Claus Rejoins the Sky Blues

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Claus Jorgensen 2011aSky Blue favourite Claus Bech Jorgensen is to take up a new appointment consistent with his affection for all things Sky Blue! As well as running his Warwick based business Unique Floorcare, being a CCFPA committee member and taking the time to become the Association’s first ‘special guest’ of the season at the glorious ‘Ricoh Return’ game on the evening of Friday 5th September 2014, CBJ has rejoined the Sky Blues!

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Claus in the Sky Blue

Claus has agreed to become a coach (part-time) at the Sky Blue Academy taking special responsibility for the Under 14 age group (though he will help out in the other age cohorts as necessary). Claus will be offering his time to the Club on three nights a week and Sunday mornings. He will be looking, not only to help the Sky Blues Academy develop its already great reputation in providing an essential conveyor belt of young talent from youth football all the way to League Football, but also to enhance the link between the Club’s younger players and their veterans, passing on essential skills, knowledge and insight.

CBJ will be remembered as a combative forward who came from Bradford City in August 2003. An international for the Faroe Islands, Claus clocked up over 60 appearances for the Sky Blues scoring six times. He moved to Blackpool in 2006 and thence to Port Vale. CBJ’s attendance at the first game back at the Arena last month was particularly appropriate as he was the Sky Blues’ first ever scorer at the Club’s first ever game at the Ricoh against QPR in August 2005.

Good luck to Claus in his new role!

Flying Postman to Make a Crawley Delivery

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We are delighted to announce that the Association’s special guest for the Sky Blues’ next home game against Crawley Town next Saturday 4th October 2014 will be former Sky Blue striker John Williams.  John has joined us at the Ricoh for events a number of times in the past, is a good supporter of our Legends Day and other events. He is picking up the Special Guest baton from another member of the Williams team! John will be hoping, like all Sky Blues fans, that City can halt the recent run of three successive defeats including the first home defeat of the season last Saturday against PNE (at which John’s namesake Paul Williams was our special guest).

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John in the Sky Blue

John will be doing the honours meeting supporters in the various arena lounges pre-match. He will be assisting the match day commentary team of BBC Coventry & Warwickshire with comment and analysis and after the game we hope to tempt him once more onto the stage of the G-Casino’s Lady Gs Show Bar where CCFPA’s Billy Bell will submit him to a light hearted grilling in front of a roomful of footy fans (all welcome).

A Brummie, John earned the knickname the ‘Flying Postman’  since he was a postie when discovered playing for Cradley Town in 1990 as a 22 year old by Swansea City (46 appearances, 11 goals) and won the Rumbelow’s sprint challenge against other speed merchants from the world of soccer at the Cup Final on the Wembley turf  in 1992. The Sky Blues brought him to Highfield Road in July 1992 for £250k and for a time he terrorised top Division defences with his pace. John eventually scored 11 times in his 86 appearances for the Sky Blues (also having loan spells with Notts County, Swansea City and Stoke City) before moving to Wycombe Wanderers in September 1995 for £150k.

John’s subsequent career made him something of a wandering star, however,  featuring for Hereford United, Walsall and Exeter City in 1997, Cardiff City (1998), York City (1999), Darlington (2000), and Swansea City again (2001) and Kidderminster Harriers (2003) producing a total of 71 goals in just over 450 appearances in the Football league. John then dropped down to non league football with Bath City (2004) and between 2005-08 the likes of Redditch United, Evesham United, Weston-Super-Mare, Stourbridge, Willenhall Town and Boldmere St. Michaels for whom he scored a hat-trick (aged 40) in August 2008 against Shifnal Town! After this ‘grand tour’ of Britain’s footballing outposts John tried a spell on the continent in 2008 playing for Aris Salonika (Greece) and Austria Vienna before hanging up his boots in 2009.

John has since worked as a youth and community worker in Birmingham, acted as agent with a sports management company as well as producing football themed evening entertainments through his own company ’Flying Postman productions’ . He also regularly plays Charity fixtures in the Midlands for the Sky Blue Legends team. Welcome back John!!

Paul Sees Sky Blue Shocker

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Paul arrives at the Ricoh

Nineties Sky Blues defender Paul Williams was welcomed as the Association’s special guest at yesterday afternoon’s game at the Ricoh between CCFC and PNE.

Paul saw the Sky Blues lose their unbeaten League One home record due to a second half Preston strike and a soft penalty. The game was a dour one with midfield stalemate, many misplaced passes, an over fussy ref and few chances on goal made by both sides (particularly the Sky Blues).   The poor City performance, which left the 10000 crowd frustrated and questioning the formation and motivation of the Sky Blue team, was later acknowledged by the gaffer, CCFPA member Steven Pressley.

Paul, 'Harry' & Frank in the Singers Lounge before the game

Paul, ‘Harry’ & Frank in the Singers Lounge before the game

Paul toured those parts of Arena that, due to alternative bookings, were open to the Club on Saturday, in the company of CCFPA committee man Frank Pritchard and was interviewed for the entertainment of  fans by Sky Blue stalwart of the past Brian ‘Harry’ Roberts. He is also pictured (right) with current CCFC striker Frank Nouble who is injured and whose imposing presence was sorely missed on the pitch.  Other former Sky Blues who were guests of CCFPA spotted at the game included Dave Bennett, Dietmar Bruck, Ron Farmer, Ian Goodwin, Lol Harvey, Brian Nicholas, Ken Satchwell, Graham Walker and Peter Wyer.

Paul, who made just short of 200 appearances for the Sky Blues (6 goals) between 1995-2001, was escorted to do the special guest’s normal media duties by committee man Mike Young. He provided cogent match day comment and analysis during the game to BBC Coventry & Warwickshire’s Clive Eakin and Geoff Foster as the Sky Blues failed to make much of an assault on the Preston goal and City’s hopes against North End went West!

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Paul in the Sky Blue

After the game Paul was interviewed in his usual inimitable way by CCFPA Vice Chair Billy Bell on the stage at Lady Gs in the Ricoh’s G-Casino and gave good value to an appreciative audience of Sky Blue fans reminiscing about professional career with CCFC as well as Derby County (prior to arriving at Highfield Road) and his subsequent playing and coaching  experiences at Southampton, Stoke City and in the USA.

Thanks to Paul for spending the day with us as our CCFPA Special Guest. Look out for news of who we have lined up to do the same duties as next week’s home game against Crawley Town when it is to be hoped that the Sky Blues’ performance will be much improved!

City Old Boy Mark Noon Leaves Nuneaton

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Mark Noon

Mark Noon

CCFPA is sorry to hear that CCFPA member, former CCFC youth player and past Sky Blues Academy coach Mark Noon has determined to part company with near neighbours Nuneaton Town with a heavy heart. This comes soon after the arrival Liam Daish, another Sky Blue alumni and CCFPA member recently appointed as the team’s new Manager.

Coventry Telegraph‘s Andy Turner reports (see http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/sport/former-coventry-city-player-mark-7825822) that Mark was leaving ‘with a heavy heart‘  and that Mark ‘had some discussions with chief executive Ian Neale and chairman Lee Thorn and it was my decision and just feel it’s right to move on…….I just think it’s right for the benefit of the football club and moving it forward. I do so with a heavy heart but I have got nothing but good things to say about the club’.

Mark continued, ‘I’ve really enjoyed my time at Nuneaton where we’ve had some real success. There aren’t many football clubs that can look back on their ten years and boast what Nuneaton have done. It’s been absolutely fantastic and I think the club will continue to progress and I certainly hope they do really, really well. The players, staff and supporters make the club what it is and long may that continue because it’s a really good club that’s been a massive part of my life. I’d have to say promotion to the Conference. I know the FA Cup runs were great and raised the profile of the football club but that promotion was huge. When I first went there they were a Conference North side. We maybe over achieved given the size of budgets of clubs we were up against but we had a fantastic group of players there, as there always has been since I’ve been there.’

Leamington born Mark signed Associated Schoolboys forms for the Sky Blues as a ten year old in 1993 and graduated through the Academy ranks picking up a F.A.Youth cup runners up medal with the Club before signing professional in 2002. He played mainly in the central midfield and made his Division One debut at home against Gillingham in 2002 and made five appearances for Tamworth on loan before being released by CCFC in 2004 with only two first team appearances on his CV (both from sub.). This gave him space to complete an undergraduate degree and masters in sport science at Coventry University and Loughborough University respectively. Mark also returned to assist CCFC in 2009 in the role of Head of Academy Sports Science at the Sky Blues Academy.

Player, captain, assistent manager and caretaker manager of Nuneaton since 2005 with over 300 appearances for the club, more on Mark’s tremendous contribution to football in Nuneaton can be found on the Nuneaton website (www.nuneatontownfc.com).  CCFPA wishes Mark well in his future career. Thanks to CCFPA Associate member Kev Monks of http://www.coventrycity-mad.co.uk for drawing our attention to Mark’s departure.