Sky Blue Legends XI at Kenilworth Next Month

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The Sky Blues Legends XI Team at Bedworth

Joint Team Managers, former Sky Blue stars and CCFPA members David Busst and Dave Bennett are looking forward to the next Legends XI charity outing next month. Fresh from their 11-4 victory on June 12th against Arena Tesco at Bedworth FC in aid of two charities, Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation, they are looking for another entertaining performance from the Sky Blues in July.

The next fixture will test the lads against a Kenilworth Town Veterans XI (Over 35s) and will take place on Sunday 3rd July at their ground (Gypsy Lane, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 1FA). The game is aimed to raise funds for the Kenilworth club and kick-off is timed for 1.30pm. It should prove a wonderful day out for the whole family and the organisers are hoping for a big gate!

Bussty tells us that the team will be drawn from the same squad that turned out at Bedworth Oval (CCFPA members in bold):-

Lee Carsley, Dele Adebola, Micky Gynn, Marcus Hall, David Philips, John Williams, Barry Quinn, Claus Bech Jorgensen, Andy Morrell and Dietmar Bruck as well as former CCFC reserve players Tynan Scope, Iyseden Christie, Scott Goodwin and Terry Angus.

 

Ben Goes For A Burton

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Ben in the Sky Blue

Ben in the Sky Blue

Former Sky Blues defender (and CCFPA member) Ben Turner has found a new club – and its not a return to the Sky Blues! Ben originally played in the Sky Blues central defence between 2005-11 having worked his way up from our Academy. He made 84 first team appearances for the Sky Blues (4 goals) during that period and joined the Association along with Aron Gunnarsson in November 2014 in a double signing by CCFPA’s Frank Pritchard on a visit to Ninian Park, Cardiff. The Bluebirds had taken both players on transfer in 2011 and both established themselves as key players with the other CCFC. Aron, of course has currently captained the Icelandic Euro 2016 side to the last 16 and will be facing England on Monday.

Cardiff's Aron & Ben sign for CCFPA

Cardiff’s Aron & Ben sign for CCFPA

Last season, after clocking up more than a century of appearances overall for Cardiff,  and to help him regain match fitness, in November 2015 Ben returned all too briefly to the Ricoh on loan from the Welsh club to plug the central defensive gap produced by the bad injury to Reda Johnson. He was fitting in well but, sadly, after only 5 appearances (and a goal on his home debut) he received another bad injury which curtailed his loan spell here.  For the coming season some were hoping Ben might be tempted to return to Coventry for a third time once released by his current club, but instead he has opted to play in Championship football with newly promoted Burton Albion.

Everyone at CCFPA would like to wish Ben well during his time with his new club!

 

CCFPA Says ‘Happy Birthday’ to the ‘Cat’ (or is it ‘Spider’?)

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Chris in the Sky Blue

Chris in the Sky Blue

Former Sky Blue defender (and CCFPA member) Chris Cattlin celebrates a big 70th birthday today.  Nicknamed by some older Sky Blues fans ‘Spider’ and younger ones ‘Cat’ either way Chris is an exceedingly popular CCFC former player from the 1960s and a regular visitor to Association functions, especially our annual Legends Day. He is a strong supporter of all things Sky Blue including CCFPA and was vocal in expressing his concerns during the Club’s tribulations of recent years.

Chris at Legends Day 2015

Chris at Legends Day

Born in Milnrow, Lancs on 25th June 1946, ‘Spider’  is a well loved and remembered Sky Blue defender having served CCFC as an adventurous and athletic left back between 1968-76. Noel Cantwell  purchased him in March 1968 for the substantial sum (in those days) of £70k from Huddersfield Town where he had made his name.  Chris eventually played 239 times for the Sky Blues including in their sole European campaign in 1970-71 (unfortunately without ever finding the opponent’s net!)  He gained two Under 23 caps for the Club before moving on to Brighton and Hove Albion in the close season of 1976.

Diamond geezer! Chris Then & Now Speaks at the Lunch

Diamond geezer! Chris Then & Now Speaks at the Lunch

At Brighton he also became a Club Legend and, under Alan Mullery, was twice a promotion winner in the 1970s scoring 2 goals in 114 first team appearances up to retiring in 1980. He later returned to the Goldstone in a coaching capacity just prior to being promoted to being their Manager in October 1983 (replacing Jimmy Melia). Reputedly something of a disciplinarian Chris substantially turned the club’s fortunes round leading them to within striking distance of promotion and a F.A.Cup quarter final place before being sacked (unjustly according to many Seagull’s supporters) in May 1986.  Chris still lives and has business interests in the Brighton area.

Earlier this year he and his wife attended the JH Celebration at the Cathedral prior to his usual welcome at Legends Day 2016 at the Ricoh in February. He also has been a special guest at the CCFC’s Diamond Club lunch for veteran supporters (above left).

The Association sends its warmest wishes to Chris for today and looks forward to seeing him back in Coventry next season!

Date of John Bloxham’s Funeral Announced

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John Bloxham 2016 (2)The funeral arrangements for a Coventry City backroom stalwart John Bloxham who died earlier this month aged 70 have been announced. John was a lifelong Coventry City fan and had supported the Sky Blues in a number of different club roles, which combined, spanned over two decades.

As the club’s website says ‘Schoolmates with Bobby Gould, John was a part of the club in an informal capacity during Gould’s second spell as City manager in the 1980s. John’s Coventry City legacy officially began as an Academy Coach in May 1997, with the club in the Premiership and under the management of Gordon Strachan. He progressed to a Welfare and Education Officer for the Coventry City FC Academy in 1999, supporting all age groups of the Sky Blues youth system. Most recently, John has been involved in the administration of the football club, and during the 2015/16 season hosted in the matchday boardroom‘.

The service for John’s funeral will be held on Friday 8th July 2016 at Canley Crematorium at Cannon Hill Rd, Coventry, West Midlands CV4 7DF commencing at 11.15

John was a good friend to the Association being well respected among our former player fraternity. ‘Cov Kid’, Academy graduate and twice Sky Blue player Gary McSheffrey, one of our members, told the Coventry Telegraph, “He was such a nice guy who would do anything to help if any of the lads had a problem. You could approach him about anything. He always had such a calm and sensible opinion and would make things simple for people. He used to organise golf lessons for the lads and was just one of those who was always there, someone to turn to and he will be sadly missed.” 
He will be sorely missed by all members of the Club and the wider Sky Blue family including CCFPA who would like to add their condolences to all John’s family and friends. There is sure to be a good turnout to bid him farewell on the 8th as many of those starting out with the club owed him a lot seeing him as a ‘father figure’ to the substantial number of lads who benefitted from CCFC’s well developed youth system.
Other Coventry born products of the Academy conveyor belt who have since made their name in professional football like close friend Graham Alexander, CCFPA member ROI International and Derby defender Cyrus Christie and recent Sky Blue star James Maddison have been on social media to make personal statements on their sense of loss and giving thanks to John for his help and support.
The full Coventry Telegraph Obituary can be found here.