This time next week, more than 40,000 Sky Blues Fans will be heading to Wembley for the Checkatrade Trophy Final.
Somewhat surprisingly, in this most dreadful of seasons for Coventry City, we will now travel with some hope, if not total optimism. The results and performances in the last two games, home to Port Vale and Bristol Rovers, have been a huge improvement on what we have witnessed for most of this campaign.
It is a day out that long-suffering City fans deserve, particularly those who have resolutely attended games through thin and thinner. So, let's enjoy the occasion and celebrate what our club once was and could be again, rather than the sorry mess that it has become under the stewardship of Joy Seppala and Tim Fisher. Not only is it 30 years since the Sky Blues won the FA Cup under John Sillett and George Curtis, it is the 50th Anniversary of Jimmy Hill taking CCFC into the top flight of English Football.
Our friends at Fight til the Game is Won are staging a "March to the Arch". Starting from the Green Man pub at 1pm, the route will go via Wembley Park Tube station to arrive outside the arena by 1.30pm so everyone can get inside the ground in good time to soak up the atmosphere. The massed ranks of the Sky Blue Army walking up Wembley Way should be a sight to behold and a memory to treasure. Remember to take your banners but check out the match regulations, as the maximum dimension for flags permitted inside the ground has been reduced to 100cms from the usual 250cms.
As the teams run onto the pitch, colleagues from Preservation Sky Blues are calling on all City fans to hold up signs with the message "POTENTIAL" in a simple demonstration that our club, our fans and our City have so much to offer any new owner who can acquire control from Sisu, so long as they have genuine intentions to act in the best interests of supporters.
Both these activities will add to the enjoyment of the day. Nothing is planned that will disrupt what should be a great occasion. Many of those who will be present are too young to have watched City at Wembley before. It may be the last opportunity for many others. Please join in the planned activities mentioned but don't do anything to spoil our day out, or to taint the good reputation of the Sky Blue Army.
The EFL trophy may not be the most prestigious competition, but this is OUR chance for glory. It certainly owes nothing to Sisu, so let's ignore them for a few hours and not let them sour our enjoyment. And with a bit of luck, in the late afternoon we will have the sight of Jordan Willis holding up the Checkatrade Trophy. Wouldn't that be a wonderful moment to cherish?
Spokesperson, the Jimmy Hill Way