Over 50? Bedworth ‘Walking Football’ Beckons You Tomorrow.

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Brucky still dazzles

Brucky still dazzles

Walking Football BedduthAll CCFPA members and Sky Blue fans over 50 are invited to keep active, warm and fit by joining the next Bedworth based SBiTC’s Walking Football session which continues tomorrow (24th May 2016) in its regular Tuesday slot at Bedworth Town FC’s Oval ground. Fans at the Sky Blues home game against Millwall last April will have seen some of our Walking Footballers including CCFPA’s Billy Bell, Frank Pritchard and CCFC Legend Dietmar Bruck demonstrate the fun and games to be had (above).

All sessions are designed to offer gentle but competitive exercise for the over 50s (men and women) and start at 10.30am running through to around noon. They cost £3 (including hot and cold refreshments) and often taking part are CCFPA full members including the likes of Dietmar Bruck, Ken Brown, Ian Goodwin, and Dave Bennett, committee members Dean Nelson, Sarah-Jane Morris and Frank Pritchard and a number of Associate Members. There are regularly well over 30 players enjoying the exercise and banter, so why not get your boots on pronto and join the regulars – there are often ‘newbies’ joining the fun too!  So, now’s the time to put the spring in your step by joining us and get a good ‘walking to’ whilst getting toned up for the summer by having fun with friends!

A Happy Team Photo of the 'Walking Football' Participants YesterdayIf you can’t make this session there is another regular event too in Coventry next and every Thursday (same time and cost) held at St.Finbarr’s Sport & Social Club.  Both sets of 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.

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: hiedi.sloan@ccfc.co.uk). SBiTC can also be contacted at sbitc@ccfc.co.uk

 

CCFPA Birthday greetings for tomorrow to Sky Blue Legend Ian Wallace!!

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CCFPA sends its very best wishes to former Sky Blue striker and Association member Ian Wallace whose 60th birthday is tomorrow!

The true Sky Blue Legend and goal poacher extraordinaire is a very good friend the Association and was last back in Coventry as our ‘special guest’ at the Club’s last Ricoh game of the season against Sheffield United at the end of last month and watched the Blades fall victim to the Sky Blues third straight home to send the fans home happy. ‘Wally’ has proved to be a pretty regular visitor in spite of him having to travel down from his home in Scotland.  He was also here in February for the memorable Legends Day weekend when Coventry celebrated the life of the late Jimmy Hill and the Sky Blues demolished Bury 6-0 in front of forty of our former players. He will be here again in early June as a participant in our Golf Day 2016.

Wally

Wally in the Sky Blues’ infamous brown tramlines away kit

‘Wally’ needs little introduction to Sky Blues’ fans being fondly remembered as a will o’ the wisp inside forward during the late 1970s, chiefly famous for the potent partnership he forged as the more delicate foil to forceful centre forward Mick Ferguson between 1976-80. Born on 23rd May 1956 in Glasgow, Ian was signed by then Sky Blue gaffer Gordon Milne (now also a CCFPA member) from Dumbarton and in the four seasons before departing in July 1980 (for one of the first ever £1m transfers) to Nottingham Forest he managed a brilliant strike rate of 59 goals in 140 first team appearances as well as several Under 21 and full caps for Scotland.

After showing almost equally impressive form with the Forest from 1984 he tried his luck in France, Madeira and Australia (as well as Sunderland)  before returning to manage Dumbarton from 1977-79.

Happy Birthday Ian – we hope you enjoy celebrating your big six oh!!

 

Sky Blues Legends XI Take The Field Again In June

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Bedworth LegendsCCFPA Committee member Dean Nelson who is Match Secretary for the team tells us that the CCFC Legends XI will kick off their new season with a Charity fixture in June at Bedworth Oval next month. The game will be against Arena Tesco FC and will take place at the home of Bedworth United FC on Sunday 12th June 2016.

Its still early days yet, but the team managers Dave Bennett and Dave Busst (both Association members) have pencilled themselves in for the game and hope also to include the likes of fellow CCFPA members Lee Carsley, Dele Adebola, Marcus Hall, John Williams, Micky Gynn, Barry Quinn, David Phillips and Dietmar Bruck.

Both Dean and Dietmar’s work for Arena Tesco has facilitated the game which will be in aid of two charities Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation (though Dietmar has recently retired from his role as Community Liaison Officer for the Store).

Kick off is planned for 13:45pm and admission will be Adults £3 and Under 16s £1. Keep checking this site for further details of who will feature in the Sky Blues Legends team and whether Dean and Dietmar will be turning out for their opponents!

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A Legends XI at the Ricoh in 2013

CCFPA Member Rob Page Appointed New Gaffer of the Cobblers

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25. Robert Page

Rob in the Sky Blue

Congratulations to CCFPA member and former Sky Blues defender Robert Page who was yesterday officially confirmed as the new manager of League Two runaway Champions Northampton Town. Rob takes over the gaffer’s chair from Chris Wilder who recently departed for a similar post at Sheffield United.  Page moves from the Sky Blues League One rivals Port Vale FC where he was appointed manager in 2014 (after a spell as caretaker at Vale Park) in turn replacing his old boss and fellow CCFPA member Micky Adams.  The ex-Watford and Sheffield United defender had been in the Potteries for five years,

Rob signing up for CCFPA

Rob signing up for CCFPA

Rob, who was an uncompromising central defender for the Sky Blues making 70 league appearances for CCFC between 2005-08. Vale finished below the Sky Blues in League One last term in 12th and Page had a year to run on his contract. He had been linked with both the Cardiff and Sheffield United jobs, but instead has joined the club which won League Two this season by 13 points under Wilder. When the Sky Blues visit Page’s new team next season some of our fans are likely to have mixed feelings given the controversary surrounding CCFC’s temporary sojourn at Sixfields as a result of the Club’s dispute with the former owner’s of the Ricoh. The Cobbler’s own recent financial difficulties arising from ground development have seemingly not handicapped such a surprisingly good performance from the club’s players.

Manager- Adams, M (Micky)

Micky Adams

Rob signed up for the Association in September 2013 (left) supported by then recent signing Micky Adams. Micky (right) is, of course both a former player and manager of the Sky Blues and has also held the gaffer’s chair at Tranmere Rovers and Sligo Rovers since leaving Vale Park. We hope Rob Page does well at Northampton Town (apart, of course, from the two fixtures the Cobblers will have against the Sky Blues in 2016-17)!