Well not long to go now till another football campaign gets underway and as someone who isn’t a great lover of cricket and tennis I can’t wait till the opening games starting when my clubs first match kicks off on August the 8th.
Is it just me that finds summer sports a little bit boring? Don’t get me wrong playing any sport is great but watching it is another matter altogether and viewing tennis or cricket for long periods always finds me nodding off. It’s as exciting as watching Big Brother. Not that I can watch Wimbledon or the Ashes for more than half an hour anyway as I tend to drift off and start thinking about my football team and wondering how we’re going to get on this season? In other words I’ve no real interest if Andy Murray wins or no and whether England can beat the Aussies and win the Ashes doesn’t really bother me, as all that’s on my mind is can Coventry City have a good campaign and get promotion?
So with our first match only a short way away I guess I’m like thousands of other football fans across the country who are starting to get excited with what lies ahead. It really doesn’t matter now about last season as that’s gone and even if your team had a shocker and even got relegated you try hard to be optimistic and upbeat. New players have arrived and the deadwood have left which brings you fresh hope for a successful season ahead and football fans everywhere are the same. They say to themselves this could be our year, the one where my team moves upward and that’s why we keep on returning season after season.
So can the Sky Blues get out of League One this season or will us long suffering supporters be let down again? Manager Tony Mowbray has discarded eight players during the close season and brought in so far four new signings with a few more to sign hopefully in the next couple of weeks.
Mowbray has said that he wants a mixture of youth and experience in his squad and so he has brought in Sam Ricketts to bolster the defence and the ex Wolves defender at 33 years of age has plenty of experience which should give the City’s backline some much needed toughness.
And the manager got Reda Johnson the big rugged centre-half and captain to sign a one year deal which is good news, for the fans favourite who although injury prone last season and who missed half of the campaign, when fit he not only is a solid unit at the back he can score goals too.
In midfield the manager has signed the ex Leyton Orient enforcer Romain Vincelot who at 30 years of age can add some steel to the side as the Frenchman certainly puts himself about a bit and he has already been booked in a pre-season friendly for grabbing the referee around the shoulders as he disagreed with a decision he’d mad! But Mowbray does like young players in his teams so he contacted Spurs about a promising 20 year old by the name of Ruben Lameiras who came to Coventry to play a couple of friendly games and Mowbray was impressed enough to offer the Portugese midfielder a two year deal. And although slight of build, he has lots of skill on the ball and looks a good prospect.
But upfront is where the Sky Blues look a bit weak so they have taken a gamble on 18 year old Adam Armstrong, the Newcastle United striker who has come in on a loan deal till January 2016. Armstrong has played 15 games for the Geordie clubs first team in the Premier League but never found the net. He has played for England at under 16, 17 and 18’s level and scored an impressive 21 goals and Newcastle have high hopes for young Adam so hopefully he can find the net in League One for the City.
Finally Coventry kid James Maddison another young starlet who has attracted the attention of some Premier League clubs has also decided to stay with his home town club, so look out for his name this season as he has wonderful skills and an eye for a spectacular goal and at just 18 years of age has been mentioned as a future England International.
So where do I think we’ll finish up at the end of the season? All I can say is we’ve got a top manager in charge and if his new signings settle in and young Armstrong bangs in some goals I can see a decent campaign ahead. But remember I’m a Coventry City supporter so I expect the worst and just hope for the best!
Friendly games are currently being played and although not really important where the results are concerned as it’s more about players getting match fit after the layoff, it does give fans the chance to see any new faces playing for their club for the first time. And when a new player has a good game or scores a cracking goal in a pre-season friendly it gives you a lift as a watching supporter and you tell fellow fans who never attended the match what a great signing we’ve made and he could just be the player we’ve been looking for all these years.
Another sign that a new season is here is that your club have a new kit and it’s now available to buy in the club shop or online and thankfully my two sons are not kids anymore so I don’t have to fork out cash for an overpriced kit that now costs about the same as a week’s rent! But look around the stands on the opening day of the season and you’ll see fans proudly wearing the new shirt with some having a player’s name on the back and with little kids decked out the same, it shows that even though buying football merchandise these days is a rip-off it doesn’t stop us from forking out to show our allegiance to our club.
And it doesn’t matter if you support one of the big boys of the Premier League or the team you follow plays it’s football in the non-league, you are starting to dream about your club having a great season even if deep down you think to yourself I bet it all goes pear-shaped as usual and we end up near the bottom again.
This feeling is one I’m far too accustomed to being a Coventry City supporter as I’m so used to dejection being a long suffering Sky Blues fan ,but does that stop me from going and following my home town club? Of course not as I am a City fan for life no matter what happens and who cares now about last season or the ones before as it’s the new one that only counts so bring it on. Come On You Sky Blues!