|Full name||Coventry City Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||The Sky Blues|
|Founded||13 August 1883|
(as Singers F.C.)
|Ground||Coventry Building Society Arena|
|Owner||Joy Seppala (Otium Entertainment Group)|
|2021–22||EFL Championship, 12th of 24|
Coventry City Football Club is a professional association football club based in Coventry, West Midlands, England. The team currently compete in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. The club play at the 32,609 capacity Coventry Building Society Arena (or CBS Arena). The club is nicknamed the Sky Blues because of the colour of their home strip. From 1899 to 2005, Coventry City played at Highfield Road. The 32,609-capacity Coventry Building Society Arena (named the Ricoh Arena until 2021) was opened in August 2005 to replace Highfield Road.
Coventry City formed as Singers F.C. in 1883 following a general meeting of the Singer Factory Gentleman's club. They adopted their current name in 1898 and joined the Southern League in 1908, before being elected into the Football League in 1919. Relegated in 1925, they returned to the Second Division as champions of the Third Division South and Third Division South Cup winners in 1935–36. Relegated in 1952, they won promotion in the inaugural Fourth Division season in 1958–59. Coventry reached the First Division after winning the Third Division title in 1963–64 and the Second Division title in 1966–67 under the management of Jimmy Hill. In the 1970–71 season, the team competed in the European Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, reaching the second round. Despite beating Bayern Munich 2–1 in the home leg, they had lost 6–1 in the first leg in Germany, and thus were eliminated.
Coventry's only period in the top division to date lasted 34 consecutive years between 1967 and 2001, and they were inaugural members of the Premier League in 1992. They won the FA Cup in 1987, the club's only major trophy, when they beat Tottenham Hotspur 3–2. They experienced further relegations in 2012 and 2017, though did manage to also win the EFL Trophy in 2017. Coventry returned to Wembley in 2018, beating Exeter City in the League Two play-off final. Manager Mark Robins built on this success guiding the Sky Blues to 8th in League One the next season and then led the club to promotion back to the EFL Championship as League One champions in 2020. In their first season back in the Championship, Robins guided the Sky Blues to a 16th-placed finish, 12 points clear of relegation. After occupying the play-off places for a large amount of the 2021–22 season, Coventry achieved a 12th-placed finish in its second season back in the Championship. This was the club's highest league finish in 16 years.
See also: History of Coventry City F.C.
Coventry's home shirts are either completely or predominately sky blue. However, in past seasons, different 'home colours' were worn. For example, in 1889, the then Singers FC wore pink and blue halved shirts (mirroring the corporate colours of Singers Motors). Furthermore, in the 1890s, black and red were the club's colours. In the early 1920s, the club wore red and green (to reflect the colours of the city crest). Sky blue was first used by Coventry in 1898 and the theme was used until 1922. Variations of blue and white were then used until the 1960s and the beginning of the 'sky blue revolution'. The colour made its return in 1962 thanks to the then manager, Jimmy Hill. To mark the 125th year of the club, Coventry wore a special brown shirt in the last home game of the 2008–09 season against Watford, having first worn a chocolate brown away kit in 1978. This kit has been cited by some as the worst in English football history, but also has an iconic status with some fans.
In 2012, in the Third round FA Cup tie versus Southampton, the team wore a commemorative blue and white striped kit, marking the 25th anniversary of the club winning the FA Cup in 1987. The strip was worn again in January 2013 for Coventry's 3rd round FA Cup fixture with Tottenham Hotspur, whom they beat in the 1987 final. In 2019, Coventry City announced a new third kit in black and white honouring the city's connection with 2 Tone Records on the 40th anniversary of the record label.
Since the 2019–20 season, the kit is made by Hummel. The home, away and third kit is sponsored by BoyleSports.
The first official kit manufacture deal came in 1974 when Umbro signed a deal with the club. Coventry also had the first kit sponsorship deal in the football league, when Jimmy Hill, then Chairman of the club, negotiated a deal with Talbot, who manufactured cars in the city.
|Period||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor||Shorts sponsor|
|1974–75||Umbro||None||None or N/A|
|1986–87||Triple S Sport||Granada Bingo|
|1996–97||Le Coq Sportif|
|1999–2004||In House Manufacturer (CCFC Leisure)|
|2013–14||Grace Medical Fund (charity partner)|
|2014–15||Allsopp & Allsopp|
|2019–20||Hummel International||Allsopp & Allsopp||The Exams Office|
|2020–21||BoyleSports (front), Jingltree (back)||G&R Scaffolding (home), SIMIAN Aspects Training (away)|
|2021-||BoyleSports (front), XL Motors (back)|
Main article: Coventry Building Society Arena
Coventry City began playing at the Highfield Road stadium in 1899 within the Hillfields district of the city, although the club did not buy the freehold to the site until 1937. The ground had an interesting history. In 1940 the main stand which backed onto terraced houses in Mowbray Street was bombed by the Luftwaffe. Heavy turnstiles from the ground and gas meters from houses in Mowbray Street were discovered in Gosford Park, some 500 metres away.
The record crowd at the ground was on 29 April 1967 when 51,455 watched the Second Division title decider against Wolverhampton Wanderers. This was over 6,000 more than the previous record set against Aston Villa in 1938. Many people who were at that game suggest the attendance was a lot higher, possibly over 60,000. Supporters climbed onto the roofs of the stands and up the floodlights.
In 1968, the main stand burnt down and its replacement was built within four months.
In 1981, Highfield Road was converted into England's first-ever all-seater stadium with a capacity of around 24,500, which many criticised as killing the atmosphere of the ground. Some seats were removed a few years later. It had been gradually upgraded since then, with the final phase of work being completed in the mid-1990s, including two fully enclosed corners, providing some much-needed modernity. On 30 April 2005, the final game played at the stadium was against Midlands rivals Derby County; Coventry won 6–2. The stadium was subsequently demolished and replaced by a housing development.
For the 2005–06 season, Coventry City moved to the new 32,609-capacity Coventry Building Society Arena (then named the Ricoh Arena) after 106 years at Highfield Road. In 1998, the club had decided that it was time to relocate to a new stadium in the Rowleys Green area of the city, 3+1⁄2 miles (5.6 km) north of the city centre and close to junction 3 of the M6 motorway. The original plan was for a state-of-the-art, 45,000-seater multipurpose stadium with removable pitch and retractable roof. It was due to be ready for the 2001–02 season and was touted to be one of the finest and most advanced stadiums in Europe. However, the club's subsequent relegation, financial problems, financier/contractor withdrawals, and England's failure to secure the 2006 World Cup competition led to a radical redesign. The resulting stadium was built to a standard bowl design with steep stands in line with several other new stadia built during that period. It has excellent acoustics and has been used to host several major rock concerts.
Despite initiating the project and being the principal attraction there, Coventry City's financial situation means that it no longer owned the stadium and must pay rent to use it; this appeared to raise concerns over the managing of the club's finances by previous club officials, because in 2001 the club was the fourth-longest serving club in the top flight of English football. The stadium naming rights were originally sold to Jaguar Cars, which has strong links with Coventry. Jaguar pulled out of the project on 16 December 2004 and a new major sponsor was needed. A £10 million deal, which included naming rights, was signed and electronics manufacturer Ricoh became the new chief sponsor for the stadium. The project was funded largely by Coventry City Council and the (Alan Edward) Higgs Charity (of which former CCFC and ACL director the late Sir Derek Higgs was a trustee), and includes shopping facilities, a casino, exhibition halls and a concert venue.
At the beginning of the 2005–06 season, construction delays at the ground forced Coventry City to play their first three games of the season away and postpone their home games. On Saturday 20 August 2005, City hosted Queens Park Rangers in the first-ever game at the Ricoh Arena; Coventry won the game 3–0. On 28 July 2011, a statue of Jimmy Hill was installed at the main entrance to the Ricoh Arena, with Hill appearing in person to unveil it.
On 3 May 2013, Coventry City put a contingency plan in place to play elsewhere for the 2013–14 season. It was argued by the club that this was due to ACL (Arena Coventry Limited), which managed the stadium, being unwilling to negotiate with the club to agree to a new lease. However, that led to the local newspaper, the Coventry Telegraph, starting a petition to stop Coventry City from playing outside of Coventry. It was sent to all 72 clubs in the Football League and Football League chairman Greg Clarke. In May 2013, managing director Tim Fisher set a plan of building a new stadium within the city over the next three years, and ground-sharing whilst the new ground was being built. In June 2013, ACL made an offer that Coventry City F.C. could play at the Ricoh Arena rent free while the club was in administration.
It was believed that Coventry City might ground-share with Walsall at the Bescot Stadium or attempt to stay at the Ricoh Arena, following the appointment of new owners. However, by July 2013, the Walsall rumours were denied and the club ground-shared at Northampton Town's Sixfields Stadium – a venue that had less than a quarter the capacity of the Ricoh Arena, and involved a round-trip of 70 miles (110 km). That arrangement was due to continue until at least 2016. Plans for the club to play its home matches outside of the city were met with strong opposition, and led to protests by Coventry fans. Member of parliament for Coventry South, Jim Cunningham, described the move as "a disgrace".
On 21 August 2014 it was announced that an agreement had been reached allowing the club to return to the Ricoh Arena for the next two years with the option of another two years. Coventry City's first home game back at the Ricoh Arena was played against Gillingham on 5 September 2014. Steve Waggott, who led the negotiations for the club, said: "We are delighted to get this deal done and I am sure every supporter of Coventry City will be thrilled with the news." City won their first match back at the Ricoh Arena 1–0 with Frank Nouble scoring the only goal of the match in front of 27,306 supporters.
The return followed a social media campaign entitled #bringCityhome by the Coventry Telegraph and a protest march by the Sky Blue Trust supporters' group. The campaign drew praise from national media and figures within the football world. It was short-listed at the 2014 British Press Awards in the "Campaign of the Year" category.
Because the tenancy agreement with Wasps was to expire in August 2018, it was reported in November 2015 that there would be a relocation to another site within the city. However it was later confirmed that Coventry City would remain at the Ricoh Arena for another year.
In May 2016 the Coventry Telegraph broke the news that the club had drawn up plans with Coventry Rugby Club for a ground-share arrangement at a redeveloped Butts Park Arena. That was eventually denied by Rugby Club chairman Jon Sharp, who said there could be no deal with the football club while it was still owned by SISU.
On 7 June 2019 it was reported that talks between SISU and Wasps had again broken down meaning that Coventry would have to play their 2019–20 home matches at Birmingham City's St Andrew's ground.
The club had the option to spend a further two seasons away from Coventry and remained at St Andrew's for the 2020–21 season. The club returned to the Coventry Building Society Arena in August 2021, ending the ground-share agreement between Coventry and Birmingham.
In July 2020, the club confirmed that they had commenced a partnership with the University of Warwick which would see land provided for a new stadium.
In March 2021, the club announced that they had secured a ten-year agreement to return to the Ricoh Arena from the start of the 2021–22 season. The deal, described by the club's owners as "the best the club has had in terms of commercial revenue" during their time at the stadium, would not affect the longer-term goal of constructing a new stadium. The new deal also includes a seven-year break clause should the club require it.
On 5 May 2021, it was announced that the Ricoh Arena would be renamed for the first time, when it will become the Coventry Building Society Arena. The name change will come into effect in July 2021 as a part of a 10-year naming rights deal with the building society.
On 8 August 2021, Coventry City played Nottingham Forest at the Coventry Building Society Arena in the club's first game back at the ground in 2 years and their first Championship game in Coventry since 2012. They won the match 2-1. On 16 September 2021, Coventry City owner Joy Seppala told the BBC the club remained "firmly committed" to a new stadium, planned for a site owned by the University of Warwick.
The club were forced to move at least 1 match away from Coventry again in August 2022 when their EFL Cup match against Bristol City was held at Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium due to the pitch being deemed "unsafe".
In February 2007 a Former Players' Association was launched. Set up by club historian and statistician Jim Brown, former 1980s player Kirk Stephens and a committee of volunteers, its aim was to bring former players of the club together and cherish their memories. To qualify for membership players have to have made at least one first-team competitive appearance for the club or been a manager.
Around 50 former stars of the club attended the launch including Coventry City legends George Hudson, Cyrille Regis, Charlie Timmins and Bill Glazier. The association's first newsletter was published in autumn 2007 and a website launched. The launch of 2007 was followed by subsequent Legends' Days. The 2009 event, held at the home game against Doncaster Rovers was attended by 43 former players including the first visit to Coventry for many years of Roy Barry and Dave Clements. In March 2012 the membership had increased past the 200 mark with former captain Terry Yorath inducted as the 200th member at the 2012 Legends' Day.
Legends’ Day has become an almost permanent fixture amongst Coventry supporters. Legends’ Day has been held almost every year since the Inaugural Event. The only exceptions being in 2014 when the club were exiled playing home games in Northampton and in 2020 and 2021 after fans were shut out of stadiums as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Sky Blue Trust is a supporters' trust for Coventry City F.C.; it was founded in 2003 as part of a national initiative under the auspices of the umbrella group, Supporters Direct. The Sky Blue Trust, like trusts at other clubs, is a legally based, independent, democratic supporters' group with membership open to all. One of the Sky Blue Trust's greatest achievements was raising funds to save the football club's Youth Academy which was threatened with closure. By 2009/2010, however, the trust had become moribund. Given the ongoing financial uncertainty at Coventry City, the trust was re-launched in the summer of 2012. A new board for the trust was elected and from having less than 20 members, the trust grew to over 700 within three months, including TV pundit John McCririck. The key aim of the Sky Blue Trust is to obtain a financial stake in Coventry City F.C. and have at least one democratically elected trust member on the club's board, meaning that supporters have a direct say in the running of the club.
In August 2011, after Coventry City fans became tired of cost-cutting by SISU, Coventry fans started to protest for the removal of SISU. Protests took place at the Jimmy Hill Statue at the Ricoh Arena before games but limited numbers turned out. However, after these games, the number of protesters grew and so did the number of banners. After protesting near the rear entrance, the fans moved into the lobby and start chanting "SISU OUT" at which point a large number of "security response guards" moved in to remove the protesters.
Another protest was staged on 15 October 2016 as Coventry and Charlton Athletic fans threw hundreds of plastic toy pigs onto the pitch during a 3–0 loss for Coventry. Play was stopped for around 5 minutes. This protest was a joint effort between Coventry and Charlton fans against their respective owners.
On 15 December 2016, the televised match between Coventry and Sheffield United was temporarily halted after 86 minutes due to on-field protests, once again against owners SISU. The atmosphere of the match was dominated by Coventry supporters whistling loudly and chanting anti-SISU protests in the stands throughout the entire 90 minutes.
There were protests when Coventry played Northampton Town away on 28 January 2017, when flares were thrown onto the pitch as well as pitch invasions. The play was stopped several times and the players were removed from the field of play twice.
There were further protests against Millwall, as many tennis balls were thrown onto the pitch to halt play, on 4 February 2017 at the Ricoh Arena.
The words to the club's song were written in 1962 by Team Manager Jimmy Hill and Director John Camkin; The words being set to the tune of the Eton Boating Song. It was launched at the home game with Colchester on 22 December 1962 (a match abandoned at half-time because of fog) with the words printed in the programme. It quickly became popular with supporters during the epic FA Cup run in 1963 when the then Third Division team reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup before losing to eventual winners Manchester United:
Leicester City are considered Coventry City's main rival and the two clubs compete the M69 Derby. However, largely due to the clubs' differing fortunes meetings between the two have been rare in recent years; the two clubs have not played each other since 2012.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s and to the turn of the millennium, Aston Villa were considered Coventry's main rivals as they continually competed against each other in the First Division and then the Premier League. The two clubs however have not met since Coventry's relegation from the Premier League in 2001.
Local rivalries also exist with Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion and Walsall but these are much less fierce than the ones with Leicester and Villa.
A local rivalry also exists with Birmingham City, however the ground share agreement at St Andrew's between 2019 and 2021 - which effectively spared Coventry from being expelled from the EFL - has led to friendlier relations between the two clubs.
The club has an unusual long-distance rivalry with North-East side Sunderland, which stems back to the end of the 1976–77 season, when Coventry, Sunderland and Bristol City were all battling against relegation from Division One on the final day of the season. With Coventry and Bristol City facing each other at Highfield Road, Jimmy Hill, Coventry's chairman at the time, delayed the kick-off of the match by 15 minutes due to ‘crowd congestion’. Sunderland, who were playing away to Everton at the same time, lost 2-0, and with 15 minutes left to play, Coventry and Bristol City effectively played out a 2–2 draw, sparing them both from relegation and sending Sunderland down instead. Hill was charged with misconduct by The FA, but the result was allowed to stand and Sunderland were controversially relegated. No love has been lost between the two clubs since and the rivalry re-intensified as the two clubs competed for promotion from League One together in 2018–19 and 2019–20. In 2018–19 crowd trouble marred the meetings between the two at The Ricoh Arena and The Stadium of Light leading to numerous arrests among both sets of fans.
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|Level||Pos.||Player of the Year||Club Captain||Top Goalscorer||Most Appearances||Other|
|1958–1959 season||4||2nd (24)||not awarded||George Curtis||Ray Straw 30||Roy Kirk 48||Football League Fourth Division Runners-up|
|1959–1960 season||3||5th (24)||George Curtis||Ray Straw 21||Arthur Lightening 48||Southern Professional Floodlit Cup Winners|
|1960–1961 season||3||15th (24)||George Curtis||Ray Straw 20||George Curtis 51|
|1961–1962 season||3||14th (24)||George Curtis||Mike Dixon 12||George Curtis 49|
|1962–1963 season||3||4th (24)||George Curtis||Terry Bly 29||George Curtis 56|
|1963–1964 season||3||1st (24)||George Curtis||George Hudson 28|| George Curtis 50
Ronnie Rees 50
|Football League Third Division Champions|
|1964–1965 season||2||10th (22)||George Curtis||George Hudson 24|| George Curtis 46
Ronnie Rees 46
|1965–1966 season||2||3rd (22)||George Curtis||George Hudson 17||George Curtis 50|
|1966–1967 season||2||1st (22)||George Curtis||Bobby Gould 25||George Curtis 46||Football League Second Division Champions|
|1967–1968 season||1||20th (22)||Ernie Machin||George Curtis||Ronnie Rees 9||Ernie Machin 44||FA Youth Cup Runners-up|
|1968–1969 season||1||20th (22)||Bill Glazier||George Curtis||Ernie Hunt 13||Bill Glazier 49|
|1969–1970 season||1||6th (22)||Neil Martin||Roy Barry||Neil Martin 15||Mick Coop 44||FA Youth Cup Runners-up|
|1970–1971 season||1||10th (22)||Willie Carr||Neil Martin|| Ernie Hunt 13
Neil Martin 13
|Jeff Blockley 52||Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Second round;|
BBC Goal of the Season: Ernie Hunt
|1971–1972 season||1||18th (22)||Ernie Hunt||Roy Barry||Ernie Hunt 12|| Willie Carr 45
Wilf Smith 45
|Texaco Cup Second round|
|1972–1973 season||1||19th (22)||Willie Carr||Roy Barry||Brian Alderson 17||Mick Coop 48||Texaco Cup First round|
|1973–1974 season||1||16th (22)||Bill Glazier||John Craven||Brian Alderson 15|| Jimmy Holmes 53
Tommy Hutchison 53
|Texaco Cup First round|
|1974–1975 season||1||14th (22)||Graham Oakey||John Craven|| Brian Alderson 8
David Cross 8
|Tommy Hutchison 46|
|1975–1976 season||1||14th (22)||Tommy Hutchison||John Craven||David Cross 16|| Mick Coop 47
Tommy Hutchison 47
|1976–1977 season||1||19th (22)||Jim Blyth||Terry Yorath||Mick Ferguson 15||John Beck 45|
|1977–1978 season||1||7th (22)||Ian Wallace||Terry Yorath||Ian Wallace 23|| Bobby McDonald 47
Barry Powell 47
|1978–1979 season||1||10th (22)||Bobby McDonald||Terry Yorath||Ian Wallace 15|| Tommy Hutchison 45
Bobby McDonald 45
|1979–1980 season||1||15th (22)||Gary Gillespie||Tommy Hutchison||Ian Wallace 13||Tommy Hutchison 45|
|1980–1981 season||1||16th (22)||Danny Thomas||Mick Coop||Garry Thompson 15|| Paul Dyson 54
Harry Roberts 54
|Football League Cup Semi-finalists|
|1981–1982 season||1||14th (22)||Danny Thomas||Gerry Daly||Mark Hateley 18||Gary Gillespie 46||PFA Merit Award: Joe Mercer|
|1982–1983 season||1||19th (22)||Gary Gillespie||Gerry Francis||Steve Whitton 14||Gary Gillespie 48||PFA Team OTY: Danny Thomas|
|1983–1984 season||1||19th (22)||Nick Platnauer||Harry Roberts||Terry Gibson 19|| Terry Gibson 41
Nick Platnauer 41
|1984–1985 season||1||18th (22)||Terry Gibson||Trevor Peake||Terry Gibson 19||Steve Ogrizovic 46|
|1985–1986 season||1||17th (22)||Trevor Peake||Brian Kilcline||Terry Gibson 13||Steve Ogrizovic 47|
|1986–1987 season||1||10th (22)||Steve Ogrizovic||Brian Kilcline||Cyrille Regis 16||Steve Ogrizovic 53||FA Cup Winners: 1987 FA Cup Final;|
FA Youth Cup Winners: 1987 FA Youth Cup Final;
BBC Goal of the Season: Keith Houchen
|1987–1988 season||1||10th (21)||David Speedie||Brian Kilcline||Cyrille Regis 12||Steve Ogrizovic 46||FA Charity Shield Runners-up: 1987 FA Charity Shield;|
Full Members Cup Semi-finalists
|1988–1989 season||1||7th (20)||David Speedie||Brian Kilcline||David Speedie 15|| Brian Borrows 42
Steve Ogrizovic 42
|1989–1990 season||1||12th (20)||Brian Borrows||Brian Kilcline||David Speedie 9|| Brian Borrows 46
David Smith 46
|Football League Cup Semi-finalists|
|1990–1991 season||1||16th (20)||Kevin Gallacher||Brian Kilcline||Kevin Gallacher 16||Brian Borrows 47||PFA Merit Award: Tommy Hutchison|
|1991–1992 season||1||19th (22)||Stewart Robson||Stewart Robson||Kevin Gallacher 10||Lloyd McGrath 46|
|1992–1993 season||1||15th (22)||Peter Atherton||Brian Borrows||Micky Quinn 17||John Williams 44|
|1993–1994 season||1||11th (22)||Phil Babb||Brian Borrows||Peter Ndlovu 11|| Phil Babb 44
Steve Morgan 44
|1994–1995 season||1||16th (22)||Brian Borrows||Brian Borrows||Dion Dublin 16|| Brian Borrows 40
Paul Cook 40
Steve Ogrizovic 40
|PFA Merit Award: Gordon Strachan|
|1995–1996 season||1||16th (20)||Paul Williams||Dion Dublin||Dion Dublin 16||John Salako 43|
|1996–1997 season||1||17th (20)||Dion Dublin||Gary McAllister||Dion Dublin 13|| Gary McAllister 46
Steve Ogrizovic 46
|1997–1998 season||1||11th (20)||Dion Dublin||Gary McAllister||Dion Dublin 23||Dion Dublin 43||Premier League Golden Boot: Dion Dublin;|
PFA Merit Award: Steve Ogrizovic
|1998–1999 season||1||15th (20)||Richard Shaw||Gary McAllister||Noel Whelan 13|| Magnus Hedman 42
Richard Shaw 42
|FA Youth Cup Runners-up|
|1999–2000 season||1||14th (20)||Gary McAllister||Gary McAllister||Gary McAllister 13||Gary McAllister 43||FA Youth Cup Runners-up;|
FAI Young Int'l Player OTY: Robbie Keane
|2000–2001 season||1||19th (20)||Gary Breen||Mustapha Hadji||Craig Bellamy 8||Craig Bellamy 39||PFA Merit Award: Jimmy Hill|
Welsh Footballer OTY: John Hartson
|2001–2002 season||2||11th (24)||David Thompson||John Eustace||Lee Hughes 14||Muhamed Konjić 41|
|2002–2003 season||2||20th (24)||Muhamed Konjić||Muhamed Konjić||Jay Bothroyd 11||Muhamed Konjić 48|
|2003–2004 season||2||12th (24)||Stephen Warnock||Muhamed Konjić||Gary McSheffrey 12||Stephen Warnock 49||FWA Tribute Award: Jimmy Hill|
|2004–2005 season||2||19th (24)||Michael Doyle||Stephen Hughes||Gary McSheffrey 14||Michael Doyle 49||First CONCACAF 50-goal scorer: Stern John|
Last goal at Highfield Road: Andy Whing
|2005–2006 season||2||8th (24)||Gary McSheffrey||Michael Doyle||Gary McSheffrey 17||Gary McSheffrey 50||First goal at Ricoh Arena: Claus Bech Jørgensen|
|2006–2007 season||2||17th (24)||Andy Marshall||Rob Page||Dele Adebola 9|| Dele Adebola 42
Michael Doyle 42
Marcus Hall 42
Andy Marshall 42
|Birmingham Senior Cup Winners|
|2007–2008 season||2||21st (24)||Jay Tabb||Stephen Hughes||Michael Mifsud 17|| Michael Doyle 49
Isaac Osbourne 49
Jay Tabb 49
|2008–2009 season||2||17th (24)||Aron Gunnarsson||Scott Dann||Clinton Morrison 12||Keiren Westwood 49||PFA Team OTY: Danny Fox, Keiren Westwood|
|2009–2010 season||2||19th (24)||Keiren Westwood||Stephen Wright||Clinton Morrison 11||Keiren Westwood 46|
|2010–2011 season||2||18th (24)||Marlon King||Lee Carsley||Marlon King 13||Richard Keogh 48||FL Fan OTY: Kevin Monks|
|2011–2012 season||2||23rd (24)||Richard Keogh||Sammy Clingan|| Lukas Jutkiewicz 9
Gary McSheffrey 9
| Richard Keogh 47
Joe Murphy 47
|Championship Apprentice Award: Gaël Bigirimana|
|2012–2013 season||3||15th (24) †||Carl Baker||Carl Baker||David McGoldrick 18||Joe Murphy 56||FLT Northern area finalists;|
PFA Team OTY: Leon Clarke;
FL Fan OTY: Pat Raybould
|2013–2014 season||3||18th (24) ††||Callum Wilson||Carl Baker||Callum Wilson 22||Joe Murphy 53||FL Goal OTY: Franck Moussa;|
PFA Team OTY: Callum Wilson
|2014–2015 season||3||17th (24)||Jim O'Brien||Réda Johnson||Frank Nouble 7|| John Fleck 47
Jim O'Brien 47
|2015–2016 season||3||8th (24)||John Fleck||Sam Ricketts||Adam Armstrong 20|| Sam Ricketts 46
Romain Vincelot 46
|PFA Team OTY: Adam Armstrong|
|2016–2017 season||3||23rd (24)||George Thomas||Jordan Willis||George Thomas 9|| Jordan Turnbull 46
Jordan Willis 46
|EFL Trophy Winners: 2017 EFL Trophy Final|
|2017–2018 season||4||6th (24)||Marc McNulty||Michael Doyle||Marc McNulty 28||Jack Grimmer 53||EFL League Two play-offs Winners: 2018 play-off Final;|
EFL Team OTY: Lee Burge, Jordan Willis;
PFA Team OTY: Jack Grimmer;
PFA Fans' Player OTY: Marc McNulty
|2018–2019 season||3||8th (24)||Dominic Hyam||Liam Kelly||Jordy Hiwula 13||Luke Thomas 44|
|2019–2020 season||3||1st (23) †††||Fankaty Dabo||Liam Kelly||Matt Godden 15||Jordan Shipley 42||EFL League One Champions;|
LMA Awards Manager OTY: Mark Robins;
PFA Team OTY: Marko Maroši, Fankaty Dabo,
Liam Walsh, Matt Godden
|2020–2021 season||2||16th (24)||Callum O'Hare||Liam Kelly||Tyler Walker 8||Callum O'Hare 48|
|2021–2022 season||2||12th (24)||Gustavo Hamer||Kyle McFadzean||Viktor Gyökeres 18|| Viktor Gyökeres 47
Callum O'Hare 47
|Championship Apprentice Award: Ryan Howley|
|2022–2023 season||2||24th (24) *||Kyle McFadzean||Matt Godden 3 *||4 players 8 *|
† Coventry City deducted 10 points by the Football League for going into administration.
†† Coventry City deducted 10 points by the Football League.
††† Bury were expelled from the EFL on 27 August 2019 due to financial issues at the club. The season was postponed on 13 March 2020 and later concluded prematurely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with league positions and promotions decided on a points-per-game basis.
* Season in progress.
|Tom Bayliss||2017–18 EFL League Two play-off winner|
|Gaël Bigirimana||2017 EFL Trophy Final winner, 2012 Championship Apprentice Award winner|
|Lee Burge||2017–18 EFL League Two play-off winner, 2017 EFL Trophy Final winner, over 150 appearances for the first team|
|Cyrus Christie||24 international caps and 2 goals for Republic of Ireland, over 100 appearances for the first team|
|Jordan Clarke||Over 100 appearances for the first team|
|Jonson Clarke-Harris||2017–18 EFL League Two play-off winner, youngest player to play in a first-team match|
|John Eustace||Club captain|
|Marcus Hall||England U21 captain, over 300 appearances for the first team|
|Ryan Haynes||2017–18 EFL League Two play-off winner, 2017 EFL Trophy Final winner|
|Chris Kirkland||1 international cap for England, 2004–05 UEFA Champions League winner|
|James Maddison||1 international cap for England, January 2018 EFL Young Player of the Month|
|Gary McSheffrey||Over 250 appearances for the first team, two-time Football League Championship runner-up|
|Isaac Osbourne||Over 100 appearances for the first team|
|Jordan Ponticelli||2017–18 EFL League Two play-off winner|
|Jordan Shipley||2019–20 EFL League One winner, 2017–18 EFL League Two play-off winner, over 100 appearances for the first team|
|Ben Stevenson||2017 EFL Trophy Final winner|
|Daniel Sturridge||26 international caps and 8 goals for England, 2011–12 UEFA Champions League winner, 2009–10 Premier League winner|
|Conor Thomas||Over 100 appearances for the first team|
|George Thomas||2017 EFL Trophy Final winner|
|Ben Turner||2012–13 Football League Championship winner|
|Andy Whing||Over 100 appearances for the first team|
|Jordan Willis||2017–18 EFL League Two play-off winner, 2017 EFL Trophy Final winner, club captain, over 200 appearances for the first team|
|Callum Wilson||4 international caps and 1 goal for England, two Premier League hat-tricks, 2014–15 Football League Championship winner|
|Highest transfer fee paid||Craig Bellamy, £6,500,000 in 2000 (Norwich City)|
|Highest transfer fee received||Robbie Keane, £13,000,000 in 2000 (Internazionale)|
|Most appearances (all competitions)||Steve Ogrizovic, 601 (1984–2000)|
|Most appearances (league)||Steve Ogrizovic, 504 (1984–2000)|
|All-time top scorer (all competitions)||Clarrie Bourton, 182 goals (1931–1937)|
|All-time top scorer (league)||Clarrie Bourton, 173 goals (1931–1937)|
|Top-flight era top scorer (all competitions)||Dion Dublin, 72 goals (1994–1998)|
|Top-flight era top scorer (league)||Dion Dublin, 60 goals (1994–1998)|
|Most goals by one player in a game|| Arthur Bacon, 5 (vs Gillingham, 1933)|
Clarrie Bourton, 5 (vs Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic, 1931)
Cyrille Regis, 5 (vs Chester City, 1985)
|Most goals by one player in a season||Clarrie Bourton, 50 (1931–1932, 49 league, 1 FA Cup)|
|Most goals by one player in a season in top-flight|| Dion Dublin, 23 (1997–1998)|
Ian Wallace, 23 (1977–1978)
|Oldest player to play in a first-team match||Alf Wood, 43 years 207 days (vs Plymouth Argyle, 1958)|
|Youngest player to play in a first-team match||Jonson Clarke-Harris, 16 years 21 days (substitute vs Morecambe, 2010)|
|Youngest player to start a first-team match||Brian Hill, 16 years 273 days (vs Gillingham, 1958)|
See also: List of Coventry City F.C. managers
Worcester City striker Sean Geddes struck twice as the non-leaguers pulled off a shock FA Cup first round win against 1987 winners Coventry City.