Another Former Player Joins CCFPA- Guess Who?

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L.C. teaser1Not content with signing up former Sky Blue Slipper Carl Baker to the Association in recent days, CCFPA committee men Frank Pritchard and Bob Eales did not let the grass grow beneath their feet over the weekend when another opportunity presented itself to commit another former CCFC Sky Blue to the Association cause.

L.C. teaser2Our newest member was present in a scouting capacity at the Sky Blues match against Bristol City last Saturday and, unfortunately, saw a poor performance from most of the home team as the west country table-toppers continued their impressive start to the season by gaining a 3-1 vistory at the Ricoh. We will release more details of our new recruit during  the coming week but to whet your appetites here is a couple of pictures of our latest member watching the game.

Actually, we are not sure you would recognise him even when you see his full photograph as he has grown a full beard (possibly ready for next month’s Movember challenge?) since leaving the Sky Blues. Keep checking back as we reveal more about the Association’s new former player.

Its Bakes! Carl Baker Joins CCFPA

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18 CARL BAKERThose of you who were wondering, after our ‘teaser’ last week, who our latest recruit is can now have their curiosity satisfied. If you didn’t guess…. the Association is very pleased to announce that popular Sky Blue midfielder and former Club skipper Carl Baker has signed up to CCFPA. Association committee man Frank Pritchard caught up with Bakes recently as Carl made time out of his busy life (preparing for life at new club MK Dons) to remember his Coventry career with Frank.

Carl spent just over four and a half years with the Sky Blues making over 150 appearances and scoring 28 goals, having previously played for both Southport and Morecambe and joined Coventry City from Stockport in January 2010.

Frank (left) makes the presentation to Carl

Frank (left) makes the presentation to Carl

During his spell with Coventry City he became one of our most popular and committed players and has always been a huge supporter of CCFPA, for example, entering a team and playing in our Golf Day in June 2013. Carl will be remembered for his skill on the ball and wholehearted commitment to the Sky Blues team, Club and community. Carl raises considerable funds for charity particularly leukaemia and lymphoma research and continues to follow the Sky Blues fortunes, attending games at the Ricoh when his commitments permit.

Frank presented Carl with his membership badge and official Association tie (pictured left). We offer former CCFC skipper Carl a very warm welcome to CCFPA and wish him every future success at his new club, MK Dons (except of course when they cross the Sky Blues path)!

We certainly hope to see him at future CCFPA events and functions when his playing obligations permit.

‘Benno’ Broadcasts as Bristol Bring Sky Blue Bother

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'Harry' & 'Benno' enjoy a joke before the game

‘Harry’ & ‘Benno’ enjoy a joke before the game

The Association’s ‘Special Guest’ yesterday at the Sky Blues’ contest with table-topping (and unbeaten) Bristol City was one of our former player committee members, Dave Bennett.  ‘Benno’ needs little introduction for his tremendous contribution to Sky Blue history, being part of the victorious 1987 F.A.Cup winning squad and scorer of a crucial equaliser at the Wembley final.  Dave did all the usual duties expected of a special guest during the afternoon including touring and entertaining the various Ricoh lounges (in the humorous company (pictured right)  of fellow CCFPA member and CCFC host Brian ‘Harry’ Roberts) before the game and meeting fans after the match ‘doing a turn’ in a lively Q&A on the stage of Lady G’s in the Ricoh’s G-Casino.

Benno with BBC C&W's Clive Eakin & Stuart Linnell

Benno with BBC C&W’s Clive Eakin & Stuart Linnell

As is traditional our guest forms part of the matchday commentary team of BBC Coventry & Warwickshire during and immediately after the match (left). Like most fans Dave was mightily disappointed with the performance of the Sky Blues who succumbed, rather too easily, to a stronger, combatitive and seemingly much nore accomplished Bristol City side. Only a few Sky Blues players came out of the game beyond criticism and Dave acknowledged that the 3-1 defeat which leaves CCFC flirting with the relegation zone in League One requires swift ‘management’ by the Sky Blues gaffer Steve Pressley and his team to turn things around soon. Notwithstanding loss of key players to injury, Dave felt that the team needed better on-field communication, more desire and concentration over the full 90 plus minutes (cutting out costly defensive mistakes) and a greater frequency of the sort of attacking penetration exemplified by our sole goal scored by Shaun Miller after a lovely through ball from promising youngster James Maddison.

Benno’s typically forthright and trenchant comments reflected those of many of the fans contributing to the BBC C&W’s post match phone-in and were also mirrored in the post match interview with Steve Pressley. Let us hope the Sky Blues bounce back from the Bristol defeat with a much better performance in their away game with Oldham Athletic on Tuesday night and their home fixture with 2nd in the table Peterborough United next Saturday!

Thanks to Dave for his contribution as our ‘special guest’ on Saturday (and thanks to CCFPA’s Frank Pritchard for the photos). Look out on these pages for news of who will be doing the honours for us next week against the Posh.

Who is the New Mystery Man Signing Up for CCFPA?

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Who is thisQuestionYesterday we teased you with news of the Association’s latest signing. Here are some more clues!

For a little while CCFPA committee member Frank Pritchard has been hot on the heels of a popular, skilful and well respected former Sky Blue midfielder whom he had high hopes to persuade to sign up for the Association.

FP tease 2 xThe proposed recruit has had a lot on his plate in recent months so it was hard to pin down a meeting place but now Frank reports ‘Mission Accomplished’!

With the Sky Blues away at Crewe Alexandra last Saturday (disappointing in a 1-2 defeat) and hoping to rectify this this today with victory over League One leaders Bristol City Frank finalised his plans to meet our new recruit not far from Coventry. He has recently got a new job (having left CCFC within the last five years)  Frank persuaded the ‘mystery man’ to put pen to paper (pictured). Can you guess who it is?

We promise to release the identity of the former Sky Blues in only a couple of days so keep checking back to see full details of our newest member when all will be revealed!