Maureen O’Neill RIP: Funeral Arrangements Announced

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Maureen O'Neill RIP

Maureen O’Neill RIP

The arrangements for the funeral of former Coventry City employee and former Coventry City Diamond Club Treasurer Maureen O’Neill who passed away earlier this week have been announced.

The funeral will take place on Thursday April 10th and there will be a Requiem Mass at Holy Family Church in Beake Avenue, Coventry followed by a service at Canley Crematorium at 10.30am.

That’s Rich! Richard Wood welcomes Richard Keogh to the Association.

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RK signs2The mystery is solved. CCFPA’s Frank Pritchard finally got his man at last Saturday’s Derby County v Charlton Athletic Championship fixture at Pride Park (won by the Rams 3-0) and reunited two wholehearted former Sky Blue Players of recent vintage. Frank’s report below is headlined,

“The Two Richards: Great Result for our Latest Signing but not so much for ‘Woody’”

“They may have moved on from Coventry City but two of our ‘rock solid’ defenders still keep in touch and came up against one another at Pride Park on Saturday when Derby County entertained Charlton Athletic.

My thanks go to Richard Wood for putting me in touch with former Sky Blue skipper and ‘Player of the Season’ Richard Keogh whose playing careers took a similar path whilst with the Sky Blues. A warm welcome to Richard (Keogh) to the Sky Blue family and Coventry City Former Players Association!

Mr Keogh said “we had some good times at the club (Coventry City) and really enjoyed it with a great group of lads, we had a good rapport but it was just one of those things that happen in football and we both moved on.  I still wanted to give it a go in the Championship and Derby came in with an offer and I accepted it. Unfortunately it probably just wasn’t the right time for either of us at the club at that point,”

RW & RK1 catching upRK added, “but I’ve settled well at Derby, we have a new manager and are currently pushing for the ‘Play Off’s’ but still require a couple of wins to cement our place. Hopefully we’ll do that and I’d fancy ourselves over two-legs. Although living in Derbyshire, Richard still has a house in Kenilworth and intends to hold on to that and just wait and see what the future brings. I still look out for the Sky Blues results and keep in touch with Jordan Clarke and Cyrus Christie as well as some of the other lads.”

Both players (right) spent around 40 minutes chatting happily about their partners and family, old times and how their careers are currently developing. ‘Woody’ who now plies his trade at the Valley arrived at the Ricoh from Sheffield Wednesday in January 2010 on a three year deal that expired last Summer during which time he made 98 appearances netting on 6 occasions. He was joined in June 2010 by Richard Keogh who made 95 appearances and scored just 1 notable goal for us, before moving on to Derby where he now skippers the team for new boss, Steve McLaren. The two Richards still keep in touch and, as ‘Woody’ still lives in Leicestershire, occasionally meet-up for a coffee or two as during the summer RK departed he got married and moved to Derbyshire.

“Woody” went on to say about the day’s game which pitted the two ex Sky Blues defenders against each other, ”It was an awkward one today. Derby are a very good team; I thought I did OK today and all I can do is try and impress our new boss with games coming up thick and fast.  We have to bounce back following today’s result and take advantage of the games we have-in-hand over our rivals to try and climb away from the foot of the table. Having played over 20 games now for Charlton I’ll just have to wait and see what the Summer brings in terms of an offer on a new deal”.

Frank finished up by getting ‘Woody’ to present Mr Keogh with his official CCFPA membership badge and Association tie (below), offering his thanks to both Richards for making it a very special ‘away-day’ for him, saying  ‘it was great to see you both and recall some of your Sky Blue memories’.  

RW & RK1 tie presentationWe wish both of them every success with their current clubs and look forward to seeing bothRichards at future CCFPA events in Coventry before too long!

Maureen O’Neill RIP

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CCFPA would like to send its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Maureen O’Neill, who sadly passed away yesterday (31st March 2014). Maureen was an important member of the Sky Blue family being in charge of  the Accounts Department at CCFC for many years before retirement and for more than the last 20 years taking the role of Treasurer of our sister organisation, the CCFC Diamond Club.

CCFPA and the Diamond Club have always had a close and friendly reciprocal relationship. The Club’s quarterly lunches, that Maureen was instrumental in facilitating and organising so efficiently, were valued by the many veteran former players who attended as speakers/guests and the many older CCFPA Full, Associate and committee members who are also members of the Diamond Club.  She will be greatly missed by the membership of both organisations.

‘Mystery Man’ Signs for CCFPA

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RK teaser1xLast week we reported that CCFPA committee member Frank Pritchard was hot on the heels of a former Sky Blue whom he hoped to persuade to sign up for the Association. Mission successful!

With the Sky Blues away at Crewe Alexandra on Saturday (achieving a hard fought victory there which almost ensures another League One season next season with a few games to spare) Frank ventured to a football stadium somewhat further south than Staffordshire.  There he met up with one of our Association full members a current player for another club (himself signed to CCFPA not that long ago) who was to introduce Frank to his target.

RK teaser3xThe introduction was effected after an entertaining game in which both men played their usual wholehearted defensive roles; the two former colleagues then renewed acquaintance – this time off the pitch – and, after the match, Frank persuaded the ‘mystery man’ to put pen to paper (pictured). Can you guess who it is?

We promise to release the identity of the former Sky Blues in a couple of days so keep checking back to see full details of our newest member when all will be revealed!