Another CCFPA ‘Away Day’ at Liberty Way: Another No Score Bore

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The two teams enter the field

A couple of weeks’ ago we reported that quite a number of Association members and committee members made the short journey from Coventry to Liberty Way, Nuneaton to see Tony Mowbray’s Sky Blues’ first public pre season friendly against a newly built Borough side managed by new gaffer Kevin Wilson. The CCFPA contingent saw a goalless stalemate then.

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Friendly hand shakes

About half the number of Association personnel made a repeat journey yesterday (Saturday August 1st) to see the Sky Blues last pre season outing before they take on Wigan Athletic in League One at the Ricoh next Saturday. Committee men Mike Young and Frank Pritchard were joined by former Sky Blues and Association members Bill Tedds, Brian ‘Harry’ Roberts and Dave Bennett (and, of course Oggie was in the CCFC dugout as usual). Amongst the Associate members spotted were Rachel King, Kev Monks, Andy Tedds and Chris Lambert. Also spotted scouting at the game was former Sky Blue gaffer Aidy Boothroyd.

The penalty awaits...

The penalty awaits…

Unfortunately the score was the same – something of a bore draw at 0-0. In a somewhat strangely based fixture on neutral ground the Sky Blues opponents were League Two side Oxford United. Neither club’s new piches could be risked before the season’s start so the game was switched from Oxford to the West Midlands.

In truth the U’s were the best side missing a penalty and hitting the woodwork several times and the Sky Blues team mixture of experience and youth did not gel with some under par performances. Even though new striker Adam Armstrong was lively it was clear for all to see that the City forward line lacked height, weight and penetration. Thanks to Mike for the photographs.

Mogga, Jamie Clapham & Oggie talk tactics

Mogga, Jamie Clapham & Oggie talk tactics

Oggie gives Marcus Tudgay some advice!

Oggie gives Marcus Tudgay some advice!

All CCFPA members will be hoping that the Sky Blues, with one of the worst pre-season starts in a generation, will give the fans something to shout about when it matters next Saturday and a well packed Ricoh will greet the Sky Blues first three points of the 2015-16 campaign (and. please, some goals).


STOP PRESS! Look out for an announcement tomorrow of the Association’s first special guest of the season at the Ricoh on 8th August.


Callum To Stay on the South Coast for Four Years

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Callum Wilson, Coventry City

Callum Wilson, Coventry City

Despite quite a number of established top Premiership clubs (including Arsenal, Chelsea and Aston Villa) apparently taking an interest former Sky Blue top goalscorer (and CCFPA member) Callum Wilson has decided to stay with his current club, Bournemouth.  The lightening fast striker turned his back on the Ricoh in July 2014 having electrified League One to join the south coast Championship club for an undisclosed fee.

The move proved to be a dream one as he scored another twenty goals for the Cherries and was recognised by his country with an England U21 cap. He was central to their promotion push to the Premiership and, as champions, Bournemouth made it to the top division for the first time in their history.

Frank Pritchard welcomes Callum to CCFPA last year

Frank Pritchard welcomes Callum to CCFPA last year

Originally on a three year contract Callum has just signed a new improved four-year contract with the club. He told the Cherries website,

“Playing in the Premier League is all I’ve ever dreamed of. You want to play against the players you idolise…………I signed from Coventry thinking we would get to the Premier League in the next few years and we did it in the first season. There’s no reason, at this moment in time, why anyone would want to leave because we are in the Premier League and have a great manager, who is young and wants to be successful.”

CCFPA hopes the Cov Kid makes his mark in the Premiership in the coming season and hopes to tempt him back to visit us when playing commitments allow.

‘Bussty’ Recalls His Career Changing Injury on talkSport

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Dave Busst

Dave Busst

The Coventry Telegraph and other media outlets have recently reported on an interview given to talkSPORT by former doughty Sky Blue defender, CCFPA member and former committee member David Busst focussing on the career changing injury he received at Old Trafford in 1996. Bussty appeared on the station alongside his former boss (himself a former Sky Blue player and Association member)  Bobby Gould.

A Brummie, Dave had been spotted playing non-league with Moor Green. He subsequently signed at professional contract with CCFC in summer 1992 and soon became a fans’ favourite at Highfield Road, known for his determination and commitment to the cause. In 1996, however, having ventured forward for a corner in Manchester, in a sickening double collision with United’s Denis Irwin and Brain McClair he suffered an extensive compound fractures to both tibia and fibula of his right leg. Suggested to be one of the worst injuries in the history of football the gruesome sight infamously caused United keeper Peter Schmeichel to be physically sick on the pitch.

Eric Cantona congratulates Bussty at his testimonial

Despite an incredible 26 operations, Busst remained a member of the Sky Blues squad but never played professionally again before being forced to retire on medical advice in November the same year. However he was given a testimonial match against Manchester United and both Paul Gascoigne and Les Ferdinand wore the Sky Blue for the game as guests. Eric Cantona scored for the Reds in what was his last appearance for United (left).

In the interview Bussty admits that the terrible injury is often what people recognise him for: “I’ve always been open talking about it. Whether it’s in my day-to-day job, people in the community, Coventry fans, it’s kind of what I’m known for. I don’t mind.” The articles also provides a horrific photo (tweeted by talkSPORT presenter Andy Goldstein) and video previously posted online over the weekend revealing what Dave’s leg looks like today. They can be seen for example at:- or

Recalling the career changing moment at Old Trafford, Dave said,

“I was on the pitch 87 seconds when I got injured. Irwin came off the post I think and McClair came from behind and in that split second it was just the impact of two forces, one going one way and one going the other way.  I knew something serious had happened; something wasn’t in the place it should have been. I could see from the reaction of people around me. I’ll never forget Dion Dublin, he was just bent down with his hand on his head, the look of horror in his eyes.

They would have seen my right shin coming up at an ‘L’ shape when it should have been straight down. I didn’t look down, you go into shock mode. The pain is excruciating. You freeze. You think any movement will make it worse. I saw the physio come on and then they called for the Man United physio to come on and then the doctors to come on. I hadn’t passed out.”

Recalling his arrival in hospital back in 1996, he said: “I had to have the kit cut off me. I always remember them having to remove my boot, my sock and my shinpad and I was awake for that.”

Bussty  2007He also remembers the kindness of the United players who came to see him while he was recovering.

Steve Bruce and his son Alex, who was eight years old, came in. Ryan Giggs came to see me. After about 4-5 weeks I was able to go out to a hotel with my family and I got a call from downstairs saying there was a Manchester United fan who wanted to come up and see me. This young lad in a baseball cap came up and I said “Hi, I’m Dave Busst” and he said ‘I’m David Beckham’. I went ‘oh God I’m so sorry, they said it was just a fan down in the lobby’. He wasn’t as famous as he is now.”

Dave is now the Sky Blues Football in the Community supremo (go to  or to see the range and significance of their work). Dave also is a leading light in supporting the various Sky Blue Legends Charity games over the years (right). Amongst many other things the organisation runs a couple of ‘Walking Football’ fitness programmes for over 50s supported by CCFPA at St Finbarr’s Sports & Social Club on Thursday mornings and Bedworth Oval on Mondays. Bussty sometimes takes part but he admitted in the interviews: “When I play, I go in for challenges and my dad absolutely cringes!”.



August CCFPA Committee Meeting Upcoming

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CCFPA Darker Logo 2012The Association committee meeting for August will take place at 6 p.m. in Lady Gs in the Ricoh Arena on  Thursday 6th August 2015. An agenda has been circulated to committee members recently by secretary Sarah Morris.

In a packed agenda, business will include consideration of future liaison arrangements with CCFC; the special guest programme for 2015-16; news of new members of all types and renewals; an update on Association finances; a review of the successful Golf Day 2015 in June and confirmation of the date of Golf Day 2016; Consideration of options for Legends Day 2016 and opportunities for other Association events during the season; CCFPA website readership data; Commercial and corporate developments; Welfare matters; consideration of the next official CCFPA newsletter due in the next few weeks; as well as A.O.B.

If committee members have not yet communicated agenda items to the Chairman or Secretary can they please do so urgently.