Dave Busst Message to Over 50s: Come & Try Walking Football!

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SBiTC Walking Football A5 1pp (print)Sky Blues in the Community are launching Walking Football on 4th December 2014 at St Finbarr’s Sport and Social Club in Coventry. This session will run every Thursday 10:30am-12:00pm for adults aged 50+ carrying on into 2015.

Walking Football has been becoming increasingly popular across the Country over the past few years and Sky Blues in the Community now want to embed the game in Coventry. SBitC already run a city-wide men’s football project for adults aged 18+ and feel that Walking Football will increase both social and physical activity opportunities for older males in the city. We hope that some of our veteran Former Players will turn up to support some of theses sessions so , if you join, you may be rubbing shoulders with some of the CCFC stars of the past!

Bussty  2007Popular Sky Blue defender, CCFPA member (and former committee member) David Busst, Director of Sky Blues in the Community, said:

‘SBitC were keen to bring the ever increasing popular walking football to Coventry after some initial enquiries from the 50 + age group of CCFC supporters. Our partnership with St Finbarr’s GAA has enabled us to use a local facility for this activity and all members of the community will be welcome. The sessions are for all abilities who would like the opportunity to get active and play football and with the added value of socialising with some like-minded people and also meet and chat with former CCFC players to share memories from the past.’

For those that are unsure of what Walking Football is, it is simply a slow-paced version of the beautiful game. It is designed to help people have an active lifestyle regardless of their age and ability, as well as get people back playing football. It’s a great way to keep fit, learn skills, have fun and socialise all at the same time.

If you are interested in getting involved in Walking Football or want to find out more information, you can contact the Sky Blues in the Community Team. Email: sbitc@ccfc.co.uk , Telephone: 02476 786 314, or Text: 07813 455 531.

Walking Football will take place on Thursdays 10:30am-12:00pm at St Finbarr’s Sports and Social Club, 303 Holbrook Lane, Coventry, CV6 4DG. It will cost £3 per week to attend and refreshments will be provided for all those that come along to take part.

Cyrus starts with a win

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Cyrus celebrates with scorer Robbie Brady

Cyrus (3rd left) celebrates with Irish scorer Robbie Brady

Coventry kid, CCFPA member and former Sky Blue defender Cyrus Christie made a winning start to his full international career last night (18/11/2014).  Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill gave Cyrus his first full 90 minutes at right back with a somewhat experimental ROI side in Dublin last night as they ran out 4-1 winners against Jurgen Klinsmann’s U.S.A. side. O’Neill said Cyrus had an ‘outstanding’ introduction to international football.

He is reported by the Coventry Telegraph to have told the FAI: “I think it went really well tonight and there were some great performances from the lads and Shay (Given) pulled off some fantastic saves. “We began to control things in midfield and that allowed me to get forward. I work on getting forward and my crossing at Derby and it’s starting to pay off. The whole experience has been great. Obviously I knew a few of the lads already and that made things easier. Everyone gets along and that made it easier. I hadn’t even been to an international game before this week and it’s a fantastic achievement for me, and a dream to come true – it’s something I dreamed about as a kid. To pull on the Ireland jersey was fantastic. I’m just happy that I managed to play well. To get a win on your debut was a great feeling, it went according to plan.”

Another former Sky Blue and Cyrus’ Derby County colleague (and fellow CCFPA member) Richard Keogh was rested for this fixture but another debutante (until substituted later in the 2nd half) was David McGoldrick who had a recent loan spell at the Ricoh but is now with Ipswich Town. An impressive start for Cyrus!

Congrats Cyrus: Watch Christie on his Ireland Call Up

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Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Coventry City v Barnsley - Ricoh ArenaRecent CCFPA member and former Sky Blue defender Cyrus Christie has been called up for a debut cap with the Republic of Ireland tonight.  Cyrus will be joining fellow CCFPA member (and current Derby County colleague) Richard Keogh in the Irish defence as they take on the USA in a friendly. Also making his debut for the Irish team will be former Sky Blue loanee striker David McGoldrick (now currently earning his corn with Ipswich Town)

Cyrus receives his tie earlier this year from CCFPA's Frank Pritchard

Cyrus receives his tie earlier this year from CCFPA’s Frank Pritchard

Both Cyrus and McGoldrick qualify through a grandparent and have also been included in Martin O’Neill’s team to face the USA at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin (former Sky Blue legend Robbie Keane will sadly miss the game due to committments with his MLS side LA Galaxy side).

In an exclusive interview for the FAI Cyrus talks about his early days at Coventry, the influence of both Keogh and fellow CCFPA member Lee Carsley in opting for an international career with Ireland (through his nan) and how he is approaching his debut. The interview can be seen at http://www.fai.ie/ireland/news/cyrus-christie-exclusive-interview-with-fai-tv

The Association would like to send our best wishes to all former Sky Blues in the internationals (and especially to debutante Cyrus – let’s hope this is the first cap of many!)

CCFPA’s Greg and Sills Meet Again at Defeat to County

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Greg & SillettThe Association’s ‘special guest’ for the day F.A.Cup winning hero (and CCFPA member) Greg Downs had a dissappointing homecoming last Saturday (15th November 2014) when the Sky Blues succumbed to a narrow 1-0 home defeat by East Midlands rivals Notts County at the Ricoh.

Greg & HarryAs with all our special guests, Greg toured the lounges at the Ricoh before the game and, in the company of fellow CCFPA member and club host Brian ‘Harry’ Roberts, entertained fans with his thoughts on the current state of game and the prospects of this former club for the rest of season 2014-15 (right).  In the corporate areas as well as after the game, where Sky Blue fans saw him ‘lightly grilled’ in a Q&A conducted by CCFPA Vice Chairman Billy Bell on the stage of a packed Lady G’s Show bar in the G-Casino (below), Greg was also encouraged to focus on his Sky Blue past (including his considerable contribution to CCFC’s fantastic F.A.Cup win in 1987).

Greg & Billy xGreg was greatly looking forward to renewing acquaintances with other members of the 1987 F.A.Cup squad during his (fairly rare) visit to the City (like CCFPA members Dave Bennett, Micky Gynn, David Phillips, Paul Culpin and, of course, the current Sky Blues goalkeeping coach down in the dugout Oggy). Greg was also delighted to bump into his former gaffer from 1987 who was at the game John Sillett (another Association member). As shown in the picture at top they enjoyed a joke or two remembering those glory days of the past.

Those that couldn’t get to the Arena for the game were also able listen to Greg on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire Radio where he became an important part of the  match commentary team with Clive Eakin and anchor Stuart Linnell (pictured below). Thanks to Greg for making such a great ‘special guest’ and we hope it is not as long before we see Greg at a match at the Ricoh. Thanks to CCFPA committee member Frank Pritchard for the pictures.

Clive Greg & Stuart

Clive Greg & Stuart