Late Substitution at Swindon Game: Dennis Off: ‘Dele On

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Dennis in the Sky Blue

Dele in the Sky Blue

Before the Sky Blues fell to another wretched home defeat at the hands of fellow League One strugglers Swindon Town yesterday, CCFPA had to make a late substitution to its Former Player ‘special guest’ at the game.

Sadly, our intended guest seventies Sky Blue midfield star Dennis Mortimer fell victim to illness on the morning of the game so we had to engineer a quick substitution and, at short notice, another CCFPA member, popular Sky Blues striker of the noughties Dele Adebola agreed to fill the breach. Thanks ‘Dele.

Read all about ‘Dele’s day at the Ricoh with CCFPA and CCFC on this site tomorrow!

Birthday Boy Peter Ndlovu Sends Greetings To CCFPA & All Sky Blues Fans

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Peter in the Sky Blue

Jim Brown, Chairman of CCFPA was recently able to renew contact with the family of former Sky Blues’ star of the 1990s Peter Ndlovu who has sent us a signed shirt from his homeland Zimbabwe together with his greetings. We report this a day after ‘Nuddy’ celebrated his 43rd birthday back in Zimbawbwe.

In December 2013 both Peter and his brother Adam (also a Sky Blue junior) were involved in a fatal car crash in their homeland returning from a playing in a football game. Peter was seriously injured and sadly Adam lost his life. Regular readers may remember that, through a donation and sponsored collection, the Association helped support members of the Ndlovu family based in the UK return home for the funeral. The event saw a massive turnout of mourners, both brothers being footballing heroes in their homeland.

Jim met up with family member Brian Ndlovu and his partner Donna Carr last Saturday before the game against Gillingham (in which the Sky Blues got 3 points for the first time in 16 attempts). Peter is currently managing the ‘Mamelodi Sundowns’ who are a top flight club in the South African Premier League. Brian and Donna presented Jim with a signed Sundowns shirt with a message from Peter saying thank you for helping his family and ‘good luck’ to the Sky Blues both in their Checkatrade trophy final in April (30 years after our famous F.A.Cup winning Wembley visit) and also their desperate bid to wriggle out of what some argue is almost certain relegation.
 
Of course, Peter will well remember the way 20 years ago this year the Sky Blues did perhaps their most improbable escape act by staying in the top division by beating Spurs 2-1 at White Hart Lane on the last day of the 1996/97 season (plus relying on relegation rivals to lose). CCFPA member Gordon Strachan was our gaffer at that time and Nuddy was in the team along with Gary McAllister and CCFPA members (MOM) Steve Ogrizovic, Richard Shaw, Darren Huckerby, Noel Whelan and scorers Dion Dublin and Paul Williams.
 
Brian promises to send Nuddy’s contact details to Jim and we therefore hope to get him signed up before too long.  Watch this space!!

For the record, Adam trialled at reserve level in the early 1990s for CCFC at the same time as Peter was establishing himself as an exciting forward talent at Highfield Road eventually becoming something of an icon for the club. He was signed by City in 1991 from Highlanders in Zimbabwe scoring 43 times in 196 first team appearances. From 1997 he also played over 130 times for Birmingham City scoring 28 goals then appeared for Huddersfield Town (2000, on loan), Sheffield United (2001), and had a trial with Stoke City in 2004 before returning to southern Africa to star first with South African outfits Mamelodi Sundowns and Thanda Royal Zulu and, after a brief retirement (2009-11), returned home to play for Highfield United and the Black Mambas in Zimbabwe. Since then he has been a successful club coach with club side Chicken Inn FC in his home country.  Peter Ndlovu remains his country’s most internationally successful player and is Africa’s longest serving player in England,

The Ndlovu family at a Ricoh game a few years ago

Between  1991-2006 Peter (nicknamed ‘Nsukuzonke’ in his homeland) played in a century of international games for the Zimbabwean National team including nearly a score of caps whilst with the Sky Blues. He is now Assistant Coach to the Zimbabwe and coaches their Under 23s, ‘The Young Warriors’. Adam developed a useful professional career in Switzerland before returning to play in his homeland for Highlanders, SC Kriens, SR Delémont, FC Zürich, Moroka Swallows, Dynamos and Free State Stars. At the time of his death, Adam was coaching Chicken Inn FC and had also been with Peter a member of the 1990s national  ‘Dream Team’.  Peter also has an elder brother Madinda who has achieved footballing prominence in Zimbabwe as a player and coach.

You can relive some of Peter’s silky skills, quicksilver dribbling and explosive finishing by clicking on the following video-link fron CCFC mostly supplied by our Associate Member Dean Nelson (‘CovontheBox’):-

http://www.ccfc.co.uk/news/article/coventry-city-peter-ndlovu-best-goals-highfield-road-2294998.aspx

 

 

Happy 47th Birthday Today To ‘The Goat’

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Shaun Goater

A few days ago we reported the news that CCFPA member and former Sky Blue striker Shaun Goater had returned to English football and been appointed manager at Evo-Stik Northern League Premier Division club, Ilkeston Town. Like the Sky Blues they won their first match for a long time last Saturday. Today we learn that ‘The Goat’ is celebrating his 47th Birthday and CCFPA would like to wish Shaun ‘Many Happy Returns’

Bob Ties Up Shaun!

Born in Hamilton, Bermuda on 25th February 1970, Shaun was awarded an MBE for his services to football in his home country in 2003 ‘the Goat’ scored an incredible 32 times in 36 internationals between 1987-2004.

Shaun has been only a rare visitor to the Ricoh since receiving his official tie from CCFPA’s Bob Eales almost exactly two years ago to confirm his earlier recruitment in Bermuda.

In his day Shaun was a dashing, prolific and well travelled forward (starting as a teenager at Old Trafford in 1988) then appearing from 1989 for Rotherham United, Notts County and Bristol City before hitting the headlines with the other sky blues, Manchester City  where (in two sessions between 1998 and 2003) he scored 103 times in his 212 games!

Shaun in the Sky Blue

Shaun had a fairly brief loan spell with the Sky Blues under (now CCFPA colleague) Micky Adams at the back end of the 2004-05 season and made six appearances including two as sub before finishing his British career at Southend United (where he mentored a future Sky Blue Freddy Eastwood).

 

On leaving Southend he returned home playing for Bermuda Hogges (where he was also a director) and player-managing North Village Rams, only hanging up his boots in 2010 aged 40 (the year CCFPA signed him up).  In total, he scored more than 200 goals in English football and made over 500 appearances. In Bermuda, Shaun has been heavily involved in promoting football for young people and developed important business interests in telecommunications and transport. Previously Shaun has also helped the likes of St Johnstone and Doncaster Rovers to sharpen the scoring prowess of their strike force.

Have a great one Shaun and also enjoy your new job in Ilkeston (or as they say in that part of Derbyshire -‘Ey Up Me Duck’!)

February ‘Legend’ Printed & Ready For Distribution To Members

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We are please to report that our printers, Spectrum Print of Solihull have informed editor, CCFPA’s Mike Young, that the Association’s 10th Anniversary February edition of our members newsletter ‘Legend’ has been printed and will be delivered to our distributors (and fellow corporate members) Jigsaw CCS by Monday of next week. This means that, all being well, the printed copies will be quickly sent out to all our members to drop onto their mats within a few days.

This is the 23rd edition of our newsletter. It began publishing in September 2007 (Issue 1) under the banner ‘Sky Blue Heaven‘ and, since August 2013 (No.13), has been published as ‘Legend‘. This edition will therefore be the eleventh in the new style full colour magazine format and it will be a bumper 12 page issue with two extra pages of news and views about CCFPA activities and an application form and letter to all our Full FP Members formally inviting them to sign up for Legends day 2017 (and Golf Day 2017) both of which we intend to make our best ever!

In a season when we celebrate the achievements of two CCFC squads- the 50th Anniversary of the 1966-67 team reaching the top teir of English football for the first time and the 30th Anniversary of that famous 1986-87 F.A.Cup win at Wembley we have much to remember and even though the 2016-17 squad have got big problems in League One we can hope a corner has been turned with another Wembley final in the Checkatrade Trophy in April and, at long last, our first league win in 16 last Saturday at the Ricoh.

All the usual ‘Legend‘ items will be there and we focus particularly on the more than a dozen Former Players who have graced the Ricoh as our ‘special guests’ in home matches since last August. Amongst many other things we remember a couple of Jimmy Hill boys who have passed on to play in ‘Sky Blue Heaven’, we look at the on- and off-field charitable success of the Sky Blues Legends XI, tell you more about the work and personalities of the CCFPA committee, introduce you to our latest Association members and look back at some Xmas Hi-Jinks!

We hope that there is something for everyone in Legend 23 and that all will find it a good read.

New SpectrumJigsaw CCS bus card