Squad size, squad news and squaddies…

I really appreciate the fact that as far as my support of Coventry Rugby Club is concerned, match days aren’t the only weekly focus any more. Tuesday’s now have a particular significance, namely the day announcements regarding  retention and recruitment for the 2017/18 season are released. Some mid-week interest as well now. Coventry Rugby Club…the gift that keeps…

Fantasy team poll – results

As promised, today’s post details the results of the recent poll designed to be a light-hearted look at what the strongest side taken from the combined squads over the last two years might look like, as selected by readers of this blog. In all, just shy of 200 readers took part which made it the most…

Cambridge University v Coventry Nighthawks: a one-sided contest…?

Apparently, a nighthawk is: a superb athlete who, courtesy of an alchemical potion, possesses mild super-strength and increased agility and durability from dusk till dawn. He has also used several costume aids, such as a jet-powered artificial wing system, artificial claw tips, lasers and projectile weapons * As well as a bird, of course. So,…

Esher’s eight in pieces..?

Council estates or tower blocks Wherever you live you get the knocks But the people round here they are so nice Stop being naughty take our advice Hersham Boys – Sham 69 Sham 69 was one of the first real punk rock groups, pre-dating the Sex Pistols and probably more famous for the violence that…

There once was a team from Ealing…

The Coventry match day squad named to face Ealing on Saturday appears to be just about the strongest we could put out at the moment and, with a couple of exceptions, it seems as if these 25 players are the ones Rowland Winter will whittle down to just 20 for the first National 1 league game…

The Friendlies: Episode 1: the one where it all starts…

The wait was worth it… Hardly a polished performance, and one that I rather suspect will have left the coaches somewhat frustrated at times, especially in the second half… …but as dress rehearsals go, this one was an encouraging performance. When the players have all learned their lines and the prompters become a little less…

Face to face will tell you most…

Communication Say the words Are you there? Can I be heard? Station to station Coast to coast Face to face will tell you most Communication – Janet Jackson   Change isn’t always for the best. Sometimes you have to ride the storm, believing that on its passing you’ll be stronger and wiser for the experience….

Baby you should go and love yourself…

For all the times that you rain on my parade And all the clubs you get in using my name You think you broke my heart, oh, girl for goodness’ sake You think I’m crying on my own. Well, I ain’t Love Yourself – Justin Bieber Okay, it’s only day one of the pre-season but…

The Coventry Alternatives – 2015/16 and Blackheath RFC

Whichever way you look at it, this season has been a massive anti-climax, so much so that there’s no point in even trying to put some sort of spin on it. It’s hard to find any positives to come out of it, other than perhaps the fact that it has brought about a complete restructuring of…

DMP et al.

I always feel much happier when Coventry release the team news on a Thursday afternoon, rather than delaying it until Friday. An early announcement suggests that the coaches aren’t waiting on news from players who might be carrying an injury and as a result could suffer an adverse reaction on Friday morning, following Thursday’s evening training session….

Taken to the cleaners…

A funny thing happened on the way back to the station. Not that funny as it happens..to me, anyway. And not quite the stuff  of musicals (for those old enough to remember the quasi reference), but one that did sum up what we had witnessed a few minutes earlier. Having decided to make a quick…

Good news, an arresting story and a poll…

Great to see some positive news about players who are hoping to return to Coventry after long term illness. Although both Pierre Ferre and Adam Canning have both been forced to sit out the season so far following serious long term injuries, there’s some positive news from both about a return to fitness, although one…

Broadstreet RFC, who would you retain and Ealing Trailfinders or Moseley…?

If Coventry supporters are feeling somewhat down at the moment, spare a thought for those who follow Broadstreet. It’s not been the best of seasons for them either and last weekend’s result against South Leicester means relegation is now a probability rather than a possibility. South Leicester travelled to Coventry’s near neighbours  in a precarious…

Attendances, selection and recruitment for 2016/17…

As we know, attendances were down on average around 400 on last season prior to the Loughborough game. And in terms of revenue, that’s a substantial loss…(the figures below are purely speculative, it’s how that lost revenue could impact on the club that’s important). If 300 hundred of those have to pay (so excluding children under…