Calling Our Walking Footballers: SBiTC Walking Football at Irish Day at St Finbarrs Today

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Walking Football is a Hit

Walking Football is a Hit


If you can’t wait for normal service Walking Football to resume at St Finbarr’s on Thursday 6th August there is a chance for a one-off taster there today, but you have to get your kit on quick!

Sky Blues in The Community’s Heidi Sloan tells us that ‘we will be doing Walking Football this Saturday 25th July at St Finbarr’s. This will kick off at 12:00pm so if you are coming to play you will need to be there at 11:45am please. Let me know if you will be coming! This will be part of the social club’s “Irish Day” so there will be stalls, bouncy castles, music, food, drink, etc… if you want to bring the family and making an afternoon of it”.

Walking Football Participants 18-12-2014So if you want to go today you need to get your skates (and perhaps boots) on and get down to St Finbarr’s Sports & Social Club (303 Holbrooks Lane, Coventry CV6 4DG)

Hiedi Sloan’s contact details are as follows (telephone: 02476 786 314 Text: 07813 455 531 or by email: SBiTC can also be contacted at

Blast from the Past: Watch ‘No Game For Girls’ Video!

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XX Advert - Rudge Whitworth v Humber at Highfield Rd (h) 12-04-1918 (MDT 05-04-1918)aRegular readers will remember that last August, at the same venue, a historic re-enactment (involving Coventry City Ladies FC) took place of a women’s football match in 1917 between two factory teams at the Butts .  The re-enacted game was an important part of a wider project (supported by Heritage Lottery funding and coordinated by Fran Porter at Coventry’s Metal Dog Media) to explore the early days of women’s football in Coventry as part of exploring the changing role of women in British Society around the time of the First World War.

ProgrammeThe project and the game were supported by the Association.  CCFPA committee member Mike Young and long standing Associate Member Lionel Bird, both students of football in the City in the 19th and early 20th century, assisted the research for the local football part of project (which went on to create a mobile exhibition, educational events and a film which is now available – see below). Former Bantam Ken Brown provided us with material about two of his aunties who played for Rudge-Whitworth Ladies FC. Lionel helped to track down other relations of some of the early pioneers of women’s football in the City and the video includes interviews with some of them.

Cov Ladies as 1917 teams combinedIt became clear that Coventry was one of the key centres in the development of women’s football with the first known game taking place in 1895 at Singer FC’s Stoke Road ground. Though many contemporary commentators argued that football was at best unbecoming and, at worst, positively dangerous for female participants, the women’s game gathered momentum.

During World War One, with so many men at the front, Coventry women took their places in the munitions factories of the City. The 1914-18 years gave the women’s game a fillip as many ladies took up football with enthusiasm and entered teams in inter factory competition. It was one such competition Final between so called ‘Munitionettes‘ from September 1917 between Humber Ladies and Rudge-Whitworth Ladies that was replayed in the costumes and conditions of the time in font of an enthusiastic crowd at the Butts last August and clips can be seen in the video clip below.

Coventry Ladies c.1921

Coventry Ladies c.1921

After the war, women’s football built up tremendous popularity throughout Britain with five figure crowds and well supported women’s internationals often in aid of charity. As far as we can establish Coventry Ladies (left) was founded in 1921 and we need to be reminded that well over 20000 paying customers turned out at Highfield Road in 1921 to see Coventry Ladies take on the top women’s team of the period from the Dick, Kerr factory from Preston. The women’s game went into decline when the F.A. shamefully denied women’s teams access to the professional football grounds of the day in December 1921 and set back progress for the women’s game until the 70s – fifty years later.

  • Well worth a watch with fascinating photos and film clips of women’s football at the time, the video about the story of Women’s Football In Coventry produced by Eyefull Productions can be reviewed by clicking on the link on


Walking Football Back in August: Join Us!

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Walking Football Participants 18-12-2014Back after a two week summer break the very popular health-through-sport initiative for the over 50s, ‘Walking Football’ returns for your entertainment in early August! As usual, it’s available locally in Coventry and/or Bedworth and is organised by  Sky Blue in the Community (SBiTC)  supremo, former Sky Blue defender and CCFPA member David Busst along with SBiTC’s Hiedi Sloan.

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The sessions which are supported by, amongst others, CCFPA, Cov Support News Service and CCFC Diamond Club take place from 10:30am until noon at a cost of £3 which includes refreshments.  You can find out more by contacting Sky Blues in the Community’s Health Manager, Hiedi Sloan (telephone: 02476 786 314 Text: 07813 455 531 or by email: SBiTC can also be contacted at

The mix of Sky Blue fans, Association committee members, CCFPA Associate Members, and our full members, usually include some of our most well respected former players like Dietmar Bruck, Ken Brown, Ian Goodwin and Dave Bennett.

The sessions are specifically designed for over 50s who wish to exercise gently and enjoyably through football in the company of friends and they try to ensure that all play is at kept at walking pace and running is penalised! So, if you are free on Thursdays you can come to one of its first bases, St. Finbarr’s Sports & Social Club (303 Holbrooks Lane, Coventry CV6 4DG)  or if you prefer Monday mornings then the place for you is Bedworth Town’s ground, the Bedworth Oval.

Why not come along and join in the next sessions of ‘Walking Football’ at Bedworth Oval on Monday 3rd August or at St Finbarr’s the following Thursday (6th August) and and get fitter in time for the start of the new season?

CCFPA Legends Hope to Clean Up at their Next Charity Fixture

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Karcher Cup at BanburyCCFPA’s Sky Blues Legends are out and about again for charity next Sunday. This time they travel to the home of Banbury United, to play a team representing local Banbury company Karcher UK  (the cleaning company) in a game to benefit the Katharine House Hospice. The match has been organised by the Legends Fixture manager and Association committee member Dean Nelson and Kieron Shea,  a City-mad fan who works for Karcher.

The Legends team is likely to be composed of former Sky Blue stars (and CCFPA members) like David Busst, Dave Bennett, Claus Bech Jorgenson, Barry Quinn, and John Williams together with players who have worn the Sky Blue in the past not necessarily in a first team match. CCFC will be playing in Sky Blue for the first time this close season having played in the yellow away strip in the previous two games.

The Company have donated the Karcher Cup which will be contested at Banbury’s Spencer Stadium (Station Approach, Banbury OX16 5AB) on Sunday 26th July. The gates open at 1:30pm when the fun and games begin and the game kicks off at 2.45 pm

Also part of the event will be a raffle, bouncy castle and refreshments are available (along with free parking)

Match Tickets are £5 (adults); £2 (kids/concessions) and can be bought in advance from Karcher UK on 01295 752000 or email them on

Pictured below is the Sky Blues XI from their last charity outing at Atherstone in May when they won 9-1 (and captain Barry Quinn picking up the winner trophy)

Legends XI at Atherstone

Legends XI at Atherstone

Barry Quinn gets Atherstone trophy