Lee 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!
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.