Join ‘Boys of 87’ At ‘The Empire’ To Relive Cup Final ‘Joy of 87’ On Film

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As part of the Sky Blues 30th Anniversary celebrations of (we can now be proud to boast) our FIRST Wembley win some of CCFPA’s former player CCFPA members who were key to that victory will be helping fans relive that wonderful May in 1987 by joining them for a wallow in the positive memories of ‘One Day in May’ where Coventry’s football club and its city were united in the Sky Blue!

Steve ‘Oggy’ Ogrizovic, Dave Bennett, Micky Gynn and Trevor Peake, Sky Blue Cup winning heroes all*, will be at the Empire (Far Gosford Street, Coventry CV15DU) in person to take part in a Q&A emceed by CCFPA’s Billy Bell. We hope other CCFC former players will be present too!  The event is being held on Saturday 20th May 2017 starting a 6pm and going on until 10.30 pm.

‘Benno’ in 1987

Steve in 1987

The audience and former players will be able to wallow in watching again on film highlights of that fabulous F.A.Cup run focusing particularly on the 3-1 Quarter Final victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough and the teams’s return there the following month to defeat Leeds 3-2 in the Semi-final. The highlight, of course, following a musical interlude, will be the video re-run of the Wembley Final, if anyone needs reminding, a 3-2 extra time victory over Gary Mabbut’s ‘Spurs which will be shown in full (all courtesy of CCFPA’s Dean Nelson).

Peakey in the Sky Blue (with Cyrille in the background)

Micky in 1986-87

There is also additional live musical entertainment provided by ‘The Lloyd McGrath Collective’, Lloyd being son and namesake of another cup winning hero (and CCFPA member).

The event will be raising money for the Urology Ward (33) at Walsgrave Hospital.  Adult Tickets are £6; Juniors* (aged 10 and over) & Pensioners £3: Under 10s* are admitted free (but all under 18s must be accompanied by an adult).  Tickets can be bought from seetickets by clicking here.

For more can contact  T:   024 7627 4564

As The Coventry Empire’ site ( says, ‘We will be showing the highlights of both the quarter final Vs Sheffield Wednesday and the semi final Vs Leeds United, and then the final in full – the event is open to all ages – so bring the kids and grandkids – us older ones never shut up about this day this event might give the kids that have had NO success since, a small feeling of what it was like on that glorious day in May 1987. Bring your hats,scarfs and flags – lets have some fun supporting City again!!’

*We expect all these and many more members of the “Boys of ’87” will already have enjoyed more quality 30th Anniversary reunion time at Nailcote Hall on the previous Saturday (13th May 2017). Tickets for this dinner date are also available to the public (see separate news items on this site).

No May Day Walking Football At St Finbarrs

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CCFPA’s Ken Brown & Frank Pritchard: Walking Football Stalwarts

Just a reminder to all you SBiTC Walking Football aficionados in Bedworth and Coventry that you will still have to patient if your preference is to kick the leather around with your veteran colleagues on Mondays at St Finbarrs, Coventry!  After the Easter break and last Monday’s postponement this coming Monday is unfortunately the May Day Bank Holiday so sadly the meeting is off again!!

The popular Sky Blues in the Community sessions are supported by CCFPA, CCFC’s Diamond Club and Cov Support News Service and take place three times a week in the locality (Mondays & Thursdays at St Finbarr’s and Tuesdays at Bedworth Oval). 

Staff and volunteers at the Walking Football initiative will, however, be ready to welcome you ‘over 50’ footballers as usual on Tuesday 2nd May at Bedworth Oval and Thursday 4th May at St. Finbarrs.

Monday Walking Football at St Finbarr’s will be back on again as normal from Monday 8th May onwards.

Legends Day 2017 Raffle Prizes Still Unclaimed: We will Hold Them For Another Fortnight: Act Soon!

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We would like to remind all those who took part in the raffle which took place during the Association’s 10th Anniversary Legends Day 2017 a couple of weeks ago that three of the raffle prizes are still unclaimed! Sadly, not everyone was able to stay behind to hear the raffle results being announced in the Ricoh’s Premium Lounge after the Sky Blues 1-0 home victory over Peterborough United.

The raffle and auction, which raised £1600, will be used to help support the work of the Association and cover the not inconsiderable costs of mounting Legends day and ensuring so many of the club’s stars of the past are able to make the event and have a wonderful time on the day!

The prizes that could be awaiting the winners include, we understand, an easter egg (yes), a voucher for Coombe Abbey, an ‘Oggy‘ signed photo and a photo of their famous ‘donkey kick’ goal against Everton signed by both Ernie Hunt and Willie Carr.

If you are the holders of any of the three sets of tickets pictured please contact CCFPA committee member Sandra Garlick via email on and, once you have matched your own tickets with ours we can make arrangements to get your chosen prize to you. If we don’t hear within the next two weeks the prizes will be recycled at one of our upcoming events so get back to us soon!


Golf Day 2017 OverSubscribed: ‘May The Fourth Be With You’: Now Catch The Early Bird!!

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This summer’s 10th Anniversary Golf Day 2017 takes place again at Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club and the date is fixed for Thursday 8th June 2017 . With only ONE WEEK to go for before our early bird deadline (offering a cracking discount) for CCFPA’s second of its two major annual reunions, Golf Day 2017 we are facing a record breaking entry to this event with only a few weeks to go!

CCFPA’s GD17 organiser Frank Pritchard confirms that we are looking oversubscribed in terms of interest from participants so confirming your reservation with payment is essential as we will have to work a first come first served policy from now on! Thereafter we’ll be implementing a ‘Reserve/Standby’ list, once we have our maimum of 24 paid entries.

The advantage is that those that pay within the next week will also get early bird savings of £70 off the full price of £270 if you enter and pay in full before 4th May 2017!!  Hence the “May the Fourth be with YOU” slogan! The early entry and payment guarantees you a tee-time and a chance to nominate a FP playing partner. Please note it may also still be possible to book an individual slot at £90 full price too.

Golf Day 2016 team photo

Frank & Dave Phillips

Remember, each entered team of three will buddy up with one of the more than 20 Sky Blue former players we expect to be playing on the day. These include, we hope, 1987 F.A.Cup hero David Phillips defending his individual title from last year and popular former Sky Blue captain of recent years Carl Baker who has also won the top player prize in recent years. Also lined up so far (with more big names still to come) are former CCFC players Claus Bech Jorgensen, Peter Billing, Jeff Blockley, Ken Brown, Dietmar Bruck, Dave Busst, Ron Farmer, Jim Holmes, Peter Hormantschuk, Mick Kearns, Graham Newton, Steve Ogrizovic, Craig Pead, Kirk Stephens, Ian Wallace, Bob Wesson and Peter Wyer as well former manager Ron Atkinson and we hope current CCFC player Chris Stokes!




Carl Baker Drives One

The day will begin with a bacon roll and coffee on arrival followed by an excellent 18 holes of competition play (tee off between 11am- 1pm), all finished off with a fabulous three course meal, a prize presentation and speeches. There will be prizes galore, a raffle and auction of great sporting memorabilia including from the Sky Blues. CCFPA’s Billy Bell will be on hand to keep everyone entertained and all are guaranteed a great time!

For more details or bookings contact CCFPA’s Frank Pritchard on 07815 899224 or on or email Sandra Garlick on or you can download the booking form by clicking on:- Golf Day 2017 Application (Final) 07-2016