Coventry City has been through several struggles over the last few years. The football club has had problems with its ownership of the Ricoh Arena, and the Skyblues have had to play in Northampton and Birmingham. Since both of these places are around 45 minutes away, many Coventry fans have not made the trip to see the team play at “home.”
Football fans in Coventry have had to turn to the Sunday League setup to watch a game that feels close to home. The Coventry Sunday Football League provides locals with a game day fix and allows for away trips, given that most of the teams are within close proximity. Another good advantage of this league is that it saves travel costs, thus making a game day affordable.
Coventry Empire FC
Coventry Empire is one of the most successful teams in the league because of its many titles and other silverware. It has enjoyed a good start to the 2020/21 season, sitting at the top of the table after winning six of the first seven games. Its biggest win of the season was an 8-1 demolition against Hearsall Inn in December.
This entertaining game was one for the neutral. Sam Jackson scored four goals, and Liam Davies and Liam Rock had braces. It seemed that these three players formed a prime Messi-Suarez-Neymar trio on the day, but scoring goals on a consistent basis is not something new to this team.
Liam Davies leads the team in goals with nine in his last seven games. Liam Rock has a perfect goal-per-game ratio, while new signing Daniel Monger has scored two goals this season.
Coventry Jaguar FC
Jaguar, the famous British car, is headquartered in Coventry. Coventry Jaguar FC was formed in 1980 to pay homage to the city’s automobile industry, especially Jaguar. The team, nicknamed “Jag Army,” aims to play football that is as glossy as its automobile namesake.
Coventry Jaguar sits third in the league table following four wins, one draw and two losses. The good form is partly thanks to Daniel Cassidy’s goals. Cassidy has started six of Jaguar’s seven league games, scoring eight goals in the process. Josh Fullerton has also been an asset to the team, having scored three goals in five games.
Jaguar was unbeaten in five prior to the lockdown, and it hopes to rekindle its run of form once football resumes.
Crepzone is a U.K.-based shoe company that sells discounted clothing and footwear at affordable prices. A football team, FC Crepzone, was set up in 2020 and won a bid to play its home games in the Holbrooks area of Coventry. Shortly after it confirmed its name and badge, it advertised for players and a videographer.
FC Crepzone says that it uses “football and entertainment to promote peace, harmony and unity to prevent violence.” Its motto is “Boots Up, Knives Down” and shows young people how a football family can be a better influence than a gang. This initiative, combined with the shoe brand, is a bid to make Crepzone a globally-recognized company.
You may wish to pack barbed wire, turrets and sand bags when your team goes up against Ambush FC. If you come unprepared, these high-flyers will literally ambush you on a Sunday. Its bio threatens to “come to your fortress and hit you for five.”
The bio references a 5-1 win against Coventry Empire on the opening day of the season, with Riley O’Sullivan and Ashley Piper scoring to beat the Empire. This was the Empire’s first ever home loss, and Ambush was not finished with the shock results. Andre Yerou bagged a hat-trick in a dominant 10-2 win over Hearsall Inn, while Chris Cox scored three of the goals in a 8-2 win over Crepzone. The goals mean that Ambush has a goal difference of +21.
Ambush is the only unbeaten team in the league so far, having won five and drawn one.
Burnt Post FC
The Burnt Post is a popular pub in the Green Lane area of Coventry. It offers fine dining, a wide range of beers, and its own football team. The pub is not currently open due to COVID-19 restrictions, but Burnt Post FC is looking forward to restarting this weekend. The team plays Ambush this Sunday.
The team has had a rapidly surprising rise to the top of its game. It won the treble in the 2018/19 season, and this is because it has some prolific individuals in the squad. Defender James Cavigan, who has won the Burnt Post Ballon D’Or three times in a row, has started every game this season. Irish midfielder Stephen McKenna is a well-liked player, and goalkeeper Curtis Cutts was among a handful of players in contention to win a team award last season.