We have been leaving hints all week but, at last, we can reveal with pleasure that the Association’s newest recruit is none other than Louis Carey. He is unusual in this era of wandering professionals in that Louis has only ever played for a couple of clubs in his professional career of nearly a decade and well over 550 league appearances. Remarkably, apart from half a year with the Sky Blues his whole professional career was spent with his home-town club. A Scottish U21 International, the stylish central defender was brought to Highfield Road by Peter Reid and spent the less than happy 2004-05 season with CCFC and made 23 league appearances for the Sky Blues.
This spell with the Sky Blues was sandwiched between two significant periods spent at his home town club Bristol City. He came up through the ranks at Ashton Gate made his debut for the ‘Bristol Babes’ in October 1995. A regular first teamer in both periods (both as a right and centre back over nine seasons in total) Louis was part of the Bristol side which won promotion to the Championship in 1997/1998 and he signed a four-year deal for the Bristol club in July 2000 before signing for Coventry City in 2004 after rejecting terms.
Returning to more congenial home pastures after only six months at Coventry and in time for the 2005-06 season, eventually on 29 December 2013, Louis made his 646th appearance (in all competitions) for City surpassing the legendary John Atyeo to become the club’s new record holder. Clearly Louis has always been a consistent and model professional and, since hanging up his boots at the end of last season, has been doing scouting work which is why he was at the Ricoh last Saturday running the rule over the players of both his former clubs.
No doubt Bristol City’s 3-1 victory over the Sky Blues was pleasing to the Bristolian yet signing for CCFPA shows he still has affection for his time in Coventry. Though initially hard to identify in his current heavily hirsute incarnation CCFPA’s Frank Pritchard signed him up and took the photo of fellow committee man Bob Eales presenting Louis with his official membership badge and tie (right).
We welcome Louis to the Association and look forward to seeing him back at the Ricoh some time in the near future at one of our events.