Sky Blue Legends Open Bedworth 3G Pitch Tomorrow

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3G Pitch opening ceremony

Tomorrow sees a team of Sky Blues Legends take on counterparts from their northern neighbours Bedworth United  as part of the celebrations to mark the opening of their new 3G pitch at the bedworth Oval.

On Sunday 21st September 2014 a range of activities starting at 11am and finishing at 6pm, including scchoolboy and junior games and a match between Bedworth Ladies v Coventry City Ladies, will precede the main event Bedworth Legends v Coventry City Legends. The squads have just been announced and the Sky Blues team will be drawn from (CCFPA members in bold):-

Tynan Scope, Dele Adebola, David Busst, Dave Bennett, Barry Quinn, Scott Goodwin, John Williams, Dave Titterton, Claus Bech Jorgenson, Marcus Hall, Gavin O’Toole, Micky Clarke, Stuart Storer and Carl Adams.

The Bedworth squad is slated to include:- Mick Beale, Neil Stephenson, Kenny Willis, Liam Halton, Steve Jackson, Malcolm Randall, Martin Smith, Adrian Piggon, Craig Whitmore, Garry Bradder, Jimmy Holmes (Capt), Jai Stanley, Mick Healey, David Crowley, Ian Drewitt, Pete McBean, John Symonds, Rob Straw, Gary Hardwick. Also attending – Ron Bradbury, John Brady, Mark Neil, Tom Gorman, Mick Stebleton, Steve Ross, Abby Kelly, Paul Latham, Ashley Alexander, Tony Hea and David Eades.

Refreshments and a bar will be available. Tickets will cost £5 (Children with adults – Free). The Official Ribbon cutting for the new pitch will be at 1pm. Why not pop along to the Oval and see some of your local football heroes in action?

 

 

Vale Management Stays Sky Blue (For Now)

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Rob (right) presented with his official Association tie by CCFPA’s Frank Pritchard last September

Manager- Adams, M (Micky)

Micky as Manager 2005

Until recently a pair of former Sky Blues players (and CCFPA members) formed the managerial partnership at Vale Park but on Thursday 18th September 2014 the link was broken.  Micky Adams (who also, of couse managed the Sky Blues) decided to step down from his role as gaffer of the Potteries club the day before yesterday and for the time being his assistant, also a former CCFC defender, Rob Page will act as caretaker manager as confirmed by Port Vale chairman Norman Smurthwaite (who also happens to be a ‘Coventry kid’ himself). Smurthwaite told BBC Radio Stoke: ‘If a new manager does come in, they’ll have to work with Rob Page – that’s the deal and it is part of my plan.

The Potteries based club had been on a string of poor results and Micky Adams evidently decided it was best for the club that he stepped aside. He told the Vale’s official club website “It is with great sadness that I have decided to leave Port Vale but I believe I am leaving the club in a stronger position than when I joined. I have spent five years in Burslem (punctuated by a spell at Sheffield United) … although the role of a football manager brings with it a roller-coaster of emotions, I will never forget my time at Vale and the many happy memories I will take away with me. This has not been an easy decision to make, which has been made even more difficult by the strong relationships I have forged during my time at the club. I believe now is the time for another manager to take the helm and I would like to thank Norman Smurthwaite and his wife Lorraine for their fantastic support. I wish the club every success for this season and the future.”

Adams, M (Micky) 1987

Micky as Player 1987

25. Robert Page

Rob as Player

Micky spent four seasons (1983-87) at Highfield Road with the Sky Blues clocking up 108 appearances for the Sky Blues (scoring 10  times) before moving to Leeds United during the very season the Sky Blues won the F.A.Cup (and losing to them with the Elland Road outfit in a memorable F.A.Cup semi final at Hillsborough). He beacame Sky Blues new gaffer in January 2005 but lasted barely 24 months at the Ricoh as he paid the price for not lifting CCFC out of the Championship. A Welsh international, Rob was one of Micky’s early purchases in 2005. Rob eventually  became captain and made 70 league appearances for us before moving to Huddersfield Town in 2008. They were reunited when Micky brought Rob to Vale Park in 2011 first as youth coach, then assistant manager. Both Micky and Rob joined the Association last September being signed up by CCFPA’s Frank Pritchard.

Rob will be pleased to hear his place at Vale Park is secure (and actually has undertaken the caretaker role there briefly when Micky was temporarily absent recovering from an hip operation last year). We are sure Micky will not have too long to wait before finding a new position and wish both former Sky Blues well and hope to see them back at the Ricoh before too long.

 

‘Gally’ at the Dale tomorrow

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Kevin GallacherGallagher, K (Kevin) 1990-91One of the Sky Blues stars from the late 1980s and early 90s, Kevin Gallacher, returns to cast his eyes over the current Sky Blues squad at Rochdale tomorrow.

Association member ‘Gally’, CCFC’s mercurial attacking talent from 1989 to 1993, was signed from Dundee United and played a century of League games for the City before being snapped up by Blackburn Rovers in exchange for Roy Wegerle for a balance of £1.5m.

Kevin will be guest of the BBC Coventry & Warwickshire commentary team at the Sky Blues’ important League One fixture against Rochdale tomorrow afternoon. He will be providing match analysis for the BBC as he has done in the past.

The Sky Blues’ gaffer Steven Pressley (also an Association member) will be looking to put his team’s  setback at Scunthorpe United last Tuesday night behind them as they take on a ‘Dale team who CCFC have rarely played but  have never defeated away from home. If you can’t get to the Spotland stadium for the game why not listen in? Kevin is sure to have something interesting to say!

Marcus Makes His Mark Last Saturday

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Frank Marcus & Billy

Marcus (centre) with CCFPA’s Billy Bell & Bob Eales pre- game

Last Saturday the Sky Blues continued their promising start to the season by achieving a second successive home victory  against Yeovil after their emotional ‘Ricoh Return’ 1-0 win the the previous Friday. Following Claus Bech Jorgensen as the Association’s first home ‘Special Guest’ of the season against Gillingham it was Sky Blue favourite Marcus Hall who did the honours against the Glovers. Marcus had also attended the Gills game with his son and was overwhelmed by the tremendous support provided by the 27000 happy band that comprised the Sky Blue Army on the night.

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Ron Farmer arrives

Marcus shares a laugh with 'Harry'

Marcus shares a laugh with ‘Harry’

Marcus was one of a significant number of former Sky Blues who were present at the Ricoh on Saturday. Amongst the CCFC Former Players spotted in the Yorkshire Bank Lounge and the press boxes at the Arena were Ken Brown, David Busst, Ron Farmer (pictured), Ian Goodwin, Micky Gynn, Lol Harvey, Peter Hormantschuk, Brian Nicholas, Cyrille Regis, Brian Roberts, Ken Satchwell, Gordon Simms, Bill Tedds, Graham Walker and Peter Wyer (all CCFPA members). Of course, Sky Blues Former Players both (and Association Members) current CCFC gaffer Steven Pressley and goalkeeping coach Steve Ogrizovic were taking leading roles in the dugout orchestrating the current Sky Blues team’s successful endeavours as they ran out 2-1 winners overYeovil with goals from formidable captain Reda Johnson and debutant Simeon Jackson (former CCFC loanee Aaron Martin was central defender for the Sky Blues opponents).

Marcus was good value in his matchday summarising for BBC Coventry & Warwickshire’s Clive Eakin and Geoff Foster and, as all our ‘special guests’ do, toured the Arena’s lounges before and after the game (interviewed by Sky Blue favourite Brian ‘Harry’ Roberts – pictured) and met the Sky Blues fans and did a Q&A on the stage of  Lady Gs at the G-Casino. Thanks Marcus!

Look out on this site for news of who the Association’s Special Guest will be at the Sky Blues next home game against Preston North End towards the end of this month.