Finest selection, a hooker and Up with The Saturdays

This is the crossing at the main intersection, Up is were we go from here, Finest selection, This can take us anywhere, I don’t want protection, Life is better of the line, ine, ine… The Saturdays – Up! In the light of yesterday’s poll and today’s official announcement of the team  selected to play Hartpury College…

Coventry v Hartpury College – choose your fantasy 2016 Cov team…

The team to play Hartpury College at home on Saturday has already been selected. Supporters don’t get to find out the make-up of the match day squad until John Wilkinson makes it public on the website, usually on a Thursday morning. For anyone who isn’t a regular reader of the blog, then it might be of interest:

Back to the future…

In October of last year, long time Cov supporter Rob Moody was kind enough to lend me his collection of season tickets going all the way back to the 1960-61 season. The resulting post, ‘A man for all seasons’ was one of the most enjoyable to write and brought back many memories going back to…

Black day in Blackheath…

In one of my more prophetic posts, yesterday I suggested that ‘Cov are currently on fire and it will take a strong Blackheath performance to douse the flames this afternoon’. Cov were certainly red-hot, but rather than Blackheath feeling the heat, it was very much a case of self-immolation, especially in the second half when I can’t…

Blackheath v Coventry: the gallery

Unfortunately, Cov warmed up in an enclosed area so I couldn’t  get any photos of note, but I have included those I did take. Will have to think carefully about the match report tomorrow…definitely a bad day at the office.  

Fanning the flames…

There are those who apparently believe that Blackheath got its name from its association with the plague, or Black Death, of 1665. The area was used to bury the dead, so the land in which the pits were dug became known as Black Heath or Blackheath, as it is now. And after the Black Death…

Cov’s season so far in numbers…and Blackheath on Saturday

Having been away for the last three games, I’ve kind of lost track of what’s been happening, so I thought I’d put together some stats/general info regarding Cov’s 2016/17 league campaign so far. It’s something that I’ll try and keep up-to-date over the course of the season as it’s a useful reference to have at hand…

Cov to suffer under proposed RFU salary caps…

I did wonder whether the front page lead of last weekend’s The Rugby Paper would grab the attention of many Coventry supporters on the messageboard and elsewhere these past couple of days. It didn’t. And I’m a little surprised. Potentially, it’s a real kick in the teeth. The headline of ‘RFU face uproar over wage cap proposals’, followed by an opening paragraph…

Sick as a parrot over a game of two halves…

Third in the table, 19 tries scored in just three games and four points behind the leaders Hartpury who we play at home in two weeks time, with more points scored and with a better points difference than any other team in the league. In any other season I think I’d be getting way too…

Silk purses and sows’ ears…

I’m ashamed to say that I know very little about the town of Macclesfield. Other than two things… The first is that my wife’s parents are both buried there which, whilst interesting in itself, is of no relevance to anyone reading this post. The second, though, perhaps is. Albeit loosely. Macclesfield is famous for it’s historical…

The loneliness of the long distance blogger…

In the year I was born, Alan Sillitoe published the short story from which this post takes its name. The ‘Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner’ bears some uncanny similarities to my own situation other just the year in which  it was written. The eponymous hero, not unlike my good self presently, was also seeking a means…

Wasps link – no sting in the tail, surely…?

For much of last season there was at times a fairly lively debate over the apparent lack of match practice endured by those players not selected for the match day squads. It was a concern for many supporters, especially with what was a much larger squad than we have this season… So when I saw…

Mose, a term of endearment..and no mackintosh required

Not the best of times to be away… …a very encouraging pre-season building up to a pretty convincing demolition of Loughborough in the first league game of the season. And now the most eagerly awaited game for many a year…well, since 2010 anyway… … Moseley. Not Birmingham Moseley, I’m afraid. At least not for me….