Coventry fan group rues Arsenal FA Cup clash date switch

20:12 07 January 2014

Coventry City supporters sing and chant during a League One match at Crawley Town. Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

Coventry City supporters sing and chant during a League One match at Crawley Town. Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

2013 Getty Images

Coventry supporters have reacted with frustration to their fourth-round FA Cup tie at Arsenal being designated a Friday night match.

The televised tie at the Emirates Stadium on January 24 will be the opening fourth-round clash, the first of five matches to be screened live across the weekend.

While the £144,000 broadcast fee will be welcomed by Coventry, especially following the club’s relegation to League One and their bitter move away from the Ricoh Arena in the summer, concerns have been raised over how many Sky Blues fans will make the trip to London.

Jan Mokrzycki, spokesperson for supporters’ group Sky Blue Trust, said: “The general reaction seems to be that it is not a very good idea because people are going to have to take time off work and some people might not be able to go.

“If it had been a Saturday we could have sold about seven or eight thousand - on a Friday night we will probably take four or five [thousand].”

Mokrzycki believes many school-age supporters may be unable to attend the attractive fixture, which will be shown on BT Sport.

He said: “It’s almost going to be straight from school, straight on to a coach, straight down there. It could have been a nice day out - to get down is going to be a rush.

“There will be those who just can’t make it because Dad doesn’t finish work until five or whatever.

“Basically supporters are the least of the minor considerations - it’s money first, money second, money third and oh yeah there’s the supporters.”

On Sunday, Sheffield United - who knocked out Aston Villa - will host the winners of the replay between Fulham and Norwich on BT Sport, while the live ITV1 tie is the all-Premier League affair between Chelsea and Stoke at Stamford Bridge, which kicks of at 3:30pm.

Related articles


Live Blog Transfer Window Live July 28

 

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Arsenal news

Thursday, July 30, 2015
John Stones of England in action  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

All the latest transfer news and gossip from around the capital as we prepare to enter the final month of the window.

Thursday, July 30, 2015
Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny during a Q & A during Members Day at Emirates Stadium.  (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal’s open training session was lit up by some extraordinary skill from an unlikely source.

Thursday, July 30, 2015
Arsene Wenger watches on. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal have completed the signing of young Ajax forward Donyell Malen.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Daley Blind of Manchester United in action (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Daley Blind has revealed that he had an offer on the table to join Arsenal at the age of 16.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech

This Sunday’s Community Shield encounter between Arsenal and Chelsea will undoubtedly be about one man, Petr Cech.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Read more
Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Read more
Terrific tea, creamy cakes and splendid sandwiches at Mews of Mayfair.

Celebrate a truly quintessentially British tradition with the chance of winning a luxurious Afternoon Tea for two people at Mews of Mayfair, complete with a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne.

Read more