Legends Day 2015 Coming Next Month: Book Your Place

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CCFPA Darker Logo 2012CCFPA would like to remind all readers that Legends Day is back! We are pleased that the Association has been able to restore our major former player reunion to the Ricoh after last season’s exile at Northampton. The Day will also be focussing on celebrating the belated anniversary of the achievement of former managerial icon (and CCFPA member) Jimmy Hill and his 1963-64 Division Three Championship squad. We understand Jimmy is not well enough to travel to the game but hope that he will be represented by a family member or two and they will join more than a good sprinkling of these veterans of the early days of the ‘Sky Blue Revolution’ including family members of those FPs who are no longer with us like John Mason, son of 1930′s Bantam’s ‘iron man’ centre-half George Mason.  CCFC are also asking as many fans as possible to celebrate this ‘Retro Day’ by wearing one of the many variations of favourite club shirts of the past.

The date for what should be a fantastic event is Saturday March 21st 2015  when stars of the past will be coming to the Ricoh Arena from all over Britain (and further afield) to join Sky Blue supporters at the Doncaster Rovers home game at the Ricoh. Acceptances to our invitation of last month are starting to come in thick and fast as CCFC have started to announce how everyone can book a table in the EON Lounge at the stadium to share their day with, if previous years are anything to go by, up to fifty club Legends. We are already well over half way there!

The latest news of those confirmed to attend (in alphabetical order) are:-  Claus Bech Jorgensen, Dave Bennett, Ken Brown, Dietmar Bruck, Dave Busst, Willie Carr, George Curtis, Peter Denton, Dean Emerson, Ron Farmer, Ian Goodwin, Micky Gynn, Colin Holder, Ernie Hunt, Brian Nicholas, Trevor Peake, Brian Roberts, Ken Satchwell, Gordon Simms, Kirk Stephens, Bill Tedds, John Tudor, Graham Walker, John Williams, Ian Wallace and Peter Wyer and, of course we expect ‘Oggie’ to be around and about the match-day squad preparing for the game. These Bantams and Sky Blue stalwarts will be entertained to lunch before the game and introduced to the crowd on the pitch before the vitally important match for the Sky Blues begins.

John Tudor is flying over from his home in the States especially to attend and we have high hopes that, as well as Willie and ‘Wally’, there will be a strong contingent from north of the border including the likes of Roy Barry and Quintin Young as well as possibly Tommy Hutchison and we are trying hard to persuade Willie Humphries to fly over from his Irish home to attend.

Legends Day 2013: Team Photo

Legends Day 2013: Team Photo

Keep checking this site and CCFC’s website (www.ccfc.co.uk) for further details of participants as we get nearer the date

CCFPA Trio Throw Hat into Sky Blue Ring

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According to reports at least three CCFPA members are amongst the 80 or so that made enquiries about replacing CCFPA member Steven Pressley in the vacant Sky Blues managerial hot seat. David Thompson, Noel Whelan and John Hartson have all thrown their hat into the ring. David, who made 66 midfield league appearances (15 goals) for City between 2000-02, has recently been a coach with Liverpool’s Academy and has passed his UEFA badges. Noel who was an exciting striker between 1995-2000 and scored 31 goals in his 133 league games for CCFC, as yet, has no senior managerial experience. John, who produced a cameo half season in 2000-2001 for City scoring 6 times in his 12 league outings,  has been busy on the media and after dinner speaking circuit though has experience as assistant manager to Chris Coleman’s Welsh national side during 2013.

David & Billy Bell

David & Billy Bell

Noel Whelan

Noel at the Ricoh

John & CCFPA's Bob Bromage

John & Bob Bromage

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Waggott CCFC’s CEO has already talked to some candidates and is reported to have whittled the applicants down to around 20 from the original 87 and is reportedly of the view that less than ten of the applicants have the right mix of skills, experience and proven record to fit the requirements of turning the Club’s season around. We don’t know yet whether David, Noel and John are going to make the cut but wish all three of them well.

Dave Expects the Sky Blues ‘Go For Busst’ against the Dons

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Dave

Dave in the Sky Blue

Dave Busst

Dave in CCFPA ‘Civvies’

We are delighted to announce that CCFPA member, one time committee man and heroic former Sky Blue defender David Busst will be the Association’s ‘special guest’ at this Saturday’s must win home game at the Ricoh (28th February 2015 k.o.3pm) .  The Sky Blues take on high flying M.K.Dons (who may field popular former Sky Blues captain, and CCFPA member Carl Baker in their midfield) in their first game since the departure of former gaffer (and Association member) Steven Pressley from the Sky Blues’ managerial hot-seat. Caretaking duo, Neil MacFarlane and Dave Hockaday will be hoping to put one over the Dons and see the Sky Blues climb out of the League One relegation zone into which they have just dropped.

We are particularly pleased to welcome Dave to perform our ‘special guest’ duties as he has played a leading part in the Club’s enormously successful ‘Sky Blue in the Community’ (SBitC) operation for a number of years since retiring from the game with an infamous serious injury received in a game against Manchester United on the 8th April 1996.  He later received a sell out testimonial at Highfield Road against Manchester United in May 1997 (which proved to be the last ever professional game for the Red Devil’s Eric Cantona).

A ‘Brummie’, Dave started his career at Birmingham non league sides Solihull Borough (1987), King’s Heath (1988) and Moor Green Rovers (1990). The Sky Blues’ Manager at the time (and fellow CCFPA member) Bobby Gould recognised Dave’s potential to step up to the top Football League division when he brought him to Highfield Road on a professional contract from Moor Green in August 1992. Norwich City were the opponents both times for his double debuts -in the F.A.Cup as a sub on the 13 January 1993 in a 1-0 defeat and in the Premiership at centre half three days later when the score was 1-1.

Bussty  2007

Dave & the Legends XI

GD2012 action -Dave Busst

Golf Day Action

‘Bussty’ went on to make fifty league appearances for the Sky Blues, scoring four goals plus ten cup appearances (one goal) before his horrific leg injury ended his career as a month or so later at the ehe was released from his contract and subsequently was able to gain managerial experience with Solihull Borough (2000-03) and Evesham United (2003-06).

From 1998 to date Dave has played an enormous part in energising the links between Club and the local community through sport, as can be traced through numerous news items on this site. Most recently CCFPA have supported a very successful SBitC initiative for fans over fifty years of age, with CCFPA members of all stripes participating in ‘Walking Football’ sessions at St.Finbarr’s Social Club every Thursday.  Dave has also been heavily involved in organising (with CCFPA members) regular Charity games involving various Sky Blue Legends XIs. He is also a regular at the Association’s annual Golf Days (Golf Day 2015 will be on Thursday 4th June this year)

No stranger to all things CCFC we trust Dave will enjoy his day at the Ricoh this time as our guest rather than with SBitC. We expect him to tour the Ricoh lounges before the game in the company of matchday host and fellow CCFPA member Brian ‘Harry’ Roberts, provide words of analytical wisdom for the BBC CWR team during the game and entertain the Sky Blue fans in Lady Gs Lounge at the G-Casino (with CCFPA’s m/c Billy Bell) after the game.

Over 50? ‘Walking Football’ at St Finbarr’s Would Love You to Join Us this Thursday

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Walking Football Participants 18-12-2014SBiTC Walking Football A5 1pp (print)Why not join the CCFPA Thursday morning crowd at St.Finbarr’s this week at another of the the regular series of ‘Walking Football‘? New participants are turning up every week to have a game with of a mix of Sky Blue fans, Association committee members, associate members, and our full members, including some of our most well respected former players like Dietmar Bruck, Ian Goodwin and Dave Bennett.

The sessions are designed for over 50s who wish to exercise gently and enjoyably through football in the company of friends. All the play is at walking pace and running is penalised! Each event is organised by  Sky Blue in the Community (SBiTC)  supremo, former Sky Blue defender and CCFPA member David Busst along with SBiTC’s Hiedi Sloan. The sessions are supported by, amongst others, CCFPA, SBT and CCFC Diamond Club.

The ‘Walking Football’ sessions take place at St Finbarr’s every Thursday from 10:30am until noon at a cost of £3 which includes refreshments, so why not turn up this coming Thursday (26th February) at St. Finbarr’s Sports & Social Club (303 Holbrooks Lane CV6 4DG) or any future Thursday. You can find out more by contacting the Sky Blues in the Community Team by Email: sbitc@ccfc.co.uk , or Telephone: 02476 786 314, or Text: 07813 455 531.

If you’re over 50 years old and would like to get involved you can’t do better than join us in these popular sessions this and every Thursday (see our reports on the fun to be had at previous sessions in earlier news items)!