Congratulations to Rob Page as new Vale Gaffer

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25. Robert PageCongratulations to CCFPA member and former Sky Blues defender Robert Page who was yesterday officially confirmed as the new manager of Port Vale FC after acting as caretaker at Vale Park since the former gaffer (also an Association member) Micky Adams resigned in September.

Rob signing up for CCFPA

Rob signing up for CCFPA

Rob, who was an uncompromising central defender for the Sky Blues making 70 league appearances for CCFC between 2005-08, has clearly done enough for Coventry born Vale Chairman Norman Smurthwaite to give him the job for the rest of the season. Since taking over at Vale Park, the 40-year-old has overseen impressive wins over Barnsley, Yeovil and Leyton Orient. Mr Smurthwaite is reported to have said that, “having stepped up under difficult circumstances, I am pleased with the way in which Rob has implemented an attractive style of play and turned round the club’s home form. It has been a difficult few months but I believe this signals the start of a new era at the club and that this is the best possible outcome for the fans, players and staff. Rob has stepped up to the mark and hopefully our form will continue to go from strength to strength under his leadership.”

He is reported to have told the Stoke Sentinel,  “I am really pleased. I had a conversation with the chairman and he has offered me the opportunity to manage the club, which I am very grateful for” …. “I think the difference in the approach to games, especially at home, is there for everyone to see and long may it continue.”

Manager- Adams, M (Micky)Rob signed up for the Association in September 2013 (above) supported by then recent signing Micky Adams. Micky (right) is, of course both a former player and manager of the Sky Blues. He was not out of the Manager’s chair long after leaving the Vale and now fills the hot seat at Tranmere Rovers. We hope both managers do well (except of course when their teams are up against the Sky Blues)!

Take an FA Cup Selfie with Benno for Charity

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Dave Bennett- 3xBennett, D (Dave) 1987CCFPA Committee Member Dave Bennett will be doing some more stuff for charity this coming Saturday 1st November. Kick off is at 10.30 a.m.

Why not come out and see him and have your photograph taken with a true Sky Blue Legend and F.A.Cup winner (and Wembley scorer)?

The Place?: Well, it’s easy to remember where he will be …….. Bennetts Road, Coventry (though we are pretty sure the road wasn’t named after Benno!)

The Local Charity?Zoe’s Place Children’s Charity

The Occasion?: The opening of the new Keresley Supermarket on Bennetts Road/Keresley Green Rd, CV6 2FG

The Photo Opportunity?: Take a Selfie with Benno alongside an F.A.Cup replica and relive what was in 1987 (and what might be as the Sky Blues set off on this year’s F.A.Cup journey with a Round 1 home tie at the Ricoh against Worcester City early next month).

Pictured below are Benno and fellow CCFC F.A.Cup Legend, Sky Blue player and manager John Sillett with the F.A.Cup at the 25th Anniversary Celebrations of the famous win in 2012. 04a-MY Benno &Schnozz with FAC-2 x

 

CCFPA Committee Member Dean Nelson’s New Role

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Mick Quinn with Dean Nelson 2012

Dean (left) with legendary former Sky Blue striker Micky Quinn

CCFPA Committee member Dean Nelson, has a new string to his bow. He has recently agreed to become Assistant Manager (non playing) to the Sky Blue Legends charity team currently run by two of the Sky Blues former players, SBITC supremo (and former CCFPA committee man) Dave Busst and current committee member and Sky Blue F.A.Cup winning legend Dave Bennett.

Dean will be involved in managing the Legends fixture list and providing administrative backup to squad members. In the first instance Dean can be contacted on dean.nelson27@ntlworld.com

Dave Bennett- 2x

Dave Bennett

Dave Busst 2012

Dave Busst

Carsley Stages a CCFPA Signing

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Lee Carsley tie2 xLee Carsley, the Association’s ‘special guest’ at last Saturday’s exciting Sky Blue 3-2 win over Peterborough United, finally put pen to paper and signed up as the CCFPA’s latest member. Lee had been keen to join us for some time and although several opportunities had arisen in the past to finalise this – particularly at the various guest appearances Lee puts in appearing for the Sky Blues Legends XI in charity fixtures – for one reason or another the chance has been missed.

Fortunately, Lee’s latest appointment at the Ricoh meant that we could make his recruitment to CCFPA a bit of an occasion after signing his Association membership form. First ‘Carso’ toured the lounges before the game accompanied by CCFPA member and Club host Brian ‘Harry’ Roberts. Lee, a former Republic of Ireland International, then did a great job providing matchday analysis for the BBC C&W Radio Sports commentary team and provided forthright and pertinent comments on a low key first 45 minute team performance but then a stunning Sky Blue come-back where fellow CCFPA member Steven Pressley‘s squad produced a rare and unexpected achievement in overturning a 2-0 half time deficit to win by the odd goal in five. Club historian and CCFPA Chairman Jim Brown tells us this was the first time for 19 years (Spurs 95-96) that the Sky Blues had come back from 0-2 and only the fourth time in 44 years!

Lee (left) on stage with Billy

Lee (left) on stage with Billy

After the game CCFPA Lee was escorted to the Ricoh’s G-casino where Lee’s signing up to the Association was finalised in public (above).  Association vice chair Billy Bell completed the formalities on the stage of Lady G’s in front of a packed audience of appreciative Sky Blue fans. Lee was presented with his official membership badge and tie and, amidst the general badinage orchestrated by Billy which kept the audience amused and entertained, a few serious points were also made (left). Lee said that he retained a strong emotional attachment to Coventry City having at different times been a player (two spells), coach at various levels and even (briefly) caretaker manager at the Ricoh between 2000 and 2013.  In particular, he still thinks of the Club and its facilities as worthy of a top division place and  would love to see it in the Premier League sooner rather than later (and also perhaps to play a part in helping it get there at some future point).

On behalf of CCFPA, Billy along with the audience wished Lee well in his very recent appointment as Development Squad Manager for Brenftford FC and we are sure we will see Lee back in’ Sky Blue Land, subject to his other commitments, before too long! Thanks to committee member Frank Pritchard for the photos.