Golf Day 2017 OverSubscribed: ‘May The Fourth Be With You’: Now Catch The Early Bird!!

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This summer’s 10th Anniversary Golf Day 2017 takes place again at Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club and the date is fixed for Thursday 8th June 2017 . With only ONE WEEK to go for before our early bird deadline (offering a cracking discount) for CCFPA’s second of its two major annual reunions, Golf Day 2017 we are facing a record breaking entry to this event with only a few weeks to go!

CCFPA’s GD17 organiser Frank Pritchard confirms that we are looking oversubscribed in terms of interest from participants so confirming your reservation with payment is essential as we will have to work a first come first served policy from now on! Thereafter we’ll be implementing a ‘Reserve/Standby’ list, once we have our maimum of 24 paid entries.

The advantage is that those that pay within the next week will also get early bird savings of £70 off the full price of £270 if you enter and pay in full before 4th May 2017!!  Hence the “May the Fourth be with YOU” slogan! The early entry and payment guarantees you a tee-time and a chance to nominate a FP playing partner. Please note it may also still be possible to book an individual slot at £90 full price too.

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Frank & Dave Phillips

Remember, each entered team of three will buddy up with one of the more than 20 Sky Blue former players we expect to be playing on the day. These include, we hope, 1987 F.A.Cup hero David Phillips defending his individual title from last year and popular former Sky Blue captain of recent years Carl Baker who has also won the top player prize in recent years. Also lined up so far (with more big names still to come) are former CCFC players Claus Bech Jorgensen, Peter Billing, Jeff Blockley, Ken Brown, Dietmar Bruck, Dave Busst, Ron Farmer, Jim Holmes, Peter Hormantschuk, Mick Kearns, Graham Newton, Steve Ogrizovic, Craig Pead, Kirk Stephens, Ian Wallace, Bob Wesson and Peter Wyer as well former manager Ron Atkinson and we hope current CCFC player Chris Stokes!




Carl Baker Drives One

The day will begin with a bacon roll and coffee on arrival followed by an excellent 18 holes of competition play (tee off between 11am- 1pm), all finished off with a fabulous three course meal, a prize presentation and speeches. There will be prizes galore, a raffle and auction of great sporting memorabilia including from the Sky Blues. CCFPA’s Billy Bell will be on hand to keep everyone entertained and all are guaranteed a great time!

For more details or bookings contact CCFPA’s Frank Pritchard on 07815 899224 or on or email Sandra Garlick on or you can download the booking form by clicking on:- Golf Day 2017 Application (Final) 07-2016

CBJ Is 41 Today! CCFPA Wishes Claus ‘Many Happy Returns’

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Claus in the Sky Blue

The Association would like to wish its former committee member Claus Bech Jorgensen Happy 41st Birthday!!

Claus, born in Holstebro, Denmark in 27 April 1976, and a Faroes Island international, 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 Bech Jorgensen

Claus Bech Jorgensen

Claus will be remembered as a combative forward who came from Bradford City in August 2003 and clocked up over 60 appearances for the Sky Blues scoring six times. He moved to Blackpool in 2006 and thence to Port Vale in 2009 (and briefly for, then non league, Fleetwood Town). 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 and now gives coaching assistance to fellow CCFPA member and former Sky Blue forward Andy Morrell who is manager at Tamworth United. A Ricoh regular until his coaching duties curtailed opportunities we, nevertheless hope to see Claus back at the Ricoh before too long next season whenever his other obligations allow.

Hope you have a great birthrday today !


St Finbarrs Walking Football Returns Tomorrow After Easter Break

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SBiTC Walking Football A5 1pp (print)SBiTC’s Cov based Thursday Walking Football returns tomorrow morning after its two week Easter break. If you are over 50, why not get those Easter egg extra pounds trimmed, dodge the April showers and keep fit for the football close season by joining the happy band of senior footballers at St Finbarr’s tomorrow (Thursday 27th April 2017)?

St.Finbarr’s Sport & Social Club is based at 303 Holbrooks Lane, Coventry CV6 4DG where the sessions are run this and every Thursday. The sessions are designed to offer gentle but competitive exercise for the over 50s and start before 10.30am running through to around noon. All it costs is £3 (including hot and cold refreshments). So, if you want to come, look sharpish, dust off  your old football boots/trainers and get along to St Finbarrs!

Assorted CCFPA Members & Sky Blue Shirts!

Assorted CCFPA Members & Sky Blue Shirts!

Brucky still dazzles

Brucky still dazzles

CCFPA full members including the likes of Dietmar Bruck, Ron Farmer, Ken Brown, Bill Tedds, Ian Goodwin, Dave Bennett, committee members Dean Nelson, Billy Bell and Frank Pritchard and a number of Associate Members can often be found amongst the participants and supporters at the sessions (at least 30 regularly turn up usually including a few newbies!), so why not join the regulars?

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Defenders await a Walking Football Tackle

The Walking Football scheme has proved so popular that if you can’t make Thursday sessions there is a another opportunity at St Finbarrs every Monday or another regular event locally too in Bedworth every Tuesday held at Bedworth Town FC’s Oval ground (both same time and cost).  These friendly events are run by CCFC’s Sky Blues In The Community run by former Sky Blue defender (and CCFPA member) Dave Busst and have always been supported by the Coventry City Diamond Club, Coventry City Former Players Association  and Covsupport News Service and their members.

Ken & Frank: Walking Football Stalwarts

For more information about the sessions at both sites you can contact Sky Blues in the Community’s Health Manager, Hiedi Sloan (telephone: 02476 786 314 Text: 07813 455 531 or by email: SBiTC can also be contacted at

Ray Paul’s Funeral Arrangements Announced

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Ray at Nuneaton

CCFPA has now received details of the funeral arrangements for former CCFC forward, the late Ray Paul from Ray’s family. Born in 1923, Ray who had been, until his death, Coventry City’s earliest surviving player passed away on Saturday 15th April. He made ten wartime appearances (scoring eight goals) in 1944-45 for the ‘Bantams’ as CCFC were then known but had his biggest impact at neighbours Nuneaton Town where he was a scoring sensation scoring an average of well over a goal a game in not far off 150 of appearances in two spells with the Borough.

Ray Paul (Nuneaton card)

Ray’s funeral will be held on Thursday the 11th May 2017 at Colwall St James Church, Mill Lane, Colwall, WR13 6HE, beginning at 2:30pm

Apparently there is a railway station in Colwall which is about 1 mile away from the church. Ray’s daughter Gill asks that appropriate club colours should be worn rather than black as ‘Papa had a great personality and never wore black himself (unless he had to)’.

The wake will follow on after the service at the Colwall Park Hotel near Malvern (WR13 6QG Tel: (+44) 01684 878835) which is very near the station

The family would be grateful if mourners who intend to pay their respects contact Ray’s grand-daughter Zoe at so they can make an accurate estimate of the demand for refreshments. CCFPA hope to be represented by a number of members including chairman Jim Brown.

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Ray joins the Association at Legends Day 2016 (with CCFPA Membership Sec. Sarah-Jane Morris)