Thanks for the Cov Mad website (coventrycity-mad.co.uk) run by CCFPA Associate Member Kev Monks for alerting us to an interesting interview with former Coventry City defensive midfielder and Association Member Graham Rodger. The interview appears on the Sporting Memories website and Graham talks about him being elated in signing for the Sky Blues, the Club he supported as a youth, and appearing as a sub in the F.A.Cup final at Wembley in 1987 and making the pass (in a boot borrowed from Cyrille Regis) to Lloyd McGrath (both CCFPA members) who cleverly used a ricochet off Gary Mabbutt’s knee to score the Sky Blues winner against Spurs! Graham has since told us he hopes to attend City’s first game back at the Ricoh on Friday night as the Sky Blues take on Gillingham. Claus Bech Jorgensen scorer of the Sky Blues first ever goal at the Arena will be the Association’s official ‘Special Guest’ that evening. To read Graham’s interview you should click on http://football.sportingmemories.org/memory/2889-graham-rodger/ On the site are other Sky Blues memories from fans both about Wembley 1987 and other club highlights e.g. Willie Carr and Ernie Hunt‘s ‘donkey kick’ goal against Everton in 1970. Both Ernie and Willie have returned to Coventry as CCFPA guests a number of times since then and we hope to see more of the above and many more of our well over 200 members back in Coventry now we are back at the Ricoh once more.
The Association is delighted to announce that CCFPA committee member Claus Bech Jorgensen will be the inaugural special guest for the return of the Club and team to its Ricoh home for the first time in over a year. This is particularly appropriate since, memorably, Claus scored the first ever goal at the Ricoh when the Sky Blues kicked off at its new ground in August 2005 against Q.P.R. Claus will be resuming CCFPA’s ‘Special Guest’ duties at the eagerly awaited mach on the night of Friday 5th September (which is also being televised by Sky TV)
Claus will be remembered as a combative forward who came from Bradford City in August 2003. An international for the Faroe Islands, Claus clocked up over 60 appearances for the Sky Blues scoring six times. He moved to Blackpool in 2006 and thence to Port Vale. Since hanging up his boots Claus has been developing his media and business careers and is proprietor of a local company Unique Floorcare Ltd which offers bespoke floor surface treatments for both commercial and industrial clients. Claus regularly attended Sky Blues games prior to last season at Sixfields and joined CCFPA’s committee in October 2011.
Claus will be doing matchday analysis during the game for BBC CWR as well touring the corporate areas at the Arena before and after the game. We also expect that he will be introduced to the crowd at half-time as well as, we hope, meeting the fans on the stage of Lady Gs in the G-Casino after the game. Thanks Claus!
We also hope to see many other Former Players present at the game who used to be regulars at the Sky Blues Ricoh home games including, we hope, the likes of Ron Farmer, Lol Harvey, Brian Nicholas, Peter Wyer, Micky Gynn, Dave Bennett, Peter Hormantschuck, Bob Wesson, Kirk Stephens, Ian Goodwin, Dietmar Bruck, Bill Tedds, Gordon Simms, Ken Brown, Marcus Hall and Paul Culpin, so look out for them around and about the Legends Lounge!
The game should be an emotional occassion for all Sky Blues fans, not least those Association members who have been looking forward to meeting each other again and rejoining the Sky Blues family in its Coventry home.
Details of future Association ‘special guests’ for the rest of the home games in September as well as ticketing arrangements for Association guests will be announced on this site as soon as arrangements have been firmed up.
Here are some more pictures from the last Monday’s bank holiday re-enactment of a WW1 ladies football game held at the Butts Arena once more after nearly a century. CCFPA were pleased to help sponsor this historic revival event centring on a reacreation of the Coventry Ladies Cup Final in September 1917 between two factory teams of women ‘munitionettes’ between Humber Ladies and Rudge-Whitworth Ladies. Each named participant was represented by a player from the current succesful Coventry City Ladies team. The players, match officials and others at the game were dressed in appropriate period costume.
For a time either side of WW1 ladies football was popular in the Coventry area, as it was in other industrial centres before a ban on women’s teams using football league grounds for their matches was enforced at the end of 1921. As in 1917 the ‘Humber Ladies’ team ran out winners, this time by 7-2 in a battle both energetic and skilful played in difficult conditions.
The Association (who helped sponsor the event) were represented by a number of CCFC former players and CCFPA committee members including Sky Blues F.A.Cup star Dave Bennett, key eighties defender Kirk Stephens and sixties CCFC stalwarts Dietmar Bruck and Bill Tedds together with CCFPA committee men Mike Young and Dean Nelson. Mike and CCFPA Associate member Lionel Bird had done much to underpin the historical research for the event and Lionel also appeared resplendent in historical costume to match the players, officials and other attendees.
Coventry City Council leader Anne Lucas and ‘Mr Coventry’ CCFPA’s Life President Joe Elliott led out the teams and kicked off each half and CCFPA vice chair Billy Bell, dressed in somewhat dubious vintage clothing acted as m/c for the day and led the entertainment along with the Coventry Festival Band.
As the game is just one part an ongoing project (with Heritage Lottery funding) exploring the early days of women’s football in Coventry (an important centre for the early ladies game) look out for a touring exhibition and other events to follow.
CCFPA Vice Chairman Billy Bell has (finally) has sent in his report – below- on the Sky Blue ‘Legends’ Charity friendly at Hawkesmill Sports and Social Club a week last Sunday (17th August 2014). Various Sky Blues’ stars relived their youth in a convivial family day (with barbeque and refreshments) at the social club belonging to the former CCFC ace defender (and Association Member) Lloyd McGrath. Lloyd’s Hawkes Mill Select XI faced the Coventry City Legends who included his son Lloyd junior.
Besides Lloyd, the other F.A.Cup heroes who pulled on the Sky Blue again (CCFPA members to a man) were Dave Bennett, Steve Ogrizovic, Trevor Peake, David Phillips, Cyrille Regis and Brian Borrows . All of them of course are stars of the Sky Blues winning F.A.Cup run in 1987.
“Last Sunday a Cov City Legends XI defeated Hawkesmill Sports Club by seven goals to three in a charity football game. Trevor Peake (quotes ‘definitely my last game’ ha ha), David Phillips, Dave Bennett, Brian Borrows, Oggie and Lloyd McGrath were given much stick and abuse by Cyrille Regis (and lol Billy Bell) as the lads toiled on a red hot day.
Lloyd McGrath junior was in good voice and in scoring 4 goals was voted the ‘Sloan’s Liniment’ Man of the Match! Peaky, Benno and Buggsy were the other scorers for the Legends team on a well organised event enjoyed by all” BB
Unfortunately everyone enjoyed themselves so much there appear to be no pictures of the game itself to go with the report! For future reference Hawkesmill Sports and Social Club is at Hawkes Mill Lane, Coventry CV5 9FN Telephone: 07977 426930.
You know how different people can see the same event in the same place differently………….. in a later dispatch from one of the participants, Dave Bennett, Benno maintains the score was actually 10-2 to the Sky Blues outfit and that another FA Cup hero from 1987 Micky Gynn was also present! As Benno said its ‘so nice for the boys of 87 to get together again’ Oh for that Statto John Motson to have been present!