‘Bussty’ Recalls His Career Changing Injury on talkSport

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Dave Busst

Dave Busst

The Coventry Telegraph and other media outlets have recently reported on an interview given to talkSPORT by former doughty Sky Blue defender, CCFPA member and former committee member David Busst focussing on the career changing injury he received at Old Trafford in 1996. Bussty appeared on the station alongside his former boss (himself a former Sky Blue player and Association member)  Bobby Gould.

A Brummie, Dave had been spotted playing non-league with Moor Green. He subsequently signed at professional contract with CCFC in summer 1992 and soon became a fans’ favourite at Highfield Road, known for his determination and commitment to the cause. In 1996, however, having ventured forward for a corner in Manchester, in a sickening double collision with United’s Denis Irwin and Brain McClair he suffered an extensive compound fractures to both tibia and fibula of his right leg. Suggested to be one of the worst injuries in the history of football the gruesome sight infamously caused United keeper Peter Schmeichel to be physically sick on the pitch.

Eric Cantona congratulates Bussty at his testimonial

Despite an incredible 26 operations, Busst remained a member of the Sky Blues squad but never played professionally again before being forced to retire on medical advice in November the same year. However he was given a testimonial match against Manchester United and both Paul Gascoigne and Les Ferdinand wore the Sky Blue for the game as guests. Eric Cantona scored for the Reds in what was his last appearance for United (left).

In the interview Bussty admits that the terrible injury is often what people recognise him for: “I’ve always been open talking about it. Whether it’s in my day-to-day job, people in the community, Coventry fans, it’s kind of what I’m known for. I don’t mind.” The articles also provides a horrific photo (tweeted by talkSPORT presenter Andy Goldstein) and video previously posted online over the weekend revealing what Dave’s leg looks like today. They can be seen for example at:-http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/sport/football/football-news/former-coventry-city-star-david-9735378 or http://au.eurosport.com/football/premier-league/2015-2016/david-busst-reveals-scars-from-horrific-1996-leg-break_sto4836124/story.shtml

Recalling the career changing moment at Old Trafford, Dave said,

“I was on the pitch 87 seconds when I got injured. Irwin came off the post I think and McClair came from behind and in that split second it was just the impact of two forces, one going one way and one going the other way.  I knew something serious had happened; something wasn’t in the place it should have been. I could see from the reaction of people around me. I’ll never forget Dion Dublin, he was just bent down with his hand on his head, the look of horror in his eyes.

They would have seen my right shin coming up at an ‘L’ shape when it should have been straight down. I didn’t look down, you go into shock mode. The pain is excruciating. You freeze. You think any movement will make it worse. I saw the physio come on and then they called for the Man United physio to come on and then the doctors to come on. I hadn’t passed out.”

Recalling his arrival in hospital back in 1996, he said: “I had to have the kit cut off me. I always remember them having to remove my boot, my sock and my shinpad and I was awake for that.”

Bussty  2007He also remembers the kindness of the United players who came to see him while he was recovering.

Steve Bruce and his son Alex, who was eight years old, came in. Ryan Giggs came to see me. After about 4-5 weeks I was able to go out to a hotel with my family and I got a call from downstairs saying there was a Manchester United fan who wanted to come up and see me. This young lad in a baseball cap came up and I said “Hi, I’m Dave Busst” and he said ‘I’m David Beckham’. I went ‘oh God I’m so sorry, they said it was just a fan down in the lobby’. He wasn’t as famous as he is now.”

Dave is now the Sky Blues Football in the Community supremo (go to www.sbitc.org  or www.facebook.com/SBitC to see the range and significance of their work). Dave also is a leading light in supporting the various Sky Blue Legends Charity games over the years (right). Amongst many other things the organisation runs a couple of ‘Walking Football’ fitness programmes for over 50s supported by CCFPA at St Finbarr’s Sports & Social Club on Thursday mornings and Bedworth Oval on Mondays. Bussty sometimes takes part but he admitted in the interviews: “When I play, I go in for challenges and my dad absolutely cringes!”.

 

 

August CCFPA Committee Meeting Upcoming

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CCFPA Darker Logo 2012The Association committee meeting for August will take place at 6 p.m. in Lady Gs in the Ricoh Arena on  Thursday 6th August 2015. An agenda has been circulated to committee members recently by secretary Sarah Morris.

In a packed agenda, business will include consideration of future liaison arrangements with CCFC; the special guest programme for 2015-16; news of new members of all types and renewals; an update on Association finances; a review of the successful Golf Day 2015 in June and confirmation of the date of Golf Day 2016; Consideration of options for Legends Day 2016 and opportunities for other Association events during the season; CCFPA website readership data; Commercial and corporate developments; Welfare matters; consideration of the next official CCFPA newsletter due in the next few weeks; as well as A.O.B.

If committee members have not yet communicated agenda items to the Chairman or Secretary can they please do so urgently.

Health Matters: Walking Footballers Support St Finbarr’s Irish Sports & Health Day

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The Walking Football Veterans (Frank-back third right)

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All the Walking Footballers received medals

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bussty extols the virtues of Walking Football to Gerry.

Bussty extols the virtues of Walking Football to Gerry.

In one of the activities held to mark the Social Club’s second ‘Sports & Health Day’ (held in partnership with ‘Irish in Britain’), Sky Blues in The Community held a demonstration ‘Walking Football’ session last  Saturday (25th July) at it’s usual Coventry venue St Finbarr’s Sports & Social Club. There were also speeches, readings, stalls, a bouncy castle, music, Irish dancing, junior Gaelic football, as well as food and drink which made a great day out to for the many families who paid a visit.

Cup winners!

Cup winners!

The event also offered advice and information on health issues relating to cancer, cardiovascular disease and living well.  The fun and games were m’ceed by Gerry Molumby and SBitC supremo and CCFPA member Dave Busst was on hand to explain the health and well-being merits of Walking Football to everyone (above right) as well as an appearance from Sky Blue Sam (below)!

CCFPA’s Walking Football reporter, committee man Frank Pritchard tells us:-

'Woman of the Match' Cath Griffin

‘Woman of the Match’ Kath Griffin

SBiTC’s Hiedi Sloan had asked for volunteers and 10 turned up plus Cath Griffin (who came on spec. as she received the invite late). We roped in an extra player so were able to do 6 a-side demonstration game. The Cuimhne Cup was on offer to the winners and was presented by Charlotte Curran – Health Coordinator for the Irish in Britain (above left).

We played three 12 minute games to demonstrate the fitness benefits of Walking Football.  At the end, instead of the usual Man of the Match award we decided to present a ‘Woman of the Match’ award to Kath Griffin  (though unfortunately she had to leave early).

Sky Blue Sam joins in

Sky Blue Sam joins in

Normal ‘Walking Football’ starts again at Bedworth Town’s ground the Bedworth Oval next Monday 3rd August or at St Finbarr’s Sports & Social Club (303 Holbrooks Lane, Coventry CV6 4DG) the following Thursday (6th August) and every subsequent Monday and Thursday following. What better way to get fitter in time for the start of the new season?  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.  You can find out more by contacting 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

Is it a Bird? is it a Plane? No, It’s Football Golf!?!

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Soccer Golf

The Doughty Dozen Pioneers with Frank (front right)

Soccer Golf RulesLast Thursday morning, pining for the temporary absence (on a summer break) of the usual Sky Blues in the Community ‘Walking Football’ session for the over 50s organised by Sky Blue former player Dave Busst at St Finbarr’s, a new venture was trialled by some of the regulars. The idea was to find a different context for the same aim i.e. gentle exercise for the over 50s wishing to exercise gently and enjoyably through football in the company of friends.

CCFPA committee man Frank Pritchard and a full team XI of players turned up at Bramcote Driving Range (Bazzard Road Bramcote CV11 8QJ) for an unusual ‘busmans holiday’ organised by Russ Watkin (and Frank sends many thanks to him from all who took part). The players  experimented with a new type of nine hole extravaganza on par 29 course! It wasn’t an ordinary round of golf they took part in but a session of ‘Footie Golf’ or, as presumably Americans call it, ‘Golf Soccer’. For those interested we show the rules and course at Bramcote.

Soccer Golf ScorecardThough former CCFC veterans Ken Brown and Ian Goodwin both failed fitness tests, Dietmar Bruck was working and Bill Tedds was on holiday there were enough participants to make up three teams of four. As can be seen from the wimming scorecard. Frank reports that it was his team including two CCFPA Associate Members, Alan Ludford (captain & Diamond Club Chairman), Mike Malyon plus John Corden who was fortunate enough to win. They achieved the lowest score with 144 over the 712 yard course, a lead of 5 over the runners-up (see score card)  It was a very different but fun experience enjoyed by all. Frank and all his adventurous colleagues are pictured above.

Walking Football golf

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Normal ‘Walking Football’ starts again at Bedworth Town’s ground the Bedworth Oval on Monday 3rd August or at St Finbarr’s Sports & Social Club (303 Holbrooks Lane, Coventry CV6 4DG) the following Thursday (6th August) and every subsequent Monday and Thursday following. What better way to get fitter in time for the start of the new season?  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.  You can find out more by contacting 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