Last Chance for Seats on the CCFPA ‘Away Day’ Coach to the Peterboro’ Game

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There are still a few seats left on the Association’s ‘Away Day’ coach to the Sky Blues’ game at Peterborough this weekend. Currently a full squad’s worth of CCFPA Former Players plus committee members will be travelling to the game hoping for a great performance from CCFC’s young team. Why not book a special trip to the game alongside such illustrious former players as Kirk Stephens, Dave Bennett, Gordon Simms, Ron Farmer, Dietmar Bruck, Ian Goodwin. Paul Culpin will be travelling to meet up with Micky Gynn both also former players for ‘the Posh’

Hurry as time is running out! A place on the coach is priced at £10 return.  The coach will leave from outside the G-Casino reception at 11:00 am prompt this Saturday 12th April 2014 and return to the G Casino after the match for the option of a social beverage or two. We intend to run a raffle on board as well as a ’blackout’ opportunity and hopefully a Q & A with the FPs. Why not join us and enjoy a great day out with some of those Sky Blue heroes you have seen from the Highfield Road and Ricoh terraces?  To get more details and/or book your place please contact committee member Bob Eales on 07538154239 or email him on covbob@msn.com in the next 24 hours.

Sky Blues in the Community: Charity Coventry City Former Players Team Announced to take on the Villa Lions

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Bussty  2007CCFPA Member and Sky Blue Star of the ’90s Dave Busst (right) who is Director of Operations at Sky Blues in the Community has released the following media briefing about an upcoming charity game next month to benefit ‘Forces Support‘. Many members of the Former Players Association including several members of the 1987 Sky Blues F.A.Cup winning team are expected to be turning out in the 20 man ‘Coventry City’ squad which currently comprises Dele Adebola, Dave Bennett, David Busst, Ashley Cain, Lee Carsley, Paul Culpin, Dean Emerson, Micky Gynn, Paul Hall, David Phillips, Claus Bech Jorgensen, Gavin O’Toole, Craig Pead,  Barry Quinn, Tynan Scope, Dean ThomasDave Titterton, Terry Angus, Andy Lovelock and Carl Adam (STFC manager).

The match kicks off at 3pm at Stratford Town FC on Sunday 18th May 2014.  There are sponsorship opportunities and a chance to play with your Sky Blue heroes of the past. CCFPA encourages all members of the Sky Blue family to turn out and support this event.

“Many of the exciting big names of football who played in Coventry City’s FA Cup winning side from 1987 and many others with Premiership experience will be lining up against a Villa Lions Legends side at 3pm at Stratford Town FC on Sunday 18th May 2014. Names such as Dave Busst, Lee Carsley, Dele Adebola and Micky Gynn are just a few of the famous names from a 20-man squad who will be turning out for the Coventry City side to help raise funds for Forces Support as part of an all-day exciting football Festival which begins with a five-a-side tournament from 10am.

Forces Support operates all over the UK according to requests. It provides practical support by way of general maintenance around the homes and gardens for bereaved military families. All the work carried out is completely free of charge to the families of the fallen.Organisers are inviting military personnel to attend the event with the expectation of military stalls and displays to promote the excellent work of our armed services provide in serving their country. Donations from the day will raise funds for Forces Support, who are being backed by E-Lites electronic cigarettes in their fund raising. They will also be presenting the E-Lites Trophy to the winning team.

Dave Busst Director of Operations, Sky Blues in the Community, said; “As former players we are delighted to have been invited to take part in matches such as this. We are very much looking forward to this match and raising money for Forces Support which is a very worthwhile cause and having fun at the same time.”

Bill McCance, founder of Forces Support said “We’re all really looking forward to what should be a great day. I need to extend my thanks to David Busst, Coventry City, Lions Legends, and Stratford Town for their work in getting this event on. I also need to thank our partners, E-Lites, for their hard work in helping me organise the big game.”

The Organisers are offering five supporters from each side the opportunity to play for 15 minutes in the second half of this match. A fee of £200 will be charged which will be used as a donation to the charity. This will be done on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please email Brian Seymour-Smith at br467@btinternet.com for details.

 For further information please contact:

Dave Busst, Director of Operations, Sky Blues in the Community:

M: 07766-365672 T: 02476-786371   www.ccfc.co.uk or www.sbitc.org

Join the CCFPA ‘Away Day’ to the Peterborough v City game.

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The Association is running an ‘Away Day’ to the Sky Blues’ game at Peterborough a week on Saturday (12th April). CCFPA Former Players and committee members will be travelling to the game hoping for a great performance from CCFC’s young team. A coach has been booked to transport the happy band and there are a few spaces available on the coach.

If you fancy travelling to the game with such illustrious former players of the Club as Association president Kirk Stephens, committee man Dave Bennett, veteran Bantam Gordon Simms, ‘penalty king’ Ron Farmer, defensive stars of the sixties Dietmar Bruck and Ian Goodwin and Sky Blue Striker Paul Culpin (plus several others we are awaiting confirmation from) you need to contact us quickly. Cully and Micky Gynn (who also hopes to be at the game) have, of course, both played for ‘the Posh’

Early birds may (subject to availability for an additional cost) also be able to join the party for a pre match meal and match ticket package at the Ground. If you just want to book a place on the coach they are priced at £10 per seat.  The coach will leave from outside the G-Casino reception at 11:00 am prompt on Saturday 12th April 2014 and return to the G Casino after the match for the option of a social beverage or two.

We also intend to run a raffle and there will be a ’blackout’ opportunity and hopefully a Q & A on the coach with the Former Players participating. Why not join us and enjoy a great day out with some of those Sky Blue heroes you have seen from the Highfield Road and Ricoh terraces? The spare places are sure to be in demand so act quickly!

To get more details and/or book your place please contact committee member Bob Eales on 07538154239 or email him on covbob@msn.com

 

Q & A at Lloyd’s Place ‘A Good Night Had By All’

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HawksMill Q& A1Last Saturday night (29th March 2014), following the Sky Blues victory over Crewe fans had a chance to meet and quiz Sky Blues players of an earlier vintage at CCFPA member Lloyd McGrath’s Hawkesmill Sports and Social Club. Thanks to Lloyd for making the facilities of the club room available to the Association. CCFPA Welfare Officer Bob Eales, who was one of those present, has sent the following report:-

“Saturday night’s Q & A / Fan’s Forum at should be savoured as a cosy evening attended by several CCFPA Former Players including the Association’s President Kirk Stephens, committee man and Players Liaison Officer, Dave Bennett, ‘Penalty King’ Ron Farmer, Brian Clough impressionist Ian Goodwin and CCFPA stalwart Ken Brown.

The evening was hosted by the Association’s Vice Chairman Billy Bell who welcomed those who attended and introduced the first comedy duo of Ron and Ian  who reminisced about their career; about how Ron came over from the Channel Islands to get a career in football, sprinkled with various comical stories of his life. Similar entertaining stories came from Ian about how he first got spotted after taking his brother to CCFC for a trial, then being asked to make up the numbers and actually getting signed himself. Also noteworthy was his humorous yet tough relationship with a certain Mr Clough (Senior)!

HawksMill Q&A2The second comedy duo (right) were then invited up in the guise of Kirk and Dave, and memories naturally centred on the subject of the F.A.Cup win in ’87 and the antics of the squad before, during and after the final. Kirk’s shared his pride at playing for his home city club after initial rejection and his dressing down from Ron.  Among those spotted in attendance included Association Committee member Bob Eales and CCFPA Associate Members Kevin Heffernan and Suky Singh. It was generally agreed that a good night was had by all”.