More Photo Highlights From Legends Day 2015: SBA Welcomes the 63/4 Squad

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Below are some of the best photos* taken by CCFPA’s official photographer Tony Thomas (tonythomasuk@btinternet.com) of Legends Day 2015 around the Ricoh pitch during the match last Saturday between the Sky Blues & Doncaster Rovers as our former players were welcomed by the 8000 members of the Sky Blue Army, and in turn applauded the fans as they came together for their traditional Legends Team photo:-

Legends Day 2015: Team Photo

Legends Day 2015: Team Photo

First, before the game, several veteran members of the Sky Blues victorious Division Three Championship squad from 1963/4 came pitchside to form up into the guard of honour to welcome and be welcomed by the current Sky Blues squad and their opponents, Doncaster Rovers. They were wrapped in a warm welcome from the Sky Blue Army. (see also an earlier news item on this site on the way CCFPA/CCFC celebrated their achievement).

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On the left: Peter Hill’s wife Barbara, Ron Farmer, Bob Wesson & CCFPA’s Bob Eales

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On the right: George Hudson, Graham Newton, Bill Tedds & Dietmar Bruck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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63/4 Veterans George, Graham, Bill & Dietmar Pitch-side Before the game

Then, at half time our former player members were invited onto the Ricoh pitch one by one in order of making their debuts from the fifties to the noughties for the CCFC team (pre the 1960′s ‘Sky Blue Revolution’, of course, CCFC squads were nicknamed ‘the Bantams’). For pictures from each decade of the Legends parade see our next news item tomorrow

(*all photos are copyright Tony Thomas/CCFPA and must not be used without permission)

More Photo Highlights From Legends Day 2015: Before the Game

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Below are some of the best photos* taken by CCFPA’s official photographer Tony Thomas (tonythomasuk@btinternet.com) of Legends Day 2015 before the start of the match between the Sky Blues & Doncaster Rovers as our former players arrived at the Ricoh and were entertained to lunch in the Arena’s E.ON Lounge.

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Ron Farmer meets Chris Cattlin

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Gerry Daly meets up with Bill Glazier

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George Hudson braves the autograph hunters

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gordon Simms, Bob Wesson & Peter Wyer join the party

Ken Brown,Brian Nicholas,Graham Walker,Dietmar Bruck,Ian Goodwin & Quintin Young arrive

Ken Brown,Brian Nicholas,Graham Walker,Dietmar Bruck,Ian Goodwin & Colin Holder arrive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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John Tudor, who flew in from the USA to be there with family members

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Probably CCFC’s oldest supporter in the E.ON, a centenarian whose first game was in 1937  with Jim Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CCFC gaffer Tony Mowbray with Willie Carr & John Tudor

Tony with CCFPA's Billy Bell tour the guest tables in the E.ON

Tony with CCFPA’s Billy Bell tour the guest tables in the E.ON

Tony speaks to the assembled Legends before the game

Tony speaks to the assembled Legends before the game

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More photos from later in Legends Day will be posted in coming days on this site in due course – keep checking back

(*all photos are copyright Tony Thomas/CCFPA and must not be used without permission)

Football Gets Down at St Finbarr’s Thursday (at Walking Pace)!

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SBiTC Walking Football A5 1pp (print)CCFPA’s Thursday morning ‘Walking Football’ crowd meets at St.Finbarr’s again this Thursday (26th March). If you’re over 50 years old and would like to get involved you can’t do better than join us in these popular sessions (see our reports on the fun to be had at previous sessions in earlier news items)! New participants join every week so why not join the the mix of Sky Blue fans, Association committee members, CCFPA Associate Members, and our full members, including some of our most well respected former players like Dietmar Bruck, Ian Goodwin and Dave Bennett? The sessions, designed for over 50s who wish to exercise gently and enjoyably through football in the company of friends try to ensure all play is at walking pace and running is penalised!

Each event is organised by  Sky Blue in the Community (SBiTC)  supremo, former Sky Blue defender and CCFPA member David Busst along with SBiTC’s Hiedi Sloan. The sessions which are supported by, amongst others, CCFPA, Cov Support News Service and CCFC Diamond Club take place from 10:30am until noon at a cost of £3 which includes refreshments, so why not turn up at St. Finbarr’s Sports & Social Club (303 Holbrooks Lane CV6 4DG) tomorrow or any future Thursday. You can find out more by contacting the Sky Blues in the Community Team by Email: sbitc@ccfc.co.uk , or Telephone: 02476 786 314, or Text: 07813 455 531.

A Happy Team Photo of the 'Walking Football' Participants Yesterday

The ‘Walking Football’ Crowd

63/64 D3 Championship Squad Honoured at Legends Day 2015

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The 1963/4 squad with the Division 3 Cup

The 1963/4 squad with the Division 3 Cup -(l-r) Mick Kearns, George Curtis, Ken Hale, John Sillett, Hugh Barr, Ron Farmer, John Smith, Bob Wesson, Dave Meeson, John Mitten, George Kirby, Brian Hill, Ron Rees, Graham Newton, Ernie Machin, Dietmar Bruck, GeorgeHudson & Willie Humphries

At Legends Day 2015 last Saturday CCFPA was able to put right a missed celebration of an important former players’ anniversary which occurred due to the Club’s exile in Northampton last year. The season 2003-14 was, of course, the second full season season of legendary CCFC gaffer (and Association member) Jimmy Hill’s ‘Sky Blue Revolution’ and the 50th anniversary of his latest squad’s success in finally taking the Division Three Championship (after coming 4th the previous season and 16th in 1961-62 during which he took over the managerial reigns from Billy Frith).

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Joe & Ron Farmer

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Joe, Graham Newton & Jim

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Joe & Dietmar Bruck

 

 

 

 

 

The JH story, transforming CCFC into one of the most innovative, talked about and copied clubs in the land and and in many respects changing the wider face of football in general is too long (and well known) to recount further here. At Highfield Road, JH laid the foundations of Coventry city’s inexorable rise to the top division in English football from 1961-1967.  Many of the men that rode the Sky Blue Revolution together in the sixties were present at Legends Day 2015 and several Sky Blues heroes from famous 1963-64 squad (like CCFPA members Mick Kearns, George Curtis, Ron Farmer, Brian Hill and Dietmar Bruck) enjoyed the whole journey, rising through the divisions from Division Three all the way to the top.

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Joe & George Hudson

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Joe & Bill Tedds

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Joe, Bob Wesson & Jim

 

 

 

 

 

The Commemorative medal

The Commemorative medal

The Association was determined to mark the 1963-64 squads achievement in a number of ways this year. A suitably boxed special commemorative medal has been minted to mark the achievement and this was presented to those members of the squad present at Legends Day in front of all those former players and fans present at the special pre-match Legends lunch in the E.ON lounge last Saturday.

Ron Farmer, Graham Walker, Dietmar Bruck, George Hudson, Bill Tedds and Bob Wesson were each called to the E.ON Lounge stage one by one to be presented with their medals by CCFPA Life President Joe Elliott and Chairman Jim Brown.

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Jamie Hill picks up Jimmy Hill’s medal on behalf of his dad

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The late Peter Hill’s wife Barbara & CCFPA President Joe Elliott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They were joined by Barbara Hill widow of former player Peter Hill who was club trainer at the time and Jamie Hill, representing his father Jimmy Hill (who was not well enough to attend) with his own son Hugo.  They then lined up for their ‘team photo’ (below) and were applauded for their achievement by former player colleagues and fans alike.

1963-64 D3 Championship Squad Remembered: Presentation Team Photo

The 1963-64 D3 Championship Squad Remembered: Presentation Team Photo. (l-r) Ron Farmer, Jamie Hill, Graham Newton, Dietmar Bruck, George Hudson, Barbara Hill, Bill Tedds & Bob Wesson. At back CCFPA’s Joe Elliott, Mike Young & Jim Brown

Later the group were pleased to join the guard of honour welcoming the the two teams onto the Ricoh pitch, and in their turn the current Sky Blues squad saluted these veteran players in front of the Ricoh crowd. At half time these elder statesmen of the club joined all their colleagues in being individually welcomed onto the pitch and took part in the traditional Legends Day team photo.

63/4 squad welcome the 2014-15 squad

The 1963-64 squad welcome the 2014-15 squad

George, Graham, Bill & Dietmar pitch-side

George, Graham, Bill & Dietmar pitch-side

Sadly a number of the 1963-64 squad members have since passed on to ‘Sky Blue Heaven’. Nevertheless their contribution was publicly remembered on Saturday in what was agreed by all to be a fitting tribute. Where possible, the remaining medals will be sent to those who those members of the squad who could not make it due to illness or other commitments (or their families).

Thanks to CCFPA’s official photographer Tony Thomas (tonythomasuk@btinternet.com) for the pictures from the day (Tony & Association claim copyright – not to be used without permission)

Look out for more stories and photos from Legends Day 2015 on this site in coming days!