FORMER Coventry captain Kelvin Tatum has described the loss of the Bees as "a sporting tragedy."
Tatum spent six seasons at Brandon between 1985 and 1990, being part of British League title-winning teams in 1987-88.
His two British Championship titles were won at Coventry during his time with the Bees, in 1987 and 1990, and he also became World No.3 in 1986.
“The best days of my British career were spent with Coventry,” said Tatum. “And what has happened at the stadium is shocking.
“The loss of such a big club with a magnificent history and massive fan base is a sporting tragedy which shouldn’t be overlooked.
“I’m not totally sure of who is at fault here, I know it’s an extremely complex situation and I understand it’s far from a foregone conclusion the owners will be successful in any planning application.
“I would say to everyone with the club at heart, keep on fighting. When I look back at my time there we had some wonderful times with Charles Ochiltree the legendary promoter, my team mates in particular Tommy Knudsen and Ricky Miller, they were great days at Brandon.
“It saddens me to see what has happened and I hope every effort continues to be made to either restore Brandon Stadium for the Bees to return or a suitable plot of land elsewhere can be found.
“Coventry Bees are one of the iconic club names in the sport and, I would suggest, one of the biggest sporting institutions in the Midlands.
“I will always look back on my time there with great affection.”
Tatum will be back in the Midlands when he appears alongside fellow TV presenter Natalie Quirk, Wolverhampton boss Peter Adams and Birmingham’s Danyon Hume at a Christmas show on stage at the Cleveland Arms Sports Pub in Wolverhampton on Thursday, November 30.
Tickets for the event are available now from 01902 451021, priced £10.