CCFPA Could Be Waiting On You In November!

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Waiter 4 compositeCCFPA is holding a fun-filled “Celebrity Waiters Night” in aid of Association funds Early in November but you will have to act quickly if you want to be involved as places are becoming booked up even this early!

The enjoyable event will take place at Millsy’s Cafe Bar & Bistro (20, Earlsdon St., Coventry) on Thursday 12th November 2015.

Waiter 3 Kirk & BillyIf you book to join us you will find that your waiter is likely to be a former Coventry City playing star, ably assisted by well known local business woman, CCFPA committee member Sandra Garlick. As an organisation completely independent from CCFC and run entirely by volunteers CCFPA relies on subscriptions from our loyal associate and corporate members and income from advertisers/ sponsors and also from events like this. Funds generated from these sources support all our activities including this website, our members’ magazine and reunion events like Legends Day every March and Golf Day every June. All we do supports links between the club’s former players and their fans and helps us protect and promote the history and heritage of the football club for past, present and future members of the Sky Blue family.

Enjoy a welcome drink, canapés and a three course meal (*menu below) served by your CCFPA waiting staff plus interviews, an auction and raffle and much other entertainment at this fun packed evening. Proceeds from this evening will be for CCFPA funds. As you can see from the photographs past dinners have provided lots of fun and entertainment involving the likes of former players Kirk Stephens, Dave Busst, Peter Hormantschuk and Dave Bennett and CCFPA vice chairman Billy Bell (as m/c)

Waiter 1 KirkExpect to see some of these former players involved again plus other stars of the past (we will reveal in due course) when they have confirmed they will be waiting on table for your delight and edification.

The cost for the evening’s entertainment which kicks off at 7.30 pm (the meal begins at 8pm) is a very modest £40 per head. As numbers are limited, payment must be made to secure your place; you need to move quickly if you want to take part!

If you require further information on the event or would like to go ahead and reserve a spot (or a table) please contact CCFPA’s Sandra Garlick on 024 7699 8055 or via email on sandra@demarcobusinessadvisors.com. To book electronically please send your payment to CCFPA

Sort Code: 30-96-20 A/c No: 00742803 Ref: CW [Your Name] Please email Sandra to confirm your electronic booking

For further information on the venue you can contact Millsy’s Cafe Bar & Bistro, 20 Earlsdon Street, Coventry, CV5 6EG Tel. 024 7671 3222.

We would love you to join us in the evening’s fun and games!

The Planned Menu is:

(V=Vegetarian option)

On Arrival

Canapé and Prosecco Royale to be served as guests arrive

Starter

Pancetta and wild mushroom tart, peppery rocket. (exclude pancetta. V)

Main Course

Grilled chicken supreme, fondant potato, seasonal vegetables, garlic and Parmesan herb cream sauce

(Spring vegetable risotto, grilled goats’ cheese, Pecorino and truffle oil. V)

Dessert

Limoncello cheesecake, ginger biscuit base and crushed raspberries

Thanks to John Coles for use of the photos (www.johncolesphotography.com)

Claus Hopes to See the Sky Blues Sink the Shrimpers

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Claus Jorgensen action2The Association’s ‘special guest’ for the Sky Blues’ Bank Holiday Monday night game at the Ricoh on the last day of August will be CCFPA committee member Claus Bech Jorgensen. He will be hoping to see the Sky Blues continue their 100% record at the Ricoh this season!

Claus Bech Jorgensen

Claus Bech Jorgensen

Of course, Claus is part of club history having scored the first ever Ricoh goal after 10 minutes when the Sky Blues defeated QPR at its new ground in August 2005. The other scorer (Dele Adebola) and the Sky Blues gaffer Micky Adams at the time are now fellow CCFPA members.

Claus will be remembered as a combative forward who came from Bradford City in August 2003. An international for the Faroe Islands, Claus clocked up over 60 appearances for the Sky Blues scoring six times. He moved to Blackpool in 2006 and thence to Port Vale. Since hanging up his boots Claus has been developing his media and business careers and is proprietor of a local company Unique Floorcare Ltd (one of CCFPA’s Corporate members). Last season he was also asked back to work for CCFC’s Academy as a part-time coach especially for the U 14s.

He will also be doing matchday analysis during the game for BBC CWR as well touring the corporate areas at the Arena before and after the game. We also expect he will be able to meet the fans on the stage of Lady Gs in the G-Casino after the game. Thanks Claus!

CCFPA’s Members Magazine ‘Legend’ at the Printers

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CCFPA Darker Logo 2012Copy for the next September edition of the Association’s members newsletter has now been sent to our printers, Spectrum Print of Solihull by editor Mike Young. This is the latest edition of our full colour eight page magazine. It is anticipated that Issue 19 of the magazine will be ready for final approval in the next few days ready for publication early next month.

As usual, it is packed full of news, views and reports of what we have been up to since the last issue in June and focusses in a centre double page spread on the wonderful Golf Day 2015 at Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club later that month. We demonstrate that your Association has been busy during the close season and making plans for season 2015-16.

As usual, we contain news of the doings and sayings of our Sky Blue members, coverage of some of the Charitable events our former player Legends XI have supported and a section on the health and welfare activities we also help to promote. There is a Bookshelf feature and we also remember one member of the ex CCFC playing family who sadly has passed on to ‘Sky Blue heaven’.

If you were a CCFPA Associate Member last season but have forgotten to renew we urge you to do so in the next seven days to guarantee receipt of this and future copies of this popular publication. You can join or renew at the modest cost of £15 (just tap on the ‘Join us’ button on the top right for a guide on how to join or rejoin by sending us a cheque or paying electronically.

We hope that there is something for everyone in Legend 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!

Legend Headr

‘Spider’ Back in Coventry for Diamond September

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Chris in the Sky Blue

Chris in the Sky Blue

Former Sky Blue defender (and CCFPA member) Chris Cattlin is coming back to Coventry to be special guest speaker at the next Coventry City Diamond Club’s lunch on Thursday September 17th 2015.

Chris is an exceedingly popular CCFC former player from the 1960s and a regular visitor to Association functions, especially our annual Legends Day. He is a strong supporter of all things Sky Blue including CCFPA and has been vocal in expressing his concerns during the Club’s tribulations of recent years.

‘Spider’  is a well loved and remembered Sky Blue defender having served CCFC as an adventurous and athletic left back between 1968-76. Noel Cantwell  purchased him in March 1968 for the substantial sum (in those days) of £70k from Huddersfield Town where he had made his name.  Chris eventually played 239 times for the Sky Blues including in their sole European campaign in 1970-71 (unfortunately without ever finding the opponent’s net!)  He gained two Under 23 caps for the Club before moving on to Brighton and Hove Albion in the close season of 1976.

Chris at Legends Day 2015

Chris at Legends Day 2015

At Brighton he also became a Club Legend and, under Alan Mullery, was twice a promotion winner in the 1970s scoring 2 goals in 114 first team appearances up to retiring in 1980. He later returned to the Goldstone in a coaching capacity just prior to being promoted to being their Manager in October 1983 (replacing Jimmy Melia). Reputedly something of a disciplinarian Chris substantially turned the club’s fortunes round leading them to within striking distance of promotion and a F.A.Cup quarter final place before being sacked (unjustly according to many Seagull’s supporters) in May 1986.  Chris still lives and has business interests in the Brighton area.

The Diamond Club Committee are asking that all members who are planning on attending the lunch should return their forms and monies as soon as possible. The Diamond Club will also have a new tie on sale at the lunch apparently!