We live on the site of an iconic old Premier League ground – it's full of history but we hate it… here’s why | The Sun
22nd June 2023

RESIDENTS living on the site of an iconic former football stadium have revealed why they hate it despite its history.

Locals claim their lives have been made hell by rampant drug use and anti-social behaviour in their neighbourhood.


People living in Highfield Road, where Coventry City's beloved former ground once stood, complain that drugged-up yobs gather around the green space and children's playground opposite their homes.

They are now demanding that the council build more properties on the space to prevent this.

Dad-of-four Sibghat Ullah, whose three-storey home is located where the East Stand once was, told The Sun Online: "There are groups of druggies making the square hell and they don’t even live here.

"But they come here in the evening and sometimes hang out until 2am because it is a nice place – shouting, swearing and peeing in our front gardens.

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"They’re as bad as football hooligans."

Sibghat, 38, added that the thugs have defaced a memorial for the old ground.

The stadium was demolished in 2005, when the Sky Blues relocated to the CBS Arena further out of the city.

A plaque in the middle of the green area remained the only hint of the 23,500-seater venue, that hosted Coventry from their rise up the ranks to the Premier League and back down again over 106 years.

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But not even that was safe, according to Sibghat.

He fumed: "There was a plaque and it’s been ripped off the plinth, which now remains empty, and has not been replaced."

It comes after a group of residents by another major stadium claimed that their local council was "declaring war" on fans with new parking restrictions.

Meanwhile, one lucky woman doesn't have to buy a ticket to watch her team play as her flat overlooks the former Prem ground, but she did reveal the big issue she has to put up with.


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