Dean’s Sky Blue Memories Film Night Coming Up Next Month

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Dean's Film Night 17-07-2015CCFPA Committee member Dean Nelson is locally renowned for his ‘Coventry City Film Nights’ taking place in pubs and clubs in Coventry and district. He also runs an excellent website and video resource featuring all things ‘old’ Coventry and especially the Sky Blue history. He also has a fantastic personal collection of Sky Blue memorabilia.

He has raided his video archive to produce his next Sky Blues Film Night which features over 50 years of CCFC action. The Show (promoted by ‘Back of the Net’ takes place at the Urban Coffee Company in the newly created fargo Village in Far Gosford Street in Coventry on Friday 17th July 2015, kick-off 7.30pm. These events are always popular so get there in good time! It’s only a quid to get in.

There will be a bar and hot refreshments and CCFC memorabilia will be on display and for sale.

If you want to remind yourselves of better times in the football club’s past and memories of former Sky Blue heroes and achievements then you can do no better than come along next month!

CCFPA Membership Feature in Steve’s Upcoming ’87 Book

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Sky Blue HeroesOn 16th May 1987 Coventry City won the first major trophy in their 104-year history. It was an extraordinary period for the city and its football club as they united to celebrate a fabulous success. Victories over Bolton, Manchester United, Stoke City, Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United took ‘George and John’s Sky Blue Army’ (CCFPA members George Curtis and John Sillett) to Wembley, where they overturned the form book to inflict Tottenham’s first ever FA Cup final defeat.

Well known CCFC chronicler Steve Phelps with four previous books under his belt (January & the Season’s Over (2007); It’ll Be Different Next Year (2008); Coventry on this Day (2010); Coventry City Miscellany (2011)) has come up with an important new story to cover in his inimitable style. For the first time, the cast of ’87, are reunited to tell their stories in print. The Association assisted Steve in reaching some of the Sky Blues personalities he needed to contact and it shows in this comprehensive ‘inside story’ of perhaps the Club’s greatest modern achievement.

Sky Blue Heroes: The Inside Story of Coventry City’s 1987 FA Cup Win features exclusive interviews with players, management, media, mascots, songwriters, club staff and supporters, documenting a magical time in Coventry City’s history. Contemporary media reports appear alongside memories and retrospectives – and the first interview for 28 years with the ‘mystery man’ (now revealed) who appeared on the Wembley pitch photograph with the jubilant players.

Steve has done extensive interviews with CCFPA members including the members of the victorious 1987 squad, some of our committee members and some of our Association’s Associate members too and all will look forward to the book’s publication on August 3rd 2015. The fully illustrated book is priced at £18.99 full price in hardback but can be ordered in advance at a discount by clicking on the image below



July Committee Meeting Off: Date of August Meet Confirmed

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CCFPA Darker Logo 2012CCFPA Vice Chairman Billy Bell has confirmed that the proposed July committee will not now take place.

However, the August meeting is expected to take place as normal on the first Thursday of the month, August 6th 2015.

Committee members are requested to send items for the August Agenda to Billy during the month. As usual any urgent business for July will be conducted by email, text or telephone in the meantime.


Ken & Dean in Action for Coventry Walking Footballers at Derby Today

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Walking Football at the Ricoh

A recent Walking Football gathering at the Ricoh

Some of the players who have been supporting the SBiTC Walking Football initiative have been representing Coventry City in the Regional Stage of the FL Trust Walking Football Tournament at Derby today (26th June 2015). Both former CCFC player and Association member Ken Brown and CCFPA committee member Dean Nelson are playing in the Sky Blue against the likes of Derby County, Shrewsbury Town, Walsall and Notts County. The other members of the 14 who are representing the City in two teams are Bruce Doe, Phil Host, John Corden, Ken Tromans, John Clarke, Brian Stansfield, Ron Bannister, Russell Watkin, Paul Latham, John Taylor, David Birch and John Sawyer. They are pictured below before the start.

The veterans from Coventry will hope to make progress in the national tournament which features over 60 teams representing their local Football League Club playing in their official colours. There are five regional events, with the top two in each region qualifying for the finals which will be played at The FA’s prestigious St George’s Park on Monday 6th July. Blackpool and Crewe have already booked their place in the North West regional final. Look out for a report on how today went for Coventry’s Walking Football crowd.
Walking Football is aimed at gentle exercise through football for the over 50s and is supported by the Coventry City Diamond Club, CCFPA and Covsupport News Service. It takes place locally every Thursday in Coventry at St Finbarr’s Sports and Social Club (303 Holbrooks Lane CV6 4DG) and every Monday at Bedworth Oval, Bedworth Town FC’s ground. If you are interested in getting involved in Walking Football, please contact 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

Ken (centre back row) in Team 1


Dean (Back row 2nd left) in Team 2