Blair Adams joins CCFPA: Welcome

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Adams, B (Blair) 1After gaining the signature of Carl Baker a few weeks ago CCFPA are very pleased to announce that another Sky Blues from the recent past has agreed to join the Association. We are pleased to welcome Blair Adams who has shown his continued affection for his time at Coventry City by joining CCFPA in the last few days.

Blair is currently with Sky Blues rivals Notts County having signed a two year deal for the Magpies in July after he reached a mutual agreement to terminate the final year of his contract at the Ricoh. He started his career with Sunderland FC’s Academy from 2010 and prior to coming to the Ricoh gained first team league experience on loan with both Brentford and Northampton Town. Twenty three year old attacking full back Adams also initially moved from Sunderland to Coventry in November 2012 on loan then signed a two-and-half year deal with the Sky Blues making the switch permanent in January 2013. Blair ended up making 64 appearances in all competitions in two seasons with the Sky Blues.

Sky Blues gaffer (and now a fellow CCFPA member) Steven Pressley has said it was a hard decision for him to let Blair go but  he judged that tactical adjustments to the Sky Blues style of play this season would limit Blair’s first-team opportunities and felt it was only fair to give him the chance to seek regular football elsewhere.  Pressley is quoted as saying that, “Blair is a fantastic kid. His attitude and approach towards the game are first class.” and, in relation to his time at CCFC, Blair also told BBC Radio Nottingham “There are no hard feelings. I loved it there and was sad to go; I’ve just got to put it behind me and go again; There are always new challenges to take on and I’m delighted to be here (at Meadow Lane).”
We look forward to seeing Blair back at the Ricoh (albeit this time probably in a Magpies shirt) in a few days time and ‘in plain clothes’ at future Association events when his playing commitments allow! (Thanks to Pete Swain of Anchor Radio and CCFPA committee member Frank Pritchard for enabling Blair’s recruitment to CCFPA)

Congratulations to Rob Page as new Vale Gaffer

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25. Robert PageCongratulations to CCFPA member and former Sky Blues defender Robert Page who was yesterday officially confirmed as the new manager of Port Vale FC after acting as caretaker at Vale Park since the former gaffer (also an Association member) Micky Adams resigned in September.

Rob signing up for CCFPA

Rob signing up for CCFPA

Rob, who was an uncompromising central defender for the Sky Blues making 70 league appearances for CCFC between 2005-08, has clearly done enough for Coventry born Vale Chairman Norman Smurthwaite to give him the job for the rest of the season. Since taking over at Vale Park, the 40-year-old has overseen impressive wins over Barnsley, Yeovil and Leyton Orient. Mr Smurthwaite is reported to have said that, “having stepped up under difficult circumstances, I am pleased with the way in which Rob has implemented an attractive style of play and turned round the club’s home form. It has been a difficult few months but I believe this signals the start of a new era at the club and that this is the best possible outcome for the fans, players and staff. Rob has stepped up to the mark and hopefully our form will continue to go from strength to strength under his leadership.”

He is reported to have told the Stoke Sentinel,  “I am really pleased. I had a conversation with the chairman and he has offered me the opportunity to manage the club, which I am very grateful for” …. “I think the difference in the approach to games, especially at home, is there for everyone to see and long may it continue.”

Manager- Adams, M (Micky)Rob signed up for the Association in September 2013 (above) supported by then recent signing Micky Adams. Micky (right) is, of course both a former player and manager of the Sky Blues. He was not out of the Manager’s chair long after leaving the Vale and now fills the hot seat at Tranmere Rovers. We hope both managers do well (except of course when their teams are up against the Sky Blues)!

Take an FA Cup Selfie with Benno for Charity

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Dave Bennett- 3xBennett, D (Dave) 1987CCFPA Committee Member Dave Bennett will be doing some more stuff for charity this coming Saturday 1st November. Kick off is at 10.30 a.m.

Why not come out and see him and have your photograph taken with a true Sky Blue Legend and F.A.Cup winner (and Wembley scorer)?

The Place?: Well, it’s easy to remember where he will be …….. Bennetts Road, Coventry (though we are pretty sure the road wasn’t named after Benno!)

The Local Charity?Zoe’s Place Children’s Charity

The Occasion?: The opening of the new Keresley Supermarket on Bennetts Road/Keresley Green Rd, CV6 2FG

The Photo Opportunity?: Take a Selfie with Benno alongside an F.A.Cup replica and relive what was in 1987 (and what might be as the Sky Blues set off on this year’s F.A.Cup journey with a Round 1 home tie at the Ricoh against Worcester City early next month).

Pictured below are Benno and fellow CCFC F.A.Cup Legend, Sky Blue player and manager John Sillett with the F.A.Cup at the 25th Anniversary Celebrations of the famous win in 2012. 04a-MY Benno &Schnozz with FAC-2 x

 

CCFPA Committee Member Dean Nelson’s New Role

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Mick Quinn with Dean Nelson 2012

Dean (left) with legendary former Sky Blue striker Micky Quinn

CCFPA Committee member Dean Nelson, has a new string to his bow. He has recently agreed to become Assistant Manager (non playing) to the Sky Blue Legends charity team currently run by two of the Sky Blues former players, SBITC supremo (and former CCFPA committee man) Dave Busst and current committee member and Sky Blue F.A.Cup winning legend Dave Bennett.

Dean will be involved in managing the Legends fixture list and providing administrative backup to squad members. In the first instance Dean can be contacted on dean.nelson27@ntlworld.com

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Dave Bennett

Dave Busst 2012

Dave Busst