Mark Robins Britain Australia city Luton city Coventry county Oxford Football shooting Rugby Mark Robins Britain Australia city Luton city Coventry county Oxford

Being a Coventry fan used to mean chaos and pain – now it’s time to celebrate

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Q ueueing at the luggage drop at Sydney airport in Australia in 2017, I glanced around and wondered whether any other expats were as desperate as I was.

To watch a game of football I was embarking on a 21,000-mile round trip to the UK and sacrificing a few thousand pounds – not to mention my environmental conscience.

This wasn’t just any game, of course. This was the Checkatrade Trophy final between Coventry City and Oxford United. The journey made sense, I reassured myself: Coventry’s last appearances at Wembley came in 1987 when I was four years old and not yet a supporter, and the club had spent recent seasons flirting with extinction.

If I wanted to see the Sky Blues at Wembley, alongside my dad, this would be my only chance. How wrong I was. We are heading back to Wembley together on Saturday for the third time in six years, with Coventry seeking promotion to the Premier League via the Championship playoff final against Luton Town.

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