Sunday’s Friendly: Cov Girls FC Beaten By Our Legends XI 7-3

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The Two Teams With Two Bits of Silverware (F.A.Cup & Checkatrade Trophy)

Little & Large: ‘Dele Avoids Using His Weight!

The Association’s Sky Blues Legends XI, co-managed by two former Sky Blues’ Daves (Busst and Bennett) took to the field again last Sunday in support of Coventry City Girls FC as part of a charity ‘Fun Day’. The Legends XI’s Fixtures Secretary, CCFPA’s Dean Nelson has provided a detailed report (below) of what was clearly a great day for all!  The match was billed as 30 mins each way though the second half evidently overan a bit (see below)! Many more photos can be seen on our facebook page @ccfpaofficial

Stuart Giddings brings the ball out

“Great turn-out to see the CCFPA’s Sky Blues Legends side take on Cov City Girls FC (inc. coaches) at Kirby Corner. The Legends fielded our full members Dave Busst, ‘Dele Adebola, Iyesden Christie, Marcus Hall and Stuart Giddings plus CCFC senior officials Tynan Scope and Mark Hornby. Both sides fielded both lads and lasses with the ladies holding their own in all positions.

Bussty talks tactics: Not sure if Marcus is happy!

Tynan opened the scoring after 4 mins with a finish from 6 yards out, but Megan White finished a good move for Cov City Girls to make it 1-1. Stuart Giddings making his ‘Legends XI’ debut slotted home with a left foot shot closely followed by Iyesden Christie and the Legends XI went 3-1 up. Ellie McKeegan, playing as a guest for the Legends, made it 4-1 on 31 minutes with a cool finish. The half-time score was therefore 4-1 to the Association team.

Can they defend the throw in?

Unfortunately Marcus Hall had to go off with a slight hamstring pull but then great work from Ellie McKeegan was shown again as she was fouled in the box and earned the Legends team a penalty and Ellie herself cooly placed the spot kick in the top corner.  However, the goal of the match was scored by Cov City Girls guest player Shane Leigh Webb who shot from all of 35 yards out right into top corner after both Dave Busst and ‘Dele Adebola lost posession.

CCGFC player races past Bussty

Giddings was pulling the strings in the Legends midfield and it was Stuart, himself, who increased the Legends XI lead as he scored their 6th goal. A few minutes later Christie rifled in the 7th from 15 yards. Ellie McKeegan scored what looked a good goal to complete her hat trick but a flag for offside cancelled it out. In desperation to get back into the game Cov City girls sent on all the players, leaving the Legends XI team facing 16 players all at the same time! Rheo Donnelly deserved her goal on 62 mins as the game rounded off with a 7-3 victory for the Sky Blue Legends.

Looks like a goal

All the players finished off by having their photos taken with both the F.A. Cup and The Checkatrade trophy! CCFPA’s Sarah Morris was on hand with the Haribo sweets and husband,  Richard (David Bailey) Morris was there with his camera (thanks for the photos Rich.). CCFPA’s Dean Nelson ran the line with his flag, with his wife Debbie cheering the boys too. Here’s to the next match (probably in July). PUSB.”

 
Match Stats      HT 4-1 (Legends XI)  FT 7-3 (Legends XI)

Legends’ h-t refreshments

CCGFC ready themselves for action

Sky Blues Legends XI:

Tynan Scope (4 mins); Stuart Giddings2 (23:50); Iyesden Christie2 (25:57); Ellie McKeegan2 (30+1:35 pen)
 
CCGFC XI: Megan White (13 mins); Shane Leigh Webb (43); Rio Donnelly (62)

Sky Blues “Boys of ’87” Get Empire Medal Last Saturday

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The Empire Scores A Win!

Billy’ Q&A with ‘Benno’ & ‘Gynny’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday last saw, as part of the Sky Blues 30th Anniversary celebrations of our first ever Wembley win, CCFPA members who were key to that victory help all CCFC  fans relive those wonderful days in May 1987.

Micky in 1986-87

‘Benno’ in 1987

Sky Blue Cup winning heroes Dave Bennett and Micky Gynn were on hand at the Coventry Empire wallowing in a mutual positive memory fest of ‘One Day in May’ where Coventry’s football club and its city were united in the Sky Blue! The  stars also took part in a Q&A emceed by CCFPA’s Billy Bell on last Saturday evening as well a packed venue together watching again film highlights of that fabulous F.A.Cup

The videos, courtesy of CCFPA’s Dean Nelson focused particularly on the 3-1 Quarter Final victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough and the teams’s return there the following month to defeat Leeds 3-2 in the Semi-final. The highlight, of course, following a musical interlude, was the full video re-run of the Wembley Final, if anyone needs reminding, a 3-2 extra time victory over Gary Mabbut’s ‘Spurs.

Wonderful live musical entertainment provided by ‘The Lloyd McGrath Collective’ helped the evening celebrations go with a swing (Lloyd jnr, of course, is the son and namesake of another of our F.A.Cup winning heroes as well as being a CCFPA member).

Enthralled fans watch the video

The event was organised to raise money for the Urology Ward (33) at Walsgrave Hospital and certainly met its object of reminded the Sky Blues younger fans of what a successful club and team is all about.

Dave & Micky mingle witht he audience

 

Hopefully, this past season’s CCFC Checkatrade Tophy win at Wembley can kick-start anothe Sky Blue revival, albeit from the English League’s bottom division!

 Thanks to CCFPA’s Richard Morris for the photos!

 

 

 

 

A Very Happy Birthday For Today, Ian (from all at CCFPA)!

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Wally

Wally in the Sky Blues’ infamous brown tramlines away kit

CCFPA sends its very best wishes to former Sky Blue striker and Association member Ian Wallace who is celebrating his 61st birthday is tomorrow! We are sure the Association speaks for all Sky Blues fans in hoping the ‘wee man’ has a great day today!

The true Sky Blue Legend and goal poacher extraordinaire is a very good friend the Association and was last back in Coventry at our 10th Anniversary Legends Day at the Ricoh in April. ‘Wally’ has proved to be a pretty regular visitor in spite of him having to travel down from his home in Scotland and has been our ‘special guest’ at Sky Blues home games on a number of occasions.  We expect him to be joining us again on June 8th as a participant in our Golf Day 2017.

‘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 (and fellow CCFPA member) 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.

‘Wally’ hams it up at Legends Day 2017!!

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 have a wonderful day today!!

Over 50?: Join Us At Bedworth Walking Football Tomorrow

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Walking Football BedduthTuesday Walking Football in Bedworth continues tomorrow (Tuesday 23rd May 2017) so, if you are over 50, why keep yourself fit during the football close season and join Sky Blues in the Community’s happy band of Walking footballers?  There’s still time look out your boots, get them on and get down to Bedworth Oval, the home of Bedworth United FC!

SBiTC (run by CCFPA member and former Sky Blue Dave Busst) have embedded the game in the Coventry area and we know that ‘Walking Football‘ will increase both social and physical activity opportunities for older people in the city. Walking Football is simply a slow-paced version of the beautiful game. It is designed to help people have an active lifestyle regardless of their age and ability, as well as get people back playing football. It’s a great way to keep fit, learn skills, have fun and socialise all at the same time.

Ken & Frank: Walking Football Stalwarts

CCFPA, the CCFC Diamond Club and Cov Support News service all support SBiTC’s Walking Football initiative and many of our members (associates and committee men alike) as well as some of our older former player members like Bill Tedds, Dave Bennett, Dave Busst, Ken Brown, Ron Farmer and Ian Goodwin can often be seen supporting the sessions. 

bedduthwalking4So if you want to play with one of the CCFC veterans in a fun atmosphere whilst keeping fit get down to one of the three sessions!

Tuesday Sessions
10:30am-12:00pm at Bedworth FC’s ground –The Oval, Coventry Rd, Bedworth, CV12 8NN

Monday & Thursday Sessions
In Coventry from 10:30am-12:00pm at St Finbarrs Sports & Social Club, 303 Holbrook Lane, Coventry, CV6 4DG

Each session costs £3 to participate in and the Sky Blues Team including CCFPA members serve refreshments before and after the Walking Football – providing a comfortable and social atmosphere for all involved. The Walking Football side of things generally involves a warm up followed by a round-robin format of games to ensure everyone gets plenty of playing time. The sessions are proving to be very popular and we are always looking to welcome new people.

If you want to find out more about the Walking Football scheme, you can contact the Sky Blues in the Community Team. Email: sbitc@ccfc.co.uk , Telephone: 02476 786 314, or Text: 07813 455 531.