Cully here for the Rochdale game

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CCFPA is delighted to announce that our ‘special guest’ for the next Sky Blues’ home match against Rochdale is former Sky Blue striker Paul Culpin.  The League One game at the Ricoh is on Saturday 31st January 2015 kick off 3pm.

Initially an apprentice with Leicester City and also an England semi-professional international, ‘Cully’ signed for CCFC from local non-league side Nuneaton Borough (where he had been a prolific scorer) in summer 1985. Paul netted twice in twelve first team appearances for the Sky Blues. Though he didn’t play at Wembley (being cover for Keith Houchen and Cyrille Regis) one of the highlights of his career was being part of that squad and walking on to the hallowed turf with the Cup Final team to the acclaim of the Sky Blue hordes.  Paul moved on to Northampton Town in 1987 where he was a regular scorer over two seasons. After spells with Peterborough United, Barnet, Hereford United and Christchurch United (New Zealand), Paul returned to his non league roots with Nuneaton and still lives locally.

Paul is a long standing Association member and supports our Legends Day and Golf Day functions. He is a fairly regular visitor to see us at the Ricoh and often watches the Sky Blues so his views during BBC CWR’s match-day analysis and comments on the tour of the supporter’s lounges before the game should be particularly interesting. No doubt he will also join CCFPA’s Billy Bell on the stage of Lady Gs in the G-Casino after the game for some friendly banter!

Welcome Paul and lets hope he sees the Sky Blues gain a valuable three points from the men from the Dale!

Focus on our Associate Membership

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CCFPA Darker Logo 2012Whatever the Sky Blues fortunes on the field of play, the Association continues to be active in seeking new members of all types, Former Players, Corporate members and especially our Associate members. As an entirely independent organisation run entirely by volunteers we are dependent on subscriptions from our Associate membership along with help from our corporate members, advertisers and sponsors.

We regularly report on the growing number of signings of our Full Members, all former Bantams/Sky Blues players or management staff and also our Corporate Membership. Here we would like to focus on our Associate Membership of well over 60 supporters. This season we have so far recruited eight new Associate members:- Karl Bruck, Daryl Cashmore, David Kite, Stephen Menary, Amy Louise Swatman, Steve Bell, David Birch and Clive Broadhurst. Incidentally, Karl is the son of our committee man and Sky Blue hero of the Jimmy Hill years, Dietmar Bruck. The last three mentioned have all joined us in the last week or so and we thank them for wanting to help support our work (as well as, of course, all those Associate members who renewed their membership at the start of the season).

The port of call for all membership matters is, of course, our new Membership Secretary, Sarah-Jane Morris,  Mob. 07725205799 E: We rely very much on continued support from all and Sarah would be very pleased to hear from anyone who wants to sign up as a new AM for the remainder of this season for a reduced fee of only £10 (cheque made out to CCFPA) or you can pay electronically to CCFPA (sort code 30-96-20) Account 00742803. Please email Chairman Jim Brown first ( to confirm that this is your intention. On receipt of your subscription you will receive our membership badge, a copy of the just published ‘Legend’ magazine (and future ones too) together with news of our plans and discounts on some of our products and events.

Please note that in July 2015 we will be contacting all our Associate Members asking them to renew for next season and we anticipate the subscription will remain, as this year £15.

Our full membership roll of honour can be seen under the ‘About Us’ tab on this website. Membership application forms can also be printed off – just press ‘Join us’ (top right).

‘Benno’ Slows Down to Enjoy Walking Football

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Another of the regular sessions of ‘Walking Football‘, designed for over 50s who wish to exercise gently and enjoyably through football in the company of some of their CCFC heroes took place yesterday (Thursday) lunchtime. CCFPA Committee Member Frank Pritchard sent in this report and photos (though we suspect the one with the exercise bike from 1987 is effectively an heirloom!:-

A Happy Team Photo of the 'Walking Football' Participants Yesterday

A Happy Team Photo of the ‘Walking Football’ Participants Yesterday

“On a bitterly cold, crisp morning where the temperature was only just above freezing) 23 hardy individuals invluding a number of CCFP Former Players (FPs) warmed-up for another intense session of ‘Walking Football’.

As well as most of the regulars I’m pleased to say we were joined by several newcomers, including a big supporter of CCFPA Ken Sharples (Holbrook Motors) who turned out to be one of the stars of the session. He also confirmed he’d be entering at least one team for the Association’s Golf Day (Thurs.4th June Stoneleigh Deer Park GC) but possibly two! Thanks for your continued support Ken*.

We were well supported from the sidelines by  Bill Tedds (still recovering from a minor operation) and ‘Penalty King’ Ronnie Farmer (both CCFPA members). Ron says he’s still waiting for ‘Brucky’ (fellow Association colleague Dietmar Bruck) to supply him with some new boots!

Veteran FP Ken Brown not only declared himself fit but also scored a couple of goals and also in the thick of the action was John Corden (who didn’t take any prisoners). With fitness levels improving week on week and more movement off-the-ball there were a couple of high scoring games.

Benno Cycling

Benno on his Bike

Also we were most encouraged to be joined and supported by 1987 FA Cup Winner and  goal scoring ‘Hero’ Dave Bennett (who will not like reminding actually qualifies to play but has promised to join us more regularly in the near future). He brought along the photo from his footballing past in 1987 -we presume- to show the fitness levels he hopes to regain through ‘Walking Football! Fellow CCFPA committee member Bob Eales also came along to give us his support to Sky Blues in the Community  (SBiTC)  and their ‘Walking Football’ initiative.

SBiTC Walking Football A5 1pp (print) Association Vice Chairman Billy Bell once again put in a good shift, even though he does have a habit of ‘breaking into a run’!  CCFPA Associate member, Coventry Telegraph’s Mike Malyon returned following a heavy cold but unfortunately Steve Tweed from Birmingham fell awkwardly injuring his wrist, which unfortunately required a visit to A & E. We all wish him a speedy recovery”.

Former Sky Blue defender and CCFPA member SBiTC’s David Busst along with Hiedi Sloan organises ‘Walking Football’ at St Finbarr’s every Thursday from 10:30am until noon at a cost of £3 which includes refreshments. Dave comes to most sessions but wasn’t able to be there due to a commitment clash yesterday. If you’re over 50 years old and would like to get involved why not join the CCFPA crowd next and every Thursday!?

Just turn up at St. Finbarr’s Sports & Social Club (303 Holbrooks Lane CV6 4DG) any Thursday at 10:30 am. You can also find out more by contacting the Sky Blues in the Community Team by Email: , or Telephone: 02476 786 314, or Text: 07813 455 531.

*If you would like to get fit by entering a team to play golf with some of our Sky Blue Legends at Stoneleigh Deer Park GC on Thursday June 4th 2015 for more information please contact Frank Pritchard  on 07815 899224 or

CCFPA Legend Magazine On its Way to Members

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CovCityNewsletterJan_2015Proof2 front pageWe are pleased to report that Legend, CCFPA’s latest January Newsletter (No.17) printed by Spectrum Print of Solihull, has now been posted out to all our Full, Honorary, Associate and Corporate members. They should be dropping onto your mat from today onwards (though overseas based members may have to wait a little longer).

Those posted out to our 230 Former Player Full Members should also find a ‘Legends Day’ booking form inserted into their copy of the newsletter. Legends Day, where we want as many CCFC stars of the past to join us and each other, will take place at the Sky Blues home game against Doncaster Rovers on Saturday 21st March 2015.  The Club will announce details of how CCFPA Associate and other members (and all Sky Blues fans) can share the day with our Sky Blues Legends in the near future.

The newsletter reflects on the Association’s response to the challenges of the ‘Ricoh Return’ and our plans for 2015. As usual, it is packed full of news, views and reports of what we have been up to since the last issue in August 2014. The centre pages focus on all ten of the former Sky Blues that have become our ‘special guests’ in the first half of the current League One season.    We also, as usual, report on the CCFC stars of the past who have been recruited to the Association in the last few months and news about Sky Blues Former Players (FPs) around the world. We cover some of the charitable events CCFPA’s FPs have supported, try to stimulate memories of better Sky Blues days in our ‘Blast from the Past’, highlight our new corporate membership, and mention some changes in the CCFPA committee.

CCFPA Darker Logo 2012If you would like to join (or rejoin) our Sky Blue Former Player family for the remaining half of the season, to guarantee receipt of this and the next copy of this popular publication, please send your subscription with renewal form a.s.a.p. We can now offer a reduced subscription of £10 (just tap on the ‘Join us’ button on the top right for a guide on how to (re)join).

We hope that there will be something for everyone and that all will find it a good read!