Who Will Be the CCFPA/G-Casino Player of the Season?

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Who is thisEach Year G-Casino and CCFPA make an award to the Sky Blue player that has made the biggest matchday contribution during the whole season. The award is voted for by the fans that attend the post-match entertainment including the Q&A with the Association’s ‘special guest’ former player that takes place at each home game in the Lady G’s Show Bar. The results are totted up together with votes from the members of the CCFPA committee to identify the winner! This season the winner will be chosen from two influential Sky Blues midfielders who topped the poll, John Fleck and captain Jim O’Brien.

Fleck, J (John (2014-15)QuestionO'Brien, J (Jim) (2014-15)






If you want to see who gets the award this season why not come down to Lady G’s this Saturday after the Sky Blues important last home game of the season against Crewe Alexandra when all will hope that CCFC will have clinched their League One status for 2015-16! As usual, CCFPA’s Billy Bell will be on stage with our ‘special guest’ of the day, where former Sky Blue shot stopper Andy Marshall will endure a friendly grilling from Billy.

At the same time, at the very least we will announce the winning ‘Player of the Season’ for 2014-15 and will have every hope that we can entice the winning player from the post-match dressing room down to Lady G’s to be presented with his G-Casino/CCFPA award live on stage. Everyone is welcome!

Andy For ‘Alex’ next Saturday

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20. Andy MarshallCCFPA are delighted to announce that our special guest for the Sky Blues last home game of the season will be the Club’s former shot stopper Andy Marshall. Andy will see the Sky Blues face Crewe Alexandra, a team desperate for points in their own attempt to avoid the drop on Saturday 25th April 2015.

Andy, who became an Association member in December 2010, started out professionally with Norwich City and built his professional career with the likes of Bournemouth, Ipswich, Gillingham and Wolves before impressing with Millwall sufficiently to attract the attentions of Coventry City FC. An England U18 and U21 International, Andy was a popular member of the Sky Blues teams between 2006-09 and made 62 first team appearances between the sticks for CCFC before moving to the Villa in August 2009 (via a trial with QPR).

In 2013-14 he returned to Millwall to provide goalkeeping cover but hung up his boots in January 2014 to concentrate on his role as Footballing Director of the SGA (Sells Goalkeeping Academy). Last February, as Aston Villa’s goalkeeping coach, he also found himself in temporary charge for four days at Villa Park (as part of a duo with first-team coach Scott Marshall) becoming caretaker manager on Paul Lambert’s departure (winning their sole match in charge)!

Welcome Andy – we hope you see the Sky Blues consolidate a position of safety above the relegation zone before their last match of the season at the home of another Club fearing the drop, fellow strugglers Crawley Town.  Look out for Andy ‘around the lounges’ at the Ricoh before the game, in the press box with the BBC CWR matchday commentary team during the game and on the stage of the G-Casino’s Lady G’s Show Bar after the final whistle.

Vagdia & Holmes signs up to CCFPA Corporate Membership

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V&HLogoThe Association is pleased to announce that CCFPA has just inducted another local business to our Corporate Membership scheme.  Vagdia and Holmes Chartered Architects deliver high quality built environment solutions, through excellent client service and attention to  detail.

The Practice based in Coventry Canal Basin has developed a reputation over 45 years working and serving Churches, community groups, public and private sector clients with active commissions currently in the London (South East), the Midlands and North West and has undertaken a number of commissions with English Heritage.  They offer a professional architectural service, listening and responding to the needs of their Clients, offering them project commitment and task enthusiasm, a strong skill-set in delivering speculative residential projects, private one-off home extensions, and ecclesiastical, community and volunteer-group based projects.  Clients’ projects range from a few hundred pounds, up to multi-million pound projects and they may be able to access funding opportunities, particularly, from community grants and commercial bank finance.

The practice is registered with ConstructionLine, is an active member of FORCE, the Forum for Constructing Excellence in Coventry and Warwickshire, and an active member of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce employing a local labour force and recognised as a training partner by a number of Universities and Colleges.

Vagdia & Holmes can be contacted at the Architect’s Studio, 12a Coventry Canal Basin, St. Nicholas Street, Coventry CV1 4LY (Tel: 02476 222393). Their website is at www.vagdiaholmes.com and further details about their services can be found at info@vagdiaholmes.com

The company joins our roster of high quality and well respected organisations gaining the benefits of Corporate Membership:-

Active Construction & Development, Askews, Brett Martin Daylight Systems, Buildbase, Century PR, De Marco Business Advisors, Exasoft, Elliott’s Car Accessories, HIA International, Inspire Insurance, NSL (Automotive Components), Past Heroes Ltd, Ping, Shortland Horne, Sports Star Memorabilia, The Jade Studio and Unique Floorcare. 

Why not join them as Corporate Members in time for the next 2015-16 season?


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.

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 now download a corporate information application form from this site via the ‘Join Us’ tab above (top right).

Thank you for your support! 


Micky Adams Parts Company with Tranmere Rovers

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Manager- Adams, M (Micky)It has been reported yesterday that the Sky Blues former player and manager (and CCFPA member) Micky Adams has parted company from  current club Tranmere Rovers where he had been the gaffer since moving to Prenton Park from Port Vale in October last year. The decision to leave (taken by mutual consent) following Rover’s home defeat by Oxford United on Saturday leaving them bottom of League Two and in danger of losing their Football League status (though Tranmere currently have a better goal difference than their fellow strugglers at the bottom).

Adams, M (Micky) 1987A talented and versatile player Micky featured at no.11 for the Sky Blues nearly as much as left back. He spent four seasons (1983-87) at Highfield Road with the Sky Blues after spells with Sheffield United (where he won four England Youth caps) and Gillingham (92 league outings). He clocked up another 108 appearances for the Sky Blues (scoring 10  times) before moving to Leeds United during the very season the Sky Blues won the F.A.Cup (and losing to them with the Elland Road outfit in a memorable F.A.Cup semi final at Hillsborough). Micky then had five years of top flight football with Southampton making nearly 150 league appearances and later turned out for both Stoke City (on loan) and Fulham (as player-manager) finishing up in 1997 and 1998 with Swansea City and Brentford without adding to his career tally of 438 league appearances.

Micky further developed his managerial experience with Nottingham Forest (assistant/ caretaker), Brighton & Hove Albion and Leicester City before becoming the Sky Blues new Manager in January 2005. His reign at the Ricoh lasted barely 24 months as he paid the price for not lifting CCFC out of the Championship and was appointed Manager at Brighton. Managerial stints at Port Vale and Sheffield United followed until reappointed at Vale Park for the successful 2012-13 season – a major achievement given the club started out in administration.

CCFPA wishes Micky a successful future career whatever pathway he chooses to follow.