CCFPA’s special guest at last Tuesday night’s JPT round 2 match at the Ricoh, Noel Whelan, saw the Sky Blues prevail 3-1 over Exeter City. Not only did the welcome win over the Grecians put CCFC into the quarter final draw on Saturday but the Sky Blues performance was much improved on previous games, and was achieved by a youthful team missing the towering presence of both Club captain Reda Johnson and striker Frank Nouble.
Noel toured the lounges at the Ricoh prior to the start of the game interviewed by club host (and fellow CCFPA member) Brian ‘Harry’ Roberts (above left) and during the match assisted the BBC Coventry &Warwickshire team with their match day radio commentary and analysis (right). Scorer of many memorable goals for the Sky Blues in his time at Highfield Road Noel was particularly impressed with the goal scoring opportunism of CCFC’s young defender Aaron Phillips who grabbed a brace on Saturday, both goals hit with force and precision. The other Sky Blue goal came from top scorer Josh McQuoid. Another Sky Blue star of the past (and Association member) David Phillips will have been especially excited to see how well his son Aaron is progressing in professional football (especially since he got the Man of the Match award- below).
Noel finished his stint at the Ricoh by joining in a double act with CCFPA’s Billy Bell on the stage of Lady Gs at the Casino entertaining appreciative fans with memories and anecdotes (below). Thanks Noel. Come back soon!
Look out on this site for news of CCFPA’s special guest at the next Sky Blues home game against table toppers Bristol City in due course.
Thanks to CCFPA’s Frank Pritchard for the photos!