It’s Adam! Mr B Is CCFPA’s Latest Signing

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Frank presents Adam with his CCFPA tie

Frank presents Adam with his CCFPA tie

Well, after teasing readers for a few days, we can now reveal that our latest new member is former Sky Blue and current Pompey midfielder Adam Barton.

CCFPA’s Frank Pritchard had a long wait to ‘get his man’ after 90 minutes of full time and 30 minutes extra time of Portsmouth’s League Cup tie at the Ricoh against the Sky Blues on Tuesday 9th August.  The Sky Blues eventually ran out 3-2 winners to proceed through to the next round against Norwich City after a poor 1st half but entertaining subsequent 75 minutes. Frank takes up the story:-

“Arrived at the Ricoh early just in time to miss the traffic chaos on the A444 and around the Arena. I’d managed to get in touch with Carl Baker during the day, who kindly passed on my details to Adam. The Portsmouth team were at the Hilton Doubletree Ricoh Arena so caught up with Paul Cook, Carl and Michael Doyle having a snack in the Mill Bar and Brasserie before escorting them down to the dressing room about an hour and a quarter before kick-off. I’d already explained to Paul that I was unable to ‘wish him all the best’ and he laughed and said he quite understood.

The moment of signing

The moment of signing

So to the match and talk about a game of two halves, we didn’t turn-up in the first half but whatever Tony Mowbray said during the break definitely had the desired effect, helped by the introduction of substitute Jodi Jones. Following Ryan Haynes cool finish it looked as though the Sky Blues had won the tie when Vladimir Gahdzev slotted home but extra-time loomed when Pompey equalised with a stunning free-kick. Andy Rose’s tap-in clinched the victory for the Sky Blues which means we progress to the second round for the first time since 2012!

On the whistle I managed to catch ‘Cookie’s’ eye and after waiting for him to complete his media duties he took me down to the Portsmouth dressing room and introduce me to Adam Barton who was more than happy to sign-up to CCFPA after we’d chatted about his conversion into a centre-half!”

Adam therefore joins Pompey’s manager Paul Cook, defender Michael Doyle and forward Carl Baker as former Sky Blues exiles on the South Coast. We hope to see some or all of them back at the Ricoh during the season as Association guests when playing commitments allow.

Frank tells us there’s another signing on the way. Keep checking back for another teaser before a big reveal!!

CCFPA’s Facebook Page Has Face Lift!

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CCFPA Darker Logo 2012Would all readers please note that the Association’s Facebook page which has not been working as well as we had hoped has now been revamped with a new hashtag. From now on instead of being known as #ccfpa we will be known as #CCFPAOfficial

Clicking on either the main button on the right of this page or the ‘like us’ button below will take you to the new page which will be regularly updated with news from this site and other exclusive news. To access the site you an also click on https://www.facebook.com/CCFPA-169145123495587/

Why not click on it now and give it a try?

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Dele’s new Five A Side Tournament

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Dele CupDele Adebola, the Association’s ‘special guest’ at last Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw with Shrewsbury talked to us about a sporting initiative kicking off early next month that he is leading and we are happy to give it further publicity. Dele is MD at Strike9training in Birmingham who is running the event.

The IDEX Cup is the prize in a new five-a-side football tournament for company teams offering the opportunity for them to play with footballing former players on an indoor pitch with FA qualified refs. The aim is provide true team building, to boost employee morale, team spirit and employee fitness.  The evening tourney will kick off at 6pm on Thursday September 1st 2016.

If you want to know more further details can be got from contacting Dele by emailing strike9training@gmail.com

CCFPA says Join SBiTC’s Walking Football For Over 50s at St Finbarrs Tomorrow!

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Brucky still dazzles

Brucky still dazzles

SBiTC’s Cov based Walking Football is on again tomorrow, Thursday 18th August 2016. Now summer is well and truly here there’s no reason not to join other sporting over 50s and get healthy and fit with a bunch of new friends. You might have seen the boys (including CCFPA’s Billy Bell, Frank Pritchard and CCFC Legend Dietmar Bruck) demonstrating the game at half time in the Sky Blues Ricoh home game against Millwall last April (above left).

SBiTC Walking Football A5 1pp (print)Why not join the happy band of senior football players today at St.Finbarr’s Sport & Social Club, 303 Holbrooks Lane, Coventry CV6 4DG where the sessions are run this and every Thursday. The sessions are designed to offer gentle but competitive exercise for the over 50s and start before 10.30am running through to around noon. All it costs is £3 (including hot and cold refreshments). So, if you want to come look sharpish, get out your football boots/trainers and get along to St Finbarrs!

Assorted CCFPA Members & Sky Blue Shirts!

Assorted CCFPA Members & Sky Blue Shirts!

CCFPA full members including the likes of Dietmar Bruck, Ron Farmer, Ken Brown, Bill Tedds, Ian Goodwin, Dave Bennett, committee members Dean Nelson, Billy Bell and Frank Pritchard and a number of Associate Members can often be found amongst the participants and supporters at the sessions (at least 30 regularly turn up usually including a few newbies!), so why not join the regulars?

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Defenders await a Walking Football Tackle

If you can’t make this session there is another regular event locally too in Bedworth next and 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.

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: hiedi.sloan@ccfc.co.uk). SBiTC can also be contacted at sbitc@ccfc.co.uk