Imps Best Tractor Boys in FA Cup Replay: Win Grants Them Searing 4th Round Seagulls Tie

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Last night was not a good one for the former Sky Blues now playing for Championship side Ipswich Town. CCFPA member and former striker Leon Best, loanee defender Grant Ward and loanee forward Freddie Sears (replacing Leon) all appeared in the Tractor Boys side which again failed to beat their non-league opponents (after having to twice coming from behind at Portman Road to draw and earn this replay).

Leon in the Sky Blue

Leon in the Sky Blue

A well travelled player, Leon will be remembered by fans as a somewhat inconsistent forward appearing for the Sky Blues between 2007-10 and netting 19 times in his 92 league outings before moving to Newcastle United; Freddie (2010 -10 league appearances) and Grant (2015 – 12 league apps.) spent relatively short loan periods at the Ricoh.

In the F.A.Cup 3rd round replay on Tuesday evening Lincoln City, also currently flying high top in the Vanarama National League, ‘bested’ their more illustrious opponents in many departments. Their injury time goal at the end of the match ‘granted’ them a plum 4th round home tie against another Championship side, Brighton & Hove Albion on the 28th. If Lincoln City ‘sears’ the Seagulls with another F.A.Cup success the Imps will be really soaring!! (apologies for the excessive puns)

 

CCFPA Sends Birthday Greetings To Our Member Patrick Suffo!

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Pat in the Sky Blue

The Association would like to wish our member and former Sky Blue forward Patrick Suffo ‘Happy 39th Birthday’ for today. Patrick was born on 17th January 1978 in the Cameroon (for whom he has gained almost 30 international caps). He has had to travel all over the world to further his profession, though disciplinary issues have hampered his career. However, since 2014 he has been back in the City turning out for (and helping to manage) Coventry United for a spell!

Patrick was introduced to European football by French outfit, Nantes in 1995 and also got some loan experience in Spain with Barcelona’s reserves. He first came to the UK when signed for Sheffield United in 2000 but returned overseas to play briefly in Spain for Numancia (2002) and Saudi Arabia for Al-Hilal (2003). The Sky Blues took a chance to bring him back to English football on a free in 2003 for a couple of seasons and he repaid them with a decent goal haul of 10 goals in 48 league appearances (many off the subs bench) and 12 in 54 appearances overall.

After leaving the Sky Blues Patrick had short sojourns in Dubai, Norway, Israel and Spain between 2005-08 before returning to the UK on a game by game basis with non-league Wrexham in 2008-09. Before landing at Coventry United Pat had also turned out for Alvis FC and Bedworth Liberal WMC. He was signed up for CCFPA in 2011 and still lives locally.

Happy Birthday Pat- have a great one.

Peter Bodak Here To See The Sky Blues Take On the Cod Army

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A youthful Peter in 1978

We are delighted to announce that Peter Bodak will be the Association’s ‘special guest’ at Saturday’s must-win Sky Blues’ clash clash with Fleetwood Town (21st January 2017). The ‘Cod Army’ are currently riding high at 6th in League One so the Sky Blues languishing uncomfortably at the bottom of the table desperately need to get a league win under their belts!   

Fans will rember that Peter started with the Sky Blues as a schoolboy in 1977 and a year after becoming a professional with us he made his debut for the City in 1980. A precocious and confident young wing forward Peter scored 7 goals in 44 first team appearances including BBC’s ‘Goal of the Season’ in our F.A.Cup victory at Manchester City in January 1982.

Peter in the Sky Blue

Peter in the Sky Blue

A move to Manchester United in close season 1982 didn’t really work out and Peter became a bit of a wanderer appearing in the U.K. for Manchester City (loan),  Walsall, Crewe Alexandra, and Swansea City surrounding spells abroad with Seiko and Happy Valley (Hong Kong), Royal Antwerp (Belgium) and in the U.S.A.  Peter finished his career in non-league football with the likes of Sutton Coldfield FC and Atherstone Town in the early 1990s. He will be sure to be looking out for other CCFC players of the same era who are Ricoh frequent visitors like Peter Hormantschuk and Andy Blair

Peter Bodak & tie

Peter signs for CCFPA in 2011. Bob Eales does the honours

Look out for Peter before the game below the stands in the Ricoh visiting th club’s youngest fans in the Family Zone run by CCFPA Associate member Pat Raybould and her enthusaistic team of volunteers (usually accompanied by Sky Blue Sam and a current squad member). Also Peter will be touring the supporters lounges and boxes prior to kick-off, participating in a Q&A with a former Sky Blue playing colleague, club host and fellow CCFPA member Brian ‘Harry’ Roberts.

After the game CCFPA’s Billy Bell will invite Peter down to the stage of Lady Gs in the G-Casino at the Ricoh for some entertaining ‘craic’ in front of the Sky Blues supporters who gather there and hopefully they will be able to discuss the finer points of a badly needed Sky Blues home win. For those who can’t make the game Peter will also assist the BBC CWR commentary team in providing live analysis as the game unfolds.

Welcome Peter!  

Tuesday Walking Football At Bedduth Calls Over 50s Tomorrow

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CCFC Walking FootballTuesday Walking Football at Bedworth Oval is on again tomorrow. Why not join the happy band of over 50s and shake off the winter blues tomorrow (Tuesday 17 th January 2017)!

Sky Blues in the Community (run by CCFPA member and former Sky Blue Dave Busst) have embedded the game in the Coventry area and we know that ‘Walking Football‘ will increase both social and physical activity opportunities for older people in the city. Walking Football is simply a slow-paced version of the beautiful game. It is designed to help people have an active lifestyle regardless of their age and ability, as well as get people back playing football. It’s a great way to keep fit, learn skills, have fun and socialise all at the same time.

CCFPA, the CCFC Diamond Club and Cov Support News service all support SBiTC’s Walking Football initiative and many of our members (associates and committee men alike) as well as some of our older former player members like Bill Tedds, Dave Bennett, Dave Busst, Ken Brown, Ron Farmer and Ian Goodwin can often be seen supporting the sessions.  So if you want to play with one of the CCFC veterans in a fun atmosphere whilst keeping fit get down to one of the three sessions!

DSC04886Why not join us there?

Tuesday Sessions
10:30am-12:00pm at Bedworth FC’s ground –The Oval, Coventry Rd, Bedworth, CV12 8NN

Monday & Thursday Sessions
In Coventry from 10:30am-12:00pm at St Finbarrs Sports & Social Club, 303 Holbrook Lane, Coventry, CV6 4DG

Each session costs £3 to participate in and the Sky Blues Team including CCFPA members serve refreshments before and after the Walking Football – providing a comfortable and social atmosphere for all involved. The Walking Football side of things generally involves a warm up followed by a round-robin format of games to ensure everyone gets plenty of playing time. The sessions are proving to be very popular and we are always looking to welcome new people.

If you want to find out more about the Walking Football scheme, you can contact the Sky Blues in the Community Team. Email: sbitc@ccfc.co.uk , Telephone: 02476 786 314, or Text: 07813 455 531.