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Sky Blue Trust react to High Court decision

The Sky Blues Trust, the Coventry City supporters club, has reacted to the decision in the High Court to grant a full-judicial review into the City Council's 'bailout' of the clubs former home at The Ricoh Arena.

The Ricoh Arena, former home of Coventry City FC, is the subject of a high-court case... Credit: Nigel French/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A statement from Sky Blue Trust states:

"The club is dying in Northampton yet a resolution now appears as far away as ever...

...Sky Blue Trust calls upon all parties to put this matter to one side and use the time before the hearing to work together to find a way of bringing Coventry City home."

The owners of Coventry City, SISU, are pursuing the case in court because they say the council's £14million loan in January to the firm Arena Coventry Limited was unlawful under European 'state aid' legislation as ACL is part-owned by the council.

Midlands Matchday live: Coventry draw at Bradford

by Matt Ratcliffe
Coventry City's Callum Wilson celebrates the Sky Blues' third goal Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

In today's League One encounter, Coventry City were held to a 3-3 draw away at Bradford City, as a late penalty earned the home side a draw.

Coventry went into an early two goal lead through, Andy Webster and Leon Clarke. The Sky Blues were pegged back by Nahki Wells, who capitalised on some poor defending to level the scores.

Callum Wilson put Coventry in front again before half time thanks to a fierce drive, and they looked to be holding on for the win, before referee Kevin Friend awarded Bradford a penalty in the dying seconds. Nahki Well converted from the spot for his hat-trick, to send Coventry home with a point.

The Sky Blues now sit 12th in League One.

Coventry City superstore to open

The club's store at the Ricoh Arena closed earlier this year Credit: Nigel French/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Coventry City will open its new superstore later today.

The club has been without its own retail outlet since its shop at the Ricoh Arena closed in March.

The new store, at Gallagher Retail Park on Stoney Stanton Road in Coventry, will open at 5pm this evening.

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Cobblers bosses demand compensation from ACL

Bosses at Northampton Town have spoken of their "surprise" at a decision by the board of Arena Coventry Ltd (ACL) to withdraw a pending lawsuit - and demanded compensation for legal fees.

ACL announced in July it would be suing the club for effectively 'stealing' their customer, Coventry City.

A statement released by The Cobblers reveals the news that ACL were to withdraw their legal action was released before lawyers had even told the club.

As well as demanding their legal fees be covered, bosses said they also expected an apology.

We were surprised to read the latest press release from ACL's PR consultants. To our knowledge, ACL have not withdrawn their action though they are fully aware that we intend to ask the court to strike it out as an abuse of process.We defended ourselves robustly as it was clear from the very beginning that this action had no legal merit nor factual basis.

ACL appear to have belatedly realised that there is no basis for this action.However, ACL's aggressive and bullying tactics have meant that NTFC has had to incur substantial legal fees as well as waste a good deal of management time. If ACL really does want to withdraw its action, we expect to be fully compensated for these costs.

We would also expect ACL to apologise to the club and its supporters for seeking to intimidate us in this way.

– Northampton Town Football Club

Fans boycott Coventry 'home' game - full report

Just 1,100 fans travelled to Northampton's Sixfields stadium for the Sky Blues' first 'home' game at their new base.

There were protests outside by angry fans demanding the team be kept in their home city.

Meanwhile, around six times that many headed to the Ricoh Arena for a legends match in celebration of the club's 130th anniversary.

Andy Bevan reports.

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