Coventry City may not be one of the best supported sides in
the land but their fan-base is set to span the globe following
the formation of an Australian supporters club.
Former Nuneaton resident Spencer Harrop has joined up with
Australian Sky Blue Daniel Batt to start Coventryís following
Harrop left Nuneaton at the age of nine, but had already been
bitten by the City bug, and this was heightened just one year
later when the Sky Blues triumphed at Wembley.
The 23-year-old now hopes to find other City fans in
Australia after starting the supporters club.
"I have been a City supporter since I can remember and
when I used to watch them my favourite player was Mickey
"Not that many people in Australia pay attention to
Coventry, most people out here follow Manchester United
because they get more coverage but Iíve started
corresponding with other supporters by e-mail and hopefully we
can get the club up and running."
And Australian Batt, who supports the club because he father
hails from Coventry, believes that the signing of John Aloisi
has raised Cityís profile down under.
"The football media in this country will be more
inclined to give a mention to your team if an Aussie does well
for them and the Aloisi signing was given a good mention in
the Melbourne newspapers.
"The only time we get to see Coventry matches are when
the team are live on Sky but we keep in touch with the results
all the time via the Internet."
The supporters club has been hailed as a "great
idea" by Aussie striker John Aloisi who admits it is nice
to think that people back home are tracking his progress.
"I didnít know there was
a supporters club but I am really pleased, the profile of
football in Australia is rising all the time.
"Hopefully I can start
scoring some goals for Coventry and raise the clubís profile
back home to get them some more members!"