CCFPA member Robert Page is the gaffer of the Sky Blues next opponents Port Vale. We take on the Valiants a little later on today (k.o.2 pm) in a rearranged game at Vale Park and CCFC are looking to overturn the recent three defeats-in-a-row form recession by doing the double over the Potteries Club. Last Boxing Day the Sky Blues earnt a hard won 1-0 victory at the Ricoh in front of over 17000. A better second half performance from the home club culminated in an effective 72nd minute strike from James Maddison.
In Rob Page’s side that day were three former Sky Blues, defenders Carl Dickinson (the captain) and Richard Duffy and forward Chris Birchall. All three may possibly feature again tomorrow.
Starting out with Watford in 1993 Robert became a key figure at Vicarage Road totting up well over 200 league appearances before moving to Bramall Lane, Sheffield permanently after a loan spell there in 2001 (with another 100+ league outings for the Blades). After a brief sojourn at Cardiff City, then Sky Blues manager Micky Adams (also a CCFPA member) signed Robert in February 2005. Robert had gained 4 Welsh under 23 Caps and, between 1996 and 2006, 41 full caps for his country (captaining them in 2005).
Rob was a forceful central defender and eventual captain with the Sky Blues, making 70 first team league appearances (and scoring a lone goal) in his three seasons with CCFC before moving on to Huddersfield Town in January 2008 and then, after a brief stay, on to Chesterfield where he finished his playing career in March 2011 having clocked up not far off 500 league appearances in his eighteen year professional career.
In July 2011 Robert joined P.V. as youth coach and Micky promoted him to first team coach in May 2012. After a caretaker role covering for Micky’s indisposition Rob evetually took over at Vale Park in October 2014. He became an Association member in 2013. The Sky Blues will need to ‘turnover’ this Page’s team tomorrow in what is a rare Sunday outing for the club to restore the team’s confidence after a mini slump and ensure we remain in contention for at least a top six finish. At least one of the Sky Blues’ transfer window signings is likely to feature.