The Happy ‘CCFPA Away Day Team’ Before the Game
More than twenty members of the Association and guests travelled over to the Sky Blues game at Peterborough United last Saturday in a specially booked ‘Away Day’ coach. The party, which included former players Ken Brown, Paul Culpin, Ron Farmer, Ian Goodwin, Lol Harvey, Brian Nicholas, Gordon Simms, Bill Tedds and CCFPA President Kirk Stephens, a number of CCFPA Associate Members and committee member (and trip organiser) Bob Eales, set off from the G-Casino Coventry around 11 am. The coach party amused themselves during the ninety minute trip with reminiscences, a Q & A session and a ‘blackout’ competition (won by Bill Tedds).
The coach arrived at the London Road ground in Peterborough on time and met up with other members of the party who had travelled independently, including former Sky Blue star Micky Gynn and CCFPA committee members Mike Young and Frank Pritchard. We were welcomed to ‘Posh’ by its former manager, chairman and current director of football Barry Fry and shared a tasty pre-match meal in the executive lounge of the Peterborough Club.
Paul, Barry & Micky
Maggie Cantwell with Ian Goodwin
Before the meal Barry introduced some of the players to another guest Maggie, wife of the late Noel Cantwell. Noel who died in 2005, had achieved fame as a Manchester United player and succeded CCFPA member Jimmy Hill as Sky Blues manager in 1967 before moving on to manage Peterborough United in 1972.
Ian Goodwin who was at CCFC at the same time as Noel in particular was pleased to spend time with Maggie talking over old times (below). Barry Fry also spent some additional time with Micky Gynn and Paul Culpin since both had memories of their time playing at London Road (right). A ‘team photo’ of the party was also taken in the main stand overlooking the pitch before the game started (at top).
The match itself was made particularly poignant by kicking off 7 minutes late to allow for a moving silent tribute (below) by players, officials and crowd to the ‘Hillsborough 96′ who died at the F.A.Cup Semi Final Liverpool v Forest tragedy at Sheffield Wednesday exactly twenty five years before (15/04/1989). For the record, the only disappointment of the Association ‘Away Day’ was that the Sky Blues lost 1-0 after an early reverse to the Posh (who cemented themselves into League One’s top six).
CCFPA Members Watch the Match
The Pre Match Silent Tribute to the Hillsborough 96
After the game the party said their goodbyes, thanking the staff at London Road for their hospitality. The coach returned to Coventry and a few of the occupants finished off an eventful and enjoyable day by taking advantage of the wonderful G-Casino facilities at the Ricoh. Thanks to Bob for organising the outing which was greatly enjoyed by all.