See Andy & CCFPA/G-Casino Player of the Season Tomorrow

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20. Andy Marshall

‘Handy’ Andy

We are expecting both a popular former player and a popular current player to be centre stage for CCFPA tomorrow afternoon at the Sky Blues crucial home game against Crewe Alexandra.

Andy Marshall, former Sky Blue shot-stopper is booked be the Association’s ‘special guest’  at a game which all Sky Blues fans hope will confirm the team’s survival to fight another League One campaign next season. Look out for Andy ‘around the lounges’ at the Ricoh before the game and, if you are not there, listen to him on the BBC CWR airwaves as part of their match-day commentary team.  All being well Andy will be watching a victorious Sky Blue team on the pitch containing both the midfielders (John Fleck and Jim O’Brien) that finished in the top two in in the  battle for the G-Casino/CCFPA award of the title of ‘Player of the Season’  (as voted for throughout the season by Sky Blues fans in in Lady G’s Show Bar after every home game when our special guest appears on stage to be interviewed by CCFPA vice chairman Billy Bell).

After the Crewe game Andy will be invited onto the stage of Lady G’s to meet the fans in friendly banter with Billy and the winner of the G-Casino/CCFPA award will be announced, and all being well, will be invited down from the post-match dressing room to receive his award on stage. All Sky Blues supporters over 18 are invited to come down to the Casino to see who has won. Will it be John or Jim?????????

Fleck, J (John (2014-15)

John Fleck

O'Brien, J (Jim) (2014-15)

Jim O’Brien

GD Minus 40: Hurry! Golf Day Early Bird Discounts End May 4th.

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Golf Day 2013 Team  Photo

Golf Day 2013 Team Photo

Arrangements for Golf Day 2015 are coming along nicely and both former players and teams are signing up to our second major annual reunion of the year (following a very successful Legends Day in March). There is now less than two weeks to go to secure your Early Bird Discount by reserving your place in the Stoneleigh sun in June and less than 6 weeks to the June event itself.  We are limited to a maximum 22 tee times and we already have expressions of interest from 19 teams so best not to delay and either register your interest, or better, book your tee time!

City players in action at Nuneaton June 2009

CCFC FPs in Action

The motto for the Day is “may the 4th be with you”

The Early Bird Deadline is: Monday May 4th 2015

The Golf Day Event takes place:  Thursday 4th June 2015

The Venue is: Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club (SDPGC)

Tee times are bookable from either the 1st or 10th hole starting between 11am and 1pm. The cost of entry includes tea or coffee and a bacon buttie on arrival, 18 holes of golf, a three course dinner, the Prize Presentation and plenty of entertainment and fun along the way.

We are offering a very generous £70 ‘Early Bird Discount’* for all those who make sure that their completed entry forms and fees are be in possession of Linda Edmondson (SDPGC) by 4th May 2015  * Please note that Standard Team Entry after May 4th will be (3 Players) still a very reasonable £270. Individual entry is possible at £9070 early bird discount).

Carl Baker & 'Oggie' in Action last year

‘Oggie’ & Carl Baker in action last year

If you fancy entering a team to play with one of your Sky Blue heroes, why not join the likes of defending Buildbase Cup holder Andy Blair, Claus Bech Jorgensen, Dietmar Bruck, Dave Busst, Willie Carr, Ron Farmer, Ian Goodwin, Micky Gynn, Dean Emerson, Lee Hurst, Mick Kearns, Steve ‘Oggy’ Ogrizovic, David Phillips, Kirk Stephens, Ian Wallace, Bob Wesson, and many more Sky Blue favourites (including hopefully Carl Baker and Kevin Gallacher) still to confirm for a great day to remember? STOP PRESS….Carl has now confirmed, not only that he will be playing, but also that he will be entering a team!

If you want to join the following illustrious companies and organisations in entering a team we urge you to act quickly:-  The 19 confirmations so far include two from Unique Floorcare Ltd,  two from Inspire Insurance and one each from Askews Legal, BT Promotions, Buildbase UK, Grosvenor Casinos, , Penman’s Solicitors, Proco Coatings, Hunter Plastics and Coventry City London Supporters Club. STOP PRESS…… IDP Group (Architects) have also just signed up

Please note that all cheques are payable to ‘Coventry City Former Players Association’ and they (or electronic payment) should be made via Linda Edmondson at SDPGC Coventry Road Stoneleigh CV8 3DR Tel. 02476 639991 x 1

John (far right) presents Andy with the Builbase Cup. CCFPA's Jim Brown & Joe Elliott add their congratulations.

Andy Blair (2nd right) wins the Buildbase Cup in 2014.

If you have any questions about Golf Day 2015 Linda will be pleased to help or Frank Pritchard, the CCFPA committee member responsible for planning the Day via frankpritchard1@ntlworld.com. Both can supply you with an entry form or you can download one by clicking on the link below:-

CCFPA TEAM ENTRY 4TH JUNE 15

Keep checking back on this website for further details of former player and team entrants to our Golf Day.

St. Finbarr’s Football Fitness For Fifty+: Walking Naturally!

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SBiTC Walking Football A5 1pp (print)As they do every Thursday morning CCFPA’s St.Finbarr’s ‘Walking Football’ crowd will be meeting again before noon tomorrow (23rd April 2015).  Some of the participants also had the pleasure of appearing on the Ricoh turf earlier in the same day the Sky Blues took on Oldham Athletic last Tuesday evening to publicise this increasingly popular gentle exercise sport!

If you’re over 50 years old and would like to get involved you can’t do better than join us in these popular sessions (see our reports on the fun to be had at previous sessions in earlier news items)! New participants join every week so why not join the the mix of Sky Blue fans, Association committee members, CCFPA Associate Members, and our full members, including some of our most well respected former players like Dietmar Bruck, Ian Goodwin and Dave Bennett? The sessions, designed for over 50s who wish to exercise gently and enjoyably through football in the company of friends try to ensure that all play is at kept at walking pace and running is penalised! New people are joining all the time (and spin-off sessions are also taking place in Bedworth now every Monday morning)

A Happy Team Photo of the 'Walking Football' Participants Yesterday

A Happy Team Photo of the ‘Walking Football’ Crowd

Each event is organised by  Sky Blue in the Community (SBiTC)  supremo, former Sky Blue defender and CCFPA member David Busst along with SBiTC’s Hiedi Sloan. The sessions which are supported by, amongst others, CCFPA, Cov Support News Service and CCFC Diamond Club take place from 10:30am until noon at a cost of £3 which includes refreshments, so why not turn up at St. Finbarr’s Sports & Social Club (303 Holbrooks Lane CV6 4DG) tomorrow or any future Thursday. 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.

Who Will Be the CCFPA/G-Casino Player of the Season?

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Who is thisEach Year G-Casino and CCFPA make an award to the Sky Blue player that has made the biggest matchday contribution during the whole season. The award is voted for by the fans that attend the post-match entertainment including the Q&A with the Association’s ‘special guest’ former player that takes place at each home game in the Lady G’s Show Bar. The results are totted up together with votes from the members of the CCFPA committee to identify the winner! This season the winner will be chosen from two influential Sky Blues midfielders who topped the poll, John Fleck and captain Jim O’Brien.

Fleck, J (John (2014-15)QuestionO'Brien, J (Jim) (2014-15)

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to see who gets the award this season why not come down to Lady G’s this Saturday after the Sky Blues important last home game of the season against Crewe Alexandra when all will hope that CCFC will have clinched their League One status for 2015-16! As usual, CCFPA’s Billy Bell will be on stage with our ‘special guest’ of the day, where former Sky Blue shot stopper Andy Marshall will endure a friendly grilling from Billy.

At the same time, at the very least we will announce the winning ‘Player of the Season’ for 2014-15 and will have every hope that we can entice the winning player from the post-match dressing room down to Lady G’s to be presented with his G-Casino/CCFPA award live on stage. Everyone is welcome!