Past Heroes Joins CCFPA as a Corporate Member

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Past HeroesWelcome to Past Heroes Ltd who are the latest company to have become one of our Corporate Members. They join Askews, Brett Martin Daylight Systems, Buildbase, Century PR; De Marco Solicitors; Elliott’s Car Accessories, Inspire Insurance and Shortland Horne as our first nine companies gaining the benefits of Corporate Membership (see below).

Past Heroes, with their sister company Michael Godfrey Surveys are based in Fife, Scotland and Managing Director, Michael has been an advertiser on our website for some time and have decided to upgrade their support for the Association by becoming full Corporate Members. The company look to provide a ‘new way to look at signed memorabilia’ by offering a bespoke autographing service for a variety of sports including football. The website (www.pastheroes.com) puts those who wish to have a personalised memento from a respected sporting star of the past in touch with their hero. They focus on former players  who had their time in the limelight from any time in the past up to the 1970s or 80s. If you are a sportsman of the past wishing to register or a member of the public wishing an individualised message from a ‘past hero’ enquiries can be directed throught the website or via enqs@pastheroes.com or telephone 01592 779 199

If your company wishes to join Past Heroes Ltd in supporting the work of CCFPA these are the benefits of corporate membership and details of how to apply:-

CCFPA Darker Logo 2012Corporate Membership Benefits

  •  Your company will be listed as a Corporate Member in the special section of the CCFPA website (under the ‘Sponsors’ tab) including a link through to your own website.
  •  Your advert will be featured on the CCFPA website carousel (design not included) You will have a Photo  opportunity with a former player of your choice (subject to availability)
  •  Your company logo will be printed on the CCFPA newsletter (printed three times per year).
  •  You will receive priority booking for all CCFPA events including golf days, Legends Days, celebration dinners & forums, etc)
  •  Corporate membership is marked by the award of a membership badge and an Association tie or scarf.

By joining the CCFPA as a Corporate Member you are supporting a non profit-making organisation that aims to bring the former players of Coventry City Football Club together. CCFPA is run by a team of enthusiastic volunteers who raise funds to put on a range of events for former players and its membership throughout the year. The current cost is £150 per annum. If you are interested in becoming a corporate member or have any queries about what it entails, please contact CCFPA committee member Sandra Garlick on 024 7699 8055 or via email on sandra@demarcosolicitors.com. She will be able to send you an application form with information about electronic payment (or by cheque). Alternatively, you can download a corporate information application form from this site via the ‘Join Us’ tab above (top right)

Watch ‘Carso’ Join the Association Tomorrow

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Carsley, L (Lee) Action2We can confirm that CCFPA’s ‘special guest’ at tomorrow’s important home game against Peterborough United at the Ricoh is former Sky Blues player and coach Lee Carsley. For a variety of reasons, although Lee has been keen to join us and he has taken part in several Sky Blue Legends Charity games in the last year or so we have never managed to arrange a signing session with him. This should prove possible at tomorrow’s game (Saturday 25th October 2014) . Normally our signing sessions of necessity take place in non or semi public areas of the Ricoh. Tomorrow we hope to be able to sign Lee up to CCFPA and present him with his Association membership badge and tie in a more public setting where fans can share the moment.

Carsley, L (Lee) Coach2 xWe hope, as all our special guests do, that after touring the Ricoh boxes and club lounges before the game and playing his part in the BBC C&W matchday commentary during the game Lee will join CCFPA’s Billy Bell on the stage of Lady G’s in the G-Casino at the Ricoh after the game. There he will not just join Billy in a friendly ‘grilling’ in front of Sky Blues fans (which should be especially interesting tomorrow given Lee’s very recent appointment as manager of Brentford’s Development Squad). We also hope to get him to sign up in a presentation ceremony on the stage.

So if you want to see Lee tomorrow why not come along after the game? Everyone is welcome. Let us all hope the Sky Blues can turn round their recent indifferent form and take three points off the Posh!

 

Mystery Man Revealed: Louis Carey Joins CCFPA

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Carey, L (Louis) 2004-05We have been leaving hints all week but, at last, we can reveal with pleasure that the Association’s newest recruit is none other than Louis Carey. He is unusual in this era of wandering professionals in that Louis has only ever played for a couple of clubs in his professional career of nearly a decade and well over 550 league appearances. Remarkably, apart from half a year with the Sky Blues his whole professional career was spent with his home-town club.  A Scottish U21 International, the stylish central defender was brought to Highfield Road by Peter Reid and spent the less than happy 2004-05 season with CCFC and made 23 league appearances for the Sky Blues.

Louis (left) presented with his tie by CCFPA's Bob Eales

Louis (left) presented with his tie by CCFPA’s Bob Eales

This spell with the Sky Blues was sandwiched between two significant periods spent at his home town club Bristol City. He came up through the ranks at Ashton Gate made his debut for the ‘Bristol Babes’ in October 1995.  A regular first teamer in both periods (both as a right and centre back over nine seasons in total) Louis was part of the Bristol side which won promotion to the Championship in 1997/1998 and he signed a four-year deal for the Bristol club in July 2000 before signing for Coventry City in 2004 after rejecting terms.

Returning to more congenial home pastures after only six months at Coventry and in time for the 2005-06 season, eventually on 29 December 2013, Louis made his 646th appearance (in all competitions) for City surpassing the legendary John Atyeo to become the club’s new record holder. Clearly Louis has always been a consistent and model professional and, since hanging up his boots at the end of last season, has been doing scouting work which is why he was at the Ricoh last Saturday running the rule over the players of both his former clubs.

No doubt Bristol City’s 3-1 victory over the Sky Blues was pleasing to the Bristolian yet signing for CCFPA shows he still has affection for his time in Coventry. Though initially hard to identify in his current heavily hirsute incarnation CCFPA’s Frank Pritchard signed him up and took the photo of fellow committee man Bob Eales presenting Louis with his official membership badge and tie (right).

We welcome Louis to the Association and look forward to seeing him back at the Ricoh some time in the near future at one of our events.

Gael Lives His Dream Video

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Bigirimana, G (Gael) 2010-11Well worth a watch is a short film about former Coventry City starlet and CCFPA member Gael Bigirimana.  Gael’s video discusses how his faith has underpinned his football career since the football mad Burundi born 11 year old came over to Britain and Coventry with his family as a refugee from the genocidal troubles in Rwanda and Burundi. Though he had no boots or kit he attended CCFC’s training ground and through persistance managed to get a trial which led him to signing up for the CCFC Academy.

After a relatively few outings for the Under 18s and U21s Gael made it to the Sky Blues first team earning a professional contract in summer 2011 and debuting in August that year. He won the Championship Apprentice of the Year Award in March 2012 and eventually turned out for the first team in 26 league appearances. His skilful qualities and obvious potential impressed scouts from St James’ Park Newcastle who snapped him up in July 2012. With United he has so far made less than twenty Premiership appearances since then but has two England U20 Caps to his name. His story is truly an inspirational one for a football mad boy from a humble African background who is living a dream in the English top division!

Gail (left) with Membership Sec Mike Young signs uo to CCFPA in Feb.2012

Gail (left) is signed up by CCFPA’s Membership Secretary Mike Young in Feb.2012

To see this brief biopic click on http://www.show2.me/en/video/gael-bigirimana-my-story?ep=zoNaZNZOZNZN. (Thanks to CCFPA Associate Member Kev Monks at the Cov Support News Service for drawing attention to this item (www.coventrycity-mad.co.uk)