‘From The Board’ pitted against Stoke City for PUSB….

This season, we have posted the Coventry City board’s regular column on our website following each matchday programme. Below is a column written by Coventry City Chief Executive Dave Boddy from our match vs Stoke City:

Greetings and welcome to the Sky Bet Championship match between us and Stoke City this afternoon.

I also extend a warm greeting to the Stoke players, staff, officials, and supporters who are joining us this afternoon. I’d especially like to welcome Peter Coates, their chairman, whom I’ve known for a long time, and his son John, whom I’ve only recently gotten to know. Over the past thirty years, the Coates family has contributed significantly to the Club’s rising trajectory.

This is the Club’s yearly Remembrance event, a significant occasion when we gather to honor and remember our service members, both past and present, for everything they have done for us. Our game is held on Armistice Day this year, which commemorates 105 years since the treaty that put a stop to hostilities in World War I was signed.

Prior to kickoff, there will be a minute of silence. A bugler will play the Last Post and members of the Armed Forces will be present at the ground. The Club is donating these jerseys to collect money for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, and players will be wearing the Poppy on the front of their shirts. Information about how supporters may assist this fundraising effort will be confirmed soon. In addition, there will be donation stations available for fans to make around the arena. Poppies will be sold by collectors.

Today is also the anniversary of the Coventry Blitz, which took place on November 14, 1940, and resulted in a great loss of life in this city.

We take great pride in our support of the armed forces, which goes beyond a single November weekend. Our relationship with the Ministry of Defence is solid. The Club formally signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2020. Additionally, we were recognized earlier this year with a Bronze award from the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS), which encourages employers to support defense and serves as a model for other organizations.

As supporters may already be aware, King Charles said in his Tuesday speech to Parliament that the Government plans to propose legislation creating an independent financial regulator for professional football in England and Wales. “Leg legislation will be brought forward to safeguard the future of football clubs for the benefit of communities and fans,” the King declared in confirmation.

Even though the Premier League and the EFL are still debating a significant budget reallocation, this is unquestionably a chance to move clubs at all levels of the pyramid into a better, more sustainable position. From the start, our club has actively supported the EFL and the procedure.

Players will meet fans at the Superstore at the Arena this Wednesday night and sign and take pictures with them. This is an advantage of our newly expanded store, which also offers more room for a wider selection of products, some of which are currently in stock and more of which will be added in the upcoming days, weeks, and months. Regretfully, a change in the training program last week forced the postponement of this presentation as well as others. Over the past few years, ensuring that the players remain active in the community has become a crucial aspect of the Club, and it is

It is unfortunate when scheduled appearances must be rescheduled, but the players’ needs and training schedules must undoubtedly take precedence. Thank goodness, we were able to reschedule the Superstore and Supporter Clubs for this coming week. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have given fans who were hoping to attend last week.

As always, I appreciate your support. Have fun with the game. USB


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