Golf Day 2015 -10: Last 2 Tee Times Available: Act Now (The Baker Boys Are IN!)

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CCPFA Golf Day 2015 PosterOnly ten days only left to go before Golf Day 2015 tees off on Thursday 4th June 2015 at Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club  (SDPGC).  CCFPA Organiser Frank Pritchard confirms that there are only the last TWO team places left out of the 22 available.  The very reasonable fee for each is £270 (for a team of three). Individual entry is still possible at £90.  If you want to join the illustrious teams already signed up to play with a former Sky Blue  drawn from the galaxy of former Sky Blue stars who will be there you must act quickly – deadline for receipt of your payment is close of play Friday June 29th 2015.

City players in action at Nuneaton June 2009

City players in action

Tee times are bookable from either the 1st or 10th hole starting between 11am and 1pm. The cost of entry includes tea or coffee and a bacon buttie on arrival, 18 holes of golf, a three course dinner, the Prize Presentation and plenty of entertainment and fun along the way. Please note that all cheques are payable to ‘Coventry City Former Players Association’ and they (or electronic payment) should be made via Linda Edmondson at SDPGC Coventry Road Stoneleigh CV8 3DR Tel. 02476 639991 x 1

Why not join the following and play with your heroes:- Askews Legal,BT Promotions, Buildbase UK, Coventry City London Supporters Club, Elite TherapyGould Landscapes, Grosvenor Casinos, Holbrooks Motors, IDP Group (Architects), Inspire Insurance, Scott Joyce Builders and Sky Blue Cowboys (the team of CCFPA committee member Dean Nelson) and one from CCFPA Associate member Michael Garlick. Solo players so far include Gordon Lillie and CCFPA chairman Jim Brown.

Golf Day 2013 Team  Photo

Golf Day 2013 Team Photo

Frank has confirmed that former Sky Blue Skipper Carl Baker will be there with his team, The Baker Boys and Sky Blue favourite and CCFPA committee member Claus Bech Jorgensen will be bringing a couple of teams representing his company  Unique Floorcare Ltd.

Apart from Carl and Claus we expect to see gracing the fairways and clubhouse Peter Billing, defending Buildbase Cup holder Andy Blair, Ken Brown, Dietmar Bruck, Dave Busst, Willie Carr, Paul Culpin, Dean Emerson, Ron Farmer*, Ian Goodwin, Bobby Gould, Micky Gynn,  Jim Holmes, Peter Hormantschuk, Lee Hurst, Mick Kearns, Graham Newton*, Steve ‘Oggy’ Ogrizovic, David Phillips, Kirk Stephens, Gavin Strachan, Ian Wallace, Noel Whelan, Andrew Whing and Bob Wesson

If you have any questions about Golf Day 2015 Linda Edmondson will be pleased to help or you can contact Frank on frankpritchard1@ntlworld.com. Both can supply you with an entry form it is quickest to download one by clicking on the link below:-

CCFPA TEAM ENTRY 4TH JUNE 15

Come on – all we need is a brace of teams to make Golf Day 2015 a full house. Remember if you want to join in the fun you must act before close of play this Friday 29th!!

Legends XI on Duty Tomorrow in Atherstone

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baddeley atherstoneA team of Sky Blue legends will line-up for an annual memorial match tomorrow at Atherstone (Sunday, May 24 2015) kick off 2pm. CCFPA members Dave Bennett (who once played for Atherstone) and Claus Bech Jorgensen are expected to join other former Coventry City heroes like David Busst  Dele Adebola, Marcus Hall and John Williams in lacing up their boots once more for the game in memory of Paul Baddeley from the town who passed away in 2012 at the age of 48

Every year since Paul’s death his former colleagues at Profab Access Ltd  have remembered his life through a charity match at Atherstone Town FC’s ground at Sheepey Road. This year proceeds from the game will be going to Macmillan Cancer Support. Post match fun and refreshments including a raffle and disco will continue after the game at the Royal Legion Club in the town centre at Atherstone.

Why not join the Legends tomorrow afternoon or, alternatively, if you want to donate to the charity later you can contact Profab Access Ltd and speak to Helen Perry on 01827 718222.

Ernie Hannigan R.I.P. (23/01/43 – 21/05/15)

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Ernie in the Sky Blue

CCFPA is very sad to report that former Sky Blue winger Ernie Hannigan passed away yesterday morning in Australia aged 72 after losing a battle with cancer.

Born in Glasgow, Ernie was discovered at St Roch’s juniors before joining his first senior professional club, Queen of the South in 1961 where he totted up 132 appearances in all competitions and scored 8 goals. A move south of the border to Preston North End followed and at Deepdale the popular outside right really made his mark over four seasons, scoring 31 times in his total of 108 appearances. His success at PNE brought him to Highfield Road for over £50k in November 1967 at a tricky time for the Sky Blues as they faced their first season in the top division under new manager Noel Cantwell, the Club’s managerial driver of the Sky Blue Revolution (now CCFPA member) Jimmy Hill having shocked the City by departing for a media career.

The Sky Blues all Scottish forward line; Ernie; Ian Gibson; Neil; Gerry Baker & Willie Carr

The Sky Blues all Scottish forward line; Ernie; Ian Gibson; Neil; Gerry Baker & Willie Carr

Ernie quickly established himself and made his Division One debut on 11/11/1967 in a 0-3 home defeat against Fulham and helped CCFC survive relegation that season. The Sky Blues side contained many fellow countrymen in those days and Ernie was pleased to resume a playing partnership with centre-forward Neil Martin in particular. Over three seasons with CCFC Ernie clocked up 7 goals in his 53 appearances in total plus another couple of outings on loan with Torquay United in December 1969 before being transferred to Scottish outfit Greenock Morton for the start of the 1970-1 campaign.  The following season Ernie tried his luck in both South Africa and the USA with Elizabeth FC (New Jersey) and New York Cosmos returning back home to Queen of the South and then Raith Rovers in 1972.

Ernie at the Ricoh in 2010

Ernie at the Ricoh in 2010

After a short sojourn in Hong Kong, Ernie emigrated to Perth,  Australia in 1973 and took the job of player-coach at Stirling City FC and other clubs . He also played a dozen times for the Western Australia team and later was inducted into their all-time Hall of Fame. Ernie built up an Industrial Cleaning business in Perth to sustain his retirement from the game.  The last Coventry saw of Ernie was when he returned in 2010 to help us celebrate at the Ricoh the 40th Anniversary of the only Sky Blues squad to play European football in the EUFA Cup in 1969-70.

The Association sends its sincere condolences to Ernie’s family and friends at this sad time. A fuller appreciation of Ernie’s life and career will appear in due course on these pages as will details of his funeral arrangements when we have them available.

 

GD Minus 14: Golf Day 2015: Two Weeks to Go!!

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Gold Day Collage 3aThere are now only 14 days before Golf Day 2015, tees off on Thursday 4th June 2015 at Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club  (SDPGC). A very few team places remain available at a very reasonable standard cost of £270 (for a team of three). Individual entry is still possible at £90.

CCPFA Golf Day 2015 PosterCCFPA’s Golf Day Organiser Frank Pritchard has confirmed the good news that only a handful of the 22 team slots/ tee times available are left so you need to act very quickly if you want to join the following 17 team entrants:-  Unique Floorcare Ltd and Inspire Insurance (two teams each) and one each from Askews Legal, The Baker Boys (former Sky Blue Carl Baker’s entry); BT Promotions, Buildbase UK, Coventry City London Supporters Club, Elite TherapyGould Landscapes, Grosvenor Casinos, Holbrooks Motors, IDP Group (Architects), Scott Joyce Builders and Sky Blue Cowboys (the team of CCFPA committee member Dean Nelson) and one from CCFPA Associate member Michael Garlick.  Solo players so far include Gordon Lillie, CCFPA chairman Jim Brown and past committee member Kevin Heffernan.

Each team will play with one of CCFC’s former players and we a currently expecting at least the following 27 ex Sky Blue favourites to attend as players (or spectators*):- Carl Baker, Claus Bech Jorgensen, Peter Billing, defending Buildbase Cup holder Andy Blair, Ken Brown, Dietmar Bruck, Dave Busst, Willie Carr, Paul Culpin, Dean Emerson, Ron Farmer*, Ian Goodwin, Bobby Gould, Micky Gynn,  Jim Holmes, Peter Hormantschuk, Lee Hurst, Mick Kearns, Graham Newton*, Steve ‘Oggy’ Ogrizovic, David Phillips, Kirk Stephens, Gavin Strachan, Ian Wallace, Noel Whelan, Andrew Whing and Bob Wesson

Tee times are bookable from either the 1st or 10th hole starting between 11am and 1pm. The cost of entry includes tea or coffee and a bacon buttie on arrival, 18 holes of golf, a three course dinner, the Prize Presentation and plenty of entertainment and fun along the way. Please note that all cheques are payable to ‘Coventry City Former Players Association’ and they (or electronic payment) should be made via Linda Edmondson at SDPGC Coventry Road Stoneleigh CV8 3DR Tel. 02476 639991 x 1

If you have any questions about Golf Day 2015 Linda will be pleased to help or you can contact Frank Pritchard on frankpritchard1@ntlworld.com. Both can supply you with an entry form or you can download one by clicking on the link below:-

CCFPA TEAM ENTRY 4TH JUNE 15

Keep checking back on this website for further news of this fabulous day out as D-Day nears!