A New Decade
January 5 2020
SOMETIMES you just want to forget.
Ten years ago (or thereabouts - accuracy is just a state of mind) Cov went through one of the most traumatic periods in the club's history.
The leagues had just been 'reorganised' (the base, organise, of that word not being uppermost in the armoury or culture of the RFU of course; hence the apostrophes), and renamed to The Championship.
All very grand and becoming of course, and in line with the FA and EFL's thinking on Association Football. But there the comparison stops. The RFU, as usual, set a train in motion that was to cause untold damage to the structure of rugby union that continues to this day, and doesn't look likely to be resolved any day soon, if ever.
But that's a story that, thanks to certain shenanigans in the transfer market just up the A45 in Solihull, is indelibly printed on the memories of Cov fans of the day, and therefore is perhaps left alone here.
Moving on a step or two from that unsavoury episode, Cov had commenced life in what was now known as National League One, with a very young squad gleaned mainly from the local area. Many foresaw a downward spiral as a result, but, as a result of that old 'dog', that Cov obstinacy that people speak of, somehow the side survived their baptism at what was and still is a very, very competitive level.
At the end of that 2010/2011 season Cov had secured survival and finished in a creditable eighth place in the table, with players such as Tom Harris scoring 19 tries in the process.
Other names that resonate down the years include that of Alex Nash, fondly remembered as one of the most combative opensides to have graced the shirt since the days of Derek Eves, and Brett Daynes and Matt Tibbatts, his partners in a back row that was possibly the difference between relegation and survival.
In the front row, nobody will forget a certain Matt Price in a hurry, and Adam Parkins made his mark too.
Just these half dozen men put in a total of 124 appearances, a theme which ran through the squad, possibly due as much as its bare-bones nature as a desire by DoR Phil Maynard to maintain continuity.
Many others accrued well over twenty caps that term too, including Sam Herrington (29), Lee Audis (26), Jeff Gregson (25), and a certain Heath Stevens who weighed in with 29. Indeed, only three of the core squad of 26 made fewer than ten appearances.
Phil Maynard - still coming to terms with relegation and the lack of major investment, no doubt - stated in 2011 "Unlke most of the Premiership and Championship clubs we don't have an owner who will put their hands in their pockets. We are where we are and have to work within our structure. If we can get 3000 people regularly turning up for our matches that would give us the basis to hopefully build the business and improve our league position".
While that was certainly the case back then, the club has taken huge strides during the intervening near-decade.
We are where we are now due to the fantastic support of several individuals in and around the club, and the equally incredible support of those on the terraces and in the stand and suites.
The regular 3000 crowds may still be a way off, but they are getting there, and, some might say, are within touching distance.
Sometimes it's good to remember.
Happy New Year.pqs: qs:
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2020:01:16:18:00:57 by AdminBTCov.
Remember the Holocaust so well and also a young lad joining the club playing for a season and being too embarrassed to say he has received no recompense. He eventually left the club to ply his trade at a fellow midlands club, Nottingham, to return later and blossoming into a prolific points scorer for the club. Will you did us proud.
Some people never got paid for 6 months with a family to bring up and are still there.