Coming To Coventry - West Ham United FC

Last updated : 18 November 2011 By Covsupport News Service

Kick off at 3pm.  There will be a minute silence before the game. 
By car: Leave the M6 at junction 3. Take the A444 towards the City centre and at the first island go left and you will see the Ricoh Arena on your right.

By rail: For all train information call National Rail Enquiries on: 08457 48 49 50, but be warned Coventry station is a £10+ taxi ride away. Take the 27 bus from the train station get off at Pool Meadow bus station and catch the 4 or 5 service. Or go out of doors and over the road by Sainsburys and get the 20, getting off the by Tescos.
Parking: Car parking is extremely restricted around the ground. Street parking outside the exclusion zone is available if you are prepared to walk.

City supporters can now pay on the day to park at the Ricoh Arena before Coventry City home games. £10 will be charged to park in Car Park A and C with £7 for Car Park B.

Parking places are subject to availability and motorists will not be allowed to leave the car parks A & B for twenty minutes after the final whistle.
Park And Ride
The park and ride site is at The Oak Pub  in Baginton near to Coventry Airport. Parking at the two park and walk sites at Christ the King Football Club in Wheelwright Lane and St Finbarrs and Wayside Business Park in Wilsons Lane.  Vehicles can park there for £5.50 per game.

Parking at the two park and walk sites at Christ the King Football Club in Wheelwright Lane and Wayside Business Park in Wilsons Lane won't be affected. Vehicles can park there for £5.50 per game.
For further information or to buy tickets at any the three sites log on to or telephone 08444 121 747.

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Travel From London for Members of CCLSC

The Sky Blue Express return coach service is back for the new season. Leaving from Christ The King Club in Coundon to the Ricoh Arena for all home games. The coach leaves the club approximately 35mins prior to kick off and returns after the match.

Prices remain the same as last season which are £3.50 for Adults, £2 for under 16's and £5 Family Ticket (one adult//one under 16).  Tickets will be available from behind the bar For Further Info you can contact the Sky Blue Express on // 07974532056 //  //
CTK Parish Centre, 14 Westhill Road, Coundon, Coventry, CV6 2AA

Some car satellite navigation systems have not been updated to show Coventry City FC as playing at the Ricoh Arena. Those visiting the ground for the first time are advised to enter "Phoenix Way" and the post code "CV6 6GE" instead.

The 101 bus service from Pool Meadow should be running for this game.

The 804/805 De Courcey services are.
Tickets prices can be found by clicking on,,10269~2381424,00.html. Wherever possible you should get a ticket in advance to avoid increased matchday charges.

West Ham have sold their allocation of 6,313 tickets.

Corporate Hospitality
This is the 93rd league and cup match between the two sides. City have won  26 of those games and drawn 24. They have scored 100 goals compared to West Ham United's 144.

This will be West Ham's first visit for a league game. They have played a League Cup tie at the Ricoh Arena on October 30th 2007 which the Hammers won 2-1.

The last league game between the two sides was at Highfield Road on Monday August 30th 2004 and saw a 2-1 win for City. Teddy Sheringham put the East Londoners ahead in the 40th minute but Michael Doyle leveled in the 45th minute. In the game which proved to be Calum Davenport's last game before he was sold to satisfy the bank and saw Steve Lomas sent off, Andy Morrell hit the winner in the 76th minute.

The City team that night was:
Shearer, Carey, Staunton, Davenport, Shaw, Hughes, Sherwood, Doyle, Wood (Barrett 65), Morrell (Gudjonsson 83), Johnson (Suffo 65) SNU Marriott,Whing.
The currently appointed referee for Coventry City's Championship game against West Ham United on Saturday is Keith Stroud.

Mr Stroud got into refereeing after running the line for his parks team. The referee on one of these games approached him after the game complimenting him on his performance as an assistant referee and gave him  details of the up and coming referee course to consider which he duly attended.

Mr Stroud, an official who believes that a smile on occasions helps to diffuse situations and helps to encourage positive interaction from referee to player/coaching staff, was appointed to the FIFA International Assistant Referees list in 2004 and joined the Select Group Referees list in 2007.

This will be his third visit to the Ricoh Arena in two seasons. His last visit was the 1-0 defeat to Swansea in January

Previous City game's are the 3-2 home defeat to Leeds in November 2010, the 1-0 win at Plymouth Argyle in December 2009 and previous City matches in which he has refereed are: the 0-0 home draw with West Brom in October 2009, the 1-1 draw at QPR in January 2009, the 2-0 home win against Leicester in February 2008, the 0-2 home defeat to Palace on Boxing Day 2007, the 0-1 defeat at Wolves in October 2007, the 0-0 at Colchester in March 2007 and the 2-0 home win against Sheffield United in March 2006.

His assistants are Andy Hendley from Birmingham and Tim Wood from Gloucestershire. The Fourth Official is Neil Radford from Worcester.
Coventry City Tips
It’s been a difficult time for Coventry City in recent weeks with the 4-2 defeat against Southampton making it five games for the Sky Blues without a win. It doesn’t get much easier for Andy Thorn’s charges either with second placed West Ham the next to visit the Ricoh Arena and Sam Allardyce’s men are 3/4 favourites (William Hill, 12bet) to pick up the three points with the hosts priced at 9/2 with Bet365 to win.

Recommended betting tip: Over 2.5 Goals @ 109/100

The last time we went with this tip we were successful and high scoring matches have become a common occurrence for the Sky Blues in recent weeks with three of the last four matches seeing three or more goals scored. The results of the last three Coventry v West Ham encounters also support this bet with all of them seeing over 2.5 goals scored, including Coventry’s last win over the Hammers back in 2004. A repeat 2-1 scoreline is priced at 17/1 with 188BET for this weekend.

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