Our two Annual set-piece events for the coming season (albeit unfortunately with the Sky Blues now in League 1) are Legends Day and Golf Day.
Legends Day 2012-13 was originally planned to be brought forward to earlier in the season than usual and was planned to take place surrounding CCFC’s home game against Carlisle United on Saturday 22nd September 2012. In the event the occasion was subsumed into a tribute for the late Ernie Machin and thirty former players were our guests (many of them former colleagues of Ernie). Special guests Dave Clements who had flown in front the States and Ernie’s daughter Dionne (representing other members of the family present) released. A host of balloons into the Sky Blue in memory in front off the Fps and Ricoh crowd.
In the event the reconstituted Legends Day 2013 was another enormous success with nearly 50 Sky Blues stalwarts coming together at the Ricoh to celebrate the past at the Swindon Town home game on March 2nd 2013. Please see the relevant news items on this site for reports of what went on and over 200 photographs of the day can be found under the ‘Galleries‘ tab.
The 50th Anniversary of the Sky Blue Song was celebrated with a mini reunion at the MKDons home game on 29th December 2012. CCFPA’s Billy Bell conducted a stirring rendition of the song at half-time by the Sky Blue Army and a former player choir (made up of five veteran FPs from the sixties birth of the song augmented by committee members Mike Young and Bob Eales and Special Guest for the day, John Williams).
Golf Day 2013
Its time to look ahead to summer and some warmer weather when, once again, the members and guests of Coventry City Former Players Association will grace the fairways at Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club for our annual golfing reunion bash, Golf Day 2013, to be held on Thursday 6th June 2013. The Competition Course will be the Club’s renowned Tantara 18 hole course certain to provide good competition amongst the many CCFC stars of the past we expect to attend.
The good news is that we’ve managed to retain last years team entry fee, £240 (inclusive of tee-off refreshments and an evening meal)! The even better news is that we’d like to reward those who’ve supported us in the past with a couple of ‘Early Bird’ discounts for teams of 3 players (one of our former players will join each team):-
£180 ( a cracking discount of £60 ) for any team entered and paid for in full before 7th May 2013 deadline! or…
£200 for any team entered that pay a £100 deposit before 7th May with the balance payable in full before 31st May!
For any team entering after 7th May 2013 the entrance fee will remain at £240.
For the first time ever we are also accepting individual entrants. If you want to play golf in the company of Bantams and Sky Blues Players of the Past all it costs will be £60 for full payment before 7th May or a 50% deposit of £35 with the balance payable before the end of May. All individual entrants after that date will be charged £80 per person.
Entry forms can be got by return by emailing/phoning committee members Frank Pritchard on email@example.com (07815899224) or Bob Eales on firstname.lastname@example.org (07538154239) or Mike Young on email@example.com. The main competition will be for the ‘Buildbase Cup’ and there will also be a number of other prizes up for grabs.
All completed entry forms and payments should be sent direct to Stoneleigh Deer Park GC , the Old Deer Park, Coventry Road, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire CV8 3DR (for the attention of Linda Edmondson). However, all enclosed payments should be made out to ‘CCFPA‘. The Golf Club’s contacts are Tel. 02476639991 Fax: 02476511533 Email: www.stoneleighdeerparkgolfclub.com
Hurry, before all the places are snapped up…..Keep a regular check on this page and the news pages for further developments……….
Last season (2011-12) CCFPA kicked off in July 2011 with playing a significant role in the unveiling of Jimmy Hill’s statue outside the Ricoh. As well the Association running other events and fans forums during the season, the year 2012 was also the 25th Anniversary of the Sky Blues’ great F.A.Cup win in 1987 and various events involving CCFPA sought to commemorate this. We helped organise a major reunion of the victorious F.A Cup squad at Nailcote Hall on 20th April 2012 and several members of that squad also joined with representatives of the winning F.A.Youth Cup squad of the same season at their CCFPA organised reunion at the Doncaster home game, the following day. Nearly all of the CCFPA committee also attended the VIP launch of a major exhibition ‘From Highfield Road to Wembley Way’ celebrating the Cup win at the Herbert Museum the same month. All these events and more have been covered on the news pages.
We also held our biggest and best yet Legends Day 2012 at the Portsmouth home game (with the usual pitch parade at half-time and pre-match meal) on March 24th 2012. Over 50 Sky Blue and Bantams stars of the past attended and enjoyed the warm appreciation of a packed 1883 Restaurant and Lady G’s Showbar after the game. Our Annual Golf Day 2012 was held on Thursday 14th June 2012 at the Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club. Pictures from both these successful events are available on the Gallery pages as well as action photos from all previous years.
The 2010-11 season saw a full year of significant events undertaken by the Association. Highlights included, in pre-season, hosting the JH Tribute Reunion, hosting European Sky Blue (a great Reunion of the 1970 squad which took the Club into Europe) at the end of September 2010, helping set up Bobby Gould ‘s book launch in October 2010 and earlier in 2011 we also hosted a mini-reunion of the FPs who took the Sky Blues to the League Cup Semi-final in 1981. In April we held our biggest and best ever Legends Day and in June 2011 we held our latest annual Golf Day 2011. All these events are covered in the news pages and the relevant photo galleries.