CCFPA Member Micky Adams gets the Prenton Park Gaffer’s Chair

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CCFPA sends its congratulations to one of our members, former Sky Blue defender and gaffer Micky Adams on his new appointment! Micky, who joined the Association (along with Micky’s then Assistant Manager at Port Vale, Robert Page) in September 2013 has just been appointed to the Manager’s chair at Tranmere Rovers.

Adams, M (Micky) 1987A talented and versatile player Micky featured at no.11 for the Sky Blues nearly as much as left back. He spent four seasons (1983-87) at Highfield Road with the Sky Blues after spells with Sheffield United (where he won four England Youth caps) and Gillingham (92 league outings). He clocked up another 108 appearances for the Sky Blues (scoring 10  times) before moving to Leeds United during the very season the Sky Blues won the F.A.Cup (and losing to them with the Elland Road outfit in a memorable F.A.Cup semi final at Hillsborough). Micky then had five years of top flight football with Southampton making nearly 150 league appearances and later turned out for both Stoke City (on loan) and Fulham (as player-manager) finishing up in 1997 and 1998 with Swansea City and Brentford without adding to his career tally of 438 league appearances.

Manager- Adams, M (Micky)Micky further developed his managerial experience with Nottingham Forest (assistant/ caretaker), Brighton & Hove Albion and Leicester City before becoming the Sky Blues new Manager in January 2005. His reign at the Ricoh lasted barely 24 months as he paid the price for not lifting CCFC out of the Championship and was appointed Manager at Brighton. Managerial stints at Port Vale and Sheffield United followed until reappointed at Vale Park for the successful 2012-13 season – a major achievement given the club started out in administration. He resigned at Vale Park last month

The Association wishes Micky Well in his new job!

Dean Holdsworth Turning Out for ‘Boro Legends in Charity Game for Jack

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Holdsworth, D (Dean)The Cov Mad website ( run by CCFPA Associate member Kev Monks reminds us that former Coventry City player Dean Holdsworth is amongst those who will playing in a charity match at near neighbours Nuneaton Town next Sunday 19th October 2014 k.o.3pm. An extremely well travelled football professional, Dean was briefly with CCFC in 2002-03 having signed from Bolton Wanderers (initially on loan) making 18 league & cup appearances and scoring a lone goal before departing for Rushden & Diamonds.



Dean and CCFPA committee man Dave Bennett (who will have been our special guest at the Bristol City game the previous afternoon) is slated to turn out for a Nuneaton Borough Legends XI (also including Fox’s former star Matt Elliott). The Borough Legends will take on a Celebrity XI set to include former Eastenders star (and winner of Dancing on Ice) Matt LapinskasMC Harvey from the So Solid Crew, members of The Overtones, Dan Osborne and Little Chris from TV’s TOWIE, ‘Tubes’ from Soccer AM and Sam Evans (who won Big Brother). The Charity game is being played to raise funds for Jack Oldacres, who suffers from the rare skin condition Netherton Syndrome.

Paul Culpin 1987

Paul Culpin 1987

The match has been organised to help pay for a specialised hydro-bath for six-year-old Jack and follows on from a similar event held at Stockingford Pavilion earlier this month when Benno, former Sky Blue striker Paul Culpin, Terry Angus, Dave Crowley and Gary Bradder (all former Borough favourites) enterrtained a decent crowd for a match against a Dairy Crest side and raised over £3k. Jack’s dad, Danny hopes Sunday’s game will be equally successful.

Entrance is priced at £8 for adults, £5 for OAPs, £3 for under 16s and £1 for under fives. (Discounts are available for bookings for groups of ten and above). To book tickets in advance or find out more information about the day contact Danny Oldacres on 07581 160 101

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Benno’s Bristol Beating Belief

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Dave Bennett 2010CCFPA are pleased to announce that popular Sky Blue Star of the 1980s Dave Bennett will be the Association’s ‘Special Guest’ this comimg Saturday as the Sky Blues take on the ‘Bristol Babes’.

As for most home games since the Club’s return to Coventry Dave will be at the Ricoh to see how fellow CCFPA member Steve Pressley‘s current squad of Sky Blues acquit themselves against table toppers Bristol City.  The game at the Ricoh is on Saturday, 18th October 2014. Benno believes the Sky Blues will have to be at their very best to beat the Bristolians who have taken League One by storm so far this season. However, despite some indifferent displays recently he feels that, on their day, the Sky Blues young team can match the best.

Bennett, D (Dave) 1986As a nominated true ‘CCFC Legend’ Dave will be hoping to bring inspiration to the Sky Blues matchday squad on Saturday and hopes for a sizeable ‘Ricoh roar’ to support the team’s efforts. Not only a long standing CCFPA committee member Dave has done much to support the work of various Legends’ charitable games over the years. Readers will need no reminding that he was an integral part of the magnificent Sky Blues F.A.Cup winning squad in 1986-87 having already built an illustrious career with Manchester City and Cardiff City. We show a memorable photo from the Semi Final victory over Leeds United at Hillsborough with Dave (foreground right) leading the lads in a rendition of the Sky Blue Song. From 1983-89 he scored 25 league goals in 172 league appearances for the Sky Blues before moving on to Sheffield Wednesday and finishing his career with Swindon Town. Unluckily twice breaking a leg there despite a loan spell with Shrewsbury and a brief stint with non league neighbours Nuneaton Town he couldn’t overcome the effects of this injury and he hung up his boots in 1992.

Boys of 87 SF Dressing Room CelebrationLook out for Benno around and about the stadium’ lounges and boxes contributing match analysis on the local radio (BBC CWR) and in the G-Casino after the game next Saturday.


Noel Sees Sky Blues Success in JPT

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Brian Roberts interviews Noel Whelan 11-10-2010b xCCFPA’s special guest at last Tuesday night’s JPT round 2 match at the Ricoh, Noel Whelan, saw the Sky Blues prevail 3-1 over Exeter City. Not only did the welcome win over the Grecians put CCFC into the quarter final draw on Saturday but the Sky Blues performance was much improved on previous games, and was achieved by a youthful team missing the towering presence of both Club captain Reda Johnson and striker Frank Nouble.

Noel sandwiched between BBC C&W's Clive Eakin & Stuart Linnell

Noel sandwiched between BBC C&W’s Clive Eakin & Stuart Linnell

Noel toured the lounges at the Ricoh prior to the start of the game interviewed by club host (and fellow CCFPA member) Brian ‘Harry’ Roberts (above left) and during the match assisted the BBC Coventry &Warwickshire team with their match day radio commentary and analysis (right). Scorer of many memorable goals for the Sky Blues in his time at Highfield Road Noel was particularly impressed with the goal scoring opportunism of  CCFC’s young defender Aaron Phillips who grabbed a brace on Saturday, both goals hit with force and precision. The other Sky Blue goal came from top scorer Josh McQuoid. Another Sky Blue star of the past (and Association member) David Phillips will have been especially excited to see how well his son Aaron is progressing in professional football (especially since he got the Man of the Match award- below).

Aaron Phillips MOM Exeter (h)Noel finished his stint at the Ricoh by joining in a double act with CCFPA’s Billy Bell on the stage of Lady Gs at the Casino entertaining appreciative fans with memories and anecdotes (below). Thanks Noel. Come back soon!

N.Whelan with BB (Exeter -h) x

Look out on this site for news of CCFPA’s special guest at the next Sky Blues home game against table toppers Bristol City in due course.

Thanks to CCFPA’s Frank Pritchard for the photos!