Coventry rugby club have been saved and will play in National One next year thanks to a newspaper-led campaign that raised more than £50,000 in only two weeks.
The beleaguered Butts Park outfit had faced expulsion from the First Division had they not been given a lifeline by an initiative run by The Post’s sister paper, The Coventry Telegraph who galvanised its readers and the city’s rugby-mad public to raise the money for a bond that will be held as surety for the next two years.
Coincidentally, First Division Rugby Ltd held a scheduled meeting at Butts Park on Wednesday when they were told that the competition will run with the full 16 teams next term after the governing body accepted efforts made by the club - but mostly by the local paper - proved one of the most famous names in the sport has a medium-term future.
The decision, which is due to be confirmed by the Rugby Football Union on Thursday, brings to an end months of uncertainty that began when chairman Andrew Green placed the club in administration in February, unable to meet debts of more than £700,000.
Green will hope that the latest development ends the controversy surrounding that move and with the players back in pre-season training under their new director of rugby Phil Maynard, Coventry can now travel to Plymouth Albion for the first game of the season full of hope.