‘Benno’ Broadcasts as Bristol Bring Sky Blue Bother

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'Harry' & 'Benno' enjoy a joke before the game

‘Harry’ & ‘Benno’ enjoy a joke before the game

The Association’s ‘Special Guest’ yesterday at the Sky Blues’ contest with table-topping (and unbeaten) Bristol City was one of our former player committee members, Dave Bennett.  ‘Benno’ needs little introduction for his tremendous contribution to Sky Blue history, being part of the victorious 1987 F.A.Cup winning squad and scorer of a crucial equaliser at the Wembley final.  Dave did all the usual duties expected of a special guest during the afternoon including touring and entertaining the various Ricoh lounges (in the humorous company (pictured right)  of fellow CCFPA member and CCFC host Brian ‘Harry’ Roberts) before the game and meeting fans after the match ‘doing a turn’ in a lively Q&A on the stage of Lady G’s in the Ricoh’s G-Casino.

Benno with BBC C&W's Clive Eakin & Stuart Linnell

Benno with BBC C&W’s Clive Eakin & Stuart Linnell

As is traditional our guest forms part of the matchday commentary team of BBC Coventry & Warwickshire during and immediately after the match (left). Like most fans Dave was mightily disappointed with the performance of the Sky Blues who succumbed, rather too easily, to a stronger, combatitive and seemingly much nore accomplished Bristol City side. Only a few Sky Blues players came out of the game beyond criticism and Dave acknowledged that the 3-1 defeat which leaves CCFC flirting with the relegation zone in League One requires swift ‘management’ by the Sky Blues gaffer Steve Pressley and his team to turn things around soon. Notwithstanding loss of key players to injury, Dave felt that the team needed better on-field communication, more desire and concentration over the full 90 plus minutes (cutting out costly defensive mistakes) and a greater frequency of the sort of attacking penetration exemplified by our sole goal scored by Shaun Miller after a lovely through ball from promising youngster James Maddison.

Benno’s typically forthright and trenchant comments reflected those of many of the fans contributing to the BBC C&W’s post match phone-in and were also mirrored in the post match interview with Steve Pressley. Let us hope the Sky Blues bounce back from the Bristol defeat with a much better performance in their away game with Oldham Athletic on Tuesday night and their home fixture with 2nd in the table Peterborough United next Saturday!

Thanks to Dave for his contribution as our ‘special guest’ on Saturday (and thanks to CCFPA’s Frank Pritchard for the photos). Look out on these pages for news of who will be doing the honours for us next week against the Posh.

Who is the New Mystery Man Signing Up for CCFPA?

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Who is thisQuestionYesterday we teased you with news of the Association’s latest signing. Here are some more clues!

For a little while CCFPA committee member Frank Pritchard has been hot on the heels of a popular, skilful and well respected former Sky Blue midfielder whom he had high hopes to persuade to sign up for the Association.

FP tease 2 xThe proposed recruit has had a lot on his plate in recent months so it was hard to pin down a meeting place but now Frank reports ‘Mission Accomplished’!

With the Sky Blues away at Crewe Alexandra last Saturday (disappointing in a 1-2 defeat) and hoping to rectify this this today with victory over League One leaders Bristol City Frank finalised his plans to meet our new recruit not far from Coventry. He has recently got a new job (having left CCFC within the last five years)  Frank persuaded the ‘mystery man’ to put pen to paper (pictured). Can you guess who it is?

We promise to release the identity of the former Sky Blues in only a couple of days so keep checking back to see full details of our newest member when all will be revealed!

Breaking News……… CCFPA Signs Up a New Member

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Who is thisQuestionA new CCFPA member has been signed up. A very popular Sky Blue former player he left CCFC within recent years and is keen to keep the Coventry connection by joining the Association.

Look out on this website tomorrow for further news of the new signing when you may be able to guess who it is. A view of the mystery man putting pen to paper is included below to whet your appetite!

FP tease 5

 

CCFPA Member Micky Adams gets the Prenton Park Gaffer’s Chair

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CCFPA sends its congratulations to one of our members, former Sky Blue defender and gaffer Micky Adams on his new appointment! Micky, who joined the Association (along with Micky’s then Assistant Manager at Port Vale, Robert Page) in September 2013 has just been appointed to the Manager’s chair at Tranmere Rovers.

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.

Manager- Adams, M (Micky)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. He resigned at Vale Park last month

The Association wishes Micky Well in his new job!