Coventry to share gate receipts with landlords Birmingham from ‘home’ FA Cup tie at St Andrew’s
- Coventry’s win over Bristol Rovers set up a ‘home’ tie with Birmingham
- The Sky Blues are playing home fixtures at Birmingham’s ground this season
- Birmingham will use the away dressing room for the FA Cup tie on January 25
Birmingham and Coventry plan to split the gate receipts down the middle for their FA Cup tie at St Andrew’s – when Blues will be the away team at their own ground.
The Sky Blues are playing home fixtures at Birmingham’s ground this season because they cannot play at the Ricoh Arena, in Coventry, as they could not agree a deal with Wasps rugby union club to continue staging home matches there.
Coventry’s win over Bristol Rovers in Tuesday’s third-round replay set up a ‘home’ tie with Birmingham, forcing the Championship club to use the away dressing room, while their fans will be housed in the away section of the ground.
Birmingham will be the away side for FA Cup tie at their own stadium on January 25
Despite their difficult circumstances, Coventry – the 1987 winners – are having a strong season. Under Mark Robins, a key player for Manchester United when they won the FA Cup in 1990, they are fourth in League One, three points behind leaders Rotherham with a game in hand.
Robins said: ‘We just get on with it. It’s our only option at the minute. We have to get back to Coventry as quickly as we can. If it isn’t feasible now then it has to be feasible in the future, whenever that may be.
‘Whilst we have the set of circumstances we’ve got, we just have to get on with it and enjoy it. It’s an impossibility to stay exiled from Coventry forever. We know we have to get back.
‘Everyone knows that and people are working to try to make that happen.’
Coventry’s win over Bristol Rovers in Tuesday’s replay set up a ‘home’ tie with Birmingham