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Ex-player donates pounds 50,000 to Cov.

Byline: John Lamb

A FORMER Coventry rugby player has made a large donation towards the club's battle for survival in The Championship.

Chris Millerchip, now chief executive of the Practical Law Company, has given the Butts Park Arena club pounds 50,000.

Chairman Peter Rossborough said: "This underlines the sort of trust that is returning in the running of the club. We are working hard to attract investors as shareholders and that programme is going well.

"Chris's donation is extremely generous and we will ensure that his money is put to good use.

"Confidence is returning among shareholders and potential investors that their money is in good hands and will go entirely to returning Coventry RFC to greatness."

Millerchip played in the centre for Cov in the 80s and is a product of King Henry VIII School and Oxford University. He represented English Schools and gained three Blues before joining Coventry in 1981.

He played eight games in three seasons before going to France and then rejoining the club in the 85-86 season - playing 43 times over next three seasons. His last game was Boxing Day 1987 at home to Moseley.

He is remembered as an elusive runner with strong tackling skills. His father, Tony, a well-know solicitor in Coventry and an avid Cov fan, was the club's legal adviser in the 70s and 80s. Millerchip now lives in New York and heads an international law business and responded with his donation when he heard of the club's plight. Rossborough and a new board are now running the club after the previous company under the chairmanship of Andrew Green became insolvent.

They have pledged that the club will never again be in the hands of a single owner and are attracting investors to secure the club's future.

The club now faces a demanding spring programme of play-offs for survival in the Championship and, supported by the Coventry Telegraph, are hoping to attract large crowds of supporters for the matches.

The first game is away to Rotherham on Saturday followed by the opening home match against Birmingham and Solihull on Saturday, March 27 (3pm).

On April 3, Cov entertain Moseley with the return fixture the following weekend. The away match with Bees is on April 17 and the final play-off fixture is at home to Rotherham on May 1. A special offer of a pounds 30 bundle of tickets for all three home play-offs is being widely taken up and fans have until 5pm on Wednesday, March 24, to them. Supporters entitled concessions can save another pounds 5 and children under the age of 16 get in free when accompanied by an adult.

For more details, call Coventry Rugby on 02476 231 001.

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Date:Mar 19, 2010
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