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History

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 find a club of their own to run. They eventually agreed a takeover of Coventry Spartan, inheriting Manager Edwin Greaves and Secretary Graham Wood along the way.

Jason Kay, Jason Timms, Marcus Green and Pete Schofield promised Edwin and Graham that they would be promoted three times in the first five years. United achieved this with two years to spare. Since then, the club has consolidated in the Midland Football League Premier Division, have adopted and re-branded Coventry City Ladies team, the current F.A. Women's National League (South) Champions, and have built a player pathway for players from the age of 4 with an Academy to boot.

The mens side now play at ‘Step 5’ in non-league parlance which is the ninth tier of football in England. The Ladies team play at level 3 and, as champions, have applied for a place at level 2, hoping to face off against Aston Villa and Leicester City next season.

Both teams play at Butts Park Arena - the home of Coventry Rugby, our home since the start of the 2017-18 season. The first Coventry United site was nicknamed ‘The Cage’ at the Alan Edward Higgs Centre, followed by a ground share with Coventry Sphinx.

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. 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
  • 2019 - Coventry United Ladies are crowned Champions of the F.A. Women's National League (South)

More on 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.

They 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.