St Finbarr’s Walking Football: Walk, Ride, Run to get There Thursday!

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SBiTC Walking Football A5 1pp (print)CCFPA’s Thursday morning ‘Walking Football’ crowd meets at St.Finbarr’s again this week on the first Thursday in April (2nd). 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 all play is at walking pace and running is penalised!

A Happy Team Photo of the 'Walking Football' Participants Yesterday

The ‘Walking Football’ Crowd

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 St. Finbarr’s Sports & Social Club (303 Holbrooks Lane CV6 4DG) tomorrow or any future Thursday. You can find out more by contacting the Sky Blues in the Community Team by Email: sbitc@ccfc.co.uk , or Telephone: 02476 786 314, or Text: 07813 455 531.

Colin’s Lost His Record. How Does He Feel?

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Sky Blue Colin Stein

Sky Blue Colin Stein

CCFPA member and Sky Blue scoring supremo Colin Stein has, at last, found one of his scoring records pinched- one he had held for over forty five years! Colin had  apparently been the last Scottish International player to score a hat-trick – against Cyprus in 1969.

Last Sunday, the Scottish side, managed by former Sky Blue player and manager Gordon Strachan (whose son Gavin Strachan is an Association member) beat Gibraltar 6-1 and their striker Steven Fletcher was able to take Colin’s title of being the most recent Scottish player to score a triple.

Colin in an all Scottish team at Legends Day 2013; (L-R) Willie Carr; Ian Wallace; Colin; the late Gerry Baker; Tom Hutchison & Quintin Young

Colin in an all Scottish team at Legends Day 2013: (L-R) Willie Carr; Ian Wallace; Colin; the late Gerry Baker;     Tommy Hutchison & Quintin Young

Colin spent October 1972 to March 1975 at Highfield Road sandwiched between spells at Glasgow Rangers and knocked in 28 goals in nearly 98 appearances for the Sky Blues in all competitions. He won 21 senior caps for his country between 1968-73 (four with Coventry City).

The Sky Blues popular striker told Sports News HQ,

“I missed Steven’s hat-trick goals as I was at a concert to see my grandson playing. But when I got home by the number of messages on my phone I knew my record had been equalled. I must admit I thought Shaun Maloney would have been the one to do it after his two penalties but then Steven got a couple.”

More on this can be found on – http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11788/9782514/scotland-legend-colin-stein-praises-steven-fletcher-after-hat-trick   (Thanks to Associate Member Kev Monks‘s Cov Support News Service for the reference to this story)

Claus Hopes The Sky Blues Can Be ‘Orrible to the ‘Os’ on Wednesday Night

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Claus Bech Jorgensen

Claus Bech Jorgensen

Claus Jorgensen action2The Association is delighted to announce that CCFPA committee member Claus Bech Jorgensen will be once again this season performing the duties of the Association’s ‘special guest’.  He will be turning out at the Ricoh this Wednesday night to see the Sky Blues take on Leyton Orient in what is surely a six pointer as far as staying out of the League One relegation zone!

Claus last served in this capacity as our inaugural special guest of the season for the return of the Club and team to its Ricoh home in September (after the CCFC’s exile of more than a year in Northampton). Claus’ appearance was particularly appropriate since, memorably, Mr Jorgensen scored the first ever goal at the Ricoh when the Sky Blues kicked off against QPR at its new ground in August 2005. Claus saw the Sky Blues memorable 1-0 victory over Gillingham last September in the game watched by a gate of over 27000 and possibly millions at home on SKY TV. Let’s hope Claus can once again bring inspiration to the Sky Blues team as they seek to capitalise amd build on on last Saturday’s impressive 1-0 away win at Peterborough United.

Claus Jorgensen 2011bClaus will be remembered as a combative forward who came from Bradford City in August 2003. An international for the Faroe Islands, Claus clocked up over 60 appearances for the Sky Blues scoring six times. He moved to Blackpool in 2006 and thence to Port Vale. Since hanging up his boots Claus has been developing his media and business careers and is proprietor of a local company Unique Floorcare Ltd  (one of CCFPA’s Corporate members) which offers bespoke floor surface treatments for both commercial and industrial clients. Earlier this season he was also asked back to work for Coventry City Football Club’s Academy as a coach (part-time 3 nights a week & Sunday mornings) taking special responsibility for the Under 14 age group (though he will help out in the other age cohorts as necessary). He looks to help the Sky Blues Academy develop its already great reputation in providing an essential conveyor belt of young talent from youth football all the way to League Football, but will also seek to enhance the link between the Club’s younger players and their veterans, passing on essential skills, knowledge and insight.

Claus regularly attended Sky Blues games prior to last season at Sixfields and has done so again since the Club’s Ricoh return and joined CCFPA’s committee in October 2011. He will also be doing matchday analysis during the game for BBC CWR as well touring the corporate areas at the Arena  before and after the game. We also expect he will be able to meet the fans on the stage of Lady Gs in the G-Casino after the game.  Thanks Claus!

We also hope to see many other Former Player ‘regulars’ present at the first home game since the wonderful Legends Day 2015 reunion which most of them attended including, we hope, the likes of Ron Farmer, Lol Harvey, Brian Nicholas, Peter Wyer, Micky Gynn, Dave Bennett, Peter Hormantschuck, Bob Wesson, Kirk Stephens, Ian Goodwin, Dietmar Bruck, Bill Tedds, Gordon Simms, Ken Brown, Marcus Hall and Paul Culpin, so look out for them around and about the Legends/ First Floor Lounge!

 

Ken Jones RIP (1926-2015)

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Jones, K (Ken) b&wJones, K (Ken) b&wJones, K (Ken) b&wJones, K (Ken) b&wJones, K (Ken) b&w jpgThe Association has the sad news to report that we lost another of our veteran Bantams players in the week leading up to Legends Day 2015 following on from that of Steve Mokone in the USA. Former Coventry City full back and long time CCFPA member R.K.’Ken’ Jones passed away last week. He would have been 89 in April. Though their CCFC careers overlapped briefly they sadly never played in the first team together!

Jones, K (Ken) b&wKen was a Welshman born in Llanelli and in October 1949 he was brought from his home town club Llanelli Town (where he started playing as a youngster during WW2) to Highfield Road by legendary City manager Harry Storer  for what was a record transfer fee for the Welsh League at the time. He made his Division 2 debut at Barnsley in SeptemberJones, K (Ken) b&w 1951 and his last appearance for us was in a home defeat against Torquay United in April 1956. In all, Ken played for the Bantams in 83 League games and 5 F.A.Cup ties (without ever troubling the score-sheet) before moving locally to Lockheed Leamington in close season 1956 on a free transfer.

Ken hung up his boots in 1958 and continued to live locally until his death. He was able to attend our very first Legends Day in 2007.  CCFPA sends sincere condolences to all Ken’s family and friends and will communicate funeral details when we hear of them. A more substantial appreciation of Ken’s career by CCFPA chairman and CCFC official club historian Jim Brown will appear on this site in due course.