Open letter from Coventry City fan to Sheffield United supporters who 'mocked' their plight

Fans revolt at Coventry

Fans revolt at Coventry

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Congratulations on Thursday's win - you just shaded it - and good luck for the rest of the season.

By the on and off-field protests in front of the TV cameras, the football world saw the frustrations of the Coventry fans in our campaign to rid the club of owners SISU, who annually sell our best players and are apparently unwilling to invest in the team.

What they also heard was the appalling and unnecessary chanting of pro-SISU slogans by a vociferous section of the travelling Blades fans, which could have led to violence on the terraces.

Our clubs are similar in many ways, both regarded as 'sleeping giants'.

Over the past 50 seasons the average United gate is 18,600 to City's 18,200, though the Blades have spent only 11 of those 50 seasons in the top flight compared to the Sky Blues' 34.

Don't mock our plight.

Be grateful your present owners are currently prepared to invest in your club and beware any future takeovers, with new owners promising the earth and delivering little or nothing.

Should you ever find yourselves in our perilous position, despite your fans' actions on Thursday, we will offer you support, for we've been there, done it and are wearing the uncomfortable t-shirt.

Craig Brown

Cov City fan since 1958