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Fans scramble for precious CCFC Ricoh tickets

The queue outside the Ricoh Superstore as fans queue for tickets to CCFC's first home game in more than a year
The queue outside the Ricoh Superstore as fans queue for tickets to CCFC's first home game in more than a year Credit: Andy Harris

Hundreds of fans are scrambling to get tickets to Coventry City's match against Gillingham next week.

The club has been playing its home games at Northampton for over a year, and fans are desperate to be present for the Sky Blues' long-awaited homecoming.

People have been queueing to buy tickets since 3am this morning, and the line is stretching back from the kiosk through the car park.

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This queue would be a lot worse if I didn't have my queue buddy. Thanks for keeping me company Lillie :-) #pusb #ccfc http://t.co/RfpeVxS6uT

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Meanwhile, those fans who have opted to purchase tickets online are facing long delays as the website struggles to cope with demand.

The football club say the site is still functioning, but that fans will have to be patient. They are also answering as many phone calls as possible.

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We have some reported issues with http://t.co/pqAm1uzvEo. Please bear with us- traffic is high but tickets are still being sold #pusb

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If you are trying to reach us by phone, lines are still very busy and we will answer as many calls as we can. #pusb #skyblues

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Team kit stolen in Coventry City store ram-raid

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We're investigating a raid at the CCFC store last night. 16 XXXXL shirts taken & others http://t.co/7ltnvATE5U http://t.co/C9SxRZClVW

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The Coventry City football store was the scene of a ram-raid last night, with initial enquiries suggesting a Ford Focus reversed through the windows before a "large number" of the club's home and away strips were stolen.

Police were alerted to the raid at the unit on the Gallagher retail park shortly before 9.45pm last night.

Detective Sergeant Jon Fanti, from Coventry Police, said:

Initial inquiries suggest that around four people were inside the Ford Focus with four more travelling on two motorbikes.

The car sustained extensive rear end damage and the exhaust was torn off by the force of the collision.

I’m asking that anyone who may have seen the car or two motorbikes before or after the burglary to in touch.

Among the kits stolen were 16 of the new white away shirts size XXXXL. If you’re offered one of these at a price which it too good to be true, you need to think about how that person came by them and what they’ll be doing with your hard earned cash.

CCTV footage which may have captured the burglars in action has been secured.

Meanwhile forensic scene investigators are scouring the store for clues while the investigation continues.

Ex Coventry City man calls for face-to-face meeting with Sky Blues' boss

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Joy Seppala, last nights game showed CCFC future to be a rollacoaster ! How about a meeting face to face to explain your way forward#SISU?

Ex Coventry City player and manager Bobby Gould has called for a face-to-face meeting with the Sky Blues' boss.

Last night, supporters held another protest, ahead of their 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat to Cardiff City, in the ongoing row over the Ricoh Arena. It has led to the club playing their home matches in Northampton.

READ MORE: Coventry City owners ordered to pay ACL in Ricoh row

FT: Coventry City 1 - 2 Cardiff City

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Coventry City's Danny Swanson holds off Cardiff City's Joe Ralls Credit: PA

Coventry City lost 2-1 in their Capital One Cup tie against Cardiff City this evening.

Cardiff went ahead with an early goal in the fourth minute by Guido Burgstaller.

An own goal by Coventry's Ryan Haynes put the Welsh side into a two goal lead, but just minutes later his cross was met by Shaun Miller, who secured a consolation goal for Coventry.

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Coventry City protest over their location of 'home' matches Credit: ITV News

Prior to the the match supporters from both sides held a joint protest, claiming they have been let down by the football authorities.

Coventry's concerns remain about the ongoing row with the owners of the Ricoh arena, with the club's home games still being played 35 miles away in Northampton.

Coventry supporters to protest again at tonight's game

Coventry fans protested outside the Sixfields Stadium a number of times last season
Coventry fans protested outside the Sixfields Stadium a number of times last season Credit: ITV News Central

Coventry City fans are to protest again tonight at the club's Capital One Cup match against Cardiff City, at the Sixfields Stadium in Northampton.

The Sky Blues Trust say they feel let down by the club's owners, and adding that supporters feel the club's return to Coventry is 'as far away as ever'.

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Sky Blue Trust welcome news over Ricoh payment row

The Sky Blue Trust has welcomed the news that after more than a year the Football League has finally made a decision on a payment owed to the operators of the Ricoh Arena, appearing to remove one of the major obstacles to a potential return to the ground.

Now that this particular impediment has been cleared up we would urge ACL to agree that it is no longer a barrier to talks with the club.

The fact that they may not agree with the Football League’s calculations is a matter to be resolved between them and the Football League and should not hinder the start of negotiations to bring the club back to Coventry as quickly as possible.

We need the Sky Blues back at the Ricoh before it’s too late – we need ACL to accept that the Football League decision is not a reason not to start talks and we need SISU to cease their pointless legal actions so as to allow negotiations to begin.

Coventry City supporters have been continually let down during this long running dispute – this is an opportunity to act positively – don’t let us down again.

– Sky Blue Trust

Coventry City owners ordered to pay ACL in Ricoh row

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Coventry City fans have welcomed the news Credit: ITV Central

One of the major obstacles to a potential return to the Ricoh Arena for Coventry City appears to have been removed.

Coventry City owners Sisu have been ordered to pay Ricoh Arena operators ACL the vast majority of the £590,000 ordered by the Football League at the start of last season as a condition of the Sky Blues being allowed to complete their fixtures. This was later disputed by the club’s owners.

The decision was taken after the Football League’s Board met at their London headquarters yesterday.

In light of today's announcement, Coventry City's Tim Fisher, said:

We know that ACL saw the payment of this money as a barrier to agreeing terms to get the club back to Coventry. We can today put this obstacle behind us and get down to the business of negotiating a return to Ricoh Arena until we can own our own stadium.

As we have said all along we want what is best for the long term future success of Coventry City FC. That means our job is to get the club back to Coventry, which is something every single supporter wants to see, whilst ensuring the financial stability of the club.

A key element is for us to agree terms that are driven by Financial Fair Play, so that Steven Pressley can invest match day revenues in talent on the pitch."

MORE: Coventry City draws up deal to return to Ricoh Arena

MORE: Coventry City fans in protest over Northampton location

Watch again: Coventry City fans protest over ground move

One year after Coventry City decided to start playing home fixtures in Northampton, fans have staged another protest, urging bosses to move the club back to the city.

The Sky Blues now play at Sixfields in Northampton after a row over rent at the Ricoh Arena.

On Saturday, thousands of fans turned out in protest.

Watch the full report again here.

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