Saturday’s Special Guest is David McNamee

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22. David McNameeCCFPA is looking forward to welcoming David McNamee as our special guest for the Sky Blues Xmas home tie against Fleetwood Town at the Ricoh next Saturday afternoon (20th December 2014).

A versatile defender (in a career sadly plagued by injury), David made 31 CCFC appearances over two seasons in the Championship between 2006-08

Glasgow born David began his soccer career with St Mirren in 1997 making 24 first team appearances before moving south of the border to join Blackburn Rovers in 1999 where he failed to break into the Premiership team.  Returning to his home nation with Livingston in 2002, however, he found his feet quickly and made over 100 appearances (4 goals) between 2002-06 for the Scottish Premier League side and found international recognition (4 Scottish caps).

His form over four seasons with the Scottish team persuaded the Sky Blues to take the plunge and David was signed for £100k in June 2006. However, despite proving himself a resolute defender his time in the Championship with CCFC under three Sky Blues managers, (Asociation member) Micky Adams, Iain Dowie and Chris Coleman, eventually it was Chris who decided not to renew David’s contract in July 2008.

Fellow Championship club Plymouth Argyle signed him almost immediaely and David spent another two seasons with the Argyle before, once more, returning north to feature for Aberdeen (one season) and Ross County (six months) from 2010 before returning south of the border to non-league Midlands football from 2012 with near neighbours Nuneaton Town and Leamington Town. David has also coached at the CCFC Academy.

Look out for David around the lounges, assisting BBC CWR with their matchday analysis and on the stage of Lady G’s with CCFPA’s Billy Bell after the game.

Leon Strikes Again

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Leon in the Sky Blue

Leon McKenzie Fight 13-12-2014Former Coventry City striker and CCFPA member Leon McKenzie is continuing the successful professional boxing career which he switched to when hanging up his boots.

In a Super Middleweight bout at York Hall in London last Saturday night (over eight, three minutes rounds), ‘Big McK’ as he is now known to the boxing fraternity took on Scott Douglas and won on points 60-54.

A tricky wide forward, Croydon born Leon played for Crystal Palace, Fulham and Peterborough United before signing for Norwich City where he knocked in 22 goals in 81 appearances. The Sky Blues signed him for £1m in August 2006. Leon scored 15 goals in 67 first team games for CCFC before moving to Charlton Athletic in summer 2009. Leon finished his Football League career with Northampton Town in Division 2 before dropping down play with non league clubs Kettering Town and Corby Town hanging up his football boots last year.

Leon remains undefeated as a professional boxer.

Valiants Vanquished in Battle of CCFPA Gaffers & Former Players

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Sky Blue Connections all over the place……..

A Happy Steve Pressley

A Happy Steve Pressley

Pressley, S (Steven)

Sky Blue Elvis

CCFC gaffer Steven Pressley (and CCFPA member) together with assistant Neil Macfarlane and coach (and fellow CCFPA member Steve Ogrizovic) watched their Sky Blues finish victorious over Port Vale in the Potteries yesterday afternoon.  The 2-0 win achieved by a forceful second half Reda Johnson header and an injury time strike from Gary Madine gave the Sky Blues an important three points, another clean sheet and their second successive away win. The game was of limited quality and Pressley’s team struggled to gain mastery in what was a pretty dour midfield stalemate until Reda broke the deadlock. Amongst the over 700 members of the Sky Blue Army present was Association committee man Mike Young and Associate Members Kev Monks, Chris Lambert and Jim McIlwaine

After the game ‘Elvis’ told BBC C&W Radio,

“It was a very professional away performance. I thought we gave up very few chances. It’s another clean sheet which is something that pleases me greatly, as clean sheets breed confidence. But I felt again that our final pass, our final moment – if it had been better today, we could have scored more goals. I’m really pleased with the result but there are still aspects of our play that we can improve on.”

Rob signing up for CCFPA

Rob signing up for CCFPA

Sky Blue Rob

Sky Blue Rob

‘Elvis’ and his team took bragging rights off the team of another former Sky Blues central defender (and CCFPA member), the Valiant’s gaffer Robert Page. Rob had to watch his team’s first home league defeat since he took over the manager’s chair in September from yet another CCFPA member Micky Adams, himself a former Sky Blues defender (1983-87) and manager (in the mid noughties). Both Rob and Micky both joined the Association in 2013.

After the game Rob told the Stoke Sentinel: “I am very disappointed. I thought we started the brighter of the two teams and had a lot of possession.But we knew what they were going to do, they were going to frustrate us and get bodies behind the ball. In the second half they changed it slightly and I thought we could have used the ball a lot better than we did in the second half.I think at times some of our forward play wasn’t up to the standard we have set in the past and that is what makes it bitterly disappointing.”

Sky Blue Carl

Sky Blue Carl

Another disappointed man will be the millionaire Vale owner and chairman Norman Smurthwaite who is a ‘Coventry kid’ (and known as a Sky Blue fan – perhaps no longer after yesterday)!  The Sky Blues leapfrogged Vale to take 14th place in League One and the win was achieved against a team with four former Sky Blues taking the field. Former Sky Blues loanee defender and current Vale captain Carl Dickinson (2013) and former wide-men Mark Marshall (2013-14) started for the Vale and Marshall was very lively and posed difficulties to the CCFC defence. Both attacking midfielder Chris Birchall (2006-09) and recent loanee striker Alex Nimely (2012) were brought on as subs for the Valiants without success. A normally influential member of the Vale squad Richard Duffy (a Sky Blue serial loanee between 2005-08) was also an unused sub on the Port Vale bench.

Sky Blue Alex

Sky Blue Alex

Sky Blue Mark

Sky Blue Mark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sky Blue Richard

Sky Blue Richard

Sky Blue Chris

Sky Blue Chris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul in 1995

Paul in 1995

Not too long now before another battle between teams managed by former Sky Blues player and CCFPA members. On Sunday 28th December Steven Pressley‘s Sky Blues will have their last home fixture of 2014 at thr Ricoh against Chesterfield FC currently managed by former Sky Blue defender Paul Cook.

Alan Dugdale’s Time in Football (and David& Peter’s Too)

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Alan in the Sky Blue

Alan in the Sky Blue

There is an interesting interview on the internet (one of a series of articles about former professional footballers) with rugged former Coventry City defender (and CCFPA member) Alan Dugdale. The series also includes Q&A style interviews with former Sky Blue Peter Barnes and Association member David Cross both of which are also worth checking out.

Amongst the things discussed by Kirkby born Alan in the piece is his early days at Highfield Road, being injured and carried off on his debut by, of all people, Sky Blues goalkeeper at the time Bill Glazier (now a fellow CCFPA member), his admiration for the CCFC management team of Joe Mercer and CCFPA member Gordon Milne.   Considering Alan also played for Charlton (moving there was his biggest regret), Barnsley and Tulsa Roughnecks in the States it is gratifying that he chooses midfielder Dennis Mortimer, forwards Tommy Hutchison and Mick Ferguson and fellow defenders Jimmy Holmes and Mick Coop as the best players he played with. All, of course are from the Sky Blue teams of his era (and all are current Association members).

Alan in the Legends Lounge on a flying visit from the USA a few years ago

Alan in the Legends Lounge on a flying visit from the USA a few years ago

Alan says he has one or two health problems so is taking it easy a bit, enjoying watching football on TV and going to the odd Sunday league game with son Lee and the grandkids where he says some of the tackling is surprisingly hard (it must remind him of his own approach back in the day)

Alan’s interview can be found on the ‘My Time in Football’ website at http://mytimeinfootball.com/Alan_Dugdale. They can also be found on Facebook and Twitter on www.facebook.com/mytimeinfootball  and www.twitter.com/timeinfootball