The Cat’s ‘This Is Your Life’ Moment & Catch Dele Tomorrow!

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Dean & Cat

Dean & The Cat ‘This Is Your Life’

Regular readers and all Sky Blue fans will be aware that popular former CCFC defender (and CCFPA member) Chris Cattlin was in town earlier this month with a double Sky Blue date at the Ricoh Arena. First, Chris was guest of honour at the September lunch at the club’s Diamond Club (for veteran CCFC supporters of over 50 years vintage) on Thursday 17th September. Two days later Chris was the Association’s special guest at the Sky Blues League One fixture against Chesterfield.

On both occasions Chris went down a storm with Sky Blue fans of all ages and on the Saturday was able to see CCFC continue their excellent home record with a 1-0 win over the Spireites. Chris is a supportive friend of CCFPA with trenchant views about the club’s recent history and is a regular attender of our events, especially Legends Days.  At the Diamond Club event, to mark his extended visit with fans of the club for which he still holds considerable affection, CCFPA presented him with a personal video album, ‘This is Your Life’ style, containing reports and action from his CCFC career.

The Album created especially for him by Association committee member and audio visual expert Dean Nelson was presented to him by Dean and Association chairman Jim Brown who was also present. Jim’s photo of the occasion has just surfaced. Needless to say ‘the Cat’ was greatly chuffed with the present as he sometimes bemoans the lack of photos he has kept of his time in Coventry. Glad to oblige, Chris! We look forward to seeing you back in the City soon.

Look out for tomorrow’s CCFPA ‘special guest’ Dele Adebola at the Sky Blues home game against Shrewsbury. He will be hoping to see another Sky Blue Ricoh victory.

Over 50? Want Some Fun Exercise: Try SBiTC’s Walking Football in Cov Today!

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SBiTC Walking Football A5 1pp (print)Walking Football continues on its usual Thursday slot in Coventry later today (1st October 2015) at St.Finbarr’s Sport & Social Club, 303 Holbrooks Lane, Coventry CV6 4DG. The sessions, designed to offer gentle but competitive exercise for the over 50s start at 10.30am running through to around noon, cost £3 (including hot and cold refreshments) and finish at 12.00pm.

If you can’t make this session there is another regular event locally too in Bedworth every Tuesday (same time and cost) held at Bedworth Town FC’s Oval ground.  Both sets of friendly events are run by CCFC’s Sky Blues In The Community run by former Sky Blue defender (and CCFPA member) Dave Busst and have always been supported by the Coventry City Diamond Club, Coventry City Former Players Association  and Covsupport News Service and their members.

CCFPA full members including the likes of Bill Tedds, Dietmar Bruck, Ken Brown, Ian Goodwin, Dave Bennett, committee members Dean Nelson and Frank Pritchard and a number of Associate Members can often be found amongst the participants at the sessions (35 turned up last week!), so why not join the regulars? There are often ‘newbies’ joining the fun too!

For more information about the sessions at both sites you can contact Sky Blues in the Community’s Health Manager, Hiedi Sloan (telephone: 02476 786 314 Text: 07813 455 531 or by email: SBiTC can also be contacted at

Walsall Walking Footballers

CCFPA Welcomes Another Corporate Member: Auto Jap Spares

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autojap logoThe Association is pleased to announce that CCFPA has just inducted another local business to our Corporate Membership scheme. Auto Jap Spares as the name implies they are specialists in the supply of new parts and spares for all makes of Japanese cars, vans and vehicles.

Auto Jap Spares are based at 110 Eastcotes, Coventry, West Midlands CV4 9AS and would love to have you visit them. They can be contacted via telephone on 024 7647 4848, email: either or and their website is

Their stated mission is to give an un-rivalled customer service. The Auto Jap group is made up of several sub sections covering a wide range of services to the motor trade and affiliates. They also have an online presence on Ebay as well as their Mazda Bongo shop and Nissan Elgrand shop  They are aiming to update both sites shortly to display a ‘vastly expanded’ range of models, aiming to cater for all Japanese car and commercial parts.

The group also offers a bespoke import service for their clients including Euro Car Parts, GSF, TCB amongst a few. They supply parts to car manufacturers worldwide and offer unrivalled quality (as demonstrated by the customer testimonials on the their website. Their suspension links are fitted to these cars

The company joins our roster of high quality and well respected organisations gaining the benefits of Corporate Membership:-

Active Construction & Development, Askews, Brett Martin Daylight Systems, Buildbase, Century PR, De Marco Business Advisors, Exasoft, Elliott’s Car Accessories, HIA International, Inspire Insurance, Jigsaw CCS, NSL (Automotive Components), Past Heroes Ltd, Ping, Shortland Horne, Sports Star Memorabilia, The Jade Studio, Unique Floorcare and Vagdia & Holmes. 

Why not join them as Corporate Members this season? For all the benefits below annual membership costs only £150 p.a.


CCFPA Darker Logo 2012Corporate Membership Benefits 

  • Your company will be listed as a Corporate Member in the special section of the CCFPA website (under the ‘Corporate members’ tab) including a link through to your own website.
  • Your advert will be featured on the CCFPA website carousel (design not included)
  • You will have a Photo opportunity with a former player of your choice (subject to availability)
  • Your company logo will be printed on the CCFPA newsletter (printed three times per year).
  • You will receive priority booking for all CCFPA events including golf days, Legends Days, celebration dinners & forums, etc)
  • Corporate membership is marked by the award of a membership badge and an Association tie or scarf.

By joining the CCFPA as a Corporate Member you are supporting a non profit-making organisation that aims to bring the former players of Coventry City Football Club together.  CCFPA is run by a team of enthusiastic volunteers who raise funds to put on a range of events for former players and its membership throughout the year.

If you are interested in becoming a corporate member or have any queries about what it entails, please contact CCFPA committee member Sandra Garlick on 024 7699 8055 or via email on  She will be able to send you an application form with information about electronic payment (or by cheque). Alternatively, you can now download a corporate information application form from this site via the ‘Join Us’ tab above (top right).

Thank you for your support! 

CCFPA Men Take Championship Charge Up & Down the Country!

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Lee in the Sky Blue

Lee in the Sky Blue

Two of former Sky Blues from the early years of this century and both Association members have been reported this week to be taking charge at Championship Football League clubs, so joining the growing roster of ex Sky Blues inhabiting the manager’s seat around the UK.

CCFPA member and frequent member of the former players charity Legends XI Lee Carsley has taken over the gaffer’s chair at struggling West London Championship outfit, Brentford and former CCFC manager (and CCFPA member) Eric Black has moved into the gaffer’s chair at fellow Championship club Rotherham United.

Eric at Highfield Rd

Eric at Highfield Rd

As well as a Sky Blue midfielder from 2000 to 2002 Lee has also, of course, been involved at CCFC at various times as Academy coach, U21 coach and caretaker manager. ‘Carso’ has been promoted to head coach at Griffin Park following the departure of head coach Marinus Dijkhuizen and his assistant Roy Hendriksen after only nine matches. Lee’s tenure will last at least until the end of this season. Another fellow CCFPA member and former Sky Blue defender Paul Williams will become Lee’s Assistant.

Eric Black who had a pretty successful spell as both Assistant manager and Manager at Highfield Road between 2002-04 takes over at Rotherham from former manager Steve Evans and his assistant, Paul Raynor. The pair had overseen successive promotions (and kept the Millers in the Championship last season). Eric is described as being in temporary charge for the time being as his predecessors part company with the club by mutual agreement.

The Asociation wishes both members all the best in their new roles!