Woody Watches Curse Of The Former Player Strike As Blades Slice Sky Blues Survival

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Flecky in the Sky Blue

Sad to say it was former Sky Blues stars, striker Leon Clarke and midfielder John Fleck whose goals did the damage at Bramall Lane last night as CCFC went down 2-0 to top of the table Sheffield United.

Leon in the Sky Blue

Though neither players are members of the Association both are well remembered at their Ricoh for their positive contribution to the Sky Blue cause in their day and will probably have mixed feelings in virtually condemning the Sky Blues to the drop to League Two at the end of the season.

Clearly many of the Sky Blues players in the team had to overcome tired legs and tired minds after the exertions and euphoria of Sunday’s Checkatrade Trophy win at Wembley.

It was also good to hear CCFPA member and former Sky Blues defender Richard Wood interviewed by BBC CWR after the game. Always popular at the Ricoh, ‘Woody’ is now plying his trade at Rotherham.

Woody in the Sky Blue

New gaffer Mark Robins and his coaching team can be relied upon to ensure the team recharge batteries and recover confidence in time for Saturday’s game at the Ricoh with peterborough United. What better incentive than to be playing in front of over 40 Sky Blue stars of the past at our 10th Anniversary Legends Day 2017

After all, last year the team ran out triumphant 6-0 winners against Bury and Robbins has already sparked a mini Ricoh revival with two home victories in succession before Saturday’s game!

 

CCFPA At Wembley-2 Association FPs on the Pitch

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As well as the many CCFPA members that were at Wembley last Sunday watching the Sky Blues wonderful performance in bringing back the Checkatrade trophy to Coventry with a 2-1 win over Oxford United some might overlook the fact that we had three members of the Association pitchside too.

George & Sills 30 years ago

John Sillett, former Sky blue full back and gaffer (with fellow member and ex colleague ‘iron man’ George Curtis) of the 1987 F.A.Cup was a special guest at the stadium. It was John the Wembley authorities asked to tread the sacred turf and encourage the more than 43000 members of the Sky Blue Army to believe that their team had what it takes to win. The massive Sky Blue Army needed little stirring up and the Sky Blue song rang out with an ever growing crescendo of roaring support and cheering as the game developed towards its succesful conclusion.

Leading the Sky Blues out onto the pitch before the start of the game, and lining up with the two teams for the national anthem was CCFPA member and true Sky Blue legend Steve Ogrizovic. ‘Oggy’ still holds the clubs record appearance total and also well remembered his Wembley Cup winning day for the Sky Blues thirty years ago.

Steve in 1987

He has been a loyal club servant since the eighties in a variety of roles and is currently goalkeeping coach and was kept busy during the game with his dugout duties throughout the game. As with Sills Oggy will have a special appreciation, together with older fans of the club of the symbolism and achievement of the Wembley double.

Bigi Lifts The Trophy

Perhaps the most significant contribution to the Sky Blue cause on the day was two time Sky Blue Gael Bigirimana. Scorer of our first goal, saviour of our fortunes with a late goal-line clearance and delivering a magnificently energetic performance throughout the game Gael was an exemplar of the qualities shown by every member of the team. Only a CCFPA member by virtue of this being a second period with the club after a spell with Newcastle United we are, nevertheless proud of his performance.

Thanks to our CCFPA’s Richard Morris, Mike Young and Frank Pritchard whose photos of a wonderful day are appearing all this week. 

More highlights from later in the day follow from tomorrow onwards

Gael overcome with happiness after the game

Oggie at centre of CCFC staff awaiting the presentations

 

Happy Birthday ‘Athers’ From All At CCFPA

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Pet in the Sky Blue

Peter in the Sky Blue

Happy Birthday for today to our member and stylish former Sky Blue defender from the nineties, Peter Atherton! Born in Orrell on the 6th April 1970 this means ‘Athers’ is celebrating his 47th Birthday today. His playing career spanned 20 years and started in 1986 at Wigan Athletic as a YTS becoming a professional with them in February 1988. ‘Athers’ made 177 first team appearances (1 goal) for the ‘Latics before joining the Sky Blues in summer 1991 for £329,000.

Peter is now back in Wigan where he formerly coached the U 18’s (after a spell in management at Halifax Town in 2007) and since this March has been appointed the club’s interim Assistant Manager until at least the end of the season.

With the City, he was capped for England at U21 level and, before leaving for Sheffield Wednesday in June 1994 for £800k, had made 114 league and 6 cup appearances without finding the net! During this time he formed arguably one of the best defensive partnerships of recent years with Phil Babb.

Spells at Bradford City, Birmingham City and Halifax Town followed and his full career spanned 318 games, 9 goals and included 43 yellow cards and 1 red before he hung up his boots in 2006 following a fourth knee operation.

Have a great day today Peter and we look forward to entertaining you at one of our Association events before too long!

St Finbarrs’ Walking Football Today Calls All Over 50s For Fun & Fitness

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SBiTC Walking Football A5 1pp (print)SBiTC’s Cov based Thursday Walking Football continues this morning. If you are over 50, why not join us and get those extra winter pounds trimmed, dodge the April showers and meet the happy band of senior footballers at St Finbarr’s? (Thursday 6th April 2017)?

St.Finbarr’s Sport & Social Club is based at 303 Holbrooks Lane, Coventry CV6 4DG where the sessions are run this and every Thursday. The sessions are designed to offer gentle but competitive exercise for the over 50s and start before 10.30am running through to around noon. All it costs is £3 (including hot and cold refreshments). So, if you want to come, look sharpish, dust off  your old football boots/trainers and get along to St Finbarrs!

Assorted CCFPA Members & Sky Blue Shirts!

Assorted CCFPA Members & Sky Blue Shirts!

Brucky still dazzles

Brucky still dazzles

CCFPA full members including the likes of Dietmar Bruck, Ron Farmer, Ken Brown, Bill Tedds, Ian Goodwin, Dave Bennett, committee members Dean Nelson, Billy Bell and Frank Pritchard and a number of Associate Members can often be found amongst the participants and supporters at the sessions (at least 30 regularly turn up usually including a few newbies!), so why not join the regulars?

Walking 21-1-16e

Defenders await a Walking Football Tackle

The Walking Football scheme has proved so popular that if you can’t make Thursday sessions there is a brand new opportunity at St Finbarrs every Monday or another regular event locally too in Bedworth every Tuesday held at Bedworth Town FC’s Oval ground (both same time and cost).  These friendly events are run by CCFC’s Sky Blues In The Community run by former Sky Blue defender (and CCFPA member) Dave Busst and have always been supported by the Coventry City Diamond Club, Coventry City Former Players Association  and Covsupport News Service and their members.

Ken & Frank: Walking Football Stalwarts

For more information about the sessions at both sites you can contact Sky Blues in the Community’s Health Manager, Hiedi Sloan (telephone: 02476 786 314 Text: 07813 455 531 or by email: hiedi.sloan@ccfc.co.uk). SBiTC can also be contacted at sbitc@ccfc.co.uk