Lord Mayor Cllr Tony Skipper hosted the stars and backroom staff of Coventry Rugby Football Club to congratulate them on their title winning season.
The team has had a fantastic year, taking the National League One title and securing promotion back to the Championship, with several records broken along the way.
At a civic reception, the Lord Mayor said: “It is a fantastic achievement by the squad, staff and every single person connected with the team – you should all be very proud.
“It was a wonderful moment at The Butts on Saturday seeing you lift the trophy – and true to Coventry RFC it was a great community day, with activities for schoolchildren and a real party atmosphere.
“From winning trophies and accolades to the leaner years, the team has always been at the heart of Coventry and has been loved by generations, with its roots going all the way back to 1874 and the first organised game of rugby football in the city.
“Players have gone on to star for the Barbarians, win international, honours – and some have worn the famous red jersey of the British Lions.
“Now, you have added to that rich history and I’m sure the great names of the past – stars such as Duckham, Rossborough and Cotton – are proud of you and looking forward to seeing you rise to fresh heights in the Championship next season.”
The Lord Mayor also praised the club for its work in the community and its involvement in the UK City of Culture title-winning bid.
Director of Rugby Rowland Winter was full of praise for the Lord Mayor.
He said: “It was a fantastic honour to be invited to meet the Lord Mayor at St Mary’s Guildhall and it was a nice way to bring a momentous season to a close.
“We really appreciate all the support we have had this season from all of our fans, the Lord Mayor and the City Council.”
There was even a celebratory ale made by Coventry brewery Dhillons to mark the club’s success, with a bottle given to everyone involved.