Leon’s Thoughts on His Bad Days Worth Reading

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Leon McKenzieCCFPA Member and former Sky Blue striker Leon McKenzie has had his ups and downs both on and off the pitch.

Croydon born Leon is one of a growing number of sports people to have been brave enough to talk about the impact on their personal and professional lives with mental illness, in Leon’s case a battle with depression. In 2012 he published his autobiography ‘My Fight with Life‘ and since has talked about how he has faced his private demons in building a wide ranging football career with Palace, Fulham, Peterborough, Norwich, Charlton, Northampton, Luton and Corby as well as CCFC. From 2006-09 Leon contributed 12 strikes in just over 60 appearances for the Sky Blues and has come back a number of times to the Ricoh and the City since retiring from the game.

Leon McKenzie Boxing PosterIn recent years Leon has built a succesful career as a rookie professional boxer (aka ‘BigMcK’) and we have previously reported on his unbeaten run so far. He says that ‘I’ll potentially be in the ring on October 11th in York, I’ve built nice little fan base there and enjoy fighting in that environment. Then we will look at a fight in December and try to move towards taking a Masters title. I’m 36 so I haven’t really got time on my side but I’ll be going as far as I can until I feel like enough is enough’.

His latest article entitled ‘You Can Still Have Your Bad Days’is published on the ‘Column 10′ website, the brainchild of professional footballer and media personality Rohan Ricketts.  It claims to combine ‘a whole host of content from a truly global connection of aspiring journalists and those more established in the industry’. Sky Blue fans should find this particular content of interest:-

http://www.column10.com/2014/08/leon-mckenzie-you-can-still-have-your-bad-days/

Join CCFPA at the City Ladies ‘Munitionettes’ WW1 Re-Enacted Game.

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Women's game FinalPosterDesignA week today, on August 25th 2014  Coventry City Ladies will re-enact a women’s WW1 football match between two factory teams at the Butts in 1917.  Its an important part of an ongoing project, with Heritage Lottery funding, exploring the early days of women’s football in Coventry. An exhibition and other events are also planned. The project and the game are supported by CCFPA.

CCFPA committee member Mike Young and Associate Member Lionel Bird, both students of football in the City in the 19th and early 20th century have assisted the project. Coventry was an important centre in the development of women’s football with the first known game taking place in 1895 at Singer FC’s Stoke Road ground. Though many contemporary commentators argued that football was at best unbecoming and, at worst, positively dangerous for female participants, the women’s game gathered momentum.

During World War One, with so many men at the front, Coventry women took their places in the munitions factories of the City. The 1914-18 years gave the women’s game a fillip as many ladies took up football with enthusiasm and entered teams in inter factory competition. One such competition Final from September 1917 between Humber Ladies and Rudge-Whitworth Ladies will be replayed in the costumes and conditions of the time – and once more at the Butts.

The date for your diaries is Monday 25th August 2014 kick off 2pm. We expect a number of CCFC former players and members of the CCFPA committee to be in attendance for the event and Coventry City Council leader Anne Lucas and ‘Mr Coventry’ CCFPA’s Life president Joe Elliott are booked to lead out the teams and it is hoped that the game will be kicked off by the Mayor, Councilor Hazel Noonan.

logo_cclfcAfter the war women’s football built up tremendous popularity throughout Britain with five figure crowds and well supported women’s internationals often in aid of charity. As far as we can establish Coventry Ladies (below) was founded in 1921 and we need to be reminded that well over 20000 paying customers turned out at Highfield Road in 1921 to see Coventry Ladies take on the top women’s team of the period from the Dick, Kerr factory from Preston. The women’s game went into decline when the F.A. shamefully denied women’s teams access to the professional football grounds of the day in December 1921.

The Association encourages all it’s readers to support what should be a memorable day. More information can be found via facebook.com/NoGameForGirls Tickets priced £5 adults (under 12s free) can be obtained online by clicking here.

Coventry Ladies c.1921

Coventry Ladies in 1921

 

Turn out with CCFPA at the Midland Golf Challenge next month

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rsz_midlands_fpas_2Fancy playing golf with some of the Legends of Midlands football in September? Fancy representing the Sky Blues alongside some of your heroes of the past? Well, CCFPA have been asked by the organisers to seek a number of teams to enter the Midland Golf Challenge and uphold the reputation of the city of Coventry and its premier football club next month.

On 19th September 2014 eight teams each representing Aston Villa, Birmingham City, the Sky Blues and W.B.A. will be teeing off at the Forest of Arden Golf Club (Maxstoke Lane, Meriden, Coventry CV7 7HR.

Midland Golf Challenge 2014 FlyerEach of the teams participating will consist of three fans and a former player from the Sky Blues.  The chance to form a team is being made available via a VIP invitation through us. You would be representing the Sky Blues in taking on your rivals from the three other midlands football clubs. The points achieved by all eight of the Sky Blues teams added together will then be set against those of the other clubs and the highest aggregate total will make the winning Club champions in the Challenge.

The action, mixing with former stars of the midland footballing scene, takes in 18 holes of golf, shotgun style on a superbly appointed course.  The Arden Championship Course that has played host to a succession of European Tour Events, such as the British Masters and English Open, and has seen golfing greats, such as Colin Montgomerie and 2011 Open Champion Darren Clarke, crowned victorious.  The organisers offer you the chance to spend time with  CCFPA’s Cyrille Regis, Dave Busst, Willie Carr as well as the likes of Kenny Burns, Brian Little, Malcolm Page, Lee Hendrie, Bob Taylor and many more yet to be announced.

The day includes tea/coffee and bacon roll on arrival, individual player goody bags and will be followed by a 3 course dinner, entertainment and presentation of prizes in the on-site Marriott Hotel for all golfers and special guests.  All this for £495 for a team of three (each of whom will be assisted by a former player). There are preferred rates for accommodation available at the Forest of Arden.

For further information on the Challenge and/or an application form please contact CCFPA’s Bob Eales on 07538154239  (covbob@msn.com) or (from the organisers, AMROS) Neil Bettridge on 07792 620355 (nkb@amrosgolf.co.uk)

 

Members’ Survey Deadline Extended

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CCFPA Darker Logo 2012Message to all our Full, Associate, Honorary & Corporate Members

All members should have received their official CCFPA August newsletter by now. Inserted within it was a brief member’s survey questionnaire. Thanks to all members who have already replied. There appears to have been a glitch at our mailing house which delayed the postage of up to half of the questionnaires. Apologies if this affected your delivery.   As we wish to represent the views of ALL our members and to ensure our Full, Associate, Honorary and Corporate members have enough time to consider the issues involved we have decided to extend the deadline for return of the survey by a week to Wednesday 20th August.

It is important that the Association’s policy represent the views of the widest cross section of our membership. Therefore please take the time to complete the survey and either post it to Membership Secretary Mike Young at the address supplied or, if it is easier, email your responses to him at m.young9@ntlworld.com. Either way your individual views will be kept entirely confidential and we will only consider the results in aggregate with no individual’s view identified. Thanks in advance for your co-operation.