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Forget Leicester or Brighton, Emulate Rochdale First

Forget Leicester or Brighton, Emulate Rochdale First

When Coventry City were beaten 2-0 at Rochdale in January 2003, the result of the FA Cup tie was seen as an upset, a giantkilling even, as Gary McCallister's Championship side were humbled by their humble opponents.

A similar result at the same venue on Easter Monday was of little surprise to those Sky Blues supporters who gave up their Bank Holiday to travel north, Ian Henderson's two goals easing the home side to victory and keeping alive their hopes of playing in the second-tier of English football next season.

When City won at Wembley recently, providing a rare moment of release to the 40,000+ fans who were in North London, much was made of the potential of the club should anyone ever put their head above the parapet and try to buy it.

The rise of Leicester from League One and now Brighton & Hove Albion from a far worse situation have been invoked as potential future scenarios.

And yet, there is a place that seems even further away from the Premier League right now, one that has CCFC as a genuine force for good in their local community, with people who understand the club occupying important positions within it and making attempts to involve the fanbase in its future.

A club like Rochdale for instance, where a recent game against Port Vale cost spectators just £1 to get in and where season tickets for next season could be as low as £110 if enough people buy one.

The Lancashire men may never reach the 'promised land' but their current perch is one I would love Coventry City to occupy.



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Writer:CCFC
Date:Monday April 17 2017
Time: 8:36PM

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