The Association welcomed David McNamee as our ‘special guest’ for the Sky Blues Xmas home tie with Fleetwood Town at the Ricoh last Saturday afternoon (20th December 2014). A profile of David’s playing career can be seen in an earlier news item previewing Saturday’s game. Unfortunately, David had to endure a somewhat lacklustre first half with a Andy Webster own goal gifting the visitors an early lead and a resilient Fleetwood side holding off City’s limited goalscoring chances (with lone striker Gary Madine fairly isolated up front). A better second half was enlivened with the introduction of James Maddison and Simeon Jackson and it was the latter that put the final touch to a Madine headed knockdown to give the home side a point in a game they ought to have won.
As usual with our special guests David toured the lounges before the game in the company of club host and favourite former Sky Blue Brian ‘Harry’ Roberts (whom he interviewed alongside CCFC’s defender Seb Hines who is not far away from a return after injury). David then assisted BBC CWR’s Clive Eakin and Stuart Linnell with their matchday coverage and shared some of the concerns raised by fans in the post match phone in about the playing system and performance levels, particularly in the first half, but felt the Sky Blues thoroughly deserved at least a point from the game.
David also found time to visit the wonderful activities for younger supporters laid on in the concourse under the stands by Associate member Pat Raybould and her team. These Junior Sky Blues (JSB) activities are now being supported by the Association, amongst others, and we would all like to see even more effort put into stimulating the enthusiasm of the youngest generation of fans -vital for the Club’s future health. As can be seen David and the kids also met Sky Blue Sam!
There was a good turnout of other Former Players and their guests in the Franklin Suite at the Ricoh (substituting for the Legends Lounge which is unavailable to CCFPA for most of this season) prior to going on to watch the game together. Joining committee members Mike Young, Bob Eales and Frank Pritchard the likes of veteran CCFC players Ronnie Farmer, Bill Tedds, Ken Brown, Lol Harvey, Ian Goodwin, Ken Satchwell, Graham Walker and Brian Nicholas along with HAM’s Jim Cox and Dave Coulson enjoyed pre game Xmas memories. Brian’s grandson Oliver and Mike entered into the spirit with suitable Festive jumpers (pictured)
Later, after the game, David and CCFPA’s Vice Chair Billy Bell together entertained supporters packed into Lady G’s in the Ricoh’s G-Casino in a Q&A. Thanks to David for his fantastic contribution to the day and we hope to see him back at the Ricoh soon!