special episode you’ll find out that it really isn’t as easy as it sounds and that it’s really not easy when they lose! We also asked Clive Eakin to have a listen to some of their best bits and give them some feedback, boardroom style!
7/19/202318 minutes, 35 seconds
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S3 EP 43: Fancasters react to fixtures

The fixture list is out for the 2023/2024 season and it will all start with the M69 derby on August 6th at midday at the King Power Stadium. Lorna Bailey from the Sky Blues Fancast hopped on a quick call to catch up with Ryan and Lennon to get their reaction to the way the season looks. Everyone is looking forward to the derby game and what’s in store. Of course the team look at the Christmas fixture and some of the away matches that catch their eye as well as that Carabao Cup tie away at AFC Wimbledon as the next match up after Leicester and before the first home game of the season against Middlesborough on the fresh new pitch at the CBS arena.
6/22/202313 minutes, 33 seconds
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S3 EP 42: Behind the scenes with the Big Screen team

Lorna and team take a behind the scenes snoop with Royston operates the Big Screen at the CBS and Stu who manages the music mix. Do they miss sitting with the fans for games? Did they know about Ben Wilson’s goal celebration slide? The music choices for pre-match, walk out and celebration, how does it get chosen? More from the special Fancast recordings, recorded in front of an including a live audience in the BBC CWR studios. Lorna Bailey was joined by Tash, Ryan, Anthony and Sam.
6/18/202317 minutes, 4 seconds
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S3 EP 41: A moment for Admin

The Sky Blues Fancasters reflect on the highs and lows of the season and that trip to Wembley. They take a moment for Coventry City Football Club’s Admin, celebrate City Unseen and the burns to Anthony! This Fancast was recorded in front of, and including a live audience in the BBC CWR studios on Monday 5 June. Lorna Bailey was joined by Tash, Ryan, Anthony and Sam.
6/13/202320 minutes, 9 seconds
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S3 EP40: Limbs with Fingaldinz

The Sky Blues Fancasters meet Tik Toker Finn, Fingaldinz. How did he get into it, what’s his favourite game of the season been? The Fancasters discuss the Viktor Gyökeres and Ben Wilson bromance. This Fancast was recorded in front of, and including a live audience in the BBC CWR studios on Monday 5th June. Lorna Bailey was joined by Tash, Ryan, Anthony and Sam.
6/11/202330 minutes, 57 seconds
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S3 EP39: I'm doing the ninety-zoo!

The Fancasters get together to reflect on their season.
6/8/202318 minutes, 1 second
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S3 E38: Wembley: Pens, Pain and Pride

Under a cloudless sky, thousands of travelling Coventry City fans made the journey to Wembley to back their team on a quest to make it to the riches of the Premier League in the Championship Playoff Final. Saturday May 27th, and to the beat of Lynden's Drum, The Sky Blue army made a huge noise outside and inside of the National Stadium. But it wasn't to be as they endured the heartbreak and the nausea of the torment of defeat in a penalty shootout. In this week's Wembley episode of the Sky Blues Fancast, Lorna Bailey met up with fans in the shadow of the stadium to share their pain at the loss to Luton in a match with a fairy tale ending for the Hatters. A fairy tale ending which we'd thought was meant for us. Alex, Sam, Ashley and Argentinian fan, Lauti, got together to talk about the rollercoaster match that mirrored all the highs and lows of an incredible season. Lauti also gives us his thoughts on his time at Wembley and the warm welcome he's had by the Sky Blue Army. The noise from both fans was deafening but a silence fell over Wembley after just eight minutes when Luton captain Tom Lockyer collapsed on the pitch before being taken to hospital. Luton dominated the first half, and were 1-0 ahead at half time in front of more than 87,000 fans after a poor first half from Mark Robins' team. A much improved second half saw Gustavo Hamer equalise, sending the Coventry sections of Wembley into delirium. With the teams level at the full time whistle it went to extra time. Then came a VAR decision with just minutes left on the clock - which meant a goal for Luton was disallowed for an infringement. Coventry fans celebrated again as it still wasn't off! The pain of a penalty shootout awaited. Could the Fancasters bear to watch as their team of heroes stood up to take the spot kicks in front of the Luton Fans. Advantage the Hatters. And after 11 successful penalties, the match was decided in the cruellest fashion by Fankaty Dabo's miss. On this week's episode there is the pain of that cruellest of defeats. You'll hear from manager Mark Robins, Captain Liam Kelly, and the fans. There is also the love and pride for the team and the remarkable journey they've been on, as well as positivity for the future. Once the tears subside there will be time to reflect on a remarkable revival that brought Mark Robins' team to within touching distance of a return to English football's top division after an absence of 22 years. See you in the Championship next season. PUSB
5/28/202327 minutes, 16 seconds
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S3 E37: We're going to Wem-ber-leee!

Wow, that 1-0 victory up at the Riverside Stadium against Middlesbrough was special. The 12th man, the Sky Blue Army, up in North Yorkshire played their part and the centre of Coventry was up in arms. Coventry City football club! It’s been a rollercoaster ride, but one that could have a dream ending. The Sky Blues are just 90 minutes away from Premier League football - something they haven’t achieved for 22 years. Viktor Gyökeres was doing Gyökeres things and man of the moment, Gustavo Hamer, was on the score sheet again! Twisting and turning to fire City to victory. And well, Super Ben Wilson kept yet another clean sheet - so ‘Oioi we’re g’wan to Wembley’ Gaffer Mark Robins gave everyone a huge boost to ease the nerves before kick off, signing a new deal at the CBS Arena to keep him as Coventry manager until 2027. On this episode of the Sky Blues Fancast, we hear from a buzzing Mark Robins after the match, and Lorna Bailey is joined by fans; Ryan, Sam as well as Katie and Jodi-Leigh up in Middlesbrough, for the lowdown on the play-offs and what it means to see Coventry just one game away from Premier League football. IT WAS NEVER OFF!
5/18/202323 minutes, 11 seconds
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S3 E36: It's not over yet

While the skies were blue above the CBS Arena for the first leg of the Championship play-offs it was a nil-nil draw and the football on the pitch didn't match the atmosphere and anticipation amongst the Sky Blues fans before kick-off. It was a cagey and nervy 90 minutes between Coventry City and Middlesbrough. On this week's episode of the Sky Blues Fancast, Lorna Bailey and fans Ryan, Sam, Jas and the Singers' Corner drummer, Lynden. Lynden and his drum catch the attention of Max Biamou and Lynden gets to meet the fan who organised the crowd-funder to get his season ticket paid for because of the love of the Sky Blue Army. Get the post-match thoughts of Martin Winch from the BBC CWR commentary team, hear from the manager Mark Robins and Brooke Norton-Cuffey talks about his dream to play at Wembley. The team take a moment to consider that might be the last time we see Viktor Gyökeres play at the CBS - although not everyone agrees that he will be going. Sky Blues fans know it's been a while since they played Premier League football after being relegated under Gordon Strachan in 2001. This is the closest that the team have come since their 34 year long stay ended. It's not over yet but there are nerves now amongst the Fancasters as they look ahead to Wednesday night at the Riverside. Will it go to penalties? Can we cope if it does? Will Ben Wilson take one? Coventry fans head north with positive memories of their only previous experience of the play-offs, in 2018, when Robins' men were held at home in the first leg by Notts County, but won the second leg 4-1. The travelling Sky Blue Army will be there with their voices loud. With either Sunderland or Luton waiting in the final, this tie could not be more in the balance when the two teams line up again on Teesside midweek. Good luck sleeping between now and then Sky Blue Army! It’s not over yet…
5/14/202325 minutes, 5 seconds
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S3. EP35. "It never was off."

WHAT A DAY! What a Season. What a team. What a six years it's been... Sky Blues fans everywhere feeling ALL of the nerves and ALL of the joy as Coventry City make the play-offs finishing fifth in the Championship! Yes, you read it right and yes it happened! After all the chaos off the pitch through the season, Mark Robin's men got the point they needed away on the final day of the season to secure their place in a two leg battle against ‘Boro to make it to Wembley and the dream of promotion to the Premiership. Members of the Sky Blues Fancast got together to watch the match and ended up as full of nerves and wracked with stress as all the other fans, whether they were in Middlesborough as part of the 2,500 Sky Blue Army on the road, or gathered with friends or listening to BBC CWR's coverage on the radio or however else you followed the match! In the moments after the final whistle, Lorna Bailey got Sam, Ryan and Tash in front of some microphones to try to make words happen to bring you the latest episode of the Fancast! Throughout the previous pods you may have noticed a theme developing of the positivity of Fancaster Ryan, who has consistently insisted that we were always going to make the Play-Offs.... IT NEVER WAS OFF! But even though that's now true - it is still taking some time to get our heads around the fact that we are in the playoffs...we're in the playoffs! On this episode of the Sky Blues Fancast you'll hear the post-match thoughts of a very happy manager, Mark Robins and from the goal scorer for Coventry City in the 1-1 draw, Gustavo Hamer. As the team were recording this episode news also came through that Ben Wilson had got the Golden Gloves and as ever there's plenty of love for city's goalkeeper. Next up for the Sky Blues it's Middlesborough (again) first at home and then away.... they are three games away from top flight football and they go into the play-offs in form. That draw extended their unbeaten run to seven games as they look to return to the Premier League for the first time since 2001. The Fancasters look ahead to the two legs and also dream a little of Wembley and even... the Premier League. If not now, when?!
5/8/202324 minutes, 29 seconds
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S3 E34: Thirty thousand dreamers

What a day at the CBS Arena! A record high crowd for a league fixture watched the Sky Blues take the three points against Birmingham City to keep Coventry City's Play Off dream alive. If they beat Middlesbrough in their final game, then a top-six finish is theirs. This week's episode of the Sky Blues Fancast was recorded straight after the match and the player's walkabout around the pitch. Lorna Bailey headed to the Jimmy Hill statue to meet up with Singer's Corner Drummer, Lynden and they were joined by Ryan, Dan, Tash and Sam to chat about the match, the atmosphere and what might be... they also do a bit of celebrity spotting with Tom Grennan and Jude Bellingham making some slightly tenuous appearances on the Sky Blues Fancast! The team chat about Cov Kid Josh Eccles finally getting his first senior goal from the edge of the box to put Coventry ahead 4 minutes in...and what was the discussion on the pitch about who should take that penalty? In the end it was Viktor Gyokeres who doubled the lead shortly before the break. No one wants to say it, but could that have been the last goal we see him score in Coventry? In this episode you'll hear the post-match thoughts of our very own Martin Winch, the manager, Mark Robins and Jake Bidwell. The Fancasters also take a look at who would get their Player of the Season and Goal of the Season awards ahead of the club's actual awards night. It's a 20th clean sheet for the Sky Blue's defence and on 69 points in the table this is now the best Championship Campaign ever for the club and as 'Twist and Shout' got the whole CBS arena going, everyone agrees that the connection right now between players, club and fans is something very special. The Fancast talk about how that's come across post-match with the walk about after the final whistle. New owner, Doug King was really get into it! It's very special and we all know it. 30,175 at the Coventry Building Society Arena for the last home league game of the season. If the dream continues then it will be Lynden and his drum leading a much larger army down Wembley Way.
4/30/202322 minutes, 26 seconds
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S3. EP33. Dare to Dream, Sky Blue Army

It's time to enjoy it, Sky Blues's later than you think! What a time to be alive! In this episode of the Sky Blues Fancast Lorna Bailey is with fans Tash, Sam and Ryan to talk through that incredible moment away at Ewood Park when Goalkeeper Ben Wilson came up for a corner and scored in the 95th minute to get Coventry City a crucial point to keep the team right in the hunt for a play off place. Hear from the man who can leap like a salmon on this episode of the podcast! So much to talk about as well after Saturday's 2-1 win against Reading in the penultimate home game of the season infront of a record home crowd for the season of 23,694. It was a win which also saw them surpass their points total from last season. Up for discussion are Gustavo Hamer's performance, Matty Godden's finish for his 40th goal in Sky Blue, Viktor Gyokeres - how did he miss them all? You'll hear from Captain Liam Kelly as he's asked who would lift the trophy IF they get to Wembley and win? Plus, you'll hear from the Manager Mark Robins and there's a guest appearance from SIRI! Two to go and we're on our way... the team look ahead to the massive last home game of the season against Birmingham City on Saturday and make their predicitions about what they think might happen. Since recording the episode tickets have sold out for the game but the Fancast knows that this is something happening right now. (An honourable mention here for Ben Wilson and Viktor Gyokeres who made the Championship Team of The Year since this episode was recorded.)
4/24/202327 minutes, 30 seconds
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S3 E32: Vik and Ben at it again

For a few hours, after a 0–3 win against Queens Park Rangers, Coventry City fans saw the club sitting in sixth place in the table (they were replaced later in the evening when Blackburn Rovers drew with Hull City), but that was enough to keep the dream of the play off places alive, which is all a bit much for the Fancasters – who are now just balls of anxiety. Lorna Bailey was joined by Tash and Jodi-Leigh. Jodi-Leigh was one of the 3,000 plus Sky Blue Army who made their way down to Loftus Road, making plenty of noise on the tube and parting the crowds on Oxford Street.  In this week’s episode Tash, Jodi-Leigh and Lorna talk about Viktor Gyökeres’ incredible twenty goals, his mysterious goal celebration and his rivalry with smiley Ben Wilson. Gustavo Hamer gets their 'man of the match' award and they take an anxious look ahead to the final four games of the season against Blackburn, Reading, Birmingham and Middlesbrough. Plus Doug King’s comments earlier in the week about shirt sponsors, stadium deals and future season ticket prices are met with nervous positivity.
4/17/202322 minutes, 10 seconds
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S3 E31: Bend it like Godden

The Easter Break meant a bumper weekend of matches for Coventry City, but sadly not with bumper wins. A draw away at Swansea and a home draw against Watford mean the play offs still aren’t out of the question, just as a rainbow appeared over Jimmy Hill statue, could it be a sign? Lorna Bailey was joined by Fancasters Sam and Charlie beside the Jimmy Hill statue after the Watford game. Alongside the usual debrief and discussions about referee decisions, Gustavo Hamer is spotted running around post-match in sliders in the car park. Plus all the regular Manager interviews with Mark Robins and player Callum O’Doyle.
4/11/202319 minutes, 30 seconds
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S3 EP30: April Fools!

Coventry City's nine-game unbeaten run is over. The April fool's day fixture against Stoke City at the CBS came with a large helping of 'reality check' on Legends Day in front of the biggest home crowd of the season. #PUSB   A crushing 4-0 defeat for Mark Robins' team after the international break means that Coventry City are now four points behind the top six.  With Lorna Bailey on this week's episode of the Sky Blues Fancast is Anthony, the club's 'Her Game Too' representative Laura Hartley, Dan and Sam.  Here on the Fancast in recent weeks there has been a lot of talk about 'momentum' and 'daring to dream', but the fans' hopes of making the Championship play-offs for the first time since being relegated from the Premier League 22 years ago have been given a bit of a dent as Coventry City lost for the first time since 3rd February - in what was the biggest home loss in two and a half years.  The Fancast looks at the performance - well - they try to look at the performance but it's a tricky challenge for them this week! They do manage a few words for Stoke's fans though!  You can hear from the manager, Mark Robins, who has changed the way he talks about his players - he can't even call them defenders or strikers any more!  The team chat about the substitutions and their impact. You'll also hear from defender Kyle McFadzean - how does he sum up the match? Also - the division among fans over the half-time booing and the large number of fans who left early. There's also time to talk about season tickets and pricing as well as the Coventry Building Society Arena itself and the potential deal.  Plus, there's a little taster of what's to come on a future episode of the Sky Blues Fancast. If you've ever thought you could be a commentator then you'll want to listen to this! And, as Anthony suggests, can the team 'resurrect' their play-off hopes over Easter weekend? (We see what you did there, Anthony!) So there's also a look ahead to the games away at Swansea and at home to Watford.
4/3/202327 minutes, 19 seconds
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S3 E29: The Hummel Kit Man

What do you get if you take Coventry City FC, Hummel and football kits? Most of the Sky Blue Army agree - just about perfection. They also hit our wallets hard as they're all so good that we end up buying far too many! The Coventry Cathedral-inspired kits this season have been super popular with the Sky Blue Army.  On this special episode of the Sky Blues Fancast Lorna Bailey gets fans Joe, Katie and Rob together to chat about the kits over recent seasons. And because it's a special episode it needs a special guest, so meet the creative designer of Hummel, Rob Revell. He talks about where the inspiration for the kits come from, how closely he works with the club, and what next season's kit may or may not look like. Also on this episode you'll hear from regular members of the Sky Blues Fancast Sim and Conor on their love of the kits plus we will also look ahead to the return of football on Legend's Day at the CBS with Ryan. International break? Not for us on the Sky Blues Fancast! #PUSB
3/25/202326 minutes, 15 seconds
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S3 E28: The Hangover - Part Four

Here on the Sky Blues Fancast we have been saying for weeks now (maybe months...) that IT IS ON! The Sky Blues are three points outside the top six with eight games remaining, unbeaten in nine, five wins in the last eight games, and that push for the Championship play-offs has even got the manager saying that they are daring to dream.  This week's episode of the Sky Blues Fancast looks back on the most immense 'Away Day' ever... for the nearly 4,000 members of the Sky Blue Army who went to Blackpool, for the day, for the night or for the whole weekend it's one that will be talked about for years to come. The noise was deafening, the atmosphere was buzzing and then there were some limbs as the four Coventry City goals went in. On this week's episode Lorna is joined by the very hungover, Katie, Ryan and Anthony to look back on an incident-packed match and the whole weekend. Ben Wilson is spotted out with fans, Katie gets locked in a portable toilet and Lyndon and his drum cause all the commentary teams a nightmare! Anthony made a whole weekend of it and he's off to the zoo with his mum, but which Coventry City players might you find there...?  Goals from Ben Sheaf (on his 100th Appearance), an incredible strike from Kyle McFadzean and Matty Godden's sixth goal of the season saw Coventry City take the three points from the Seasiders. On this episode you'll hear from the Captain Kyle McFadzean on the penalty decision and his striker's goal! Plus hear from the Coventry City manager Mark Robins with his thoughts and is he also daring to dream?  Plus find out what's in store on the Sky Blues Fancast during the upcoming International break with details of next week's special Fancast.
3/20/202322 minutes, 50 seconds
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S3 E27: Tom Grennan, Cov kids and SpongeBob Squarepants

On this week's episode of the Sky Blues Fancast Lorna is joined by Sim and Conor to look back at the point against Hull City at the CBS. The team look at whether that is a dent in their play-off hopes as the draw sees Coventry drop one place to ninth in the table, four points outside the top six and also reflect on the atmosphere and fans at the match as well. Did someone say Flares? Despite creating plenty of chances and shots (25) the Sky Blues were unable to pick up a fifth win in six games. Matty Godden scored the equaliser to rescue a point, as Viktor Gyökeres, who had scored five in his previous five games, got the assist.  There's also a chance to hear from the Manager Mark Robins and one of the trio of Coventry kids, Josh Eccles, who's doing the city proud in the Sky Blues cathedral-inspired kit right now. There's something about hearing that Cov accent from our players. And with a musician amongst the Fancast this week (Conor is from the Coventry band The Mucks) it seems as though half of Coventry went on a big night out in Birmingham for the Tom Grennan gig. Cov shirts were everywhere and the Vik song was being sung on the streets of Brum. So, which Coventry City player would Conor want at the next Mucks gig? The answer might surprise you. Up next for the Sky Blues it's Wigan and then the away day everyone wants to be at - Blackpool! We have predictions, look-aheads and what to do in the seaside town apart from watch the football.
3/13/202324 minutes, 54 seconds
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S3 E26: Cheers to 4 at John Smith's Stadium

What a trip to Huddersfield it turned out to be for the Sky Blue Army - Viktor Gyokeres got a brace and took his tally for the season to 18 as Coventry City boosted their play-off bid with a 4-0 thumping win.  This week on the Sky Blues Fancast, Lorna is joined by Sam, Ryan and Joe to look back at the goals and the atmosphere at the John Smith's Stadium as well as the experience for fans following along on ifollow. Plus, is everyone bumping into Coventry City players at a motorway service station this week?  On this episode you will hear from the Manager Mark Robins as well as 'One of our Own' Ryan Howley looks back on his first start for the club he's been with since he was 6 years old.  Mark Robins' team are now just three points off the top six and there's plenty of excitement amongst the Fancasters about that this week, as well as the distraction of being up close and personal with the players. Ben Wilson (17 clean sheets and counting) is on Sam's mind - well, part of him is! The team also look ahead to the next fixture which is at home to Hull City on Saturday.
3/6/202326 minutes, 9 seconds
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S3 E25: Vik's 100th appearance - scoring goals is what he does best!

It was a lunchtime kick off for the 'fake rivalry' derby as Sunderland visited the CBS Arena and their poor record in the city continued.  More than 21,000 fans watch Coventry City scored a goal in each half as they made it three wins on the bounce and on the Sky Blues Fancast we are calling it that the momentum is well and truly back!  On this week's episode Lorna is joined by Ryan, Dan and Tash to reflect on the match and look ahead to two away fixtures on the bounce in the next week.  One man's name is on everyone's lips right now and it's that Big Swede, Viktor Gyokeres who scored and assisted in his 100th appearance for the Sky Blues at the weekend. He set up Jamie Allen for the opener before scoring his 16th goal of the season after he turned in Matty Godden's low right-wing cross from close range. The Fancast can't help but talk about how important he is to the team and also imagine how the perfect unveiling of a new contract for the striker could look!  In this week's episode, you'll hear from manager, Mark Robins' as well as defender Callum Doyle.  Coventry now face successive away games, a rearranged visit to Preston (where we are yet to win in the league) on Tuesday night followed by a trip to Huddersfield - Mystic Mac is back with predictions. And the last time this group of Fancasters were together it was for the Emergency Eviction Pod so there's also time to talk about how far we've come in such a short space of time.
2/27/202326 minutes, 28 seconds
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S3 E24: Momentum

It was Coventry City's second win in five days and another clean sheet for Mark Robins team with goals from Jamie Allen and Viktor Gyokeres giving Coventry all three points at the New York Stadium against Rotherham. This week on the Sky Blues Fancast Lorna is with Sam, Jodi-Leigh and Alex to look back at the match which saw just over 2 thousand travelling fans bring the noise as the Sky Blues fought 'til the game was won!  Allen's goal was his sixth of the season, while 15-goal top scorer Gyokeres' strike in injury time was the icing on the cake for the Sky Blues as they kept up their surge towards the promotion places. Momentum is back as the Sky Blues are now just four points off the play-off spots with Sunderland next. How big does that game now feel?  In this episode get a sneak peak behind the scenes of the dressing room with manager Mark Robins and hear from Jamie Allen. The Fancasters also have time to appreciate the efforts of the back room staff and especially the Assistant Manager Adi Viveash. The win at Rotherham saw Coventry end a run of four straight away league defeats. And here's another stat - it also means the Sky Blues have not lost in their last 12 games against promoted teams - a run that includes nine wins stretching back five seasons.
2/20/202323 minutes, 44 seconds
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S3 E23: Twist and shoot

This week on the Sky Blues Fancast it's Sam, Kingston (from the band The Mucks) and Lynden (Singers’ Corner drummer) who joined Lorna straight after the game, by the Jimmy Hill statue to look back on the one-nil win against Millwall.  For the many of the Sky Blues Army whose first love is the football, there was no better place to spend Valentines night! There was a lot of love for Kasey Palmer and a brilliant goal from Viktor Gyökeres, which takes him up to fourteen goals this season.  The Fancasters talk the removal of the WASPS branding on seats in the stands and the warnings from the club about ‘persistent standing’.  Lorna also tracked down Lauti, the Argentinian Coventry City fan and we hear how he’s won the Premiere League for Coventry City - twice! He told Lorna how he ended up at the game and getting a signed shirt from the players, and his love for the Sky Blues Army.   Hear Coventry City Manager, Mark Robins’ post-match thoughts, plus a look ahead to the Rotherham away game.
2/15/202320 minutes, 37 seconds
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S3 E22: Thank Godden for that!

The Lawnmower is back!  This week on the Sky Blues Fancast it's Sim, Anthony and Jamie who join Lorna to look back on the point earned thanks to Matty Godden's equaliser from the penalty spot after Luton had scored inside the first minute! Can you imagine being Argentinian, Lauti, who travelled halfway across the world to watch the team he plays as on FIFA concede inside 60 seconds?!  The Saturday fixture at the CBS Arena also saw Coventry City reduced to ten men after midfielder Josh Wilson-Esbrand was red-carded late on for a foul.  In previous episodes, the Fancast team have talked about the Fadz-shaped hole in the defence and this week there's a lot of love for Kyle McFadzean as he makes his return from injury - or is that where he's been? Anthony has a theory about how he might have been moonlighting in Happy Valley. Since recording it's been announced that he's staying until Summer 2024 so love that he can carry on for a bit longer! You'll also hear from the Captain in this episode. The fans also look at #CBSFANWALL and what also might make some Big Screen fun at home matches!  Hear from Coventry City Manager, Mark Robins, on how the last minute reshuffle to their line-up just before kick-off impacted the team as midfielder Ben Sheaf suffered a calf injury in the warm-up meaning it was Kasey Palmer given a starting role instead. The team look at his attempt that struck the crossbar and how that played out for the fans - anyone else hear slow-mo music in their heads when things like that happen in a game?  Lorna and the Fancasters look ahead to a romantic night against Millwall at the CBS! Will the lessons from Luton help them to secure 3 points? Sim's prediction is one we all love! And talking of love being in the air on Valentines Day - Jamie has proposed since he was last on the Fancast and his fiancé has now also fallen in love with Sky Blues!
2/13/202326 minutes, 34 seconds
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S3 E21: Thorn in our side

Lorna Bailey is joined by Ryan, Joe and Tash on this week’s Sky Blues Fancast - the BBC CWR podcast, with the fans, for the fans. This week the Fancasters discuss the Doug King song doing the rounds, their karaoke jams, and the 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns. How did Viktor Gyökeres not score? Should Jamie Allen have the armband? How are the new January arrivals going down at the CBS Arena? A certain Luke McNally seems a big hit so far! Hear from manager Mark Robins and the returning Matty Godden pitch side with our team.
2/6/202326 minutes, 49 seconds
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S3 E20: The Mark Robins naughty step

On the Sky Blues Fancast this week Lorna and fans Ryan, Jodi-Leigh and Conor get together on the Naughty Step to have a look back at Coventry City's first win since Christmas with a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield at the CBS arena.  They also have their say on the post match thoughts of the manager Mark Robins - who's been having his say on the fans and calling out the negativity amongst some of the members of the Sky Blue Army and he's calling on fans to be more positive. So, have we all been told? Ryan's fuming! They look back at the goals from Gustavo Hamer and Kasey Palmer and also talk about Viktor Gyökeres. As the January transfer window comes to an end - could the biggest unveil be Doug King as the 100 percent owner of the club? Hear from loan signing Luke McNally who made his debut on Saturday, plus a look ahead to the Friday night fixture against West Brom. On last week's episode Conner had wanted to know how to get his band's music played at half time at the CBS. Fancaster Sam had promised to sort it out and she did! So, how did it feel to hear The Mucks blasting out at the ground?  And in a random moment, Fancaster Tash bumped into Hamer! Hear all about it on the Sky Blues Fancast.
1/30/202326 minutes, 45 seconds
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S3 E19: Leaking goals through a Fadz-shaped hole

Under Blue Skies at the CBS Arena for Doug King's first home game officially in charge of the club, Coventry City let in 4 and were left stunned by the Canaries quick start.  The Sky Blues conceded three goals in the space of twelve first-half minutes and while it looked as though they might make a comeback with two quick goals themselves in response; in the end it became the second successive home game where Mark Robin's men have let in four. It finished Coventry City 2-4 Norwich City.  On this week's Sky Blues Fancast Lorna, Dan and Sam look back at the defeat. They are joined by three Sky Blues Fans from the Coventry band The Mucks to try to work out whether it was Viktor Gyokeres' goal or Kasey Palmer's? They also look at the defensive performance and yes, there's talk about how much they are missing Kyle McFadzean.  They look back at our first look at Man City loan player, Josh Wilson-Esbrand. You'll also hear from him on this episode of the Fancast as well as the post match reaction and thoughts of manager Mark Robins. Chat also turns to the contract extension for goalkeeper Ben Wilson and Jake Bidwell's season so far. With sickness in the CWR ranks the match day team included former commentator for Coventry City in the premiership years, Rob Gurney, so he gives us his post match thoughts this week.  The Fancast also looks back on the #ClapforAmber on the 8th minute of the game in memory of a young Norwich City fan Amber Sheehy who died hours before her 9th birthday. Fans put their rivalry aside to come together for the little girl who had been being treated for cancer.  Up next for the Sky Blues it's the rearranged postponed fixture against Huddersfield at the CBS Arena and together the Fancast looks ahead at what might happen. Plus, Conner, Dunny and Kingston from The Mucks try to find a way to get on the half-time playlist at home matches - have we managed to sort that for them...?
1/23/202324 minutes, 14 seconds
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S3 E18: Turf 'n Surf

The Sky Blue army travelled to Turf Moor in the pouring rain looking for a response from Mark Robin's men after the on the pitch humiliation in the FA Cup at the hands of Wrexham and the official announcement of the Doug King takeover off it. Just another average week as a Coventry City Fan!  This week on the Sky Blues Fancast, Lorna's joined by Anthony, Katie and Tash to look back at the trip up North which ended in a narrow 1-0 defeat to the Championship's leaders. They discuss the Turf Moor away day fans experience, chat about how best to use #Dougcoins in the January transfer window - it's all about legs, legs, legs, and Jamie Paterson, anyone? You can also find out why Mark Robins might be surfing with a Pina Colada! There's a chance to reflect on Brooke Norton-Cuffey's impressive debut. Plus, in a dramatic fancast character swap; Ryan challenges Anthony for his role as our resident statto and Anthony looks to take Ryan's crown as Voice of the People - even if that means getting naked on a horse in Coventry, Lady Godiva style!  The team unpick the actions of some fans during the minute's silence at what was Burnley's Memorial Fixture. Have they tarnished all Coventry City Fans with their behaviour?  Next up for the Sky Blues, Norwich come to the CBS Arena - The Fancast looks at how Doug King could be unveiled to the fans, if at all? And you'll hear the post match thoughts of manager Mark Robins on the 1-0 defeat away at Burnley and how he's planning for the future under the new ownership.
1/16/202325 minutes, 27 seconds
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S3 E17: Long live the King!

The world’s longest imminent announcement of Doug King as the new owner of Coventry City Football Club has finally happened! After weeks of waiting, it's the January transfer window unveiling that so many of the Sky Blue Army have been waiting for. In this EMERGENCY Sky Blues Fancast, Lorna is joined by fans Ryan, Tash and Anthony to welcome Doug (and his hair) to the club. How much cash has he actually got? Who is he? Questions the BBC's Clive Eakin answers for us. How will fans reflect on the SISU era? And, how do they feel after the other announcement - that the Chairman and Director of Football Tim Fisher has gone? And how would we spend our 'Doug Coins'? What do fans want for the future of our football club? All things we look at in this extra Sky Blues Fancast on an historic day and the start of a new era for the CCFC.
1/10/202330 minutes, 21 seconds
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S3 E16: Welcome, to Wrexham...!?!

So, it's another FA Cup defeat at the hands of a non-league side for Coventry City. This week hear the post match thoughts of manager Mark Robins who is clear that some players shouldn't be knocking on his door anymore asking for a chance to make the starting XI - he was fuming. Lorna, Alex and Sam talk about the 7 Goal thriller at the CBS which unfolded in front of the biggest home FA Cup crowd since 2009. The Sky Blues were 4-1 down, it finished 4-3 to the Welsh Visitors. There was a sending off, a penalty, a cup upset, injuries, limbs! Wrexham's Hollywood owners - Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney were all over Social Media after the final whistle and let's face it, it had all the drama of a blockbuster as Coventry said Welcome to Wrexham and they said ta very much! The Disney + cameras were there recording for their docu-series and even before that airs it was a game that meant Coventry City were first up on Match of the Day for the first time since another cup upset a few years ago. With Tavares's name now also added to the list of injured players the Fancast also looks at the January Transfer Window and what's needed. The Doug King takeover is still... imminent, whatever that means. Plus it's top of the table Burnley who are next up for Mark Robins' team.
1/9/202322 minutes, 50 seconds
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S3 E15: The season so far and predictions for 2023

The Sky Blue Army gather to look back, look forward, and share some unbelievable stories.
12/29/202221 minutes, 40 seconds
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S3 E14: Dan! Dan! Dan!

We've got all the Dans! Sky Blue Army legend Dan drops by, nearly 10 years after his notorious call to BBC CWR. Did he learn his lesson? Plus meeting the TV editor who snuck the names of Sky Blues heroes into the TV credits over lockdown. The Dans join Lorna Bailey and the Sky Blue Army
12/26/202223 minutes, 22 seconds
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S3 E13: Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think

Straight after the win against West Bromwich Albion, the Sky Blue Army met at the Jimmy Hill statue to celebrate. Questions this week include - what's Gustavo Hamer doing on Santa's knee? Plus Tommy, a 9 year old member of the Sky Blue Army, gets an evening to remember at the last home game before Christmas.
12/22/202217 minutes, 49 seconds
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S3 E12: 3-0 up and then we...

Coventry City don't beat Swansea and to prove it they threw away a 3-0 lead at the CBS arena leaving everyone wondering what they'd just watched. This week Lorna Bailey is joined by fans Sam, Anthony, Ryan and Singer's Corner drummer, Lynden to try to work it out. Hear from Manager Mark Robins and how Lynden had a chance run in with Callum O'Hare after the match. Plus why is Matty Godden checking out Lynden's profile on Twitter? Panzo gets his first goal and Jack Burroughs lives the Cov dream making his home debut for Coventry City.
12/19/202224 minutes
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S3 E11: Frozen out at Reading

Championship Football is BACK! But after all the anticipation the season didn't quite re-start in the way Coventry City finished it one month ago. On the Sky Blues Fancast this week Lorna's joined by Tash, Dan and Jamie to discuss the freezing cold one-nil defeat at Reading which saw the four-match winning run and seven-hour clean-sheet records go. Jamie talks about how he experiences a football match since he lost his sight and how it's made him even more of a Sky Blues Fan than he was before. Plus, hear Manager Mark Robins' thoughts on the team's performance and that idea of the curse of the Manager of the Month - is he superstitious?
12/12/202223 minutes, 41 seconds
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S3 E10: The one where Coventry City are evicted

You know it's bad when there's an emergency podcast every week. In Episode 10 of the Fancast Lorna Bailey and the Sky Blue Army react to the news that Coventry City have been handed an eviction notice by the new owners of the CBS Arena. BBC CWR's Simon Gilbert joins Tash, Dan and Ryan to try to get their heads around the news that Mike Ashley's Frasers Group has told the Sky Blues they have no legal right to use the stadium. Find out what the club have said and fans' reaction to the latest chapter in the long running stadium saga. Also, the chance to hear how the Drummer from Singer's Corner, Lynden, keeps his drum safe when it's absolute LIMBS and how he hasn't always managed it! Plus, actual football anyone? Fancasters Anthony and Sam look ahead to the Reading game when the Championship returns after the world cup break.
12/5/202228 minutes, 43 seconds
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S3 E9: Coventry City, we miss you!

Lorna Bailey is joined by Sky Blues Fans Katie, Dan and Myles to talk about another week of drama off the pitch. To get the latest, on the 'Storey' Simon Gilbert has spoken to the man who says he wants to buy the club this week, William Storey. As the world cup break continues, one thing all Sky Blues fans can agree on is that we're all missing watching football at the CBS Arena! Who's craving a Balti Pie? We're behind the scenes at the CBS. Stuart Court and Royston Dooley are the fans in charge of the big screen and the match day playlist. Plus the man whose job it is to be the listening ear for the players and the manager, Kieran Joseph, the club's chaplain. And, when you're REALLY missing your football team, you get yourself on a plane to Spain to join them during their training break!
11/28/202225 minutes, 33 seconds
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S3 E8: Simon says, "All change"

Simon Gilbert joins Lorna Bailey and the Sky Blue Army to make sense of another rollercoaster week for Coventry City.
11/21/202229 minutes, 38 seconds
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S3 E7: E I E I E I O

Four consecutive wins. Four consecutive clean sheets. Vik's on fire. The atmosphere at the CBS has been incredible but now we hit another break in the season - this time for the World Cup. In this week's Sky Blues Fancast, Lorna Bailey is joined by fans Tash, Jas and Ryan to talk about THAT iconic goal commentary, hear from Manager Mark Robins and player Kyle McFadzean. Plus, more off the pitch roller-coaster rides and how are we all going to cope without the Sky Blues for 4 weeks?
11/14/202228 minutes, 14 seconds
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S3 E6: Vik's a shooting star

Lorna Bailey and Tash, Dan and Alex from the Sky Blue army look back at one to remember from the 5th of November, including a club record fifth consecutive clean sheet on the road. Can you pick a player of the season so far? What is 'Kissgate' and who is Mike Ashley? Plus hear from manager Mark Robins and player Jack Burroughs.
11/7/202224 minutes, 54 seconds
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S3 E5: In our Coventry home?

On the pitch, illness, injuries and defeat. Off the pitch, the CBS rollercoaster continues for Sky Blues fans. BBC CWR’s Simon Gilbert has the latest twists and turns. Lorna Bailey and fans Anthony, Dan and Sam talk about what it might be like to support a club without drama. Hear from Manager Mark Robins and 'talisman' Callum O’Hare on being a striker for 96mins.
10/31/202240 minutes, 25 seconds
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S3 E4: He's Brazilian

Three wins on the bounce, another clean sheet and the return of Callum O'Hare. Lorna Bailey and fans Ryan, Sam and Alex celebrate all of the above plus an electric performance from Hamer at Stoke. Hear from Manager Mark Robins, how Gustavo Hamer's banter isn't as good as his football, and a chance meeting with a player in a broken lift.
10/24/202225 minutes
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S3 E3: Tri phwynt (three points!)

The Sky Blue Army were in full voice as they sang Coventry City to a win at Cardiff. Lorna Bailey and fans Ryan, Tash and Laura look back on an amazing afternoon for the Sky Blues. We hear from manager Mark Robins and players Josh Eccles and Martyn Waghorn. Plus the artist behind the incredible picture of player Kasey Palmer made by writing his name over and over and over again.
10/17/202223 minutes, 8 seconds
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S3 E2: The one with four subs

Beaten by Burnley, Maatsen booed and four substitutions in one go! In this edition Lorna Bailey is joined by Anthony, Jas and Tash from the Sky Blue army. We also hear from manager Mark Robins.
10/10/202225 minutes, 52 seconds
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S3 E1: Finally! A home game, and win, for the Sky Blues

The Sky Blues finally played and won their first Saturday home game of the season. Coventry City Football Club beat Middlesbrough 1 v 0 in their first match at the Coventry Building Society Arena in October. Lorna Bailey was joined by Dan and Anthony to review the game; talking Middlesbrough, superfan Christian Horner and potential Sky Blues fan Margot Robbie. Plus, hear from Tom Grennan, manager Mark Robins and footballer Kasey Palmer.
10/3/202225 minutes, 33 seconds
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The all new Sky Blues Podcast

A weekly round up of all things Coventry City, this is a podcast dedicated to the rollercoaster ride of being a Sky Blues fan. Hear from the manager, players, fans and superfans with reaction, opinion and all the latest from the CBS Arena. The Sky Blues Fancast from BBC CWR, with Lorna Bailey and the Sky Blue Army.
9/28/20221 minute, 21 seconds
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S2 E11: Andy Morrell

Andy Morrell spent three years at Coventry City between 2003 and 2006. He reflects on his Sky Blues career with Simon, Lorna and Tom.
5/10/202256 minutes, 47 seconds
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S2 E10: Michael Doyle

His career saw him make more than 350 appearances for Coventry City during two spells at the club. Here he tells his story to Simon, Lorna and Tom on the Sky Blues Fancast.
4/26/202256 minutes, 42 seconds
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S2 E9: Stuart Linnell

Broadcasting legend Stuart Linnell on his four decades covering Coventry City.
3/22/202254 minutes, 41 seconds
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S2 E8: Jodi Jones

Winger Jodi Jones is a shining star at Coventry City, but his time at the Sky Blues has been impact by severe injuries. An anterior cruciate ligament problem has hampered his chances in the first team, but Jodi tells Simon, Lorna and Tom about his hopes for the future.
11/29/202159 minutes, 13 seconds
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S2 E7: Kevin Gallacher

Scottish striker Kevin Gallacher joined Coventry City in 1990, moving from Dundee United. In this episode of Sky Blues Fancast, Gallacher explains how he negotiated the move with the club, spent three years playing for the Sky Blues, and then how he won the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers. Gallacher was talking to Simon, Lorna and Tom.
11/15/202156 minutes, 34 seconds
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S2 E6: Gary McSheffrey

Gary McSheffrey grew up just seconds from Highfield Road, and turned out for his hometown club as a teenager. His career saw him spend two spells at Coventry City, and here he tells his story to Simon, Lorna and Tom on the Sky Blues Fancast.
10/18/20211 hour, 1 minute, 9 seconds
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S2 E5: Andrew Whing

Andrew Whing came through Coventry City's youth ranks, and is best known for scoring the last goal at Highfield Road. His strike in the 6-2 win over Derby County lives long in the memory of Sky Blues fans. But on this episode of the Sky Blues Fancast, Whing tells Simon, Lorna and Tom how it nearly didn't happen at all. Find out what Whing thought of his time at the club, his subsequent career, and his hopes for a career in management.
10/11/202156 minutes, 47 seconds
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S2 E4: Steven Pressley

Steven Pressley had two spells at Coventry City. In the mid 90s, he joined the club from Rangers, but he's better known for his spell in the dugout as Sky Blues manager. During his tenure between 2013 and 2015, Pressley managed the club through administration, a spell playing at Northampton Town, and turmoil off the field. He tells Simon, Lorna and Tom about his career at the club, and how it's shaped him.
10/4/202157 minutes, 2 seconds
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S2 E3: Marcus Hall

Marcus Hall had two spells at Coventry City, playing more than a hundred Premier League games for the Sky Blues in his first period at his hometown club. He tells Simon, Lorna and Tom on this episode of the Sky Blues Fancast about life at Highfield Road, and returning for a second spell after Coventry City had moved to the Ricoh. Hear about his love of football growing up in Coventry, being managed by Big Ron, and the inside track on life in the Sky Blues dressing room.
9/27/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 42 seconds
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S2 E2: Michael Mifsud

Meet the Maltese Messi, Michael Mifsud, who talks about his career and spell playing for Coventry City. He spent two years at the Ricoh, and reflects on his time at the Sky Blues with Simon, Lorna and Tom.
9/20/202149 minutes, 49 seconds
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S2 E1: Gordon Strachan

Coventry City player-manager Gordon Strachan reflects on his time at Highfield Road. Strachan joined as assistant manager to Ron Atkinson, before taking charge of the first-team. His time is remembered as one of the most exciting and entertaining in the club's history, but ultimately it led to relegation from the Premier League. Strachan tells Simon, Lorna and Tom on the Sky Blues Fancast about what happened behind the scenes of the club, and his role working with his son in the Strachan Football Foundation.
9/13/202156 minutes, 26 seconds
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Claus Jorgensen

Former Coventry City player Claus Jorgenson tells Lorna and Tom about growing up in Denmark, the Sky Blues, and playing Zidane.
4/26/20211 hour, 2 minutes, 35 seconds
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Stuart Giddings

Stuart Giddings reflects on his career, as a youngster and a Coventry City player.
4/19/202157 minutes, 12 seconds
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Cobi Jones

US star Cobi Jones talks to Simon, Lorna and Tom about World Cup '94, and Coventry City.
3/29/202156 minutes, 51 seconds
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Rob Gurney

Sky Blues commentator during the 90s, Rob Gurney, remembers his time covering Coventry City. He talks to Simon, Lorna and Tom.
3/22/20211 hour, 6 minutes, 9 seconds
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Return to the Ricoh

Simon, Lorna and Tom on the news that Coventry City are coming home!
3/11/202156 minutes, 43 seconds
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Bobby Gould

Cov kid and former Sky Blues manager Bobby Gould talks to Simon, Lorna and Tom.
3/8/20211 hour, 3 minutes, 48 seconds
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Dave Bennett

Coventry City's 1987 FA Cup winner Dave Bennett talks to Simon, Lorna and Tom.
2/22/202156 minutes, 29 seconds
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Chris Kirkland

Hear the story of former Sky Blues and England goalkeeper Chris Kirkland with Simon, Lorna and Tom. He talks about his Coventry debut, joining Liverpool, and his mental health.
2/15/20211 hour, 4 minutes, 36 seconds
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Bryan Richardson

Former Sky Blues chairman Bryan Richardson talks about his time running Coventry City.
2/8/20211 hour, 8 minutes
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Keith Houchen

Simon, Lorna and Tom meet the scorer of Coventry City's winner in the 1987 FA Cup final.
1/25/202156 minutes, 52 seconds
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Paul Williams

Paul Williams relives his Coventry City career, talking to Simon, Lorna and Tom.
1/4/20211 hour, 7 minutes, 13 seconds
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Richard Shaw

Richard Shaw, who spent a decade at Coventry City, talks to Simon, Lorna and Tom.
12/21/20201 hour, 26 minutes, 35 seconds
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Steve Froggatt

Steve Froggatt talks to Simon, Lorna and Tom about his Sky Blues career.
12/14/202051 minutes, 18 seconds
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Dave Boddy

Coventry City's chief executive Dave Boddy on how the club works, and new ground plans.
11/23/20201 hour, 3 minutes, 3 seconds
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Darren Huckerby

Darren Huckerby formed a lethal Coventry City strikeforce partnership with Dion Dublin. He’s in conversation with Simon, Lorna and Tom about his Sky Blues career.
11/16/202053 minutes, 56 seconds
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Dave Busst

Defender Dave Busst tells Simon, Lorna and Tom about his career, that injury, and his work in the community.
11/9/20201 hour, 15 minutes
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Steve Ogrizovic

Coventry City's legendary goalkeeper tells Simon, Lorna and Tom about his career, starjumps, Mark Robins, and plans for a new ground.
11/2/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 27 seconds
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Welcome to Sky Blues Fancast.
10/12/202059 seconds