Urgent Message To Our Full Members: Wembley Tickets

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As you will be aware CCFC have reached a Wembley final, in the Checkatrade Trophy on the 30th Anniversary of our victorious 1987 F.A.Cup run. The final against, as yet, undecided opponents (either Luton Town or Oxford United) takes place on the afternoon of Sunday April 2nd 2017 (2.30 kick off).

The Association has been offered a bloc allocation of some of the best seats in the Stadium exclusively for our full members drawn from the club’s former players and staff. We need to act quickly to confirm numbers. The initial allocation we have is up to TWO tickets per Former Player Member. The tickets which should offer a side view of the game (rather than from behind the goal) will cost Adults £60; Over 60s £30 & £10 for juniors (16 and under) plus in each case £2.40 admin fee.

In the next few days those of our Full members for whom we have current telephone numbers/ email address will be contacted by a committee member to ascertain whether they wish to join us and watch the game together with their former colleagues on what we hope will be another great day for the club, less than a week before our own 10th Anniversary major reunion., Legends Day 2017 at the Ricoh on April 8th.

If a committee member, for whatever reason, has not been able to make contact with you in the next few days or you want to get in early to join us please email CCFPA’s Sandra Garlick at contact@sandragarlick.com or 07989 555938 or email our chairman Jim Brown at clarriebourton@gmail.com before 5pm next Friday 24th February. First come first served. In each case we will require your up to date contact details (name, address, preferred telephone number and email address) so that we can contact you to clarify how many tickets (and their age category) and arrange payment. If you are in the Coventry district it is possible to book coach travel to the game (at £12.50 each) and this should be requested at the same time.

Wembley: Here we come again!

We would love you to join us both at Wembley and at Legends Day. An application form for the complimentary tickets for the latter will be included in your copy of the Association’s February Newsletter, ‘Legend’ which we expect to be with you before the end of the month.

If you want to join us at Wembley matters are more urgent and we encourage you to make contact with us by 5pm on Friday 24th February to ensure your place (and certainly no later than the end of this month)!

If we have any spare tickets from our allocation we may be able to accommodate your extra guests and/or make tickets with our CCFPA group available to our Associate and Corporate Membership.

We look forward to hearing from you. Keep checking back on this site as ticketing information becomes clarified.

 

Old Boys News: Can The Goat Save The Robins?

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Shaun Goater

It has just been announced that CCFPA member and former Sky Blue striker Shaun Goater has returned to English football and been appointed manager at Evo-Stik Northern League Premier Division club, Ilkeston Town. ‘The Robins’ from Derbyshire announced that their gaffer Paul Holland would be stepping down and ‘the Goat’  would be replacing him. Like the Sky Blues, Ilkeston are currently in their own leagues’ relegation zone and some way adrift of safety, so Shaun faces a tough challenge.

Bob Ties Up Shaun!

As the Sky Blues take on Gillingham later this afternoon in a must-win League One fixture, Ilkeston take on Sutton Coldfield Town at the New Manor Ground also desperately requiring a win. Goater is a former international for Bermuda (where  Town also have other connections). Awarded an MBE for his services to football in his home country in 2003 ‘the Goat’ scored an incredible 32 times for Bermuda in 36 internationals between 1987-2004. Shaun has been only a rare visitor to the Ricoh since receiving his official tie from CCFPA’s Bob Eales almost exactly two years ago to confirm his earlier recruitment in Bermuda.

In his day Shaun was a dashing, prolific and well travelled forward (starting as a teenager at Old Trafford in 1988) then appearing from 1989 for Rotherham United, Notts County and Bristol City before hitting the headlines with the other sky blues, Manchester City  where (in two sessions between 1998 and 2003) he scored 103 times in his 212 games!

Shaun in the Sky Blue

Shaun had a fairly brief loan spell with the Sky Blues under (now CCFPA colleague) Micky Adams at the back end of the 2004-05 season and made six appearances including two as sub before finishing his British career at Southend United (where he mentored a future Sky Blue Freddy Eastwood).

 

 

On leaving Southend he returned home playing for Bermuda Hogges (where he was also a director) and player-managing North Village Rams, only hanging up his boots in 2010 aged 40 (the year CCFPA signed him up).  In total, he scored more than 200 goals in English football and made over 500 appearances. In Bermuda, Shaun has been heavily involved in promoting football for young people and developed important business interests in telecommunications and transport. Previously Shaun has also helped the likes of St Johnstone and Doncaster Rovers to sharpen the scoring prowess of their strike force.

CCFPA wishes Shaun well in his new post!

 

Roy Proverbs RIP (08/07/1932 – 15/02/2017)

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Roy in 1956-57

The Association was very sad to hear from his son that former CCFC half back and CCFPA member, Roy Proverbs had passed away last Wednesday 15 February 2017 aged 84. Roy joined the Association in 2013 and when our late committee member Bob Bromage visited Roy at his Willenhall home Roy told us he particularly remembered team mates (and CCFPA members)  Mick Walters, George Curtis and the late Peter Hill from his time at the club.

Wednesbury born Roy began his career with home town club moving to Stourbridge and then Stratford Town before the ‘Bantams’ (as City were then known before JH’s Sky Blue era) signed him in April 1956. Next season, under then gaffer Harry Warren, Roy formed an early season half-back partnership with Roy Kirk and Noel Simpson before being replaced by Jim Regan and Iain Jamieson.  He also played with our late member Steve ‘Kalamazoo’ Mokone. Roy played all his 1o first team Division Three South games (plus one F.A.Cup appearance) at No. 4 in the 1956-57  when the ‘Bantams’ finished an undistinguished 16th in the League and went out in the first round of the Cup to Swindon Town.

Roy moved on to Bournemouth in the close season of 1957 but failed to make a first team appearance at Dean Court.  Ironically given the Sky Blues opponents today Roy made his biggest professional impact at next club Gillingham where he moved in February 1958. For the club from Kent Roy became a stalwart defender turning in 143 first team appearances (2 goals) plus 10 cup outings before moving to Canterbury City and then Tunbridge Wells United in 1962. Roy finished his career in East Anglia with King’s Lynn in 1964 (a few years after CCFC’s defeat to that club in the F.A.Cup played its own part in the ‘Sky Blue Revolution’)

CCFPA sends its full condolences to Roy’s family and friends on their loss and we will provide details of funeral arrangements when we get them. A full appreciation of Roy’s career by club historian (and CCFPA chair) Jim Brown will also appear on this site in due course

CCFPA Former Players Centre Stage As JH Remembered With ‘Jimmy Hill Way’

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Back Left to Right: Cllr Khan, Dietmar Bruck, Ken Brown, Joe Elliot, Ron Farmer, Cllr Duggins, Kirk Stevens, Cllr Innes Front Left to Right: Dave Long, Mark Hornby, Terry Angus, David Busst

CCFPA are pleased to pass on to our readers the following press release about an important event that took place yesterday commemorating the late Sky Blue icon (and our late Member) Jimmy Hill. A number of our Former Player members i.e. Ken Brown, Dietmar Bruck, David Busst, and Ron Farmer along with CCFPA President Kirk Stevens and Life President Joe Elliot took centre stageas along with council dignatories.

City honours Sky Blue legend Jimmy

“A major road in Coventry has been renamed ‘Jimmy Hill Way’ in honour of the man who led the Sky Blues to glory and changed football forever. The road signs have now been officially unveiled to rename a stretch of the A444 that goes through the city and was formerly known as Phoenix Way. It goes past the former home of the Sky Blues at Highfield Road and their new home at the Ricoh Arena where his statue stands and was the most popular suggestion by members of the public.

The honour recognises the massive impact Jimmy Hill OBE had on Coventry City FC – as a manager and a chairman – and the whole sport of football. He created the ‘Sky Blues’ and as manager led them to the top flight in the 1960s, before going on to become a national figure as host of Match of the Day and helping to bring in major changes such as abolishing the maximum wage and pioneering the three points for a win system and all-seater stadiums..
He died in December 2015, aged 87.

A small group of ex-players and members of the Jimmy Hill Legacy Fund Board, joined Leader of Coventry City Council, Cllr George Duggins, Deputy Leader, Cllr Abdul Khan and Cllr Jayne Innes, Cabinet Member for City Services, at the unveiling ceremony. Dietmar Bruck, who starred when Jimmy Hill was manager, said:

“Jimmy was like a Godfather to me, I was signed at 13 years of age, given an apprenticeship and carried on playing for 10 years under Jimmy. I owe him a lot. This is the least we can do for his memory.”  Cllr Duggins said: “This is a great way to celebrate the legacy of Jimmy Hill. He transformed Coventry City FC into a top flight team and brought in changes that revolutionised the game. We are proud to be renaming this stretch of road, which is one of the major routes into the city and goes past the two homes of the club that was so dear to him.

JH Shows The Organising Committee Jimmy’s Way

Cllr Khan agreed: “The signs will be seen by thousands of visitors and commuters every day and will keep his memory alive and show how much he meant to the people of our city.” Cllr Innes added: “This is a prominent and fitting tribute to the man who did so much for our club and the sport of football and we are so pleased that the name of Jimmy Hill will greet people as they arrive in our city.”

The renaming of the road follows a public campaign which the Council supported. The Jimmy Hill Legacy Fund is a fundraising initiative set up in his memory to provide opportunities to improve the quality of life of those who need it most. David Busst, Director of Sky Blues in the Community said “We are proud of what Jimmy Hill has done for the City of Coventry and the Jimmy Hill legacy fund was set up by SBITC to benefit the community.”