The cry of "who ate all the pies?" won't be echoing round Highfield Road much longer - there won't be any food at all soon.

Coventry City FC have put all their catering equipment, along with most of the rest of the ground's contents, up for sale ahead of their move from their 106-year-old home.

Hobs, ovens, fridges, griddles, bar dispensers, bottle coolers and a Lincat pie oven are all up for grabs for anyone interested, although not many fans are expected to be buying.

" This sale is mainly intended for commercial buyers, and other clubs," said Ian Maycock, director of auction firm SHM Smith Hodgkinson, which is handling the sale.

But it's not unknown for very keen fans to snap up a larger-than-usual piece of club memorabilia.

"One fan in Southampton bought up seating and a turnstile, along with several other items, and made his garden into a little bit of the ground, sort of a shrine," said Mark Perry of SHM's marketing agency Baxter Hulme.

Pat Raybold, of supporter's club the Sky Blue Trust, said she did not think any of the Coventry fans would be buying the bigger lots, but said there would be a lot of interest in the memorabilia auction.

She said: "I'm very sad about the move, but I think the idea of an auction is lovely. At the Derby match on Saturday - the last match in Highfield Road - there'll be a lot of tears."

The fan's auction is due to be held in July, when Coventry City memorabilia will be up for grabs, while next month's sale is aimed at other football clubs and companies.

Mr Maycock said: "Highfield Road has six commercial kitchens fitted, and this is one of the rare occasions that a whole range of equipment becomes available on this scale. Most of the lots are in very good condition, as they've only been used once or twice a week."

He also said SHM expected a lot of lower- league or recently promoted football teams looking to upgrade their grounds would put in bids for many of the lots, including stadium seating sold in blocks of 100.

SHM couldn't give details of the amount the club hoped to raise, but said similar sales had netted "hundreds of thousands of pounds".