A Happy Sky Blues Xmas to all Our Readers

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Coventry City Former Players Association would like to wish all its members and all readers of this website a very very Merry Christmas 2014.

The CCFPA Committee hopes that you all have a very enjoyable time full of fun, fortune and festive joy.

We also hope the Sky Blues team enjoy the festivities and that the Sky Blues and their gaffer (and CCFPA member) Steve Pressley continue to build momentum towards a happier 2015 at the Ricoh for all.

A Merry Sky Blue Xmas and Season’s Greetings to Everyone!

 

New Year Newsletter Now at the Printers

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Copy for the new New Year edition of the Association’s membership newsletter Legend is now at our printers, Spectrum Print of Solihull. This will be the fifth in our new format full colour eight page magazine and the first since the Club’s return to the Ricoh.  It is anticipated that a proof of Issue 17 of the magazine will be ready for approval towards the end of this month and the final version will be ready for publication early in January 2015 in what all hope is a New Year with the Sky Blues having turned something of a corner in their history! newsletter red

Of course, the newsletter reflects on the Association’s response to the challenges of the ‘Ricoh Return’ and our plans for 2015. As usual, it is packed full of news, views and reports of what we have been up to since the last issue in August 2014. The centre pages focus on all the former Sky Blues that have become our ‘special guests’ in the first half of the current League One season.    We also, as usual, report news of Sky Blues Former Players around the world, cover some of the Charitable events CCFPA’s former players have supported, stimulate memories of better Sky Blues days in our ‘Blast from the Past’, highlight our new corporate membership, and mention some changes in the CCFPA committee.

CCFPA Darker Logo 2012It is planned that each of our full, Associate and Corporate members will receive their copy as early as possible next month. Overseas based members may have to wait a little longer.  Sadly, there will be a few Associate members who have been removed from the mailing list because of non renewal of their membership (despite several reminders).  If you would like to join (or rejoin) our Sky Blue Former Player family for the second half of the season, to guarantee receipt of this and the next copy of this popular publication, please send your subscription with renewal form a.s.a.p. We can now offer a reduced subscription of £10 (just tap on the ‘Join us’ button on the top right for a guide on how to (re)join).

We hope that there will be something for everyone 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!

CCFPA Members Again Support the ‘Walking Football Lads’

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Walking Football Participants 18-12-2014

Another session of the ‘Walking Football’ initiative organised by SBitC Supremo (and Association member) David Busst and his team took place last Thursday/yesterday afternoon. Two dozen Coventry over 50s turned up to give the gentle exercise a go and a number of others also turned out to watch. This was an excellent turnout and allowed a round robin tournament of 4 teams of six to take place.

SBiTC Walking Football A5 1pp (print)These are a regular series of events on future Thursday mornings (not Xmas day!). CCFPA committee members Frank Pritchard, Sarah Morris  and Billy Bell were three of several Association members including veteran former players of CCFC who turned up again to support the event. The team picture above shows the happy Xmas band which also included Ken Brown, Bill Tedds and Ian Goodwin and AM Kevin Monks. Frank sent this report with pictures:-

“A fantastic turn-out just a week before Christmas for Walking Football at St Finbarrs, one or two still carrying slight knocks or pulls but all survived the ‘warm-up’ so no late fitness tests required! All had been welcomed punctually by David & Hiedi with a warm drink from Sarah & Gracie but it was soon down to business with much bending and stretching to avoid the injuries that some had sustained previously. We had a lone spectator, CCFPA member Graham Walker who was declared fit but had to leave early because of a prior engagement.

David (Busst) split the 24 participants into 4 teams of 6, so we had a ’round-robin’ with each team playing three games

I was once again handed a ‘yellow’ bib so played for the Wasps alongside Billy Tedds and despite the teams strenuous efforts we were narrowly beaten 2-1, although pleased to say I scored our consolation goal. Associate member CT’s Mike Malyon  (still feeling the effects of a tight hamstring) kept a couple of clean sheets as we recovered to notch consecutive 1-0 wins and I managed a second goal, squeezing a near-post effort past the stranded Kev Monks.

CCFPA Vice Chairman Billy Bell put in another good shift but was unfortunate to have a goal ruled-out. Ian Goodwin put himself about but (AM) Dave Coulson suffered some discomfort from his calves. The CCFC former player who deserved the most credit however was the ever youthful looking Ken Brown who defied his 80 years to complete competitively in all 3 games! Unfortunately David Busst‘s technology let him down and declared the tournament ‘an honourable draw’ as he could not name the outright winning team.

Also taking part were Alan & Kath (from the Diamond Club) as well as a number of regular Sky Blues supporters who are looking forward to Saturday’s game against Fleetwood. Walking Football now takes a two week break over Christmas & New Year but David, Hiedi & Sarah look forward to welcoming both regulars and newcomers on 8th January. A very merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to one and ALL

Anyone over 50 can join the CCFPA crowd on Thursdays from 8th January 2015 at  St. Finbarr’s Sports & Social Club (303 Holbrooks Lane CV6 4DG). Kick off is at 10:30 am to noon you can find out more by contacting the Sky Blues in the Community Team by Email: sbitc@ccfc.co.uk , or Telephone: 02476 786 314, or Text: 07813 455 531.

Saturday’s Special Guest is David McNamee

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22. David McNameeCCFPA is looking forward to welcoming David McNamee as our special guest for the Sky Blues Xmas home tie against Fleetwood Town at the Ricoh next Saturday afternoon (20th December 2014).

A versatile defender (in a career sadly plagued by injury), David made 31 CCFC appearances over two seasons in the Championship between 2006-08

Glasgow born David began his soccer career with St Mirren in 1997 making 24 first team appearances before moving south of the border to join Blackburn Rovers in 1999 where he failed to break into the Premiership team.  Returning to his home nation with Livingston in 2002, however, he found his feet quickly and made over 100 appearances (4 goals) between 2002-06 for the Scottish Premier League side and found international recognition (4 Scottish caps).

His form over four seasons with the Scottish team persuaded the Sky Blues to take the plunge and David was signed for £100k in June 2006. However, despite proving himself a resolute defender his time in the Championship with CCFC under three Sky Blues managers, (Asociation member) Micky Adams, Iain Dowie and Chris Coleman, eventually it was Chris who decided not to renew David’s contract in July 2008.

Fellow Championship club Plymouth Argyle signed him almost immediaely and David spent another two seasons with the Argyle before, once more, returning north to feature for Aberdeen (one season) and Ross County (six months) from 2010 before returning south of the border to non-league Midlands football from 2012 with near neighbours Nuneaton Town and Leamington Town. David has also coached at the CCFC Academy.

Look out for David around the lounges, assisting BBC CWR with their matchday analysis and on the stage of Lady G’s with CCFPA’s Billy Bell after the game.