AUG 01] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Richardson Praises Fans
City chairman Bryan Richardson today praised the supporters who
cheered the Sky Blues to victory in their first game of the
Almost 4,000 City fans made the
trip to Edgeley Park to watch Lee Hughes score on his debut and
the Sky Blues run out 2-0 winners over Stockport.
Many of them had to stand in the
wind and rain in an uncovered end of the ground but Richardson
said their efforts had been appreciated by the players.
“I thought the fans were
sensational. The players were quite overwhelmed.
“There is a very good spirit
in the squad and together with that fantastic support it gave
us a distinct advantage. You could tell by the players’
reaction on the whistle just how delighted they were.
“Lee Hughes was really
pleased with the reception he got. To have that sort of
welcome would give any player a lift.
“To take 4,000 supporters to
Stockport is a superb effort. Stockport sold a lot of tickets
on the day and people were still coming into the ground 10
minutes or so after the kick off.
“That level of support will
make a massive, massive difference through the season. If we
can keep people right behind us and play as we did at
Stockport then the signs are very encouraging.
“Hopefully we can get a good
crowd against Wolves and Bradford and build a run of results.
If Saturday is anything to go by, then watching City away from
home is going to be very good fun.”
Tickets for the game at Bradford
on 24 August go on general sale from today.
City have an allocation of 2,000
but another 1,000 are available should they sell out. Tickets
cost £19 for adults, and £11 for the over 65s and under 16s.
Supporters should note that the
home league game with Nottingham Forest on 27 August, a Bank
Holiday, has been switched to a 7.45pm kick off.
City’s new ticket office
manager Andy Ward has called on fans coming to Sunday’s home
clash with Wolves, to get their tickets early.
There are seats still available
in all stands but the club are hoping for a increase demand
following Saturday’s win at Stockport.
“I would urge people not to
leave it too late so they avoid both disappointment and queues
on match day.
“We are extending the opening
hours of our tickets office at Highfield Road for the game,
which will trade between 9am and 4pm on Saturday and from 10am
on the day of the match, right up until kick off. People can
also buy tickets from our West Orchards outlet which is open
from 10.30am on Sunday.”
The Reserves are in action on
Tuesday when they travel to Barnet’s ground Underhill to take