Marcus Makes His Mark Last Saturday

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Frank Marcus & Billy

Marcus (centre) with CCFPA’s Billy Bell & Bob Eales pre- game

Last Saturday the Sky Blues continued their promising start to the season by achieving a second successive home victory  against Yeovil after their emotional ‘Ricoh Return’ 1-0 win the the previous Friday. Following Claus Bech Jorgensen as the Association’s first home ‘Special Guest’ of the season against Gillingham it was Sky Blue favourite Marcus Hall who did the honours against the Glovers. Marcus had also attended the Gills game with his son and was overwhelmed by the tremendous support provided by the 27000 happy band that comprised the Sky Blue Army on the night.

Yeovil (h) 13-09-14 Ronnie Farmer

Ron Farmer arrives

Marcus shares a laugh with 'Harry'

Marcus shares a laugh with ‘Harry’

Marcus was one of a significant number of former Sky Blues who were present at the Ricoh on Saturday. Amongst the CCFC Former Players spotted in the Yorkshire Bank Lounge and the press boxes at the Arena were Ken Brown, David Busst, Ron Farmer (pictured), Ian Goodwin, Micky Gynn, Lol Harvey, Peter Hormantschuk, Brian Nicholas, Cyrille Regis, Brian Roberts, Ken Satchwell, Gordon Simms, Bill Tedds, Graham Walker and Peter Wyer (all CCFPA members). Of course, Sky Blues Former Players both (and Association Members) current CCFC gaffer Steven Pressley and goalkeeping coach Steve Ogrizovic were taking leading roles in the dugout orchestrating the current Sky Blues team’s successful endeavours as they ran out 2-1 winners overYeovil with goals from formidable captain Reda Johnson and debutant Simeon Jackson (former CCFC loanee Aaron Martin was central defender for the Sky Blues opponents).

Marcus was good value in his matchday summarising for BBC Coventry & Warwickshire’s Clive Eakin and Geoff Foster and, as all our ‘special guests’ do, toured the Arena’s lounges before and after the game (interviewed by Sky Blue favourite Brian ‘Harry’ Roberts – pictured) and met the Sky Blues fans and did a Q&A on the stage of  Lady Gs at the G-Casino. Thanks Marcus!

Look out on this site for news of who the Association’s Special Guest will be at the Sky Blues next home game against Preston North End towards the end of this month.

Four Sky Blues CCFPA Rams faced Forest at the County Ground Last Night.

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RK receiving the CCFPA Player of the Season award from Cyrille Regis in 2012

Leon gets his Association tie from CCFPA's Frank Pritchard

CCFPA’s Frank Pritchard presents Leon with his Association tie earlier this year

We suspect its a record (at least for CCFPA)- but are not sure whether to be saddened for the Sky Blues by what might have been or celebrate our former players now doing the business on a higher league stage.  Basically, in the top East Midlands derby game in Nottingham yeaterday afternoon between the Forest and Derby County four former Sky Blues, all of them current CCFPA members, were in the Rams’ Championship squad. Three of them Richard Keogh, John Eustace and Leon Best were in the starting line up and Cyrus Christie was on the County’s bench. Leon also slotted the Rams 80th minute equaliser in the 1-1 draw between the close A52 rivals who share the fond memory of Brian Clough as their inspirational manager.

Richard Keogh (above left) who joined CCFPA in 2013 is the Rams’ captain and is just as popular at Pride Park as he was at the Ricoh for his leadership qualities and wholehearted defensive work. He has been at Pride Park since transferred to Derby in 2012 having made over 90 league appearances for the Sky Blues from 2010 and has since gained full international honours for the Republic of Ireland as has Leon who is currently on loan with Derby from Blackburn Rovers having also spent two seasons at Newcastle United following his period at the Ricoh from 2007-10.

Cyrus receives his tie earlier this year from Frank

Cyrus receives his tie earlier this year from Frank

John Eustace

John Eustace

Striker Leon (above right) also made over 90 league appearances for the Sky Blues scoring 19 goals.  John (left) who joined CCFPA in 2012 is of an earlier Sky Blues vintage and he started his professional career at Highfield Road being a first teamer from 1996-2003 before being transferred to Stoke where he spent five seasons followed by another five at Watford. He arrived at Pride Park in 2013 (after also having had a loan spell with them in 2009). Cov kid Cyrus (right) is the most recent Rams’ import moving from the Ricoh on a three year deal last July having clocked up more than a hundred first team appearances since 2010. Both Leon & Cyrus signed for CCFPA on the same day earlier this season

We wish all four players the best of luck in their future careers (unless, of course, the Sky Blues meet Derby in a cup game against them in the meantime)

Read Claus on Sky Blues v Scunny

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Claus Jorgensen 2011aCCFPA Committee member Claus Bech Jorgensen has been busy recently. As well as his ‘day job’ running his Warwick based business Unique Floorcare CBJ became the Association’s first ‘special guest’ of the season at the glorious ‘Ricoh Return’ game on the evening of Friday 5th September 2014. CBJ’s attendance at the first game back at the Arena was particularly appropriate as he was the Sky Blues first ever scorer at the Club’s first ever game at the Ricoh in August 2005. As well as doing a great job performing the role of match summariser for BBC C&W (below right) during the Sky Blues televised 1-0 victory over Gillingham, Claus toured the lounges at the Ricoh before and after the game and met the fans in Lady Gs at the G-Casino after the game.

Claus & Stuart LinnellHe has also take the time to be interviewed by the editorial staff at ‘The Iron’, Scunthorpe United’s matchday programme. If you are going to Scunthorpe then make sure you buy a copy.  Then read Association member Claus Bech Jorgensen’s views on the the Sky Blues start to the season (and another home victory on Saturday against Yeovil Town), their return to the Ricoh and the chances of a result at Glanford Park in the programme. Better still why not go to the game tomorrow night and cheer on the Sky Blues to victory against a team currently struggling near the foot of the league One table and so continue their promising start to the season and keep a top six place safe!

More Sky Blues Legends Turn out for Ricoh Charity Game

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‘Charities United for Charity’

Charities Utd game at Ricoh 14-09-14The first Chinese footballer to play professionally in England will be managing a charity game at the Ricoh Arena that will be beamed live to Asia. This afternoon General Fan’s Shanghai Clever FC will take on a Charity Legends XI managed by Michael Johnson at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry to raise money for the NSPCC in Coventry. The Shanghai team is a not for profit outfit containing many top Chinese footballers and managed by one of them, former Crystal Palace footballer, Fan Zhiyi.

Sky Blue heroes  Darren Huckerby, Noel Whelan, Dele Adebola, Liam Daish and Lee Carsley (all but Lee, CCFPA Members) are slated to feature with the likes of other former Midlands stars Lee Hendrie, Maik Taylor and Ian Taylor in the line-up for the XPRO Legends XI. The match will kick off at the Ricoh 3:00pm today (Sunday 14th September) with gates opening at 1:30pm.

Tickets and Hospitality packages are available to purchase from The Ticket Factory (0844 3388000). Their website is (search ‘Charities’)  or just click Here

You can get tickets at the following prices:

Adults – £10; Under 16′s – £5; Concessions – £5