Carsley Stages a CCFPA Signing

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Lee Carsley tie2 xLee Carsley, the Association’s ‘special guest’ at last Saturday’s exciting Sky Blue 3-2 win over Peterborough United, finally put pen to paper and signed up as the CCFPA’s latest member. Lee had been keen to join us for some time and although several opportunities had arisen in the past to finalise this – particularly at the various guest appearances Lee puts in appearing for the Sky Blues Legends XI in charity fixtures – for one reason or another the chance has been missed.

Fortunately, Lee’s latest appointment at the Ricoh meant that we could make his recruitment to CCFPA a bit of an occasion after signing his Association membership form. First ‘Carso’ toured the lounges before the game accompanied by CCFPA member and Club host Brian ‘Harry’ Roberts. Lee, a former Republic of Ireland International, then did a great job providing matchday analysis for the BBC C&W Radio Sports commentary team and provided forthright and pertinent comments on a low key first 45 minute team performance but then a stunning Sky Blue come-back where fellow CCFPA member Steven Pressley‘s squad produced a rare and unexpected achievement in overturning a 2-0 half time deficit to win by the odd goal in five. Club historian and CCFPA Chairman Jim Brown tells us this was the first time for 19 years (Spurs 95-96) that the Sky Blues had come back from 0-2 and only the fourth time in 44 years!

Lee (left) on stage with Billy

Lee (left) on stage with Billy

After the game CCFPA Lee was escorted to the Ricoh’s G-casino where Lee’s signing up to the Association was finalised in public (above).  Association vice chair Billy Bell completed the formalities on the stage of Lady G’s in front of a packed audience of appreciative Sky Blue fans. Lee was presented with his official membership badge and tie and, amidst the general badinage orchestrated by Billy which kept the audience amused and entertained, a few serious points were also made (left). Lee said that he retained a strong emotional attachment to Coventry City having at different times been a player (two spells), coach at various levels and even (briefly) caretaker manager at the Ricoh between 2000 and 2013.  In particular, he still thinks of the Club and its facilities as worthy of a top division place and  would love to see it in the Premier League sooner rather than later (and also perhaps to play a part in helping it get there at some future point).

On behalf of CCFPA, Billy along with the audience wished Lee well in his very recent appointment as Development Squad Manager for Brenftford FC and we are sure we will see Lee back in’ Sky Blue Land, subject to his other commitments, before too long! Thanks to committee member Frank Pritchard for the photos.

Lee Carsley & Cyrille See Sky Blue Special

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Lee interviewd by Brian Roberts (hidden) whilst Ian Foster waits his turn

Lee (right) interviewed by a hidden ‘Harry’ whilst Ian Foster waits his turn

Former Sky Blue player, coach and (briefly) caretaker manager Lee Carsley was at the Ricoh last Saturday  (25/10/2014) as CCFPA’s ‘special guest’ to see CCFC take on second place Peterborough United. Quite a number of former Sky Blue players were also at the game including our ever popular 1987 F.A.Cup winning hero Cyrille Regis (pictured below left).

'Big Cyrille' before the game

‘Big Cyrille’ before the game

Lee certainly brought the Sky Blues second half fortune as they were able to turn a 2-0 half time deficit into a welcome 3-2 victory. The change in belief, commitment and quality between the two halves was remarkable as Lee saw a CCFC team very short of confidence and still apparently short of firepower and full of defensive mistakes after a run of very disappointing results go down the tunnel after 45 minutes seeming inevitably to be facing consecutive home defeats despite a new formation and the presence of a new central spine of goalkeeper Lee Burge, defender Reda Johnson and striker Frank Nouble.

The crowd were expecting the worst but were quickly buoyed by a transformed second half Sky Blue performance. Whatever Sky Blue gaffer (and CCFPA member) Steven Pressley said to the team at half time it worked. Lee Burge had little to do as the Sky Blues returned to the sort of high energy and high pressing game which marked the earlier part of the season, disrupted the Posh’s fluent football and produced a storming performance with Club captain Reda Johnson immense and an inspiring leader and Frank Nouble always an imposing threat. The rest of the team responded and rose the occasion as did the exceedingly appreciative Sky Blue Army as goals from young Ryan Haynes, Jim O’Brien and Frank sealed a win that was as heartening as improbable given the game in the first half.

Lee Carsley, Clive Eakin & Stuart Linnell x

Lee clearly intent on the game is sandwiched between BBC C&W’s commentary team Clive Eakin & Stuart Linnell

Lee was obviously pleased with the manner of the Sky Blues resurgence as he demonstrated whilst providing comment and analysis for BBC C&W during the game (shown above) and also as evidenced after the game by some of the slightly more serious parts of the Q&A conducted by Association vice chair Billy Bell on the stage of Lady Gs in the G-Casino (see separate news item on Lee signing up for CCFPA).  Lee also toured the Ricoh lounges prior to the game in the company of former Sky Blue defender (and fellow Association member) Brian ‘Harry’ Roberts (as club host) and the former Sky Blues’ Under 21 manager Ian Foster (pictured top right). As usual ‘Harry’ made sure the interviews were both interesting and entertaining!

Thanks Lee for performing your special guest duties in such an exemplary way. Come back soon and good luck with your new post as Brentford’s Development Team Manager.

Jade and Ping Upgrade to Corporate Membership

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Ping Advert rev1We are delighted to announce that Coventry based creative designers The Jade Studio and international Golfing giant Ping  have now joined Past Heroes Ltd as current website sponsors who have upgraded to become one of our new Corporate Members. They join Askews, Brett Martin Daylight Systems, Buildbase, Century PR; De Marco Solicitors; Elliott’s Car Accessories, Inspire Insurance and Shortland Horne gaining the benefits of Corporate Membership (see below).

Jade Studio new logoManaging Director Jason Dickens and the staff at thejadestudio: have been a long time supporters of CCFPA and all things Sky Blue providing advice, design services and technical support for the Association’s website and our publications, including our newsletters, programmes and advertising materials.  As one of the Midlands’ leading creative design agencies they provide a wide range of high quality marketing and communication services that includes branding, graphic design, printing, exhibition and large format, web design, and email marketing to name but a few. They can be contacted in person at their City centre base at 5, Edison Buildings, Electric Wharf, Coventry CV1 4JA, by telephone on 02476 228788, by email on info@thejadestudio.co.uk and through their website www.thejadestudio.co.uk.

Ping have always been very supportive of our very successful annual Golf Days supplying commemorative shirts and prizes/ auction items to the Association to make the day truly ‘go with a swing’.

If your company wishes to join Ping and thejadestudio: in supporting the work of CCFPA these are the benefits of corporate membership and details of how to apply:-

CCFPA Darker Logo 2012Corporate Membership Benefits

  •  Your company will be listed as a Corporate Member in the special section of the CCFPA website (under the ‘Sponsors’ tab) including a link through to your own website.
  •  Your advert will be featured on the CCFPA website carousel (design not included) You will have a Photo  opportunity with a former player of your choice (subject to availability)
  •  Your company logo will be printed on the CCFPA newsletter (printed three times per year).
  •  You will receive priority booking for all CCFPA events including golf days, Legends Days, celebration dinners & forums, etc)
  •  Corporate membership is marked by the award of a membership badge and an Association tie or scarf.

By joining the CCFPA as a Corporate Member you are supporting a non profit-making organisation that aims to bring the former players of Coventry City Football Club together. CCFPA is run by a team of enthusiastic volunteers who raise funds to put on a range of events for former players and its membership throughout the year. The current cost is £150 per annum. If you are interested in becoming a corporate member or have any queries about what it entails, please contact CCFPA committee member Sandra Garlick on 024 7699 8055 or via email on sandra@demarcobusinessadvisors.com. She will be able to send you an application form with information about electronic payment (or by cheque). Alternatively, you can download a corporate information application form from this site via the ‘Join Us’ tab above (top right)

Past Heroes Joins CCFPA as a Corporate Member

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Past HeroesWelcome to Past Heroes Ltd who are the latest company to have become one of our Corporate Members. They join Askews, Brett Martin Daylight Systems, Buildbase, Century PR; De Marco Solicitors; Elliott’s Car Accessories, Inspire Insurance and Shortland Horne as our first nine companies gaining the benefits of Corporate Membership (see below).

Past Heroes, with their sister company Michael Godfrey Surveys are based in Fife, Scotland and Managing Director, Michael has been an advertiser on our website for some time and have decided to upgrade their support for the Association by becoming full Corporate Members. The company look to provide a ‘new way to look at signed memorabilia’ by offering a bespoke autographing service for a variety of sports including football. The website (www.pastheroes.com) puts those who wish to have a personalised memento from a respected sporting star of the past in touch with their hero. They focus on former players  who had their time in the limelight from any time in the past up to the 1970s or 80s. If you are a sportsman of the past wishing to register or a member of the public wishing an individualised message from a ‘past hero’ enquiries can be directed throught the website or via enqs@pastheroes.com or telephone 01592 779 199

If your company wishes to join Past Heroes Ltd in supporting the work of CCFPA these are the benefits of corporate membership and details of how to apply:-

CCFPA Darker Logo 2012Corporate Membership Benefits

  •  Your company will be listed as a Corporate Member in the special section of the CCFPA website (under the ‘Sponsors’ tab) including a link through to your own website.
  •  Your advert will be featured on the CCFPA website carousel (design not included) You will have a Photo  opportunity with a former player of your choice (subject to availability)
  •  Your company logo will be printed on the CCFPA newsletter (printed three times per year).
  •  You will receive priority booking for all CCFPA events including golf days, Legends Days, celebration dinners & forums, etc)
  •  Corporate membership is marked by the award of a membership badge and an Association tie or scarf.

By joining the CCFPA as a Corporate Member you are supporting a non profit-making organisation that aims to bring the former players of Coventry City Football Club together. CCFPA is run by a team of enthusiastic volunteers who raise funds to put on a range of events for former players and its membership throughout the year. The current cost is £150 per annum. If you are interested in becoming a corporate member or have any queries about what it entails, please contact CCFPA committee member Sandra Garlick on 024 7699 8055 or via email on sandra@demarcosolicitors.com. She will be able to send you an application form with information about electronic payment (or by cheque). Alternatively, you can download a corporate information application form from this site via the ‘Join Us’ tab above (top right)