Date of John Bloxham’s Funeral Announced

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John Bloxham 2016 (2)The funeral arrangements for a Coventry City backroom stalwart John Bloxham who died earlier this month aged 70 have been announced. John was a lifelong Coventry City fan and had supported the Sky Blues in a number of different club roles, which combined, spanned over two decades.

As the club’s website says ‘Schoolmates with Bobby Gould, John was a part of the club in an informal capacity during Gould’s second spell as City manager in the 1980s. John’s Coventry City legacy officially began as an Academy Coach in May 1997, with the club in the Premiership and under the management of Gordon Strachan. He progressed to a Welfare and Education Officer for the Coventry City FC Academy in 1999, supporting all age groups of the Sky Blues youth system. Most recently, John has been involved in the administration of the football club, and during the 2015/16 season hosted in the matchday boardroom‘.

The service for John’s funeral will be held on Friday 8th July 2016 at Canley Crematorium at Cannon Hill Rd, Coventry, West Midlands CV4 7DF commencing at 11.15

John was a good friend to the Association being well respected among our former player fraternity. ‘Cov Kid’, Academy graduate and twice Sky Blue player Gary McSheffrey, one of our members, told the Coventry Telegraph, “He was such a nice guy who would do anything to help if any of the lads had a problem. You could approach him about anything. He always had such a calm and sensible opinion and would make things simple for people. He used to organise golf lessons for the lads and was just one of those who was always there, someone to turn to and he will be sadly missed.” 
He will be sorely missed by all members of the Club and the wider Sky Blue family including CCFPA who would like to add their condolences to all John’s family and friends. There is sure to be a good turnout to bid him farewell on the 8th as many of those starting out with the club owed him a lot seeing him as a ‘father figure’ to the substantial number of lads who benefitted from CCFC’s well developed youth system.
Other Coventry born products of the Academy conveyor belt who have since made their name in professional football like close friend Graham Alexander, CCFPA member ROI International and Derby defender Cyrus Christie and recent Sky Blue star James Maddison have been on social media to make personal statements on their sense of loss and giving thanks to John for his help and support.
The full Coventry Telegraph Obituary can be found here.

Sky Blue Euro 2016: Going Well Into the Last Sixteen

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Well, who would have thought it – all four of the home nations that qualified for Euro 2016 in France have got through the group stages into the last 16, and former Sky Blues are in the thick of it. (Let’s feel a little sorry for Scotland under the managership of former Sky Blue player and manager Gordon Strachan who missed out on the Euro party!)

Aron Gunnarsson

Aron Gunnarsson

Roy Hodgson’s England, with former Sky Blues Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson in the thick of it, had to be content with runners up in their group to top place Wales, managed by former Sky Blue gaffer Chris Coleman. Wales now have to get past Northern Ireland managed by former Sky Blue midfielder Michael O’Neill (who has former CCFC loanee Ollie Norwood in his side). One home nation, therefore, is guaranteed a place in the last eight and the victor will face either Hungary or Belgium.  The English will be hoping to join them in the last eight but now have to get past Iceland (a diminutive country with a big heart exemplified by the outstanding performances of their captain former Sky Blue (and CCFPA member) Aron Gunnarsson).  Iceland beat Austria 2-1 yesterday to ensure their place and are set to meet England in Nice next Monday.


Richard in the Sky Blue

Awaiting the winners of that contest will be  either the host nation or the Republic of Ireland, who against all odds deservedly qualified with a 1-0 victory over the Italians yesterday. The Irish have a number of former Sky Blues in their squad including goalkeeper Keiren Westwood, forward Robbie Keane and (both CCFPA members) Cyrus Christie and Richard Keogh. Keiren and Cyrus have yet to feature and must hope to get on the pitch in later games. Robbie has had a couple of outings in France and it was good to see Richard make a great debut at the Finals in the victory over Italy.

Good luck to all our CCFC former players in the coming days as Euro 2016 unfolds!

To Dele From CCFPA: ‘Happy Birthday Today’

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Dele in the Sky Blue

Dele in the Sky Blue

Popular Sky Blues former striker BamberdeleDele’ Adebola celebrates his 41st birthday today! The Association sends it congrats along with all Sky Blues fans.

Nigerian born (23rd June 1975) but brought up in Liverpool, young Dele cut his footballing teeth with Crewe Alexandra from 1993. Hitting 46 goals in 152 first team appearances prompted a 1998 chance with Birmingham City for £1m. A similar hit rate at St Andrews led to a move to Crystal Palace for season 2002-03. Garry McAllister then brought the big man to Highfield Road in 2003 though he really came good under gaffer (and CCFPA member) Micky Adams.


Dele is signed up by CCFPA's Frank Pritchard in Feb.2014

Dele is signed up by CCFPA’s Frank Pritchard in Feb.2014

Unforgettably, Dele scored a brace in the Sky Blues first ever game (and win) against Q.P.R. at the Ricoh in 2005-06 (CCFPA committee man Claus Bech Jorgensen got the opener)! This was on top of also scoring in the 6-2 demolition Derby game in the farewell match at Highfield Road at the end of the previous season. A unique achievement!  By the time this popular front man moved on to Bristol City in January 2008 he had clocked up 36 goals in his 182 first team appearances.

Dele at the Ricoh

Dele at the Ricoh

A genial giant of a striker, Dele became a bit of a wandering star, first loaned to Burnley and Bradford City whilst at CCFC and then having spells with Forest, Hull, Notts County, Rochdale and Wrexham after leaving Ashton Gate in 2009. He ended his career (in 2013) with non-league Rushall Olympic in his late 30s. A career total of over 750 first class appearances is something to be proud of. Dele still regularly attends our Legends Day reunions, makes charity appearances for our Legends XI and, at least once a season, graciously agrees to be our ‘special guest’ at a CCFC home game at the Ricoh.

Have a good one today, Dele!

June’s ‘Legend’ No.21 Ready For Posting

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LegendJune2016 front pageCCFPA’s June edition of our members’ newsletter ‘Legend’ has just been delivered by our printers, Spectrum Print of Solihull to our distributors Jigsaw  It is hoped that Issue 21 will therefore be posted out to all of our membership towards the end of this week to arrive on their doorstep, at the latest, early next week (our overseas members may have to wait a few more days)

Legend’s editor, CCFPA’s Mike Young tells us that the 21st edition of our newsletter is the ninth in the new style full colour eight page magazine format.  As usual, it is packed full of news, views and reports of what we have been up to since our last issue at the turn of the year, ruminating on the ultimately disappointing second half of the season for the Sky Blues after such an exhilerating start. Plenty of room for optimism remains as the Association continues to go from strength to strength. We centre-piece the memorable February weekend when the City and Club which he held dear bid a final farewell to Jimmy Hill in front of the world’s media. We also feature Legends Day 2016 when the Sky Blues rose to the occasion by thrashing Bury 6-0 overseen by a giant picture of JH and watched by our ‘Fantastic Forty’ special guests (drawn from more than five decades of CCFC’s former players). There is plenty of other stuff in Legends 21 recording CCFPA’s other events and activities since the last Legend was published in January, as well as a tribute to four other former CCFC players who have departed for ‘Sky Blue Heaven’ in recent months.

CCFPA Darker Logo 2012All our current Full, Honorary, Associate (AM) and Corporate (CM) members will receive their copy so please make sure we have your up to date address and contact details if you have changed them since last telling us. Please note this will be the last issue AMs and CMs will receive automatically under their current subscription.  We will be contacting all current AMs and CMs fairly soon to invite them to renew their subscription for 2016-17. If you are not currently an Association member and would like to join us either as a new Former Player member or as a first time CM or AM, details of the membership process and the benefits of joining us can be found under the ‘Join us’ button on the top right of this site. Look out too on this website in the next few weeks for details of our ‘early bird’ offer for 2016-17 renewals!!

We hope that there is something for everyone in Legends 21 and that all will find it a good read. Watch this space for news of when the magazines are being sent out by us to our membership!