Sky Blue Old Boys Beat Bedworth in 3G

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The Sky Blues Old Boys’ squad

A Sky Blues veterans team stuffed full of CCFPA members went up to their northern neighbours to help celebrate the opening of Bedworth United’s new 3G pitch earlier today (21st September 2014). The CCFC Old Boys ran out 8-1 victors in a friendly, well contested but fairly one sided game in front of a decent crowd. The Sky Blues squad included (see if you can spot them in the team photo above) (CCFPA members in bold):- Tynan Scope,David Busst, Dave Bennett, Barry Quinn, Jamie Lenton, Scott Goodwin, John Williams, Dave Titterton, Claus Bech Jorgenson, Marcus Hall, Gavin O’Toole, Paul Shepstone, Iyseden Christie, Micky Clarke, Stuart Storer and Carl Adams.

It took only 13 minutes for the Sky Blues (wearing the ‘Brazilian’ away strip of last season) to score their first two goals and six minutes later CCFPA member  ‘the Flying postman’ John Williams increased the score to 3-0 and then Association committee member Claus Bech Jorgensen made the half time score 4-0.   John Williams scored again in the second half and a consolation goal for Bedworth followed before CCFPA committee man Dave Bennett got the Sky Blues’ sixth. The veterans last two goals were knocked in by former CCFC (and Coventry Sphinx) forward Iyseden Christie and ex Sky Blue Barry Quinn.

Former Sky Blue Jim Holmes played for the defeated home side and John Mason the son of legendary Bantams centre half George Mason was the pitch side announcer. A great day was had by all! Thanks to CCFPA committee member Dean Nelson for the photographs and report.

Sky Blues FA Cup hero Dave Bennett  mobbed by young fans.

Sky Blues FA Cup hero Dave Bennett mobbed by young fans.

 

Sky Blue Legends Open Bedworth 3G Pitch Tomorrow

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3G Pitch opening ceremony

Tomorrow sees a team of Sky Blues Legends take on counterparts from their northern neighbours Bedworth United  as part of the celebrations to mark the opening of their new 3G pitch at the bedworth Oval.

On Sunday 21st September 2014 a range of activities starting at 11am and finishing at 6pm, including scchoolboy and junior games and a match between Bedworth Ladies v Coventry City Ladies, will precede the main event Bedworth Legends v Coventry City Legends. The squads have just been announced and the Sky Blues team will be drawn from (CCFPA members in bold):-

Tynan Scope, Dele Adebola, David Busst, Dave Bennett, Barry Quinn, Scott Goodwin, John Williams, Dave Titterton, Claus Bech Jorgenson, Marcus Hall, Gavin O’Toole, Micky Clarke, Stuart Storer and Carl Adams.

The Bedworth squad is slated to include:- Mick Beale, Neil Stephenson, Kenny Willis, Liam Halton, Steve Jackson, Malcolm Randall, Martin Smith, Adrian Piggon, Craig Whitmore, Garry Bradder, Jimmy Holmes (Capt), Jai Stanley, Mick Healey, David Crowley, Ian Drewitt, Pete McBean, John Symonds, Rob Straw, Gary Hardwick. Also attending – Ron Bradbury, John Brady, Mark Neil, Tom Gorman, Mick Stebleton, Steve Ross, Abby Kelly, Paul Latham, Ashley Alexander, Tony Hea and David Eades.

Refreshments and a bar will be available. Tickets will cost £5 (Children with adults – Free). The Official Ribbon cutting for the new pitch will be at 1pm. Why not pop along to the Oval and see some of your local football heroes in action?

 

 

Vale Management Stays Sky Blue (For Now)

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Rob (right) presented with his official Association tie by CCFPA’s Frank Pritchard last September

Manager- Adams, M (Micky)

Micky as Manager 2005

Until recently a pair of former Sky Blues players (and CCFPA members) formed the managerial partnership at Vale Park but on Thursday 18th September 2014 the link was broken.  Micky Adams (who also, of couse managed the Sky Blues) decided to step down from his role as gaffer of the Potteries club the day before yesterday and for the time being his assistant, also a former CCFC defender, Rob Page will act as caretaker manager as confirmed by Port Vale chairman Norman Smurthwaite (who also happens to be a ‘Coventry kid’ himself). Smurthwaite told BBC Radio Stoke: ‘If a new manager does come in, they’ll have to work with Rob Page – that’s the deal and it is part of my plan.

The Potteries based club had been on a string of poor results and Micky Adams evidently decided it was best for the club that he stepped aside. He told the Vale’s official club website “It is with great sadness that I have decided to leave Port Vale but I believe I am leaving the club in a stronger position than when I joined. I have spent five years in Burslem (punctuated by a spell at Sheffield United) … although the role of a football manager brings with it a roller-coaster of emotions, I will never forget my time at Vale and the many happy memories I will take away with me. This has not been an easy decision to make, which has been made even more difficult by the strong relationships I have forged during my time at the club. I believe now is the time for another manager to take the helm and I would like to thank Norman Smurthwaite and his wife Lorraine for their fantastic support. I wish the club every success for this season and the future.”

Adams, M (Micky) 1987

Micky as Player 1987

25. Robert Page

Rob as Player

Micky spent four seasons (1983-87) at Highfield Road with the Sky Blues clocking up 108 appearances for the Sky Blues (scoring 10  times) before moving to Leeds United during the very season the Sky Blues won the F.A.Cup (and losing to them with the Elland Road outfit in a memorable F.A.Cup semi final at Hillsborough). He beacame Sky Blues new gaffer in January 2005 but lasted barely 24 months at the Ricoh as he paid the price for not lifting CCFC out of the Championship. A Welsh international, Rob was one of Micky’s early purchases in 2005. Rob eventually  became captain and made 70 league appearances for us before moving to Huddersfield Town in 2008. They were reunited when Micky brought Rob to Vale Park in 2011 first as youth coach, then assistant manager. Both Micky and Rob joined the Association last September being signed up by CCFPA’s Frank Pritchard.

Rob will be pleased to hear his place at Vale Park is secure (and actually has undertaken the caretaker role there briefly when Micky was temporarily absent recovering from an hip operation last year). We are sure Micky will not have too long to wait before finding a new position and wish both former Sky Blues well and hope to see them back at the Ricoh before too long.

 

‘Gally’ at the Dale tomorrow

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Kevin GallacherGallagher, K (Kevin) 1990-91One of the Sky Blues stars from the late 1980s and early 90s, Kevin Gallacher, returns to cast his eyes over the current Sky Blues squad at Rochdale tomorrow.

Association member ‘Gally’, CCFC’s mercurial attacking talent from 1989 to 1993, was signed from Dundee United and played a century of League games for the City before being snapped up by Blackburn Rovers in exchange for Roy Wegerle for a balance of £1.5m.

Kevin will be guest of the BBC Coventry & Warwickshire commentary team at the Sky Blues’ important League One fixture against Rochdale tomorrow afternoon. He will be providing match analysis for the BBC as he has done in the past.

The Sky Blues’ gaffer Steven Pressley (also an Association member) will be looking to put his team’s  setback at Scunthorpe United last Tuesday night behind them as they take on a ‘Dale team who CCFC have rarely played but  have never defeated away from home. If you can’t get to the Spotland stadium for the game why not listen in? Kevin is sure to have something interesting to say!