JS is OFF! COVENTRY UNITED | Who are we ?

Who are we ?

They say that all the best ideas are born over a beer, and so it was in 2013 that contemplating what to do with Saturday afternoons now that City had moved to Northampton, four lifelong friends decided to start their own club.

Those four founders, Jason Kay, Jason Timms, Marcus Green and Pete Schofield set about putting the idea in motion. The result was profound with great success on the pitch, many friendships formed and a real community-focused family-feel club. The initial plan to achieve three promotions in the first five years of existence was achieved with two years to spare, and the rest as they say, is history. Our ambition knows no bounds. We want to go as high as possible up the football pyramid and add to the rich sporting heritage that exists in our great City. Are you ready to be a part of it?

Why 'United'?

The guiding principle of our club is ‘football for all’. Setting out in turbulent times for Coventry sport, we chose an identity that drives us towards bringing together the communities of Coventry into a one family that is strong, supportive and together. Hence, UNITED.

It's a big club and growing fast!

The club is made up of Mens, Ladies and Junior teams, with an Under 21 section and Academy. The mens side now play at the top level of the Midland Football League. Taking the Premier League as level one, this is level 9 or ‘Step 5’ in non-league parlance. The Ladies team are front-runners in the F.A. Women's Premier League and pushing hard for a place in the Super League. The ladies side have a long history and transferred to us from Coventry City in 2015. The team is currently managed by Jay Bradford.

The first manager on the men's side was Edwin Greaves who was succeeded in early 2016 by current manager Terry Anderson and have played in three grounds. The first, nicknamed ‘The Cage’ at the Alan Edward Higgs Centre was our first home, followed by a ground share with Coventry Sphinx before moving to Butts Park Arena for the start of season 2017-18.

Red and green?

We decided to adopt Coventry’s official civic colours. You can read more about that on the Coventry Council website HERE

Highlights  

  • 2013 – Coventry United formed. Start playing at The Alan Higgs Centre, colloquially known as ‘The Cage’.
  • 2014 – Record win to date; 28-0 vs. Polesworth.
  • 2014 - Promotion from Midland Football League Division Three, finishing 2nd.
  • 2014 - Challenge Vase Runners Up
  • 2015 - Presidents Cup Winners
  • 2015 – Champions of Midland Football League Division Two with six league games remaining.
  • 2015 - Takeover of Coventry City Ladies Football Club, re-branding the F.A. Ladies' Premier League side as Coventry United.
  • 2015 - Launch of the boys academy.
  • 2016 – Champions of Midland Football League Division One, gaining promotion to the Midland Football League Premier Division.
  • 2016 - Formation of U21’s.
  • 2016 - "Club of the Year" at the Coventry & Warwickshire Sports Awards. Runners up in "Team of the Year" category.
  • 2017 - Under 21's League and Cup double.
  • 2017 – The Club announce they will be playing their home games at Butts Park Arena, the home of Coventry RFC

 

Coventry United Ladies

The Ladies team was originally 'Coventry City' and founded in 1991 although various Coventry Ladies sides were playing as long ago as 1910. The present club started in the West Midlands Regional League and finished champions in 1995-96 and 1996-97, achieving promotion to the FA Northern Premier League. They stayed in the league for five years before being relegated to the newly formed Midland Combination League in 2001-02.

The club returned to the FA Northern Premier, in 2003-04, and reached the final of the Birmingham County Women's Cup. Coventry only stayed in the league for a season before being relegated again. Stuart Wilson was appointed as Manager of the First Team and Director of Coventry City Centre of Excellence at the start of the 2004-05 which enjoyed considerable success with a succession of players invited to join Aged England Training Camps, many of whom went on to provide the back bone of the Senior side that went on to gain FA National Premier status.

We also secured a strong partnership with the local university to provide scholarships for sports related studies and senior players encouraged to support in their efforts to gain FA Coaching Qualifications.

In 2005-06, Stuart was joined by Neil Wilson and they guided the club to two successive runners-up places before being recruited by Birmingham City Ladies in the FA National Premier. Paul Cudby was appointed in 2008-09 as part of the club's 'Think Premiership' campaign, again finishing runners-up, before finally achieving promotion as champions back to the FA Northern Premier in 2009-10.
The club achieved back-to-back promotions at the first attempt to reach the FA National Premier League for the first time in the club's history.
 
On 4th July 2015, the club announced that they'd merged with Coventry United, a local non-league side only two years old. They currently play in the FA Women's Premier League Southern Division following a rationalisation of the FA Premier League.

 

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