Coventry Sphinx Announce Pre-Season Fixtures


Winter Extends Cov Rugby Contract

Coventry Rugby Club Director Of Rugby Rowland Winter has extended his contract with the club.

Winter has taken Cov back in to the Championship and told the club website: “I am really pleased with how far we have come and what we have achieved so far, but I am more excited about beginning the next challenge.

“This is a really exciting time for Coventry Rugby and for the whole City, and we are making great progress in every area on and off the pitch that is fuelled by our ambition.”

Winter has extended his contract until 2022.


Damned Playing The Coventry Empire

Fri 30th Nov 2018
16+ show (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult)
Tickets £26adv
Doors 7pm – 10.30pm


The Damned are:
David Vanian – Vocals
Captain Sensible – Guitar
Monty Oxy Moron – Keyboard
Pinch – Drums
Paul Gray – Bass




“Dave Vanian sounds as though he relishes every word he sings and Captain Sensible plays out of his skin.” 5/5 The Express

“The Damned have become, if possible, more eccentric and outrageous as they grow older.” The Independent
“The results are terrific.” 4/5 Mojo

“Stands up with the very best of the band’s back catalogue.” Classic Rock

This week The Damned are currently occupying the number seven position in the Official UK Album Charts with their new album ‘Evil Spirits’, released Friday 13th April via Search and Destroy/Spinefarm Records. It’s a big achievement for the punk rock born British legends, who, despite huge success in the seventies and eighties, never quite made the top ten, narrowly missing the chance in 1985 when ‘Phantasmagoria’ peaked at number 11.

The huge swell of support from their fans, critics and aficionados however, has propelled the Tony Visconti produced ‘Evil Spirits’ to the top and has shown the world just how relevant, forty-one years after their inception, The Damned still are. Never ones to play safe, the band always retained the energy of punk but were never content to stay within those narrow confines and ‘Evil Spirits’ continues in that progressive journey.

The Damned started 2018 with a sprawling UK tour in January and February with former member Paul Gray back on bass, and they will end the year with another run of UK shows in November where the band will get the chance to set free their Evil Spirits at the following dates, including a performance at the prestigious London 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on November 23rd.

‘Evil Spirits’ is available on digital download via Spotify and i-Tunes, on CD and 180g vinyl available to order now from
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Pre-Order Alternative Sounds 2

Having launched this series in September 2017 with the limited edition 7” vinyl “Alternative Sounds EP” followed by the 21 track album “Alternative Sounds, Volume One” in December 2017, the team are proud to announce the 25th May 2018 release of the second full album, “Alternative Sounds: Volume Two”

A 21 track album (full tracklisting below) named for the “Alternative Sounds” fanzine which ran for 18 editions 1979-81 (edited by the producer of this compilation, Martin Bowes), the record will raise funds for a variety of local Coventry & Warwickshire organisations promoting local music and helping local musicians.

The 21 tracks, all donated for use on the album by generous Coventry & Warwickshire musicians, will be followed by more in an ongoing series on further volumes, so many great pieces have already been given and continue to arrive.

No other compilation series of this nature, covering such a span of time and artists from a local area has ever been released before.

Each album contains gems which few listeners will have previously heard. Some are rare or lesser known tracks by established artists from Coventry & Warwickshire. Others are by talented local emerging artists. Yet others tell important parts of the local music story, being by artists who were expected to make it big but didn’t quite & by cult & influential bands.

An important aspect of “Volume Two” is its dedication to the late Rod Felton & Johnny “Wild Boy” Thomson who appear on three of the tracks between them.

Pre-orders of the album are now being taken at

with a free download of the Wild Boys track available from 7th April at:

and after 25th May hard copies will be available also from a range of outlets including Coventry Music Museum, “Leamington Record Store” in Leamington, & “Seismic Sounds” in Leamington.

Many thanks to Phil Rooney of the Empire for sponsoring “Volume Two”, Johnny Satsangi who has again designed a marvellous cover which features the Empire and to Dean Eastment for the booklet design & all other design work.


The album contains a 16 page booklet detailing & describing each artist & their track

  1. Wild Boys; “We’re Only Monsters” (written by Roddy Byers of the Specials)
  2. We Are A Communist “The Silent Bugler”
  3. The Flys “Program” (written by Hazel O’Connor’s brother Neil)
  4. Mysterious Monks “First Call At Dawn”
  5. I “I Am I”
  6. Digital Dinosaurs “The Sideways Man”
  7. ENGRAM “Karl Marx”
  8. Resurrection Men “Regular Parrot”
  9. Tracey Skarzynska “She-Devil-She-Machine”
  10. Johnny Wild and the City Centre Shakers “What Could I Do Now?”
  11. Octogoth “Mundania”
  12. Warriors of the Dystotheque “We’re Taking Control” (featuring Pop Will Eat Itself)
  13. Blush “Seven Years”
  14. Stress “Elizabeth Selwyn”
  15. Stavely Makepeace “I Want You Want Love”
  16. Polly Bolton “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”
  17. Rod Felton “Take Me Away”
  18. King of the Alps “You Smile”
  19. Keith Fabrique & the Missing Links “Inside Looking Out”
  20. Courtiers of Fashion “Courtiers of Fashion”
  21. Morocco Dave “You May Not Be the Coolest Person Here”