Calling All Cov Over 50s: Monday Walking Football At St Finbarrs Would Love To See You Tomorrow

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SBiTC Walking Football A5 1pp (print)If  you are over 50 and you want a fun filled way of getting fit then why not join us at St Finbarrs for tomorrow’s Monday session (20th March 2017) and then all future Mondays? St.Finbarr’s Sport & Social Club is based at 303 Holbrooks Lane, Coventry CV6 4DG. 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, dust off  your old football boots/trainers and get along to St Finbarrs!

Assorted CCFPA Members & Sky Blue Shirts!

Assorted CCFPA Members & Sky Blue Shirts!

Brucky still dazzles

Brucky still dazzles

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, so why not join the regulars on Monday or Thursday?

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Defenders await a Walking Football Tackle

If you can’t make these sessions there is another regular event locally too in Bedworth tomorrow 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

Ken & Frank: Walking Football Stalwarts

You Could Join The ‘Boys of ’87’ Nailcote Reunion in May!

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Saturday 13th May 2017: Reunion of the “Boys of  ’87” (at Nailcote Hall, Berkswell, Warwickshire).

Boys of ’87 at Nailcote in 2012

There was a wonderful 25th Anniversary reunion of CCFC’s 1987 F.A.Cup winning squad at Nailcote in 2012 and a fair proportion of the squad hope to reassembe again for a special dinner at Nailcote on their 30th Anniversary (after many of them shared Legends Day 2017 with us on Saturday April 8th at the Posh game).

There is now more details on the arrangements at Nailcote and all you need to know is on the poster. There are 200 places available for Sky Blue fans at this event so if you want to have dinner and spend an evening (7.30pm – 1 am) with some of your heroes of 1987 you need to get cracking! There is also plentiful entertainment (apart from the squad) laid on (see left)!

To buy tickets (£50 per person) ring Nailcote on 02476 466174 or email at info@nailcotehall.co.uk. Nailcote has a great golf course and accommodation is available. Please consult the venue’s website https://www.nailcotehall.co.uk for further details in coming weeks when details are firmed up.

Legends Day 2017 Fast Approaching: Join Us!!

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Legends Day 2016: Team Photo (with JH's family) & 'Killer' with the Cup

Legends Day 2016: Team Photo (with JH’s family) & ‘Killer’ with the Cup

CCFPA’s 10th Anniversary Legends Day 2017  is only just over three weeks away. The special event will surround the Sky Blues match against Peterborough United on Saturday, 8th April 2017 and we hope to make this one extra special!

ccfpa-10-year-fullAt our last Legends Day in February 2016 (above), a large number of our former players joined fans in remembering the Sky Blues iconic former manager and managing director, the late Jimmy Hill the day after a memorial service for him in Coventry Cathedral. On the day there was much to celebrate in his memory on the pitch as the Sky Blues put on a great performance to demolish Bury by six clear goals. This season all will be hoping the Sky Blues can punish the Posh in front of the assembled Sky Blues heroes. As well as members of JH’s family nearly 40 former players joined us last season including, memorably, a rare visitor, Brian Kilcline and many other Sky Blue Legends including the likes of  Dave Bennett, Ron Farmer, Ian Wallace and Bobby Gould.

Killer at legends Day 2016

Killer at Legends Day 2016

The Association has been working hard to equal or surpass last year’s event in terms of numbers of stars-of-the-past attending and we are expecting some big new names! We are also celebrating the 50th anniversary of reaching the top tier with our 1966-67 Division 2 Championship Squad as well as the 30th anniversary of our F.A.Cup triumph in 1986-87. Members of both squads are sure to be present.

Initial invites to our former players went out with our special Xmas card in December and official invites went out with CCFPA’s February Newsletter ‘Legend’. All the usual fun and games will be present including the traditional half-time parade and ‘team-photo’ in the centre circle, and a Sky Blue sing song with mass ranks of FPs and fans in Lady Gs at the Arena after the game! Legends Day always guarantees a hospitality sell-out as many of the Club’s supporters are keen to wine and dine with their favourite City stars from yesteryear in the E.ON Lounge in the pre match meal. Due to popular demand in previous years, the club and CCFPA have decided to put the event on sale early so you can book your places now!

CCFC’s Corporate Sales Manager Tynan Scope was quoted on the club’s website www.ccfc.co.uk, as saying,
Legends Day is one of the stand-out events of the year. It has always been a popular event in hospitality, and I’m sure memories of last year’s day are still fresh for us all.  We are delighted to welcome back and show our appreciation for all of our former players and have always enjoyed close working ties with the CCFPA. Due to demand in previous years, we’ve decided to put the event on sale ahead of Christmas – so it could be the perfect Christmas gift for a CCFC fan, and means fans can secure their place early for what is bound to be a fantastic day.”
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Tony Mowbray meets some of the Legends in 2015

Tony Mowbray meets some of the Legends in 2015

The Club is offering a Legends Day package which allows purchasers to spend the afternoon with our former players and further includes :

• 3 Course dining in the glass-fronted E.ON Lounge overlooking the pitch
• Padded seat in the corporate seating area
• Complimentary matchday programmes and team sheets
• Half-time tea and coffee
• Man of the Match interview and presentation
• VIP car parking (one space per 4 places booked)
 
The package costs £69 +VAT per person. (Season Ticket holders can upgrade at a discounted cost of £59 +VAT). Tickets for Children Under-12  are £34.50+VAT.
 
For further details or to book for your places alongside the Legends against Peterborough on 8th Aprol next, please call 02476 99 1987 (option 2) , book online here, or email hospitality@ccfc.co.uk.
 

Stuart Giddings is our ‘Special Guest’ For The Vale Game

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Stuart in the Sky Blue

We are pleased to announce that our ‘special guest’ for next Tuesday night’s fixture with fellow League One relegation strugglers Port Vale at the Ricoh (21st March 2017) will be Sky Blues former full back/ defender Stuart Giddings

Though this will not be Stuart’s first visit to Sky Blues games this season he will be undertaking ‘special guest’ duties for the first time. We wish him well and are sure he will do a great job when he tours the supporter’s lounges before the game for a brief Q&A with fellow CCFPA member and former Sky Blue defender (of a very different era), Brian ‘Harry’ Roberts.  As with most younger professional in modern football Stuart has undertaken media training so we hope for great things as he joins the BBC CWR live matchday commentary team in the pressbox to provide commentary and analysis as the game unfolds.

Stuart in July 2002 in England U17 shirt

He will have to keep his wits honed sharp when he joins CCFPA’s Billy Bell after the game on the stage of Lady Gs in front of CCFC supporters  for the usual ‘special guest’ badinage, career advice and analysis of the Sky Blues season and performance! All members of the Sky Blue Army will be hoping the Sky Blues will have managed to halt their alarming run of home defeats this season against the Vale!

 

 

For the record, Stuart is a ‘Cov Kid’ brought through the Club’s youth system collecting England caps from under 16 to U19 level  on the way. He made his first team debut in the Championship in May 2004 as a sub and full debut the following season. He will therefore appreciate the pros and cons of the Club’s current reliance on so many players who cut their teeth in the Sky Blues Academy. 

In total Stuart turned out 19 times for the first team before being released in March 2008 (after a loan spell at Oldham Athletic). Since 2009 Stuart has played at Hinckley Athletic (two spells) and Darlington (on a season’s loan) but his career has been set back by a long-term knee ligament injury.

Welcome Stuart, we hope your ‘newbie’ day for us will not prove too stressful and you will see a good Sky Blue performance.