Terry Gibson’s self published Autobiography ready for Xmas!

Posted by · Leave a Comment 

Terry Gibson Autobiography 2014 coverNews is out that CCFPA Member and former Sky Blue forward Terry Gibson has written a new autobiography which is being launched currently.

The book is called “Giant Killer” recognising the diminutive and terrier like striker’s penchant for assisting football underdogs take down football favourites. The self penned and published work covers Terry’s footballing career of over three decades from the late 1970s with principally Spurs, CCFC (1983-86), Manchester United and the original Wimbledon FC.

Two quotes at random might interest Coventry City fans, the first referring to the last goal in his hat-trick in the famous 4-1 Sky Blue Division One victory at Highfield Road against the mighty Liverpool in December 1983 and the second to a post match incident at Wimbledon involving Terry, Vinnie Jones and CCFPA member, former Sky Blue striker  Bobby Gould. Bobby, of course, was Terry’s gaffer both at Highfield Road and at the Wombles and led the notorious  ‘Crazy Gang’ team that shook the world of football by winning the FA Cup final in 1988 (the season after the Sky Blues own giant-killing act) when Wimbledon defeated Liverpool 1-0.

Gibson, T (Terry)I was in the left wing position cutting inside onto my right foot towards Bruce Grobbelaar with Alan Hansen and Mark Lawrenson chasing me down from the halfway line.  I ran in towards Grobelaar and had the perfect angle for a right foot curler in off the far post around him as he came out to narrow the angle and it worked to perfection.  As I wheeled away to celebrate I genuinely felt shivers down my spine”.

“I don’t know who threw the first punch, it could have been me Gouldy or Vinnie but it ended up with everybody else pulling the three of us apart!  We ended up confined into one toilet cubicle and three of us throwing punches, there was no escape and no way could anyone else get in there to break it up either. Eventually we all ended up on the floor.   It wasn’t a dignified ending”.

Once he hung up his boots at Barnet Terry carried on his career in football management and coaching from 1995-2007 and now earns his corn as a commentator/pundit for Sky Sports specialising in Spanish and European football.

The autobiography would make a good Xmas present, is out now and costs a modest £15.

For more details, please click on http://www.terrygibson.london/

Dean’s Memorabilia Stars in New Sky Blue Book

Posted by · Leave a Comment 

Got Not Got Book frontCCFPA Committee member Dean Nelson has become well kmown for his love of all things nostalgic about Coventry and particularly the Sky Blues. His extensive collection of CCFC memorabilia (programmes, photo cards, match videos, games etc) have enabled him to run occasional nostalgia quizzes in the locality and support CCFPA former player Q&A’s and reunions with videos of our Sky Blue stars and CCFC games.

Now Dean’s collection has underpinned a recently published book about CCFC memorabilia and the collecting craze of many young (and not so young) supporters of the past. The book’s author’s Derek Hammond and Gary Silke have apparently raided Dean’s memories (and attic) extensively.

Got, Not Got: The Lost World of Coventry City is an Aladdin’s cave of memories and memorabilia, guaranteed to whisk you back to Highfield Road’s fondly remembered ‘Golden Age’ of mud and magic – as well as a Sky Blues-mad childhood of miniature tabletop games and imaginary, comic-fuelled worlds. The book recalls a more innocent era of football, lingering longingly over relics from the good old days – Sky Blues stickers and petrol freebies, league ladders, big-match programmes and much more – revisiting lost football culture, treasures and pleasures that are 100 per cent Coventry City. If you were a Junior Sky Blue, one of the army of obsessive soccer kids at any time from the Jimmy Hill revolution to the early days of the Premier League, then this is the book to recall the mavericks – Willie Carr, Cyrille Regis, Dennis Mortimer, Tommy Hutchison and Steve Ogrizovic (all CCFPA members) – and the marvels of the Lost World of Football.

Dean Nelson

Dean Nelson

The book has received many positive reviews:-
“Those of a certain age will love this. To be fair, those who don’t even recall the twentieth century can have a ball with it too. My initial reaction was a fairly understandable “awesome”, and having gorged on it cover-to-cover since, that opinion has been fully cemented. What’s not to love. I’d happily suggest this as a cracking present for any Sky Blues fan wishing to re-affirm their love for the club”. SkyBluesBlog.co.uk – ‘Best Football Club’ blog at the National Blogging Awards 2015

“This book holds a very special place in my heart – chock full of pretty much everything you could imagine that’s ever been produced with the CCFC name on it. As with every other Got Not Got book, the joy is not only in the sheer wealth of material covered, but also the depth of knowledge shown in the writing. If you are a Coventry City fan, you simply have to own this book and the same goes for fans of the other clubs who have also had the “Lost World Of…” treatment thus far”.  The Football Attic

“Sky Blue Nostalgia Treat: A beautiful collection of memorabilia from the corridors of time reflecting the club’s meteoric rise to a thirty four year stay in the English league’s top flight. Those days may be long gone but they have been time restored and presented with an admirable passion. There is a great warmth in the book that will light up many a winter until our sky returns to blue. Now where’s my bar scarf and rattle?”  Rob Summerfield, From The Heart of The Sky Blue City blog

The Book is published by Pitch at £12.99 in hard cover and is worth a look.

Bussty Here For the West Midlands Derby on Saturday

Posted by · Leave a Comment 


Dave in the Sky Blue

Dave Busst

Dave in CCFPA ‘Civvies’

CCFPA member, one time committee man and heroic former Sky Blue defender David Busst will be the Association’s ‘special guest’ at the upcoming local Sky Blues derby at the Ricoh against Walsall this Saturday 29th November 2014.

We are particularly pleased to welcome Dave to perform our ‘special guest’ duties as he has played a leading part in the Club’s enormously successful ‘Sky Blue in the Community (SBitC)’ operation for a number of years since retiring from the game with an infamous serious injury received in a game against Manchester United on the 8th April 1996.  He later received a sell out testimonial at Highfield Road against Manchester United in May 1997 (which proved to be the last ever professional game for the Red Devil’s Eric Cantona).

A ‘Brummie’, Dave started his career at Birmingham non league sides Solihull Borough (1987), King’s Heath (1988) and Moor Green Rovers (1990). The Sky Blue Manager at the time (and now fellow CCFPA member) Bobby Gould recognised Dave’s potential to step up to the top Football League division when he brought him to Highfield Road on a professional contract from Moor Green in August 1992. Norwich City were the opponents both times for his double debuts -in the F.A.Cup as a sub on the 13 January 1993 in a 1-0 defeat and in the Premiership at centre half three days later when the score was 1-1.

Bussty  2007

Dave & the Legends XI

GD2012 action -Dave Busst

Golf Day Action

‘Bussty’ went on to make 50 league appearances for the Sky Blues, scoring 4 goals plus 10 cup appearances (1 goal) before his horrific leg injury towards the end of the 1995-96 season ended his career. A month or so later at the end of May 1996 he was released from his contract and from 1998 to date has played an enormous part in energising the links between Club and the local Warwickshire community through sport as can be traced through numerous news items on this site. Dave has also gained managerial experience with Solihull Borough (2000-03) and Evesham United (2003-06) and has always been heavily involved in organising (with CCFPA members) regular Charity games involving various Sky Blue Legends XIs. He is also a regular at the Association’s annual Golf Days (Golf Day 2015 will be on Thursday 4th June next year)

No stranger to all things CCFC we trust Dave will enjoy his day at the Ricoh this time as our guest rather than with SBitC. We expect him to tour the Ricoh lounges before the game in the company of matchday host and fellow CCFPA member Brian ‘Harry’ Roberts, provide words of analytical wisdom for the BBC CWR team during the game and entertain the Sky Blue fans in Lady Gs Lounge at the G-Casino (with CCFPA’s m/c Billy Bell) after the game. We trust Bussty sees another 3 points for the Sky Blues after their first away win for many months against Colchester United last weekend!

CCFPA at the Coventry Sports Awards

Posted by · Leave a Comment 

Last Thursday (20th November 2014) several members of CCFPA attended the Coventry Sports Awards Ceremony.  This was held at the Dallas Burston Polo Club in Southam. It was a prestigious event organised by Champions (UK) Ltd and was hosted by Willie Thorne and Emma Jesson.

The CCFPA Table at the Awards

The CCFPA Table at the Awards

The CCFPA members that attended were Dave Bennett, Kirk Stephens, Dietmar Bruck, Dave Busst, Andy Blair, Claus Bech Jorgensen, John Sillett and CCFC coach Steve Ogrizovic and Manager Steven Pressley. Additionally CCFPA Committee Members Bob Eales and Sandra Garlick were present. Some of them can be seen in the photo above with other guests at the ceremony.

Bussty Bob Ryan & Benno with the Awards

Bussty, Bob, Ryan & Benno with the Awards

The Sky Blues defender Ryan Haynes won the Professional Young Sportsperson of the Year award, which he accepted himself and the Professional Sportsman of the Year award was won by former Sky Blues striker Callum Wilson. Because Callum was unavailable to accept the award due to his call up for England Under 21 duties this award was accepted on his behalf by Bob Eales from CCFPA. The picture shows Dave Busst, Bob Eales, Ryan Haynes and Dave Bennett with the two awards. Another former Sky Blue and CCFPA member Steve Ogrizovic also received an award. Oggie was presented with the Community Award at the ceremony

Players from the current Sky Blues squad who were in attendance included Andy Webster, Ryan Haynes, Jim O’Brien, Ivor Lawton and Danny Swanson.