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Coventry fans protest at the Emirates stadium

Coventry City fans expressed anger last night with a mid-match protest.

They held up signs saying "Why?" and "When?" to question why the club left the Ricoh Arena to play at Northampton Town's Sixfields Stadium and when the Sky Blues will return to Coventry.

The protests took place in the 35th and 61st minutes of the FA Cup game against Arsenal. The 35th minute was chosen because it represents the distance in miles between Coventry and Sixfields, where the Sky Blues currently play their home matches.

The second protest was staged after half-time, 61 minutes in, reflecting Jimmy Hill's takeover of the club in 1961, which marked a major period of transformation for the club.

Coventry lost 4-0 to Arsenal.

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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Crowds gather at Coventry's Ricoh for legends match

Fans have packed into the stands of Coventry's Ricoh Arena for a legends match in honour of the club's 130th anniversary.

Football fans fill the stands at the Ricoh Arena for legends match
Football fans fill the stands at the Ricoh Arena for legends match Credit: ITV Central

The game was expected to attract thousands of fans boycotting the team's first 'home' game at Northampton's Sixfields stadium.

The Ricoh Arena just before kick-off of a 130th anniversary match
The Ricoh Arena just before kick-off of a 130th anniversary match Credit: ITV Central

Coventry to play first ever home match outside city

The Sixfields Stadium is Northampton is the Sky Blues' new home Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

Coventry City will play a home match outside the city today, for the first time in the club's 130 year history.

The Sky Blues have moved to Northampton Town's Sixfields Stadium for at least three years.

It follows a long-running rent row with the Ricoh Arena, which saw the club fall into administration.

Around 500 Coventry fans are expected to go the match.

Meanwhile, thousands of supporters will instead be at another game happening at the same time.

A legends match has been organised at the Ricoh Arena, to celebrate the club's 130th anniversary.

Euro MP: 'positive steps' being made to keep the Sky Blues in Coventry

Nikki Sinclaire has taken a keen interest in the future of the Sky Blues Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

West Midlands European MP Nikki Sinclaire has held talks with senior management at Coventry City Football Club.

The Sky Blues have moved away from the city and are going to play their home matches at Northampton Town's Sixfields Stadium for the next three years.

Nikki Sinclaire has said she met with club Director Mark Labovitch:

"The talks were positive and a great deal was discussed today about how to engage... other stakeholders.

"I felt that we were making positive steps on moving this matter further.

"We must do all we can for the fans of Coventry City Football Club."

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