Early Bird Has Flown But You Can Still Join CCFPA at Golf Day 2016!

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Oggie Will Be There

Oggie Will Be There

Even though the deadline for our Early Bird Discounts has just passed we still have a few places left at good value for our Golf Day 2016 which takes place once again at Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club on Thursday 9th June 2016. As usual there will be pre tee-off refreshments provided and following the golf a 3 course awards dinner is offered with raffle and prize presentation. Download the application form below for full details but briefly:- If you enter a team of three (each team will play with a CCFPA Former Player) the cost is £270 inclusive and individual entry can be had for £90 per person. Tee times are available between 11.00am- 1pm.

CCPFA Golf Day A5 2pp 2016 poster frontCheques should be made payable to ‘Coventry City Former Players Association’ and returned no later than 29 May 2016 to Linda Edmondson, Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club, Coventry Road, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire CV8 3DR. Linda can be contacted by telephone at 02476 639991 ext 1.

CCFPA’s Organiser Frank Pritchard tells us that response to this year’s event has been very encouraging with a month to go with ‘early bird’ acceptances filling up most of the team slots available.

Winner-Carl-Baker_2322The 2015 Buildbase Cup winner, former Sky Blue Carl Baker (pictured left with CCFPA’s Billy Bell and CCFPA Life President Joe Elliott last June) and his “Baker’s Boys”  will be defending his title and also entering at least one team again this June!

Carl on the Green

Carl on the Green

More than a score of other Sky Blue Stars of the past have already definitely signed up to play including Claus Bech Jorgensen, Peter Billing, Jeff Blockley, Ken Brown, Dietmar Bruck, Dave Busst, Willie Carr, Greg Downs, Jimmy Holmes, Peter Hormantschuk, Mick Kearns, Steve Ogrizovic, Craig Pead, David Phillips, Kirk Stephens, Ian Wallace, Bob Wesson, Andy Whing and Peter Wyer and we are await confirmation from several others (and expect at least one other member of the Sky Blues current squad will join defender Chris Stokes at the Day).

Ian Wallace Talks Golf

Ian Wallace Talks Golf

If you have any questions about Golf Day which are not answered on the application form please contact Linda. As the number of tee-times this year is again limited to 23 and places are filling up fast we encourage potential entrants to confirm their Team Entries quickly. If you want to play an enthusiastic 18 holes on a great course with one of your Sky Blues heroes now is the time to do more than just think about entering a team!

To download an application form please click on the link below (pdf file) or image (jpeg file):-

CCFPA TEAM ENTRY

 CCFPA TEAM ENTRY 2 Feb 2016 (jpg)

Keep checking back on this site for details of more former players who will be teeing off at Golf Day 2016.

 

 

Flecky Gets CCFPA ‘Player of Season’ Prize at CCFC’s End of Season Award Ceremony

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FleckywinClearly Sky Blue midfielder John Fleck‘s own playing colleagues and the wider fan base were of the exactly the same opinion as the fans in the Ricoh’s Lady Gs as Flecky trebled his end of season trophies at the Club’s Award Dinner last Wednesday night (4th May 2016).

1st Presentation: Jim & John in Lady Gs

1st Presentation: Jim & John in Lady Gs

All through the season supporters attending the post match session with each of CCFPA’s special guest of the day had voted for their ‘man of the match’ and when the votes were totted up Flecky got this season’s ‘CCFPA/G-Casino Player of the Season‘ Award. John was kind enough to pop down to lady G’s after his exertions in the final home game 3-1 win against Sheffield United on the previous Saturday to receive the acclaim of the Sky Blue Army in the show-bar in the company of CCFPA’s Billy Bell and that day’s guest Ian Wallace.

In the plusher environs of the evening CCFC Dinner and Awards Ceremony at Coombe Abbey on Wednesday Flecky was first up to receive his award more formally in front of the rest of the CCFC playing, managerial and other staff and a host of Sky Blue supporting guests including a fair number of former players and committee members representing CCFPA.

2nd Presentation: Jim, John & Dietmar at Coombe Abbey

2nd Presentation: Jim, John & Dietmar at Coombe Abbey

Association chairman Jim Brown and committee member and CCFC stalwart of the sixties and seventies Dietmar Bruck were there to congratulate John for his consistent, energetic and skilful play throughout the season.

Later on in the Awards ceremony Flecky also picked up the ‘Players’ Player of the Season Award‘ voted for by his fellow players and the evening culminated in John also getting the overall Club and fans ‘Player of the Season’ Award too!!

We await to hear news of John’s future given his Sky Blue contract is at an end at the end of the season. The Association will be delighted to see him back at the Ricoh in 2016-17 either as a Sky Blue player or as an Association member/guest!

Look out for more pictures of our current and former players at the award ceremony on this site tomorrow.

Happy Birthday From CCFPA to George ‘Iron Man’ Curtis!

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Action- 1963(c) Curtis leads out teamThe Association sends its very best wishes on his 77th birthday to a true Coventry City Legend, CCFPA member George Curtis.  One of only a handful of CCFC players who were able to make the transition from Division Four football in 1958 to Division One glory less than a decade later George was an integral part of our iconic manager Jimmy Hill‘s ‘Sky Blue Revolution’. As the Sky Blues rose through the divisions to the top the ‘Iron Man’ was greatly feared by opposing forwards as uncomromising centre half and captain who led by example and would never give up especially when the chips were down.

George in 1957-58

George in 1957-58

Born in Dover on 5th May 1939 he was brought to Coventry from Snowdown Colliery in October 1955 as an apprentice and was so impressive he made his debut for the Bantams at right back at Newport County in April 1956 in the old Division Three South, earning a professional contract a month later. His early years at Highfield Road was a period of struggle for the club as they dropped into Division 4 for 1958-59. However, he made himself an indispensible fixture at centre-half from that season on and promotion was achieved at the end of the season. With the arrival of JH, the ‘Sky Blue Messiah’ in 1961 the club began its amazing upward journey to the top tier of English football with George at its centre-piece. He has made an immense contribution to the CCFC story over approaching 40 years.

George in the Sky Blue

George in the Sky Blue

Tragically, George broke his leg at Forest in the Sky Blues second game in the top flight in August 1967 and did not recover a place in the side until towards the end of the campaign. The team struggled to replace him until another grizzled war horse, Maurice Setters, eventually filled the gap from November and the Sky Blues survived to fight another 33 campaigns at the top.  George only remained for the following season before moving a few miles west to help out local rivals Aston Villa from December 1969 until he finally hung up his boots in 1972. At Highfield Road George amassed 487 League, and 51 F.A. and League Cup appearances (and 13 goals in total). If you add the 57 outings (4 goals) he made for the Villa to his 538 CCFC appearances George had an impressive playing career approaching 600 outings. An England youth international (1956-58) who knows whether full international recognition would have come his way but for the fractured leg?

Curtis, G (George) & Sillett, J (John (fac 1987)On retirement George came back to his footballing home in 1977 and became Coventry City’s Commercial Manager before taking up the role of paid Executive Director in 1983; No one in Coventry can forget what happened when he then took over the managerial reigns at Highfield Road in April 1986. With former Sky Blue player John Sillett as his chief coach, the diumvirate magically co-managed the Sky Blues to stunning success in the 1986-87 F.A.Cup Final (pictured left).

Becoming CCFC Managing Director in May 1987 George eventually retired in May 1994 and since then has made a number of cameo appearances at Association events.  Though not in the best of health, George was last seen publically at an official event in the City when he attended the service in Coventry Cathedral celebrating the life and career of, in many ways, his mentor Jimmy Hill.

Happy Birthday ‘Iron Man’. We would love to see you at a CCFPA event/ Sky Blues home game next season!

 

Thanks To Our Top Twenty One ‘Specials’ in 2015-16!

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Dele in the Sky Blue

Dele in the Sky Blue

Bakes in the Sky Blue

Bakes in the Sky Blue

Peter in the Sky Blue

Peter in Sky Blue

Claus in the Sky Blue

Claus in the Sky Blue

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that the last home match of this season is in the past with only the Sky Blues’ final away game to play the Association would like to thank ALL the ‘special guests’ the Association and CCFC have entertained at the Ricoh in 2015-16. They have done much to enhance the home match-day experience for Sky Blues supporters everywhere, whether attending the Arena or listening to the match on BBC CWR.

Benno in 1986

Benno in 1986

Peter in the Sky Blue

Peter in the Sky Blue

Dave

Dave Busst

Diet in the Sky Blue

Diet in the Sky Blue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All have made themselves available to meet supporters around the lounges at the Arena usually in the company of club host, Association member and former Sky Blue Brian ‘Harry’ Roberts. In addition, the ‘special guests’ for the Saturday afternoon games typically visited the club’s youngest fans in the Family Zone under the stands. All have finished the day on the stage of Lady G’s in the Arena’s G-Casino joining memories and repartee with CCFPA’s Billy Bell or occasionally coming of the bench Tom Atkins. Thanks to them too!

Willie in the Sky Blue

Willie in the Sky Blue

Lee in the Sky Blue

Lee in the Sky Blue

'Spider' Cattlin

‘Spider’ Cattlin

Bobby G in the 1960s

Bobby G in the 1960s

 

 

 

 

 

In all 21 former Sky Blues have graced our home matches this season, quite apart from our many match-day former player ‘regulars’ at the Ricoh and the many others that were present at that evocative JH/Legends Day weekend in February. For the record, the full 2015-16 list was (in alphabetical order):- Dele Adebola (Port Vale & Shrewsbury Town); Carl Baker (Colchester); Peter Barnes (Millwall); Claus Bech Jorgensen (Oldham Athletic & Southend United); Dave Bennett (Gillingham & Swindon); Peter Bodak (Scunthorpe United); Dave Busst (Crewe Alexandra); Dietmar Bruck (Doncaster); Willie Carr (Peterborough Utd);

Marcus in 1999!

Marcus in 1999!

Killer in the Sky Blue

Killer in the Sky Blue

Gary in the Sky Blue

Gary in Sky Blue

Peaky in 1987

Peaky in 1987

 

 

 

 

 

Andy in the Sky Blue Yellow

Andy in the Sky Blue Yellow

Lee Carsley (Burton Albion); Chris Cattlin (Chesterfield Town); Bobby Gould (Fleetwood Town); Marcus Hall (Walsall); Brian Kilcline and all the ‘Legends’ (Bury); Gary McSheffrey (Barnsley); Andy Marshall (Wigan Athletic); Trevor Peake (Bradford City); Kirk Stephens (Northampton Town (FAC); Ian Wallace (Sheffield United); Andy Whing (Rochdale) and John Williams (Blackpool).

You can scroll back through this site to review the visit of each former Sky Blue (or enter their name in our search engine at right). It was great to see these Sky Blue stars of the past back at the Ricoh and we look forward to seeing many of them again next season.

 

John Williams 1993

John Williams in 1993

Andrew Whing -1

Whingy’s Sky Blue

Kirk in the Sky Blue

Kirk in the Sky Blue

Ian's Sky Blue Brown

Ian’s Sky Blue Brown