CCFPA ensured that five Sky Blue F.A.Cup Heroes were lined up to take part in a book signing remembering their wonderful cup run of 1986-87 (capped off by that magical final win in May 1987 at Wembley over Spurs). By all accounts it was a great success! CCFPA members Micky Gynn, Cyrille Regis, scorer Dave Bennett, Trevor Peake and Steve Ogrizovic (still assisting CCFC over a quarter of a century later) were at Waterstones Book Store last Friday along with author Steve Phelps.
Sky Blue Heroes: The Inside Story of Coventry City’s 1987 FA Cup Win features exclusive interviews with players, management, media, mascots, songwriters, club staff and supporters, documenting a magical time in Coventry City’s history. Contemporary media reports appear alongside memories and retrospectives – and the first interview for 28 years with the ‘mystery man’ (now revealed) who appeared on the Wembley pitch photograph with the jubilant players. Steve also did extensive interviews with many CCFPA members not just the members of the victorious 1987 squad, but also some of our committee members and some of our Association’s Associate members too.
Steve told us that, ‘we sold 100 copies in an hour – then, unfortunately the rains came down outside! The players were great. I would like to place on record my thanks for the help given by Dave Bennett, Dean Nelson, Mike Young and Jim Brown of CCFPA over the last 18 months – without Dave I wouldn’t have been able to speak to the playing squad. Nothing was too much trouble and it was a pleasure to work with him on this book. I went for a couple of pints with ‘Benno’ and ‘Peakey’ after and waxed lyrical about the 80’s – some great stories were told’.
Steve reminds us too that the Coventry shop now have signed copies in stock from all five players at the signing so pop along to Waterstones to get your copy! Its a really good read, just right for a special Xmas present for yourself or any other Sky Blues fan! If you can’t get there, copies of the fully illustrated hard back book (printed by Pitch Publishing) and priced at £18.99 full price can be bought from all good booksellers or at a discount online by clicking on the image below: