Coventry City protest scheduled for Cardiff League Cup tie

Ricoh Arena Coventry City

Coventry City and Cardiff City fans will hold a joint protest at tonight's televised match.

The Sky Blues are set to play at Northampton Town's Sixfields Stadium for the next two seasons, having agreed a deal to rent the League Two club's pitch for three years - beginning in 2013.

However, this decision saw numerous fan protests for the duration of last season, with match boycotts and stadium absences the preferred method of rebellion. So as to not display a lack of support for the playing team, fans would often watch their team in action from the hill above the stadium - only stopping at Sixfields to buy a match programme.

The Sky Blue Trust have been the instigators for these protests, stemming from a failed agreement between the owners of Coventry City and the operators of the Ricoh Arena - the former home of the Sky Blues.

And it is the Trust who have organised a mass protest for the 'home' League Cup tie against Cardiff City on Wednesday night. According to the Coventry Telegraph, fans both inside the ground and on the hill have been asked to hold up cards with the message "Let Down" during the 35th minute of the game - with 35 the distance in miles between Coventry and Northampton.

What makes this protest different from the others that have occurred is that Cardiff City fans are willing to join in, the the Welsh club having been on the receiving end of bad ownership decisions. Vincent Tan bought the Bluebirds in May 2010, and in 2012 promised to invest £100 million if he was allowed to rebrand the club from their historic blue to the more marketable red.

Despite achieving instant promotion to the Premier League, fans still expressed dismay at the loss of identity, and, following relegation back to the Championship, fans are set to protest against Tan's questionable ownership methods.

A record number of fans are expected on the hill for tonight's game, and, with live coverage broadcast on Sky Sports, fans are hoping for a public reaction to the dreadful situation they find themselves in. And if enough people respond in a positive manner, Coventry may just find themselves playing back at home in the not-too-distant future.

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