Ian Painter joins the Association
One of the visitors to the Legends Lounge at the Ricoh last Saturday (15th October 2011) for the Nottingham Forest home game was none other than Ian Painter who wore Sky Blue colours during our famous 1986-87 F.A. Cup winning season (though did not make the squad for the cup run). He did however appear in the first team six times during the season (4 as sub) making his full debut in the League Cup 4th Round home draw against Liverpool as well as featuring in the return where the Anfield side knocked us out.
Association Membership Secretary Mike Young immediately took the opportunity to sign him up for CCFPA and Ian is pictured below (left) being presented with his Association tie by committee member Bob Bromage.
Ian was discovered in schoolboy football in the Black Country but was given his professional chance with Stoke City where he spent 4 seasons beginning as an apprentice in February 1982 and by the end of the 1985-86 season he had clocked up 123 first team appearances (scoring 24 goals). As well as England youth honours Ian was also capped for England at Under 21 level. Coventry City, unfortunately did not see the best of him for he was very unlucky with injuries and was forced to retire from the game at the young age of 23 (a few months after being released by the Sky Blues in May 1987) with a severe back problem.
Ian later had spells in non-league management with the likes of Stafford Rangers and Hednesford Town and also opened a sport shop near his home in Wolverhampton. His business has currently expanded into a major sports supplies company specialising in cricket. Welcome Ian!