Rob Page Becomes Another League One Managerial Casualty!

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25. Robert Page

Rob in the Sky Blue

The Association was sorry to hear the news that our member and former Sky Blues defender Robert Page has parted company from Sky Blues League One rivals Northampton Town. Rob had only taken over the gaffer’s chair at Sixfields from Chris Wilder last May but a recent 5-0 defeat to Bristol Rovers (making nine defeats in eleven starts) clearly precipitated his departure. Rob was an uncompromising central defender for the Sky Blues making 70 league appearances for CCFC between 2005-08. League One has become a veritable managerial graveyard in recent months!

The Cobbler’s website stated:- “Rob has always been extremely professional throughout his time and has only ever wanted the club to be successful.  It was always going to be a very tough challenge following last year and the expectation that created, so we thank him for his efforts and we wish him very well for the future.”

Rob signing up for CCFPA

Rob signing up for CCFPA

Rob had moved to the Cobblers from Vale Park where he had been gaffer since 2014 (after a spell as caretaker with Port Vale) in turn replacing his old boss and fellow CCFPA member Micky Adams.  Rob signed up for the Association in September 2013 (left) supported by Micky (then also a recent CCFPA signing).

Adams (below right), both a former player and manager of the Sky Blues has also held the gaffer’s chair at Tranmere Rovers and Sligo Rovers since leaving Vale Park. Port Vale, whom the Sky Blues face at the Ricoh on Wednesday 25th just before the game at Sixfields, are themselves currently managerless after the departure of Robert’s replacement, gaffer Bruno Ribiero last December after less than seven months! Port Vale and Northampton are currently 15th and 16th in League One.

Manager- Adams, M (Micky)

Micky Adams

After Rob Page’s departure from Sixfields it is unclear whether the Cobblers will have a new manager in place in time for the Sky Blues visit at the end of the month. Paul Wilkinson has taken over for the time being. This comes after  the Sky Blues next League opponents on Saturday, Chesterfield, sacked their manager Danny Wilson over the weekend. The Spireites will be caretaker managed by Ritchie Humphreys for the crucial relgation zone fixture for the Sky Blues own relatively new gaffer Russell Slade!

CCFPA wishes Rob all the best for his future career.



Over 50? Bedworth Walking Football On Again Tomorrow.

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CCFC Walking FootballTuesday Walking Football at Bedworth Oval is on again tomorrow. Why not join the happy band of over 50s and shake off the extra pounds you have put on over the festivities tomorrow (Tuesday 10th January 2017)!

Sky Blues in the Community (run by CCFPA member and former Sky Blue Dave Busst) have embedded the game in the Coventry area and we know that ‘Walking Football‘ will increase both social and physical activity opportunities for older people in the city. Walking Football is simply a slow-paced version of the beautiful game. It is designed to help people have an active lifestyle regardless of their age and ability, as well as get people back playing football. It’s a great way to keep fit, learn skills, have fun and socialise all at the same time.

CCFPA, the CCFC Diamond Club and Cov Support News service all support SBiTC’s Walking Football initiative and many of our members (associates and committee men alike) as well as some of our older former player members like Bill Tedds, Dave Bennett, Dave Busst, Ken Brown, Ron Farmer and Ian Goodwin can often be seen supporting the sessions.  So if you want to play with one of the CCFC veterans in a fun atmosphere whilst keeping fit get down to one of the three sessions!

DSC04886Why not join us there?

Tuesday Sessions
10:30am-12:00pm at Bedworth FC’s ground –The Oval, Coventry Rd, Bedworth, CV12 8NN

Monday & Thursday Sessions
In Coventry from 10:30am-12:00pm at St Finbarrs Sports & Social Club, 303 Holbrook Lane, Coventry, CV6 4DG

Each session costs £3 to participate in and the Sky Blues Team including CCFPA members serve refreshments before and after the Walking Football – providing a comfortable and social atmosphere for all involved. The Walking Football side of things generally involves a warm up followed by a round-robin format of games to ensure everyone gets plenty of playing time. The sessions are proving to be very popular and we are always looking to welcome new people.

If you want to find out more about the Walking Football scheme, you can contact the Sky Blues in the Community Team. Email: , Telephone: 02476 786 314, or Text: 07813 455 531.

New Monday St Finbarr’s Walking Football Session Tomorrow

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SBiTC Walking Football A5 1pp (print)SBiTC’s Cov based Walking Football has a new additional day starting tomorrow. Therefore, if  you are over 50 and Thursdays are difficult for you and you want a fun filled way of getting fit then why not join us at St Finbarrs for this first ever Monday session (9th January 2017) and all future Mondays? The existing Thursday sessions in Coventry, which have become so popular (with over 40 turning up each week) that they have become oversubscribed, will continue and for the time being new registrations will be invited to the Monday sessions.

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 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: SBiTC can also be contacted at

‘Benno’ Going For Sky Blues Cup Treble Against Brighton

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Benno in the 1987 Sky Blue

CCFPA’s ‘special guest’ for the Sky Blue’s last 16 EFL Checkatrade Trophy tie with Brighton and Hove Albion’s U21s at the Ricoh next Tuesday evening (10th January 2017) will be Association committee man and CCFC star of the 1980s Dave Bennett.

‘Benno’ will be at the Ricoh, as usual, to see whether the Sky Blues can once more use their cup games to try to kick off a recovery after a very difficult first half of the season for CCFC. Though Dave is a regular at the Sky Blues home games, his presence when doing the additional ‘special guest’ duties (all at evening games) offers some encouragement for the team.

917a Benno & Cup 3 reduced xxxxBack in August in their first home fixture of the season he saw the young Sky Blues edge out Peterborough United 3-2 in the EFL Cup. More recently, on 7th December he saw another home win against Crawley Town, this time 1-0, in the English Football League (Checkatrade) Trophy. As one of our 1987 Sky Blue F.A.Cup winners (celebrating their 30th anniversary this season) Dave will know how valuable to the club in all senses would be a win and progress into the last eight of a shot at a Wembley Appearance.

Benno is on a sort of ‘double’ treble in desiring to watch a third successive home Cup win as ‘special guest’ yet recognising that each time he has performed that role the Sky Blues have been performing under a different ‘gaffer’! Tony Mowbray was in charge in August, caretaker Mark Venus in December, and now Russell Slade will hope to lead his team into the sunshine of 2017 after the gloom of 2016!

Dave Bennett 2010Therefore, as a nominated true ‘CCFC Legend’, Dave will be hoping to bring some inspiration to the Sky Blues squad. Fans will need little reminding that from 1983-89 ‘Benno’  scored 25 league goals in 172 league appearances for the Sky Blues including the memorable first at Wembely before moving on to Sheffield Wednesday.

Not only a long standing CCFPA committee member, Dave has done much to support the work of various Legends’ charitable games over the years as well as other charity events. Look out for Dave on Tuesday night around the Ricoh Supporters’ Lounges before the main event and, no doubt, immediately after the game Benno and CCFPA’s Billy Bell will reprise a well-worn but very entertaining double act from the stage of Lady G’s in the Ricoh’s G-Casino.

As usual with our ‘special guests’ Benno will also be adding his considered analysis to the live matchday coverage of BBC CWR for fans who will not be at the game (probably more than inside the Ricoh judging from past attendances in this competition)!