Golf Day 2015: A Week to Go to the Early Bird Deadline: Please Act Quickly!

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CCPFA Golf Day 2015 Poster“May the Fourth Be With You”

With six weeks to go before Golf Day 2015 tees off arrangements are coming along nicely and both former players and teams are signing up to our second major annual reunion of the year at Stoneleigh Deer park Golf Club (SDPGC). In terms of those who have already committed to enter teams on Thursday 4th June 2015 there are only a few slots left till we fill the 22 team places available.

CCFPA’s Golf Day Organiser Frank Pritchard would like to remind all committed and prospective teams that the massive £70 saving for registering and paying early runs out in only a week! To secure your Early Bird Discount and reserve your slot in the Stoneleigh sun in June, if you haven’t already done so, you must act quickly to book your tee time!

The Early Bird Deadline is: Monday May 4th 2015 and the Early Bird Discount is £70 for all entrants who make sure that their completed entry forms and fees are be in possession of Linda Edmondson (SDPGC) by 4th May 2015. Please note that Standard Team Entry after May 4th will be (3 Players) still a very reasonable £270. Individual entry is possible at £9070 early bird discount).

Tee times are bookable from either the 1st or 10th hole starting between 11am and 1pm. The cost of entry includes tea or coffee and a bacon buttie on arrival, 18 holes of golf, a three course dinner, the Prize Presentation and plenty of entertainment and fun along the way.

John (far right) presents Andy with the Builbase Cup. CCFPA's Jim Brown & Joe Elliott add their congratulations.

Andy Blair (2nd right) wins the Buildbase Cup in 2014.

We are expecting such Sky Blues favourites as defending Buildbase Cup holder Andy Blair, Carl Baker, Claus Bech Jorgensen, Dietmar Bruck, Dave Busst, Willie Carr, Ron Farmer, Ian Goodwin, Micky Gynn, Dean Emerson, Lee Hurst, Mick Kearns, Steve ‘Oggy’ Ogrizovic, David Phillips, Cyrille Regis, Kirk Stephens, Ian Wallace, Bob Wesson to be playing (and more yet to confirm)

If you want to join the following illustrious companies and organisations in entering a team we urge you to act quickly. Confirmations so far include two from Unique Floorcare Ltd,  two from Inspire Insurance and one each from Askews Legal, BT Promotions, Buildbase UK, Dean Nelson Group, Grosvenor Casinos, IDP Group (Architects), Penman’s Solicitors and Coventry City London Supporters Club as well as a team from Carl Baker!

Please note that all cheques are payable to ‘Coventry City Former Players Association’ and they (or electronic payment) should be made via Linda Edmondson at SDPGC Coventry Road Stoneleigh CV8 3DR Tel. 02476 639991 x 1

If you have any questions about Golf Day 2015 Linda will be pleased to help or you can contact Frank Pritchard on Both can supply you with an entry form or you can download one by clicking on the link below:-


Keep checking back on this website for further details of former player and team entrants to our Golf Day.

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Life President Makes Generous Donation to CCFPA

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Benno & Joe cheque

‘Benno’ accepts Joe’s donation to CCFPA

The Association was very pleasantly surprised to receive both a generous and unsolicited three figure end-of-season donation from our Life President, Mr Joe Elliott after the Sky Blues last home game of the season last Saturday.

Joe, who is a long standing supporter of all things Sky Blue (as well as many other sporting and non sporting aspects of community life in Coventry), also supports the Association as one of our eighteen Corporate members through his company Elliott’s Car Accessories (see our separate Corporate Membership page above for further details of our members and how to join them).

Joe was one of those present in Lady G’s Showbar in the Ricoh’s G-Casino where Sky Blue fans had gathered after the defeat to Crewe Alexandra to see our ‘special guest’ for the day 1987 F.A.Cup hero Dave Bennett appear on stage in an entertaining Q& A with CCFPA vice chairman Billy Bell. They were also there to see the reveal of the winner and presentation of the G-Casino/CCFPA ‘Player of the Season trophy to Sky Blues skipper Jim O’Brien (both covered in separate news items).

Joe was pleased to present the cheque to ‘Benno’ who, as a member of the CCFPA committee, received it on behalf of the Association. The Association would like to thank Joe publicly for his generosity and continuing support of CCFPA which, to remind readers, remains an organisation entirely independent of CCFC, run entirely by volunteers and financed entirely by its membership and proceeds from its activities.

Captain Jim Gets the G-Casino/CCFPA Player of Season Award

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Jim with Billy

Jim with Billy

On Saturday last it was announced that it was Sky Blue skipper Jim ‘OBrien who had topped the poll as G-Casino & CCFPA’s ‘Player of the Season’ for 2014-15 (beating off a challenge from fellow midfielder John Fleck for the title). In fact, Jim achieved a clean sweep of awards being presented with three similar accolades from the Club’s London Supporters Club, the Sky Blues’ Welsh Supporters and the Sky Blues Irish Supporters’ Associations.

After Saturday’s game against Crewe Alexandra, Jim came down to the stage in the Lady Gs Showbar at the Casino to receive his award from a representative of the Casino and Billy Bell, vice chairman of the Former Players Association. The handsome trophy is voted for throughout the season by Sky Blues fans in Lady G’s after every home game when CCFPA’s special guest appears on stage to be interviewed by Billy.

Jim receives the trophy

Jim receives the trophy

Jim responded with dignity to the comments of the assembled fans deeply disappointed by the 3-1 defeat suffered by his team at the hands of fellow strugglers. Jim clearly shared the audience’s frustration that the team did not manage to rise to the importance of the occassion.

The strength of the fans’ applause when Jim finally received his award, in a packed Lady G’s,  testifies to their recognition of his wholehearted contribution to the Sky Blues’ cause throughout the season and he left the room in no doubt the players would strive to finish the job positively in the last match of the season next Sunday. Congratulations Jim – a worthy winner!


Walking Football at the Ricoh: They Walk When They Want!

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Walking Football at the Ricoh

As they do every Thursday morning CCFPA’s St.Finbarr’s ‘Walking Football’ crowd will be meeting again before noon on Thursday next (30th April 2015) and some, gluttons for punishment) may have also put in an appearance at Bedworth Town’s ground, the Bedworth Oval this coming Monday morning as well. CCFPA’s Frank Pritchard reported on the fun and games at last Thursday’s session as follows…..


“The sun shone at St Finbarrs for an excellent turn-out of 24 (with several players currently carrying injuries!) and a record number of spectators who came along along to support the group.

There were a number of outstanding performances but a couple stood out, 81 year old Association member Ken Brown with some very neat footwork, including ‘step-overs’. However CCFPA committee man Dietmar Bruck‘s superb individual hat-trick was the outstanding performance, although he went into goal for the final game (11 v 11 on the larger pitch) and was responsible for a couple of goals, talk about howlers!!!!!

Don’t forget it all takes place again on Monday at Bedworth Oval 10:30am and, as usual, next Thursday at St Finbarr’s.”

SBiTC Walking Football A5 1pp (print)If you’re over 50 years old and would like to get involved you can’t do better than join us in these popular sessions (see our reports on the fun to be had at previous sessions in earlier news items)! New participants join every week so why not join the the mix of Sky Blue fans, Association committee members, CCFPA Associate Members, and our full members, including some of our most well respected former players like Dietmar Bruck, Ian Goodwin and Dave Bennett? The sessions, designed for over 50s who wish to exercise gently and enjoyably through football in the company of friends try to ensure that all play is at kept at walking pace and running is penalised!

Each event is organised by  Sky Blue in the Community (SBiTC)  supremo, former Sky Blue defender and CCFPA member David Busst along with SBiTC’s Hiedi Sloan. The sessions which are supported by, amongst others, CCFPA, Cov Support News Service and CCFC Diamond Club take place from 10:30am until noon at a cost of £3 which includes refreshments, so why not turn up at the Bedworth Oval on Mondays or  St. Finbarr’s Sports & Social Club (303 Holbrooks Lane CV6 4DG) on any future Thursday. You can find out more by contacting the Sky Blues in the Community Team by Email: , or Telephone: 02476 786 314, or Text: 07813 455 531.

As an additional fixture last week (as pictured above), some of the ‘Walking Football’ aficianados also had the pleasure of appearing on the Ricoh turf last Tuesday to publicise this increasingly popular gentle exercise sport (earlier in the same day that the Sky Blues later took on Oldham Athletic)!