More on Our Latest Mystery Recruit

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L.C. teaser3QuestionAs reported on Tuesday Bob Eales and Frank Pritchard of CCFPA ‘collared’ another CCFC former player at last Saturday’s home game at Bristol City. This central defender played for the Sky Blues in the mid noughties and is a rare professional footballer in having only played for two clubs (including CCFC) in a nine year professional career involving well over 500 league appearances.

Becoming a free agent after leaving his other club (where he became a legend) at the end of last season he has been doing some scouting work this season and was present in this capacity at the game when Frank and Bob caught up with him. He was probably quite pleased to see the performance of the unbeaten top of the table ‘Bristol Babes’ as they brushed aside the challenge of the current Sky Blues 3-1.

Here he is complete with a beard he did not sport whilst playing for the Sky Blues. We will reveal the full identity of our latest recruit in a couple of days. Keep checking this site if you want to learn who he is!!

Lee Here For the Posh on Saturday

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Carsley, L (Lee)CCFPA are very pleased to announce that popular former Sky Blue defender Lee Carsley is the latest former Sky Blues star to accept our invitation to be the Association’s ‘Special Guest’. Lee is a regular supporter of City Legends XI games and frequently turns out again in the Sky Blue to assist various charities in games organised by CCFPA members Dave Busst and Dave Bennett. Though he is keen to sign for CCFPA we have not managed to get him to put pen to paper so far for a variety of reasons so are hoping to get it sorted on Saturday!

Lee will be glad to be back at the Ricoh again to see how CCCFPA member Steve Pressley‘s current squad of Sky Blues acquit themselves against second in the table Peterborough United. Members of the Association had a memorable ‘away day’ at the Posh last season enjoying the hospitality of Barry Fry and his colleagues.  The game at the Ricoh is on Saturday, 25th October 2014 and fans will be looking to the Sky Blues for an improved performance after disappointment in recent games.

An Irish international with 40 caps, Lee played 47 League games for CCFC in from 2000-02 after spells with Derby County and Blackburn Rovers and put in another 25 appearances for the Sky Blues in 2010-11 after returning from a succesful stint with Everton.  In 2011 he became our first team coach (and briefly caretaker manager in 2012), last year (October 2013) had a short spell as assistant gaffer at Sheffield United and since then has done a variety of media work.

Look out for Lee around and about the stadium, on the pitch at half-time, contributing match analysis on the local radio (BBC CWR) and in the G-Casino after the game next Saturday. Welcome back Mr Carsley!

Another Former Player Joins CCFPA- Guess Who?

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L.C. teaser1Not content with signing up former Sky Blue Slipper Carl Baker to the Association in recent days, CCFPA committee men Frank Pritchard and Bob Eales did not let the grass grow beneath their feet over the weekend when another opportunity presented itself to commit another former CCFC Sky Blue to the Association cause.

L.C. teaser2Our newest member was present in a scouting capacity at the Sky Blues match against Bristol City last Saturday and, unfortunately, saw a poor performance from most of the home team as the west country table-toppers continued their impressive start to the season by gaining a 3-1 vistory at the Ricoh. We will release more details of our new recruit during  the coming week but to whet your appetites here is a couple of pictures of our latest member watching the game.

Actually, we are not sure you would recognise him even when you see his full photograph as he has grown a full beard (possibly ready for next month’s Movember challenge?) since leaving the Sky Blues. Keep checking back as we reveal more about the Association’s new former player.

Its Bakes! Carl Baker Joins CCFPA

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18 CARL BAKERThose of you who were wondering, after our ‘teaser’ last week, who our latest recruit is can now have their curiosity satisfied. If you didn’t guess…. the Association is very pleased to announce that popular Sky Blue midfielder and former Club skipper Carl Baker has signed up to CCFPA. Association committee man Frank Pritchard caught up with Bakes recently as Carl made time out of his busy life (preparing for life at new club MK Dons) to remember his Coventry career with Frank.

Carl spent just over four and a half years with the Sky Blues making over 150 appearances and scoring 28 goals, having previously played for both Southport and Morecambe and joined Coventry City from Stockport in January 2010.

Frank (left) makes the presentation to Carl

Frank (left) makes the presentation to Carl

During his spell with Coventry City he became one of our most popular and committed players and has always been a huge supporter of CCFPA, for example, entering a team and playing in our Golf Day in June 2013. Carl will be remembered for his skill on the ball and wholehearted commitment to the Sky Blues team, Club and community. Carl raises considerable funds for charity particularly leukaemia and lymphoma research and continues to follow the Sky Blues fortunes, attending games at the Ricoh when his commitments permit.

Frank presented Carl with his membership badge and official Association tie (pictured left). We offer former CCFC skipper Carl a very warm welcome to CCFPA and wish him every future success at his new club, MK Dons (except of course when they cross the Sky Blues path)!

We certainly hope to see him at future CCFPA events and functions when his playing obligations permit.