Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/829/19521

From The Socialist newspaper, 15 October 2014

Coventry fans stung by Wasps

Dan Crowter, Coventry Socialist Party

After spending a year playing in Northampton, 35 miles outside Coventry, the recent return of Coventry City Football Club (CCFC) to Coventry's Ricoh Arena was welcomed by football fans across the country. But issues around the ownership of the club and stadium continue.

A recent bid from London Wasps Rugby Football Club to purchase ACL, the company which runs the Ricoh, was accepted by Coventry council. This puts the future of CCFC and Coventry Rugby Football Club in doubt.

There was no real public consultation, and the people of Coventry do not know the details of the deal. Wasps chairman Derek Richardson now owns 100% of ACL, having paid nearly 20 million to the firm's owners and creditors.

The council claims this deal is the best for the club and the people of Coventry. But how do we know if they don't give us the details? Our money built the Ricoh, now it's being stolen from us by a rich businessman who couldn't care less about us or our clubs.

Socialist councillors

In 2003, when the council was debating building the Ricoh, there were three Socialist Party councillors who held the balance of power. They forced a full public consultation and debate. The views of Coventry residents and CCFC fans were sought, and as a result the Socialist councillors voted to build the new stadium.

The current council of 43 Labour members and 11 Tories has now decided unanimously that the stadium will be leased for 250 years!

Coventry already has a rugby club and a football club - London Wasps relocating here threatens both of them. CCFC fans can also sympathise with Wasps supporters whose own club, already moved 30 miles away from the capital in 2002, is now to be moved a further 80!

CCFC owners Sisu and the council have shown repeatedly that they don't have the club's best interests at heart. The businesspeople who own Wasps don't either. They'll keep on selling us down the river. All the clubs should be owned and run by the fans.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 15 October 2014:


Britain needs a pay rise

Fight for mass action to end cuts and low pay

A socialist world is possible

Mark Serwotka: Building a strong, fighting union


Fight the cuts!

Workers need a new party

How a mass campaign stopped the cuts

Challenging the austerity parties

Barking and Dagenham council at a crossroads


Socialist Party news and analysis

Tories and Labour in crisis after Ukip win

Them & Us


International socialist news and analysis

Ireland: Stunning byelection victory for Socialist Party

Obama's strategy to beat IS lies in tatters


Socialist Party workplace news

First NHS pay strike for 30 years

Local government pay: reject offer, reinstate action!

Care UK workers mark 81st strike day

600 St Mungo's housing workers to strike for a week

Recycling workers strike over pay and conditions

Severfields engineers strike against bonus cut


Youth Fight for Jobs

Young workers say: decent jobs now

The myth of 'self-employment'


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

'Political awakening' continues in Scotland

On the road to higher wages

Coventry fans stung by Wasps

Johnson's housing crime scene


Building the Socialist Party

We need YOU to join the Socialists!

Help us fund the fightback

Subscribe to the Socialist!


 

Home   |   The Socialist 15 October 2014   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Rugby:

triangleCrowds turn out for Corbyn in Rugby

triangleRugby League: Have Featherstone fans got their club back?

triangleWorkers at Rugby CEMEX to strike over pensions?

triangleJarrow March for Jobs: Rugby and Daventry

Coventry:

triangleCoventry: 100 pack meeting against congestion charge

triangleKnife and gun crime a product of poverty and austerity

triangleCoventry says no to congestion charge

triangleThe significance of the anti-poll tax movement

Football:

triangleBury expelled from football league: Boot out the bosses ruining our game

triangleThe Socialist inbox

triangleGateshead FC crisis: save our Heed!

Council:

triangleNorthern Ireland: Campaign mounts over historic sexual abuse allegations cover-up

triangleLincolnshire health visitors strike boost

Socialist:

triangleHackney Socialist Party: Socialist change to end climate change

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

18/9/19

Socialist Party

Donate to help us move our press by October

18/9/19

Ilford

Ilford: strike forces school management to back down

18/9/19

London

PCS members at BEIS maintain just fightback

18/9/19

The Socialist

Selling the Socialist

18/9/19

London

London: packed public meeting discusses political crisis

18/9/19

Worcestershire

Worcestershire campaigners plan march to save Bewdley Fire Station

18/9/19

CWU

Strike back to stop bullying Royal Mail bosses

18/9/19

South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire defeats fire cuts

18/9/19

Nottingham

Nottingham College UCU - more strike action planned

18/9/19

PCS

DVSA strike - employer asks for talks

18/9/19

PCS

PCS general secretary candidate: unions must mobilise to drive out Boris

18/9/19

Climate change

Climate protests: which way forward after 20 September?

18/9/19

Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire health visitors strike boost

17/9/19

Trade union

South Yorkshire FBU celebrates halt to cuts

17/9/19

London

Earth strike day in London

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07954 376 096

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


September 2019

August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999