Its Gary! At Last ‘Sheffers’ signs up to CCFPA

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Gary McSheffey signsIf you hadn’t guessed from our earlier teaser, we are very pleased to announce that ‘Coventry kid’ and Sky Blue forward Gary McSheffrey has recently signed for the Association. He needs little introduction in the locality and has been a consistent fans favourite in two spells with the club. Our intrepid committee man, Frank Pritchard, fresh from tracking down and recruiting to the CCFPA such Sky Blue stars of recent vintage as Richard Keogh, Cyrus Christie and Blair Adams has now managed to pin down ‘Sheffers’ on the road between his Coventry home and his current employers Scunthorpe United FC to whom he moved earlier this season. Frank reports:-

” I finally caught up with one of my more elusive targets on Thursday having been trying to pin him down for several months but due to work, personal commitments and family , unfortunately our paths haven’t previously crossed! However I recently met-up with Gary in Kenilworth with his daughter. He was delighted to be joining CCFPA and, as he plays golf in the Summer, Gary says he hopes to be taking part in next years annual Golf Day at Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club on Thursday 4th June.

Gary in the Sky Blue

Gary in the Sky Blue

Gary has also offered to be our ‘Special Guest’ at a future date, obviously subject to his availability now that he’s a Scunthorpe United player. Gary usually gets down to the Coventry area a couple of times a week and still keeps in touch with quite a few of his former colleagues. During last week he was able to take in a game at Hillsborough and was most impressed with a Bournemouth side who have had a lot of money invested in them and of course are led by former Sky Blue colleague Callum Wilson (who incidentally should be congratulated for recently getting the call-up to the England U21 squad). However, Gary was quick to point out that fellow CCFPA member Keiren Westwood in the Wednesday goal stood no chance with either of the goals in their 0-2 home defeat.

A very warm welcome to a ‘Coventry Kid’ who I feel sure will be actively involved with the FPA in the not too distant future”

Frank is pictured above making ‘the capture’ for the Association and presenting Gary with his Association tie. Welcome Gary!

Congratulations to Cyrus & Richard for Irish Call Up

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Richard in the Sky Blue

CCFPA sends its congratulations to two Association members and current Derby County team mates who have been selected by the Republic of Ireland Manager Martin O’Neill for his final squad from whom the teams to face both Scotland on Friday, November 14th 2014 and the USA on Tuesday, November 18th 2014 will be selected.

Former Sky Blue defender and captain  Richard Keogh is a now practically a fixture for the Irish team but especial congratulations go to Cyrus Christie who has been called up for his country for the first time. Richard left the Ricoh for Pride Park in 2012 and Cyrus followed at the beginning of this season.

Cyrus receives his tie earlier this year from Frank

Cyrus receives his tie earlier this year from CCFPA’s Frank Pritchard

Two other former Sky Blues are also named in the 27 man squad, current Ipswich striker David McGoldrick who scored 16 goals in 22 league appearances here when he came on loan to CCFC from Forest in 2012-13 and (now getting on for veteran status) the young forward that achieved legendary status at Highfield Road at the turn of the millennium netting 12 times in his 31 league outings for the club, Robbie Keane.

The Association wishes all four former CCFC players well in furthering their future international careers!

Kirk Sees Sky Blues Crash out of the F.A.Cup

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'Harry' & Kirk chat before the game

‘Harry’ & Kirk chat before the game

Kirk Stephens, CCFPA President and the Association’s ‘special guest’ at CCFC’s F.A.Cup 1st round fixture at the Ricoh on Sunday last sadly saw a Sky Blue shocker. The Sky Blues were dumped out of the Cup by non league Worcester City in what Sky Blue gaffer (and CCFPA member) Steven Pressley admitted was an embarrassing and humiliating performance by his team. If truth be told Worcester were the better team and thoroughly deserved their win with their League One opponents outfought and suffering lapses in skill, concentration and motivation not helped by goalkeeper Lee Burge conceding a first half penalty, having been sent off red carded for a petulant retaliation on a Worcester player and captain Reda Johnson fluffing  his own penalty opportunity which would have equalised (though he did get the team’s second half consolation goal).

As he toured the Ricoh lounges and corporate areas (above right) with club host and fellow CCFPA member Brian ‘Harry’ Roberts entertaining fans before the game neither Kirk nor Harry could have anticipated the Sky Blues succumbing to such a first round banana skin in such a way.  Kirk’s commentary and analysis for BBC CWR during the game reflected the fans disillusionment and dismay at the team’s performance overall.

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On the stage of Lady G’s (above) in the Ricoh’s G-Casino with an appreciative audience of Sky Blue fans, Kirk and CCFPA Vice Chair Billy Bell did their best to lighten the atmosphere after a dark day for the Sky Blues. As CCFPA Chairman (and CCFC official club historian) Jim Brown reminds us the Worcester debacle was the CCFC’s first F.A.Cup home defeat to a non-league club since the notorious day in 1961-62 when the Bantam’s 2-1 home defeat to Kings Lynn heralded CCFPA member Jimmy Hill‘s arrival as a new broom manager at Highfield Road and the birth of the ‘Sky Blue Revolution’ itself.

We can only hope that Steven Pressley’s current Sky Blues can get back on track with a JPT cup win against Plymouth Argyle at the Ricoh on Wednesday and that the presence of our special guest for the evening (former club captain Carl Baker) will help to motivate and galvanise his former colleagues and that Carl will witness a vastly improved performance from the team. (Thanks to CCFPA’s Frank Pritchard for the photos).

Billy and Robbo’s Speedie Sky Blue Talk

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Bryan Robson GigCCFPA Vice Chairman Billy Bell was master of ceremonies at a charity sports night function at Christ the King’s club, Coventry last Friday. The guest of honour and main speaker at the event was former England captain Bryan Robson. They are pictured below sharing a joke.

Billy tells us that “Bryan was a really entertaining speaker and a great bloke. ‘Robbo’ told the crowd some great tales from his long career* in football. The best one for Sky Blues fans was the story involving the game when he ” done” former Sky Blue striker (and CCFPA member) David Speedie.  Those that were there for the full story, knowing the somewhat fiery reputation carried by ‘Speedo’, thoroughly enjoyed the tale of their battle on the field of play and the occasion where perhaps Speedo (unusually) came off for once second best!

*For those that need reminding Bryan was an inspirational player and captain for West Brom, Manchester United and Middlesbrough finishing his playing career with well over 600 league appearances and more than a century of goals. Between 1994-2011 he managed Middlesbrough, Bradford City, West Brom, Sheffield United and Thailand. He was also capped for England ninety times (26 goals) plus England ‘B’ and U21 appearances.

Billy & Brian Robson 11-2014