Dion, Hucks, Shawsy, Strachs and Gary Mac Back at the Ricoh This Saturday

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dion-dublin-mates-eventCCFPA’s newest member, former Sky Blue goalscoring star of the nineties Dion Dublin is having a public pre Xmas charity get-together with some of his pals from the same Sky Blue playing era at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry later this week.

His guests include former Sky Blue player and captain Gary McAllister and (all CCFPA members) former players Darren Huckerby, Richard Shaw and Gordon Strachan (who later, of course, also became CCFC gaffer).

Dion and his four colleagues who all proudly and succesfully wore the Sky Blue will be ‘on stage’ at the Ricoh on the evening of Saturday 10th December 2016 raising money for the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research. There will be a Q&A and charity auction and refreshments, DJ and entertainment will be available.

There is bound to be plenty of Sky Blue memories on tap and a good evening is in prospect. Tickets are £75 per head from tkt.to/dd9events (T:0121-472-668/ 0844 -870-000)

Not Long To Xmas For St Finbarr’s Walking Footballers: Join Them Tomorrow

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SBiTC Walking Football A5 1pp (print)Winter warmers ready but why not join other sporting over 50s and get healthy and fit with a bunch of new friends and keep the chill away with Xmas only just around the corner! Fresh from their early Xmas party (see separate news item) SBiTC’s Cov based Walking Football is on again tomorrow, Thursday 8th December 2016.

Why not join the happy band of senior football players at St.Finbarr’s Sport & Social Club, 303 Holbrooks Lane, Coventry CV6 4DG where the sessions are run this and every Thursday? The sessions are designed to offer gentle but competitive exercise for the over 50s and start before 10.30am running through to around noon. All it costs is £3 (including hot and cold refreshments). So, if you want to come, look sharpish, dust off  your old football boots/trainers and get along to St Finbarrs!

Assorted CCFPA Members & Sky Blue Shirts!

Assorted CCFPA Members & Sky Blue Shirts!

Brucky still dazzles

Brucky still dazzles

CCFPA full members including the likes of Dietmar Bruck, Ron Farmer, Ken Brown, Bill Tedds, Ian Goodwin, Dave Bennett, committee members Dean Nelson, Billy Bell and Frank Pritchard and a number of Associate Members can often be found amongst the participants and supporters at the sessions (at least 30 regularly turn up usually including a few newbies!), so why not join the regulars?

Walking 21-1-16e

Defenders await a Walking Football Tackle

If you can’t make this session there is another regular event locally too in Bedworth next and every Tuesday (same time and cost) held at Bedworth Town FC’s Oval ground.  Both sets of friendly events are run by CCFC’s Sky Blues In The Community run by former Sky Blue defender (and CCFPA member) Dave Busst and have always been supported by the Coventry City Diamond Club, Coventry City Former Players Association  and Covsupport News Service and their members.

For more information about the sessions at both sites you can contact Sky Blues in the Community’s Health Manager, Hiedi Sloan (telephone: 02476 786 314 Text: 07813 455 531 or by email: hiedi.sloan@ccfc.co.uk). SBiTC can also be contacted at sbitc@ccfc.co.uk

Lloyd Will Be Diamond Club Special Guest This Thursday

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Lloyd in 1987 Cup strip with medal

Lloyd in 1987 Cup strip with medal

CCFPA has always had great relations with CCFC’s Diamond Club for supporters of over 50 year’s standings and we have many members in common as well as sharing Joe Elliott as President of both organisations.. The Diamond Club meets regularly over lunch and typically one or more of our former player members will be a guest speaker at the lunches.

LLoyd McGrath & Billy

LLoyd McGrath & Billy

The Diamond Club’s December meeting next Thursday (8th December 2016) at the Ricoh Arena will be their Xmas celebration and CCFPA member and 1987 CCFC F.A.Cup winning hero Lloyd McGrath will be a special guest. He will be welcomed by Joe and Lady President (Joe’s wife Grace) for an afternoon packed with fun. A three course lunch (including turkey & trimmings and Xmas pud) and wine will be served. Doors open at 11.30am for lunch to start at 12.45 followed by speeches, bingo, raffles and the like. As well as the jocular emceeing of CCFPA’s Billy Bell the assemblage will also be entertained by ‘The Belles of Three Spires Choir’.

Lloyd is bound to be reminiscing about the F.A.Cup winning years and his eleven interesting years at Highfield Road from starting as an apprentice in 1983 to 1994 making well over 200 first team appearances. After a spell playing abroad with Sing Tao he saw out the rest of his professional career with Pompey retiring in 1997. Lloyd remains a popular figure in the locality running the Hawkesmill Sports and Social Club in the north of Coventry.

The event is already likely to be nearly sold out but further information can be got from Diamond Club Secretary Jenny Poole at
jenny_poole@btinternet.com  Tel: 02476:617825

Former Players at a previous Lunch

Former Players at a previous Lunch

 

 

Benno Wants To See Sky Blue Pride Restored & Checkatrade Progress!

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Benno

Benno in the 1987 Sky Blue

CCFPA’s ‘special guest’ for the Sky Blue’s EFL Trophy tie at the Ricoh this Wednesday will be Association committee man and CCFC star of the 1980s Dave Bennett.

‘Benno’ will be at the Ricoh, as usual, to see if the Sky Blues can recover from the humiliating F.A.Cup defeat yesterday at Cambridge United. The team have a chance to restore pride in a different cup challenge, also against a League Two outfit, Crawley Town. Whichever team caretaker gaffer Mark Venus puts out ‘Benno’ will be expecting to see the Sky Blues show far more cuting edge than in recent games as they need to halt the current slide in form (five defeats on the trot in all competitions)

917a Benno & Cup 3 reduced xxxxOne of our 1987 Sky Blue F.A.Cup winners, Dave is a regular at the Sky Blues home games at the Ricoh. As a nominated true ‘CCFC Legend’ Dave will be hoping to bring some inspiration to the Sky Blues squad to get their ‘Fortress Ricoh’ mentality back in gear to prevent 2017 becoming a year of more trouble and strife.

Bennett, D (Dave) 1986

Benno in Action

From 1983-89 ‘Benno’  scored 25 league goals in 172 league appearances for the Sky Blues before moving on to Sheffield Wednesday.

Not only a long standing CCFPA committee member, Dave has done much to support the work of various Legends’ charitable games over the years as well as other charity events. Look out for Dave on Wednesday night around the Ricoh Supporters’ Lounges before the main event and, no doubt, immediately after the game Benno and CCFPA’s Billy Bell will reprise a well-worn but very entertaining double act on the stage of Lady G’s in the Ricoh’s G-Casino.

Dave Bennett 2010As usual with our ‘special guests’ Benno will also be adding his considered analysis to the live matchday coverage of BBC CWR for fans who will not be at the game (probably more than inside the Ricoh judging from past attendances in this competition)!