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.
ITV News Central has been told that secret talks between Coventry City and the Ricoh Arena to try to keep the club in the city have failed.
If Coventry is going to buy land to build a new stadium just outside the city, why has it not spoken to council bosses yet?
Why is the Ricoh Arena threatening to sue Northampton Town?