‘Gunnar’ Great as England Exit

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Aron Gunnarrson

Aron Gunnarrson in the Sky Blue

Former Sky Blue defensive midfielder (and CCFPA member) Aron Gunnarsson captained his country Iceland to an historic victory over the overwhelming favourites England in Euro 2016 last night. Iceland with a population less than Coventry shocked a disjointed and underpowered English side with a 2-1 win after a Wayne Rooney penalty gave England an early lead in the final game of the last 16 knockout stage of the competition in Nice.

Gunnar, now with Cardiff City, played a true captain’s game in the humbling of England with the whole Icelandic team producing a high energy, quick breaking direct game with tenacious tackling and harrying which contrasted with a tentative, stumbling, apparently tactically inept performance from Roy Hodgson’s men. Sky Blue fans will remember Aron developing his effective long throw with CCFC which he used to good effect against the English defence who seemed unprepared in counteracting it and which led to Iceland’s quick equaliser inside the first ten minutes.

'Gunnar' in Icelandic Blue

‘Gunnar’ in Icelandic Blue

The result leaves Wales, managed by former Sky Blue gaffer Chris Coleman as the last surviving representative from the home countries in the last eight – Congratulations!  Both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland made the last sixteen; however both join England in leaving after the knockout stage. N.Reland, managed by former Sky Blue player Michael O’Neill (and with former Sky Blue loanee Ollie Norwood prominent) went out of the competition first and were followed by the ROI (with CCFPA member and popular former Sky Blue defender Richard Keogh and attacking star Robbie Keane prominent).

Aron’s men deserved their victory and now go on to meet the host nation in the last eight while England return home (now managerless) to face the music. Who would have predicted ‘England Out of Europe’ twice in the space of a week? Good luck to Aron and his colleagues in the rest of the tournament!

Bedduth Walking Football Calls All Over 50s Later This Morning

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Brucky still dazzles

Brucky still dazzles

Walking Football BedduthAll CCFPA members and Sky Blue fans over 50 are once again invited to keep active, warm and fit by joining the next Bedworth based SBiTC’s Walking Football session which carries on later this morning (28th June 2016) in its regular Tuesday slot at Bedworth Town FC’s Oval ground.

All sessions are designed to offer gentle but competitive exercise for the over 50s (men and women) and start at 10.30am running through to around noon. They cost £3 (including hot and cold refreshments) and often taking part are CCFPA full members including the likes of Dietmar Bruck, Ken Brown, Ian Goodwin, and Dave Bennett, committee members Dean Nelson, Sarah-Jane Morris and Frank Pritchard and a number of Associate Members. There are regularly well over 30 players enjoying the exercise and banter, so why not get your boots on pronto and join the regulars – there are often ‘newbies’ joining the fun too!  So, now’s the time to put the spring in your step by joining us and get a good ‘walking to’ whilst getting toned up for the summer by having fun with friends!

A Happy Team Photo of the 'Walking Football' Participants YesterdayIf you can’t make this session there is another regular event too in Coventry next and every Thursday (same time and cost) held at St.Finbarr’s Sport & Social Club.  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

CCFPA Members Should Be Reunited with A ‘Legend’ By Now

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LegendJune2016 front pageCCFPA’s June edition of our members’ newsletter ‘Legend’ is published and posted. If you are a member and haven’t received yours by this Wednesday please contact us in case we have not got your up to date contact details. Legend’s editor, CCFPA’s Mike Young confirms that Issue 21, printed by Spectrum Print of Solihull and distributed by Jigsaw CCS of Coventry,  is packed full of news, views and reports of what we have been up to since our last issue at the turn of the year, and centre-pieces the memorable February weekend when the City and Club which he held dear bid a final farewell to Jimmy Hill in front of the world’s media. We also feature Legends Day 2016 when the Sky Blues rose to the occasion by thrashing Bury 6-0 overseen by a giant picture of JH and watched by our ‘Fantastic Forty’ special guests (drawn from more than five decades of CCFC’s former players). There is plenty of other stuff in Legends 21 recording CCFPA’s other events and activities since the last Legend was published in January, as well as a tribute to four other former CCFC players who have departed for ‘Sky Blue Heaven’ in recent months.

Please note this will be the last issue AMs and CMs will receive automatically under their current subscription.  We will be contacting all current AMs and CMs fairly soon to invite them to renew their subscription for 2016-17. If you are not currently an Association member and would like to join us either as a new Former Player member or as a first time Corporate Memebr or Associate Member, details of the membership process and the benefits of joining us can be found under the ‘Join us’ button on the top right of this site. Look out too on this website in the next few weeks for details of our ‘early bird’ offer for 2016-17 renewals!!

We hope that there is something for everyone in Legends 21 and that all will find it a good read. Watch this space for news of when the magazines are being sent out by us to our membership!

Sky Blue Legends XI at Kenilworth Next Month

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The Sky Blues Legends XI Team at Bedworth

Joint Team Managers, former Sky Blue stars and CCFPA members David Busst and Dave Bennett are looking forward to the next Legends XI charity outing next month. Fresh from their 11-4 victory on June 12th against Arena Tesco at Bedworth FC in aid of two charities, Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation, they are looking for another entertaining performance from the Sky Blues in July.

The next fixture will test the lads against a Kenilworth Town Veterans XI (Over 35s) and will take place on Sunday 3rd July at their ground (Gypsy Lane, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 1FA). The game is aimed to raise funds for the Kenilworth club and kick-off is timed for 1.30pm. It should prove a wonderful day out for the whole family and the organisers are hoping for a big gate!

Bussty tells us that the team will be drawn from the same squad that turned out at Bedworth Oval (CCFPA members in bold):-

Lee Carsley, Dele Adebola, Micky Gynn, Marcus Hall, David Philips, John Williams, Barry Quinn, Claus Bech Jorgensen, Andy Morrell and Dietmar Bruck as well as former CCFC reserve players Tynan Scope, Iyseden Christie, Scott Goodwin and Terry Angus.