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When Pigs Fly in The Valley

Chris McCann has an interesting day on loan

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Here’s a bit of a Chris McCann update...

He picked up a yellow card in his start for Coventry City today as the Sky Blues travelled to Charlton Athletic in a match involving a lot of plastic pigs.

Yeah, it's been one of those stretches for fans of the Charlton Athletic and Coventry City sides in League One. Both fan bases hate their ownership groups and they showed an interesting display of unity.

Both sets of fans joined for a protest march walking to the game at The Valley… which, according to local reports, is unheard of:

Jim White’s piece in the Telegraph lends some explanation:

“We saw this fixture as the opportunity to try something different,” says Jan Mokrzycki, of the Coventry group Fight The Jimmy Hill Way Alliance.

“People shouting they don’t like the owner has been heard a million times. But we felt if we do this together it will be something that will get us a much wider recognition for what we’re trying to do.”

And then, in the second minute, thousands of plastic pigs (insert your own meaning here) were thrown onto the pitch at The Valley as Stage Two:

The Charlton Athletic fans have not been fond of how owner Roland Duchatelet (described as a “Belgian millionaire politician”) and his front office have burned through seven managers since he took over in 2014. Coventry City supporters have felt the same way since something called “The Sisu Group” took over their organization. Sisu is a holding company that has, oddly enough, the Penn State University Pension Fund as part of its portfolio.

Nope… can’t venture a guess as to why…

Charlton were relegated from the Sky Bet Championship last season and were 18th in League One going into the weekend round of fixtures, while Coventry are 24th.

Oh, Charlton picked up a huge (sorry, "HUGE") three points in a 3-0 win.

For Atlanta United fans though, McCann can’t get here soon enough… and the feeling might be mutual at this rate.