Legends Day 2016 Countdown: Forty+ Coming with a Week To Go

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Legends Day 2015 team Photo

Legends Day 2015 team Photo

Legends Day 2016 our major former player reunion of the year is fast approaching! The date is next Saturday 13th February 2016, as we take over the day for the Sky Blues must-win League One game at the Ricoh against Bury. In a double event for our FPs, Legends Day follows the day after the Friday commemorative celebration of the late Sky Blue icon (and CCFPA member) Jimmy Hill at Coventry Cathedral. Many of our returning ‘Legends’ will be attending both events (and some will be there on the Friday who are unable to make the Ricoh on Saturday). The club’s plans to make the Jimmy Hill connection an extra special theme at Legends Day including in the Family Zone (run by Associate member Pat Raybould‘s team of volunteers) and PUSB (packed with material about our former players (FPs) can be found by clicking here.

Legends Day PrematchOn the Pitch

 

 

 

 

There will be a number of ‘first-timers’ at Legends Day including, as already announced, Sky Blue F.A.Cup winning captain of 1987, Brian Kilcline and CCFC’s earliest surviving player, 93 year old Ray Paul.  ‘Killer’ will also be doing the honours with the BBC CWR team doing the live match-day commentary from the press box. There may also be a couple of last minute bookings to add to the more than forty confirmations we have received already.  This means we are expecting that Legends Day 2016 one of the biggest, brightest and best reunions of recent years. Here is the full list of confirmed FPs attending:-

Dele Adebola; Bob Allen; Andy Blair; Dave Bennett; Ken Brown; Dave Busst; Chris Cattlin; Paul Culpin; Peter Denton; Greg Downs; Dean Emerson; Ron Farmer; Bill Glazier; Bobby Gould; Micky Gynn; Marcus Hall; Lol Harvey; Colin Holder; Peter Hormantschuk; Ernie Hunt; Brian Kilcline; Steve Morgan; Dennis Mortimer; Graham Newton; Denis Oakes; Barry Powell; Ray Paul; Brian Joicey; Barry Quinn; Jimmy Holmes; Brian Nicholas; Brian ‘Harry’ Roberts; Gordon Simms; Kirk Stephens; Gary Thompson; Alan Turner; Graham Walker; Ian Wallace; Bob Wesson; John Williams and Peter Wyer

We will also be entertaining representatives of Bill Tedds, the late Ken Satchwell, and, of course, member’s of the family of the late Jimmy Hill and we also must not forget CCFPA members Gael Bigirimana and Steve Ogrizovic who are likely to be making their contribution to matters on the pitch (not to mention in our opponent’s ranks FP Leon Clarke who is currently challenging the Sky Blues’ Adam Armstrong for the League One Golden Boot!)

Fun on stageWalking On 1

 

 

 

 

All the usual, well loved, features of the day will be present once more to maximise opportunities for Sky Blues fans to meet their favourites – including the half-time pitch parade of our veteran Bantams and Sky Blues and the usual fun and games with the former players in Lady Gs in the Casino after the game. We understand that, exceeding last year’s wonderful turnout, over 400 people will be there to share lunch with the ‘Legends’ in the Ricoh’s glass fronted E.ON Lounge before the game. There are still places to join us, however. CCFC’s great value hospitality package is £59+VAT adult. (Kids U12 £29.50). This gives you 3-course dining in the E.ON with our FPs, a ticket for the game in a comfortable padded seat with a great view, a complimentary programme and team sheet; man of the match interviews (as well as with many of the FPs) and VIP parking (1 for every 4 places booked). Season ticket holders get a £10 discount. Just call CCFC on 02476 99 1987 (option 2) or email: hospitality@ccfc.co.uk but be quick before they are sold out!

Legends Day 2016 Participants Announced Tomorrow

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CCFPA Darker Logo 2012Over 40 CCFC Former Players plus other guests have commited to be present at next Saturday’s Legends Day 2016. The full ‘Fabulous 40′ will be announced on this site tomorrow morning. Check out who will be coming – spanning Coventry City playing prowess from the 40s to the noughties, and how you can join in the fun on February 13th by visiting this site after 08.30 am tomorrow morning!  Come back then and all will be revealed……

CCFPA Members Say Farewell To Ken

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Ken Satchwell Funeral order of service (front)A good number of former playing colleagues of the late Ken Satchwell and CCFPA committee members joined his family and other friends at the funeral of Ken last Thursday (4th February 2016).  There were over 70 mourners at the morning ceremony held at a rainy Sutton Coldfield Crematorium as the congregation bid farewell to the former CCFC ‘Bantams’ forward (from 1958-63) who died in hospital aged 76 on January 24th. The Rev. Carolyn Baker, who led the service, referred to Ken’s commitment to his family and his passion for both motor cars and football. She confirmed that Ken’s connection with CCFC and, after he had hung up his boots, the Association had brought him much pleasure over the years!

Ken in 1959-60

Ken in 1959-60

Representing the Association at the sad but uplifting ceremony which was infused with the singing of hymns as well as songs from one of Ken’s favourite artistes, Dean Martin were former players Lol Harvey, Brian Nicholas, Bill Tedds and Bob Wesson and friend and founder member Dave Coulson, all of whom are regular sharers of the same FPs table at every Ricoh home game with Ken (and also meet monhly in locally based FP reunions).  Also present was former CCFC playing colleague Colin Holder and, from the CCFPA committee, chairman Jim Brown and members Frank Pritchard and Mike Young who got to know Ken well over the years. The attendance from CCFPA members and others would have been even higher but for severe traffic disruption in the area caused by a traffic accident which made some mourners unavoidably late (e.g. Gordon Simms) and others stuck in the traffic jam unable to attend even the wake (e.g. Graham Walker and Ron Farmer).

IMG_4393Thanks to Ken’s children for making everyone so welcome especially after the the ceremony at a gathering at The Tamworth Arms! CCFPA is to make a donation in Ken’s memory to the British Heart foundation. Ken will be missed by many including at Ricoh home games and it is particularly sad he will also miss the upcoming Legends Day, at which he was a regular attender!

Frank’s Second Coming of Christie

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Frank presents Iyesden with his CCFPA tie

Frank presents Iyseden with his CCFPA tie

As suggested in an earlier post CCFPA committee member Frank Pritchard has bagged another signing for the Association. It’s Iyseden Christie who was a promising young striker for the Sky Blues but had to leave Highfield Road to further his professional career. In fact it is Frank’s second signing of a ‘Cov Kid’ and promising young Sky Blues player, now a former player of recent vintage surnamed ‘Christie’. Frank also signed up former Sky Blue Cyrus Christie a while back who has made great strides both in the Championship for latest club Derby County and country, the Republic of Ireland in the last couple of years. Iyseden has had a much different professional pathway since leaving CCFC as Frank learnt when he met up with him recently.

Frank told us “I first met Iyseden in the 1993/94 season, his first as a pro”. Iyseden explained that “he spent between 4 and 5 years with the Sky Blues, two years as a YTS and 2 years as a professional.

Frank continued, “He made a couple of league and cup appearances before being sold for a ‘nominal fee’ to Mansfield Town with a ‘sell on’ clause! Up until his early 30’s he only played for five clubs, including the Sky Blues. He had a couple of spells with Mansfield and also Leyton Orient & Kidderminster Harriers. Christie confirmed that ‘as you get older in order to continue playing you have to move around more and at 39 is currently playing at Bedworth United’.

Iyseden in the Sky Blue

Iyseden in the Sky Blue

Frank said that Iyseden’s lasting memories with the Sky Blues are his two appearances, his first one off-the-bench at Blackburn Rovers where CCFC lost 5-1, “it was a great experience other than the result sitting watching probably the Premierships best ever striker Alan Shearer score a hat-trick, that one game taught me so much. My only other appearance was also off the bench in the League Cup against Hull City. I’d started a lot of pre-season games that year with both Peter Ndlovu and Dion Dublin being injured and was involved in the first 10 games but the first game I wasn’t involved in against Middlesbrough. Dion came off injured and the other young striker Jamie Barnwell came on but I can’t complain, I’ve had a good career”.

Frank told us that Iyseden started working almost a year ago for Kraft & Bauer UK & Advance Grinding Solutions as an accountant and appreciates their support giving him time off to fit in with football commitments; he’s studying at Hinckley & North Warwickshire College to be a Chartered Accountant. When fully qualified he intends to take his coaching badges.

“Who knows what the future holds but on things for sure, Iyseden Christies enjoying his life.”

For the record, after his brace of Sky Blues appearances Iyseden made a number of first team loan appearances whilst with CCFC for both Bournemouth and Manasfield Town before signing up at Field Mill permanently in 1997 (total 90 league appearances-18 goals); From 1999, he clocked up another 58 appearances for Leyton Orient (12 goals) before returning to Mansfield from 2002-04 (64 apps-26 goals). Spells followed with Kidderminster Harriers (2004: 32-10g); Rochdale (2006: 19-2g); Kidderminster (again after a loan)(2006 & 2007: 38-10g);  Stevenage Borough (2008: 3 apps); and Kettering Town (2008: 13-5g).

During 2009 and 2010 Iyseden moved around with several clubs Torquay United (6-1g); King’s Lynn (1 app); AFC Telford (2-1g); Farnborough (3 apps) and even returned to Coventry with the Sphinx (1-1g) before moving to Tamworth (25-6g). Season 2010-11 saw him assisting Kettering Town (19-6g) and also a brief sojourn with Nuneaton Town (3 apps). Season 2011-12 saw a return to Tamworth (32-10g) and 1 appearance for Alfreton Town. Between 2013-15 Christie played at Halesowen Town and the last two years have been spent with spells at Barwell, Sutton Coldfield Town and in the last month Iyseden has signed locally for CCFC neighbours Bedworth United.