27 Facts About Coventry City

1. In 1999 Coventry City pulled off a major coup by signing Robbie Keane, pictured, for £6 million—a club record fee.

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2. Coventry City has a variety of schools: Two of the oldest secondary schools being President Kennedy School and Community College founded in 1966 and located in the north-west of Coventry and Sidney Stringer Academy which is located in the centre of the city.

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3. Coventry City has three further education colleges within city boundaries, City College, Henley College and Hereward College.

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4. Coventry City has a single Park and Ride service from War Memorial Park served by Stagecoach in Warwickshire.

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5. Coventry City has two suburban railway stations in Canley and in Tile Hill.

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6. Coventry City has an inner ring road which was completed in the early 1970s and Phoenix Way, a dual-carriageway running north–south completed in 1995, linking the city centre with the M6 motorway.

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7. Coventry City is near the M6, M69, M45 and M40 motorways.

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8. Coventry City Bears are the major rugby league team in the city.

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9. Coventry City has a range of music events including an international jazz programme, the Coventry Jazz Festival, and the Godiva Festival.

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10. Up until 1997, Coventry City was represented by four Members of Parliament, whereupon the Coventry South West and Coventry South East constituencies were merged to form Coventry South.

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11. Coventry City is represented in Parliament by three MPs all of whom are from the Labour Party.

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12. Coventry City has a large student population who are in the UK for 12 months or longer that are included in these figures.

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13. Coventry City forms the largest part of the Coventry City and Bedworth Urban Area.

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14. Coventry City suffered severe bomb damage during the Second World War.

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15. Coventry City boss Mark Robins has revealed Sunderland, Portsmouth and Fleetwood Town all enquired about striker Jonson Clarke-Harris on deadline day.

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16. Coventry City had the first kit sponsorship deal in the football league, when Jimmy Hill, then Chairman of the club, negotiated a deal with Talbot, who manufactured cars in the city.

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17. Coventry City went unbeaten in 25 games as they were promoted to the promised land—Division 1.

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18. Coventry City were originally known as 'the Bantams' before adopting their sky blue identity in the early 1960s.

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19. Coventry City remained in the top tier of English football for over 30 years, winning the 1987 FA Cup under John Sillett, and in 1992, they became founding members of the Premier League.

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20. Coventry City is an English football club based in Coventry in the Midlands.

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21. Coventry City walls, for instance, were not finally removed until the 18th century, although traces of this, such as Cork Street Gate, still remain.

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22. Coventry City went on a run of one win in 16 league games after Chistmas to leave them in 19th place in the Championship and seven points off the relegation places when chairman Ray Ranson relieved him of his managerial duties in March 2011.

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23. In 1999 Coventry City pulled off a major coup by signing Robbie Keane, pictured, for £6 million—a club record fee.

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24. Throughout the Twenties Coventry City struggled, with managers coming and going, until relegation finally caught up with them in 1925.

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25. Coventry City had 10th highest number of football fan arrests in the country last season.

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26. Aston Villa and Leicester Coventry City are the club's traditional rivals, but since Coventry's relegation from the Premier League in 2001, these have become ever more one-sided as both these clubs have several stronger local rivalries.

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27. Coventry City began playing at the Highfield Road stadium in 1899 within the Hillfields district of the city, although the club did not buy the freehold to the site until 1937.

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