badgeTHIS week we were given a real taste of reality following the release of next season’s League One fixtures.

I, like many, have been pleasantly distracted by the European Championships over the last couple of weeks.

But when I read next season’s fixtures and thoughts about playing the likes of Yeovil, Crawley Town and Carlisle, it made our Premier League era seem like a distant memory.

Who could forget those famous back-to-back opening day victories over Chelsea in 1997 and 1998, the great escape at Spurs on the final day of the 1996/97 season and that epic 3-2 win at home to Arsenal on Boxing Day in 1999.

Back then everyone on the school playground wore their Coventry shirt with pride but those days have well and truly come to an end.

I hope the club felt as embarrassed as I did when I took a look through the fixtures and noticed those three meaningful fixtures have been replaced by the likes of Notts County and Stevenage.

The only bonus for supporters is visiting new grounds, but my worry is they could become well acquainted with these venues in the years to come should the club fail to bounce back to the Championship at the first attempt.

I was reminded of the one major positive to come out of this recent nightmare when speaking to midfielder Conor Thomas at the weekend.

Cyrus Christie and Jordan Willis have rumoured to be attracting the attention of Premier League clubs this week, as Thomas did himself when he joined Liverpool on loan last season.

I just hope these young lads take a look at these fixtures, see how they can gain valuable first team exposure with the Sky Blues, and help Thorn’s side push for promotion.


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