Join us at Jimmy Hill’s Life Celebration Later Today

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JH Commemoration BookletMany luminaries from the football and media world will be present at Coventry Cathedral later today (starts 5.30pm) to celebrate the life and achievements of (amongst other things) former PFA chairman, football forward, club manager, director and chairman and media football pundit, the late Jimmy Hill.

Though Jimmy’s memory belongs to the world JH is held in unique affection by the football club and wider City of Coventry so it is appropriate the national and international plaudits for the great man will be centred from Coventry Cathedral. ‘Mr Sky Blue’, creator and disseminator of the ‘Sky Blue Revolution’ with innovative ideas adopted throughout the soccer and media world will be remembered particularly by many of his former colleagues from CCFC who will be attending the ceremony (and who will also join with other Association members at ‘Legends Day 2016‘ at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday).

The Club and CCFPA are calling for as many Sky Blue fans as possible who remember (directly or have had those  memories passed down to them) the impact JH made on the sporting lives of those living in Coventry whilst JH was at the Club to share the celebrations inside the Cathedral via loudspeaker in University Square and wear the Sky Blue! Come early and see many of your football heroes arrive. See you there!!

‘Killer’ rides the BBC-CWR Airways: Will he see the Sky Blues ‘Bury’ Bury?

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CCFPA Legends 2016 Programme FrontCCFPA member Brian Kilcline is one of the 40 CCFPA ‘special guests’ arriving on Saturday to participate in Legends Day 2016. However, ‘Killer’ has one additional duty to all the rest of the veteran CCFC players of yesteryear – he will be sharing the press box with the BBC CWR matchday live commentary team adding his unique insight and analysis to their interpretation of the play as it unfolds.

Kilcline B. (Brian'Killer')A rare visitor to the Ricoh our 1987 F.A.Cup winning captain will be interested to see the performance of the current wearers of the sky blue and white stripes which had achieved such an impressive first half to the season under gaffer Tony Mowbray. Like all Sky Blue fans he will hoping to watch the team overcome its current mini-recession (with four matches on the trot without a win) and two losses on the bounce at the Ricoh. With a squad augmented by a number of transfer window signings the Sky Blues will be looking to put in a top notch performance in front of so many club heroes of the past and cement their top six place against opponents Bury.

Kilcline, B (Brian) with FACup

The Victorious 87 Team: ‘Killer’ Lifts The Cup

Mogga’s men, potentially assisted by two CCFPA members (goalkeeping coach Steve ‘Oggie’ Ogrizovic on the bench and (if chosen) midfielder Gael Bigirimana on the bench/pitch) will want to see the ‘Shakers’ (featuring former Sky Blue Leon Clarke) firstly shaken and then well and truly ‘buried’ by the Sky Blues and a three point haul excavated.

Killer at the Ricoh in 2014 with CCFPA's Frank Pritchard

Killer at the Ricoh in 2014 with CCFPA’s Frank Pritchard

The rest of the ‘fantastic forty’ * former stars of the past (and their guests) will be watching the game from comfortable seats in front of the Ricoh’s E.ON lounge where a record number of Sky Blue fans will have shared a three course lunch (and plenty of other entertainment) with them.  The full ‘Ricoh Roar’ is sure to be raised full blast at half-time when our former players covering seven decades of playing prowess are welcomed onto the pitch for the half time parade and traditional ‘team-photo’

Everyone (over 18) is also invited down to the Casino after the game when as many as possible of the ‘fantastic 40′ will be invited onto the stage of Lady G’s for a friendly Q&A knockabout culminating in the traditional stirring rendition of the Sky Blue Song with the Sky Blue Army chorus all conducted by CCFPA’s Billy Bell!

Lady Gs-The Legends on stage

Billy Bell leading the Sky Blue Choir at Legends Day last year

The day after the Cathedral celebration of the life of the late CCFPA member Jimmy Hill (which many FPs will also have attended) Legends Day 2016 will be themed to mark JH’s life and contribution to the City and city and the singing of the song whose idea/words he created (with then director John Camkin) will be a fitting culmination to his memory, the tribute and the day.

Currently committed to attend are:-

Dele Adebola; Andy Blair; Dave Bennett; Ken Brown; Dave Busst; Chris Cattlin; Paul Culpin; Peter Denton; Greg Downs; Dean Emerson; Ron Farmer; Bill Glazier; Bobby Gould; Micky Gynn; Marcus Hall; Lol Harvey; Colin Holder; Peter Hormantschuk; Ernie Hunt; Brian Kilcline; Steve Morgan; Dennis Mortimer; Graham Newton; Denis Oakes; Barry Powell; Ray Paul; Brian Joicey; Barry Quinn; Jimmy Holmes; Brian Nicholas; Brian ‘Harry’ Roberts; Gordon Simms; Kirk Stephens; Gary Thompson; Alan Turner; Graham Walker; Ian Wallace; Bob Wesson; John Williams and Peter Wyer


Another New Member Signed Up by Frank

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QuestionWho is thisFresh from signing up 1990s young Sky Blue Iyseden Christie as our latest member of CCFPA committee member Frank Pritchard has been hot on the trail of another ‘Cov Kid’ signing to join over 200 of our former player members.

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Unlike Iyseden this player (who also started out as an apprentice with the Sky Blues) eventually gained masses of first team experience in his native city – in fact well over a century of appearances for the Sky Blues. He left CCFC since the new millennium began and has since continued building a career nearer the seaside. Frank arranged a meeting him ‘somewhere on the M1′ on Wednesday last to complete the signing. Watch this space.

I wonder if you can guess who it might be? All will be revealed in a few days time!

Sky Blue Former Star Dave Clements Can’t Be Here For Friday’s JH Cathedral Celebration But You Can!

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Dave in the Sky Blue

Dave in the Sky Blue

Dave at a previous Legends Day

Dave at a previous Legends Day

In an emotional phone call to CCFPA Vice Chairman Billy Bell popular Sky Blue star of the sixties Dave Clements said how sad he was both to miss the upcoming celebration of the life and career of his former gaffer (and fellow Association member) Jimmy Hill at Coventry Cathedral this Friday and joining up again with many of his former colleagues at Legends Day 2016 this Saturday. Sadly work committments will prevent Dave from flying over from his current base in Colorado, USA but he has promised to try to get over the Atlantic to Coventry to meet up with Sky Blues fans before the season is out.

We will tell you more about Legends Day tomorrow but today would like to appeal to all CCFC fans to come into Coventry City centre late afternoon this Friday in their Sky Blue finery to join in the commemoration of the man who not only put football in Coventry back on the map but also did so much to change the soccer world. Sadly all the tickets to gain access to the ceremony inside Coventry Cathedral have long since been snapped up but arrangements have been made to share the occasion outside.  In the words of the Club…..

JH_Booklet_wThis Friday sees a momentous occasion for Sky Blues fans and Coventrians, as the City of Coventry and the worlds of football and broadcasting unite to celebrate the life of Jimmy Hill. The entire celebration will be broadcast live on large speakers outside in University Square starting at 5.30pm…
Starting at 5:30pm, a host of famous names will be at Coventry Cathedral all paying tribute to the Sky Blues’ legendary Manager and Chairman, who passed away in December aged 87.  The entire celebration will be broadcast live on large speakers outside in University Square, and fans and Coventrians are encouraged to come along and share in what will undoubtedly be a special atmosphere to pay tribute to Jimmy Hill. 
Everyone is encouraged to wear something Sky Blue and to be in University Square early, with a high number of Sky Blues fans coming along to share in the event and the chance to see many famous former Coventry City stars and footballing personalities as they arrive. The front cover of the Jimmy Hill booklet for the event is shown above. Click here to enlarge…