‘Big Ron’ Back in Cov Next Month

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Ron Atkinson at CTK April 2015One of CCFPA’s most recent signings, Ron Atkinson, will be back in Coventry next month.

‘Big Ron’ will be at Christ the King Club in Coundon on Friday 10th April 2015 telling stories from a varied career both on and off the pitch and there will be a chance to ask him questions and get a signed photo. Tickets cost £25 for the evening which starts at 7.30pm and entry includes chicken and chips. Tickets can be purchased from behind the bar at Christ the King or alternatively contact Paul on 07791 144435.
CCFPA’s Billy Bell will also be at the event leading the entertainment with Ron and acting as compere.
Big Ron is 'tied up' by CCFPA's Frank Pritchard

Big Ron is ‘tied up’ by CCFPA’s Frank Pritchard

 

A player with Aston Villa from 1956-59 (albeit without breaking through to the first team) and famously club captain with Oxford United from 1959-71 making 384 league appearances, Ron really made his mark in club management. Starting out at Kettering in 1971 Ron then had four years at Cambridge United (from 1974) before joining WBA in 1978. With the ‘Baggies’  Big Ron started to hit the headlines and also managed Sky Blue Legend and now fellow CCFPA member Cyrille Regis. He spent a high profile time at Manchester United (1981-86) before returning to the Hawthorns. A season in Spain with Atletico Madrid followed in 1988 followed by spells in the manager’s chair at Sheffield Wednesday (1989) and Aston Villa (1991).

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‘Big Ron’ & ‘Wee Gordon’ at Highfield Rd

Ron came to Highfield Road in February 1995 after parting from the Villa and helped the Sky Blues survive in the Premiership and recruited some great players like Gary McAllister, CCFPA member Noel Whelan and a player who went on to partner and then succeed him as manager, Gordon Strachan (whose son Gavin is a CCFPA member). Ron saw out his managerial carrer at Hillsborough and then at Nottingham Forest and retired in 1998 to develop a career in media punditry notably with ITV and MUTV (as well as appearing on the likes of Celebrity Big Brother). He became a household name with his somewhat larger than life  persona providing a stimulus for many light-hearted comedy take-offs and his idiosyncratic turn of phrase has led to his utterances becoming known as “Big-Ronisms” or “Ronglish”.

We hope to attract Ron back to Coventry this time to a CCFPA event in the not too far distant future.

Micky Gynn Sees Sky Blues 3rd Successive Away Win Against Posh

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Micky (right) at last season’s Sky Blues away fixture with Paul Culpin (left) and Posh chairman Barry Fry

Sky Blues F.A.Cup winning hero Micky Gynn, fresh from being one of the ‘Fantastic 40′ who attended Legends Day 2015 at the Ricoh last Saturday, watched the Sky Blues achieve a much better result at their away game at Peterborough today (28/03/2015). The Sky Blues achieved their third successive away win at Posh’s ABAX stadium with a tight 1-0 victory delivered through a second half Blair Turgott goal in only this loanee’s second start.

Micky in 1986-87

Micky in 1986-87

In fact, though a proud CCFPA member, Micky is a also a London Road legend having started out as a youth with Peterborough United and scoring 39 goals in 188 appearances in five seasons from 1978-83 before signing for the Sky Blues (jumping from Division Four to Division One) in August 1983. At Highfield Road Micky made all his 241 league appearances in the top division (32 goals) [291 apps 45 goals in total] leaving at the end of our first Premier league season in May 1993 to finish his top level career with Stoke City the following season. A highlight of his career with the Sky Blues was obviously winning an F.A.Cup winners medal with City after a wonderful Wembley performance in May 1987.

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Micky at Legends Day last Saturday

Micky was a special guest for Posh at the game and was given a great welcome from both the Peterborough fans and the travelling Sky Blue Army when welcomed onto the pitch at half-time. Micky who also acts as a match day assessor reporting on the match statistics will, no doubt, have had mixed feelings about the result and would have had to show some restraint in the circumstances especially when the Sky Blues goal went in! He and all Sky Blues fans will hope the three points won will add to improving statistics for the Club as they seek to pull away from the relegation places.

Incidentally the Club’s match-day commentary on Sky Blue Player provided on the day by the BBC CWR team of Stuart Linnell, Clive Eakin and Martin Winch also included a chat with Micky’s fellow CCFPA member and former superconfident Sky Blue forward Peter Bodak who was also in good form!

Look out on this site for news on who will be the Association’s special guest at the Sky Blues game at the Ricoh next Wednesday in what is undoubtedly a six pointer against Leyton Orient.

 

Both Tony & Gerry Now Tied to the Association

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Billy ‘ties up’ Tony (left) at the Diamond Club

The Association has been able to take a couple of opportunities afforded by the Diamond Club Meeting the Thursday before Legends Day and also Legends Day itself last Saturday (21st March 2015) to present a couple of its ties to two significant Sky Blues.

The Sky Blues new gaffer Tony Mowbray attended his first CCFC Diamond Club (for veteran supporters of over 50 years duration) meeting and enthralled the audience with his hopes and plans for turning round the Club’s current season and building for a better future.  A full report of the meeting can be found on their website (http://ccfcdiamondclub.homestead.com/lunches.html).

Tony speaks to the assembled Legends before the game

Tony speaks at Legends Day before the game

CCFPA Vice chairman Billy Bell was also in attendance, as usual, and met up with Tony during the meeting and was pleased to present him with the Association’s official tie. We know Tony, in his short time at the Club has commented on the importance of the club’s heritage in enthusing the current generation of Sky Blues players and CCFPA is ready to help foster links between past, present and future players of CCFC.

Willie Carr & John Tudor make a sandwich of the new Sky Blue gaffer

Willie Carr & John Tudor make a sandwich of the new Sky Blue gaffer

Tony spoke to the assembled ‘legends’ at the Legends Day pre-match meal and chatted to a number of them.   We hope and trust Tony will be seen sporting the CCFPA tie in some future photo opps in the City and around the UK at away games (though the one he is already wearing is not too far off)!

Sandra & Gerry

Sandra & Gerry

Legends Day 2015 itself also gave members of the CCFPA committee the chance to speak with first-time attender Gerry Daly and Gerry needed no persuading to be presented with an official Association tie by Sandra Garlick.

An Irish international, Gerry was brought to the Sky Blues from a loan at USA side New England Teamen after an illustrious career with Manchester United and Derby County. Playing in their first four seasons of the 1980s midfielder Gerry made over 100 appearances for CCFC scoring on average every fifth game before moving on to Birmingham City in August 1984. He wound down his career with Shrewsbury Town, Stoke, the Sky Blues Legends Day opponents Doncaster Rovers and Telford United, retiring in autumn 1989.

Gerry & Bill

Gerry & Bill

IMG_1093Gerry greatly enjoyed meeting up with former colleagues at lunch and after the game and is pictured right being welcomed by the fans in the half time pitch parade and left with sixties Sky Blues legend Bill Glazier.

Legends Day 2015: Post Match Fun & Games in the Casino

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IMG_1123After last Saturday’s game our former player guests (FPs) first returned to the E.ON lounge, via the Legends Lounge where they mingled with supporters once more and listened to the results of the CCFPA raffle and auctions being read out, tickets drawn by Gracie daughter of committee member Sarah Morris  and prizes presented by Sky Blue defensive stalwart Brian ‘Harry’ Roberts.

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Billy & George

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Billy & Chris

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John & Billy

 

 

 

 

 

All FPs and their guests and invited Associate Members were then invited to join CCFPA committee members and helpers downstairs  in the well appointed casino underneath the Ricoh where our accommodation sponsors G-Casino had generously laid on a VIP champagne buffet (Thanks Paul & Quintin!). Once more our stars of the past renewed acquaintances with former and later colleagues and made new friends in their new base for the evening.

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Dave & Billy

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Ian & Billy

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Billy & Bill

 

 

 

 

 

Fairly soon afterwards Legends Day tradition dictated that all our FPs were invited to take to the stage of the Lady G’s show bar to receive the acclaim of the many Sky Blues fans that remained behind after the game. Spirits were high despite our club sadly losing 3-1 to our opponents Doncaster Rovers. The FPs assempled en masse on the stage of Lady G’s in the company of the usual m/c, Association vice chairman, Billy Bell.

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Dietmar & Billy

Billy & John

Billy & John

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Kirk & Billy

 

 

 

 

 

Billy in his inimitable way ensured good order and much humour as he called on some of the heroes of Sky Blue history to say a few words and reminisce in public. Amongst those singled out were George Hudson, Chris Cattlin, John Williams, Dave Bennett, Ian Wallace, Bill Glazier, Dietmar Bruck and John Tudor. CCFPA President, Kirk Stephens thanked everyone for coming and paid tribute to all those at CCFC, Compass, within CCFPA and its sponsors and members, G-Casino, Jade Studios, Spectrum Print who had helped to make Legends Day 2015 another friendly and memorable reunion.

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Of course, proceedings could not be formally completed until the Legends choir, conducted by Billy and supported by the Sky Blue Army chorus in a packed Lady Gs completed a stirring rendition of the Sky Blue Song (top)! Many FPs lingered into the evening in the VIP area and Lady Gs. and some like Ian Wallace, Chris Cattlin, Quintin Young, John Tudor stayed the night in Coventry. We are pleased to say that all the feedback subsequently received from all our members has been tremendously positive.

We have now published most of the photos we have received from Legends Day in previous news items on this site. All are copyright CCFPA/Tony Thomas (our official photographer- tonythomasuk@btinternet.com). Look out for any further photos we receive in coming days and, in due course as usual, these will be aggregated into a gallery on this site for posterity (see ‘Galleries’ button above).