CCFPA ‘Special Guest’ for last Saturday’s last home game of the season at the Ricoh against Sheffield United was the Sky Blues Scottish International former inside forward of the seventies, Ian Wallace. ‘Wally’ had a packed day on his return to the Ricoh – he was last here for the Legends Day Weekend in February (when the late Sky Blue iconic gaffer Jimmy Hill‘s life was also celebrated at Coventry Cathedral).
It was fitting, therefore, that Ian was present along with other Association Members at the dedication by the Bishop of Coventry of the extended ‘Jimmy Hill Memorial Garden’ outside the Arena. CCFPA Life President Joe Elliott was was instrumental in the various JH commemorations also spoke movingly about Jimmy’s contribution to the City and its football club, and JH’s son Jamie also paid tribute before scattering some of his father’s ashes beside the special marker stone (see separate news item).
Ian, then briefly visited the Family Zone under the Arena stands to meet the youngest generation of Sky Blues fans (the JSBs) and to sign autographs and pose for selfies) alongside current CCFC squad members Chris Stokes and Ryan Haynes (see separate news item) before moving on to meet more CCFC fans in the various supporters’ lounges prior to the game in the company of Chris and club host, former Sky Blue defender and CCFPA member Brian ‘Harry’ Roberts.
At Legends Day, along with around 40 other former CCFC players who were our (and the Club’s) guests at the game, Ian saw a stunning 6-0 Sky Blues victory over Bury. During the match Ian supplied expert analysis of the unfolding game live on air to the BBC CWR commentary team (of Clive Eakin and Stuart Linnell) and again brought the Sky Blues luck as they achieved a 3-1 win against the Blades to complete a straight hat-trick of home successes. Sadly the recent improvement in home form came too late to propel the Club to a top six finish (which they last achieved over 40 years ago!) but Ian was full of praise for the performance which blunted the Blades’ own play-off aspirations.
After the win and duties complete Ian ‘relaxed’ on the stage of Lady G’s in the Arena’s G-Casino entertained a packed house with CCFPA’s vice chairman Billy Bell. Thanks for being a great guest Ian and look forward to seeing you again on Thurday June 9th when you come down to participate in CCFPA’s Golf Day 2016.