Happy 49th Birthday For Today Sedge!

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CCFPA member and former Sky Blue star of the eighties Steve Sedgley is 49 today! The Association speaks for all Sky Blues fans in sending him our very best wishes for a  ‘Happy Birthday’.

Steve in the Sky Blue

A fairly rare visitor to see us at the Ricoh, he last came as our match day guest back in 2012. We know he will have been particularly disappointed that his other commitments prevented him from joining the Association sponsored 30th Anniversary reunion for his 1986-87 F.A. Cup winning squad colleagues last month at Nailcote Hall. 

Steve will have fond memories as a Sky Blue youngster of that fantastic 1987 F.A.Cup cup run of 1986-87 culminating in the momentous F.A. Cup final 3-2 extra time win over Tottenham Hotspur that May. Though he did not appear in the final (being on the bench), Steve was a young member of that victorious squad and made a couple of substitute appearances in the team’s earlier round wins at Stoke and Sheffield Wednesday.

Born in Enfield on 26th May 1968, in fact, Steve started out as a Spurs schoolboy before signing for the Sky Blues on youth forms in October 1984, turning professional in May 1986 and soon made his mark as a hard-working and tenacious defensive midfielder. Whilst at Highfield Road Steve made a total of 103 first appearances scoring 5 goals and gained 10 out of his 11 Under 23 England caps.

Steve left City for White Hart Lane for £750,000 in July 1989. In a long association with Spurs (226 appearances and 11 goals) one highlight was another F.A.Cup winners medal (this time ‘fully fledged’) when Steve figured in the Spurs team that beat Forest 2-1 in the 1991 Final.  Moving on to Ipswich Town for £1m in June 1994 Steve clocked up 125 appearances and 18 first team goals for the Tractor Boys and then did similar good service for Wolves with 122 appearances (9 goals) from July 1997 up to the end of 2000 when he was forced to retire through injury.

Since hanging up his boots, Steve has managed Kingstonian and, being a qualified EUFA coach, has coached Luton Town’s youth team between 2005-07 as well as subsequently working at Spurs as part of their public relations team. He is currently Managing Director of COYS Construction in Hertfordshire.

Happy Birthday, Steve. It would be great to see you at the  Ricoh again next season!

Sky Blues Legends XI Play At Leamington FC In July

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There is advance news that the Sky Blue Legends XI featuring CCFC stars of the past will be in action again in July.

The team, co-managed by former Sky Blues Dave Busst and CCFPA committee member Dave Bennett, will be taking on Dean Ashby’s team of Legends as part of a community fund-raiser for SSAFA at Leamington FC on Sunday July 9th. Our Legends team has frequently included both Daves and the likes of CCFPA members and former Sky Blues Dele Adebola, Paul Williams, Barry Quinn and Lee Carsley.

A SSAFA team will also be playing a football game agains a team of ex forces personnel at 3pm at the Phillips 66 Community Stadium (Harbury Lane CV33 9QB).

The Community Fun Day will run from 11a.m until 4 p.m. Look out for further details of the Legends XI team and the kick-off time for their game nearer the date. More information about the whole event can be got by contacting Paul O’Rafferty (Community Director) on 07917445594.

Member News: Big Sam Leaves The Palace And The Game (For Good?)

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Sam in the Sky Blue

Yesterday’s papers were reporting that uncompromising former Sky Blue central defender (and CCFPA member) ‘Big’ Sam Allardyce has shocked his current employers Crystal Palace having ensured their survival in the Premiership in 201-17.  Sam cut his playing teeth at Bolton Wanderers, Sunderland and Millwall.

However, fellow CCFPA member Bobby Gould brought ‘Big Sam’ to Highfield Road from a spell turning out for US team Tampa Bay Rowdies and he skippered the Sky Blues in 1983-84 making 32 first team appearances for CCFC (scoring 1 goal) before leaving for Huddersfield Town. Sam moved around quite a bit after that in both playing, coaching and management (including a time managing Newcastle United).

Frank Pritchard Presents Sam With His CCFPA Tie

Always in demand since Sam has built a reputation for rescuing football teams in difficulty he may find it difficult to walk away from the game completely and for good. Before Palace he gaffered the team which ‘saved’ Sunderland’s top flight status in 2015-16. Sam joined the Association just a year ago when CCFPA’s Frank Pritchard signed him up at Sunderland.

Allardyce had signed a contract to 2019 at Selhurst Park and left having guided the Eagles, who were struggling under Alan Pardew when Sam took over just before Xmas, to a 14th place safe spot. ‘Big Sam’ cited personal reasons for his resignation after five months apparently not wanting to face another stressful season managing a Premiership outfit.

The Guardian quotes him ” I want to able to savour life whilst still relatively young … and healthy enough to do all the things I want …. like travel and spend more time with my family and grandchildren”.

In between Sunderland and Palace, of course, Sam had to face the embarassment of resigning post Euro 2016 as England’s gaffer after only 67 days in office after a newspaper sting. CCFPA wishes Sam all the best in his retirement (however temporary) and hopes he will now be able to find the time to visit us as our ‘special guest’ at a Sky Blues game next season!

Thursday Walking Football For Over 50s On Again in Cov Tomorrow

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SBiTC Walking Football A5 1pp (print)SBiTC’s Cov based Thursday Walking Football continues tomorrow morning in its normal Thursday slot. If you are over 50, why not overcome the May close season blues and keep fit for the summer by joining the happy band of senior footballers at St Finbarr’s tomorrow (Thursday 25th May 2017)?

St.Finbarr’s Sport & Social Club is based at 303 Holbrooks Lane, Coventry CV6 4DG where the sessions are run this and every Thursday. The sessions are designed to offer gentle but competitive exercise for the over 50s and start before 10.30am running through to around noon. All it costs is £3 (including hot and cold refreshments). So, if you want to come, look sharpish, dust off  your old football boots/trainers and get along to St Finbarrs!

Assorted CCFPA Members & Sky Blue Shirts!

Assorted CCFPA Members & Sky Blue Shirts!

Brucky still dazzles

Brucky still dazzles

CCFPA full members including the likes of Dietmar Bruck, Ron Farmer, Ken Brown, Bill Tedds, Ian Goodwin, Dave Bennett, committee members Dean Nelson, Billy Bell and Frank Pritchard and a number of Associate Members can often be found amongst the participants and supporters at the sessions (at least 30 regularly turn up usually including a few newbies!), so why not join the regulars?

Walking 21-1-16e

Defenders await a Walking Football Tackle

The Walking Football scheme has proved so popular that if you can’t make Thursday sessions there is a another opportunity at St Finbarrs every Monday or another regular event locally too in Bedworth every Tuesday held at Bedworth Town FC’s Oval ground (both same time and cost).  These friendly events are run by CCFC’s Sky Blues In The Community run by former Sky Blue defender (and CCFPA member) Dave Busst and have always been supported by the Coventry City Diamond Club, Coventry City Former Players Association  and Covsupport News Service and their members.

Ken & Frank: Walking Football Stalwarts

For more information about the sessions at both sites you can contact Sky Blues in the Community’s Health Manager, Hiedi Sloan (telephone: 02476 786 314 Text: 07813 455 531 or by email: hiedi.sloan@ccfc.co.uk). SBiTC can also be contacted at sbitc@ccfc.co.uk