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Coventry Youth Team Reach The Final

Coventry City appear in their first major final for 12 years this Friday – and Sky Blue fans could see the game for free.

The club’s youth team have reached the final of the FA Cup and meet West Ham United in the first leg of the final at Highfield Road on Friday, with kick off at 8.05pm.

A 5-2 aggregate win over Newcastle put the youngsters through to the final.

The club are now hoping for a five figure crowd for the game and announced today that organised school and junior soccer parties can watch the game for free. Anyone wanting details should contact the ticket office on Coventry (01203) 234020.

West Ham have been one of the finest youth sides of the season but could be without their much-vaunted midfielder Joe Cole. Cole came on with more than 20 minutes left of West Ham’s stormy game against Leeds at the weekend. The Hammers went down 5-1 at home to Leeds – and had three men sent off.

The Sky Blues look set to have a full contingent of supporters cheering them on for their final away game of the season next Saturday.

There has been a big demand for tickets to see the clash between City and Derby at Pride Park and only 700 of the 3,000 allocation remain.

Ticket officer Jamie Roberts said:

"We are hoping that Saturday’s good performance and victory will encourage people to travel and hopefully see us make mathematically sure of our place in the Premiership.

"Derby is not far to travel and Pride Park really is a fabulous ground."

There also looks set to be a big crowd for the final Premiership game of the season when Leeds United visit Highfield Road a week on Sunday.

Leeds sold their 4,000 allocation out in just three hours!

Coventry City are holding two open evenings to show local businesses how they can profit from a link with a Premiership football club.

The Sky Blues are earning record levels of commercial income and this season has been the best ever in terms of entertainment and hospitality, but they are aiming to improve their service to industry.

Business chiefs can view the corporate entertainment facilities on May 20 and May 27, from 7pm.

The club’s business development manager Raj Athwal said:

"We have been attracting a very encouraging number of new businesses to the club this season. The majority are local but there are others from further afield who have profited from having clients entertained by us.

"We make a great effort to tell people about the facilities – both entertainment and conference – at Highfield Road but we are certain people would like to come and look for themselves.

"Our Premier and Ladbrokes Clubs will be open and visitors can also view the hospitality boxes and our directors’ box seats.

"We do have a concern that some people assume, with the rise of the Premiership, that entertaining at top-flight games is very expensive but that is not the case and we have a massive variety of packages."

Anyone interested in visiting the club can contact Mr Athwal on Coventry 01203 234104.

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CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 5 May 99

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