CCFPA at the Coventry Sports Awards

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Last Thursday (20th November 2014) several members of CCFPA attended the Coventry Sports Awards Ceremony.  This was held at the Dallas Burston Polo Club in Southam. It was a prestigious event organised by Champions (UK) Ltd and was hosted by Willie Thorne and Emma Jesson.

The CCFPA Table at the Awards

The CCFPA Table at the Awards

The CCFPA members that attended were Dave Bennett, Kirk Stephens, Dietmar Bruck, Dave Busst, Andy Blair, Claus Bech Jorgensen, John Sillett and CCFC coach Steve Ogrizovic and Manager Steven Pressley. Additionally CCFPA Committee Members Bob Eales and Sandra Garlick were present. Some of them can be seen in the photo above with other guests at the ceremony.

Bussty Bob Ryan & Benno with the Awards

Bussty, Bob, Ryan & Benno with the Awards

The Sky Blues defender Ryan Haynes won the Professional Young Sportsperson of the Year award, which he accepted himself and the Professional Sportsman of the Year award was won by former Sky Blues striker Callum Wilson. Because Callum was unavailable to accept the award due to his call up for England Under 21 duties this award was accepted on his behalf by Bob Eales from CCFPA. The picture shows Dave Busst, Bob Eales, Ryan Haynes and Dave Bennett with the two awards. Another former Sky Blue and CCFPA member Steve Ogrizovic also received an award. Oggie was presented with the Community Award at the ceremony

Players from the current Sky Blues squad who were in attendance included Andy Webster, Ryan Haynes, Jim O’Brien, Ivor Lawton and Danny Swanson.

Dave Busst Message to Over 50s: Come & Try Walking Football!

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SBiTC Walking Football A5 1pp (print)Sky Blues in the Community are launching Walking Football on 4th December 2014 at St Finbarr’s Sport and Social Club in Coventry. This session will run every Thursday 10:30am-12:00pm for adults aged 50+ carrying on into 2015.

Walking Football has been becoming increasingly popular across the Country over the past few years and Sky Blues in the Community now want to embed the game in Coventry. SBitC already run a city-wide men’s football project for adults aged 18+ and feel that Walking Football will increase both social and physical activity opportunities for older males in the city. We hope that some of our veteran Former Players will turn up to support some of theses sessions so , if you join, you may be rubbing shoulders with some of the CCFC stars of the past!

Bussty  2007Popular Sky Blue defender, CCFPA member (and former committee member) David Busst, Director of Sky Blues in the Community, said:

‘SBitC were keen to bring the ever increasing popular walking football to Coventry after some initial enquiries from the 50 + age group of CCFC supporters. Our partnership with St Finbarr’s GAA has enabled us to use a local facility for this activity and all members of the community will be welcome. The sessions are for all abilities who would like the opportunity to get active and play football and with the added value of socialising with some like-minded people and also meet and chat with former CCFC players to share memories from the past.’

For those that are unsure of what Walking Football is, it is simply a slow-paced version of the beautiful game. It is designed to help people have an active lifestyle regardless of their age and ability, as well as get people back playing football. It’s a great way to keep fit, learn skills, have fun and socialise all at the same time.

If you are interested in getting involved in Walking Football or want to find out more information, you can contact the Sky Blues in the Community Team. Email: , Telephone: 02476 786 314, or Text: 07813 455 531.

Walking Football will take place on Thursdays 10:30am-12:00pm at St Finbarr’s Sports and Social Club, 303 Holbrook Lane, Coventry, CV6 4DG. It will cost £3 per week to attend and refreshments will be provided for all those that come along to take part.

Cyrus starts with a win

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Cyrus celebrates with scorer Robbie Brady

Cyrus (3rd left) celebrates with Irish scorer Robbie Brady

Coventry kid, CCFPA member and former Sky Blue defender Cyrus Christie made a winning start to his full international career last night (18/11/2014).  Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill gave Cyrus his first full 90 minutes at right back with a somewhat experimental ROI side in Dublin last night as they ran out 4-1 winners against Jurgen Klinsmann’s U.S.A. side. O’Neill said Cyrus had an ‘outstanding’ introduction to international football.

He is reported by the Coventry Telegraph to have told the FAI: “I think it went really well tonight and there were some great performances from the lads and Shay (Given) pulled off some fantastic saves. “We began to control things in midfield and that allowed me to get forward. I work on getting forward and my crossing at Derby and it’s starting to pay off. The whole experience has been great. Obviously I knew a few of the lads already and that made things easier. Everyone gets along and that made it easier. I hadn’t even been to an international game before this week and it’s a fantastic achievement for me, and a dream to come true – it’s something I dreamed about as a kid. To pull on the Ireland jersey was fantastic. I’m just happy that I managed to play well. To get a win on your debut was a great feeling, it went according to plan.”

Another former Sky Blue and Cyrus’ Derby County colleague (and fellow CCFPA member) Richard Keogh was rested for this fixture but another debutante (until substituted later in the 2nd half) was David McGoldrick who had a recent loan spell at the Ricoh but is now with Ipswich Town. An impressive start for Cyrus!

Congrats Cyrus: Watch Christie on his Ireland Call Up

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Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Coventry City v Barnsley - Ricoh ArenaRecent CCFPA member and former Sky Blue defender Cyrus Christie has been called up for a debut cap with the Republic of Ireland tonight.  Cyrus will be joining fellow CCFPA member (and current Derby County colleague) Richard Keogh in the Irish defence as they take on the USA in a friendly. Also making his debut for the Irish team will be former Sky Blue loanee striker David McGoldrick (now currently earning his corn with Ipswich Town)

Cyrus receives his tie earlier this year from CCFPA's Frank Pritchard

Cyrus receives his tie earlier this year from CCFPA’s Frank Pritchard

Both Cyrus and McGoldrick qualify through a grandparent and have also been included in Martin O’Neill’s team to face the USA at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin (former Sky Blue legend Robbie Keane will sadly miss the game due to committments with his MLS side LA Galaxy side).

In an exclusive interview for the FAI Cyrus talks about his early days at Coventry, the influence of both Keogh and fellow CCFPA member Lee Carsley in opting for an international career with Ireland (through his nan) and how he is approaching his debut. The interview can be seen at

The Association would like to send our best wishes to all former Sky Blues in the internationals (and especially to debutante Cyrus – let’s hope this is the first cap of many!)