Walking Football Back in August: Join Us!

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Walking Football Participants 18-12-2014Back after a two week summer break the very popular health-through-sport initiative for the over 50s, ‘Walking Football’ returns for your entertainment in early August! As usual, it’s available locally in Coventry and/or Bedworth and 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.

Walking Football BedduthSBiTC Walking Football A5 1pp (print)

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.  You can find out more by contacting 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

The mix of Sky Blue fans, Association committee members, CCFPA Associate Members, and our full members, usually include some of our most well respected former players like Dietmar Bruck, Ken Brown, Ian Goodwin and Dave Bennett.

The sessions are specifically designed for over 50s who wish to exercise gently and enjoyably through football in the company of friends and they try to ensure that all play is at kept at walking pace and running is penalised! So, if you are free on Thursdays you can come to one of its first bases, St. Finbarr’s Sports & Social Club (303 Holbrooks Lane, Coventry CV6 4DG)  or if you prefer Monday mornings then the place for you is Bedworth Town’s ground, the Bedworth Oval.

Why not come along and join in the next sessions of ‘Walking Football’ at Bedworth Oval on Monday 3rd August or at St Finbarr’s the following Thursday (6th August) and and get fitter in time for the start of the new season?

CCFPA Legends Hope to Clean Up at their Next Charity Fixture

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Karcher Cup at BanburyCCFPA’s Sky Blues Legends are out and about again for charity next Sunday. This time they travel to the home of Banbury United, to play a team representing local Banbury company Karcher UK  (the cleaning company) in a game to benefit the Katharine House Hospice. The match has been organised by the Legends Fixture manager and Association committee member Dean Nelson and Kieron Shea,  a City-mad fan who works for Karcher.

The Legends team is likely to be composed of former Sky Blue stars (and CCFPA members) like David Busst, Dave Bennett, Claus Bech Jorgenson, Barry Quinn, and John Williams together with players who have worn the Sky Blue in the past not necessarily in a first team match. CCFC will be playing in Sky Blue for the first time this close season having played in the yellow away strip in the previous two games.

The Company have donated the Karcher Cup which will be contested at Banbury’s Spencer Stadium (Station Approach, Banbury OX16 5AB) on Sunday 26th July. The gates open at 1:30pm when the fun and games begin and the game kicks off at 2.45 pm

Also part of the event will be a raffle, bouncy castle and refreshments are available (along with free parking)

Match Tickets are £5 (adults); £2 (kids/concessions) and can be bought in advance from Karcher UK on 01295 752000 or email them on fundraising@karcher.co.uk.

Pictured below is the Sky Blues XI from their last charity outing at Atherstone in May when they won 9-1 (and captain Barry Quinn picking up the winner trophy)

Legends XI at Atherstone

Legends XI at Atherstone

Barry Quinn gets Atherstone trophy


Sky Blues at Pompey: CCFPA Members On View?

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The Sky Blues take on Portsmouth tonight in their second pre-season friendly of the pre-season at Havant and Waterlooville FC. Their opponents may be a league below the Sky Blues but like CCFC have a proud tradition in the top sphere of British football and have since fallen from grace and are hoping for some new good times.

Paul in the Sky Blue 1995

Paul in the Sky Blue 1995

Facing Tony Mowbray’s men this evening will likely be three men with Sky Blue connections, two of them CCFPA members. Pompey’s manager is former Sky Blue defender Paul Cook who arrived at Fratton Park in May. Paul moved to Pompey from Derbyshire club Chesterfield whom he joined in October 2012 (when he also joined CCFPA) and with whom he had recently signed a new contract designed to keep him with the Spireites until the summer of 2017. He piloted CCFC’s recent League One rivals to 8th position in League One in his first season in charge and last season the Spireites went one better and made the League One playoffs but, sadly, fell at the first hurdle.

Paul came to Highfield Road from Wolves after spells with Marine, Wigan Athletic and Norwich City. Cooky made 37 appearances for City between 1994 and 1996. When he left the Sky Blues he had spells with Tranmere Rovers, Stockport County, Burnley, Wigan Athletic (again) and Accrington Stanley. Prior to Chesterfield Paul had managed Southport, Sligo Rovers and Accrington Stanley.

Doyler in the Sky Blue

Doyler in the Sky Blue

Also likely to feature in the game is a former Sky Blue (and CCFPA member) Michael Doyle (2003-11) . A tenacious defensive midfielder,  Michael became a linch pin of the Sheffield United side since joining them from the Sky Blues in 2011 and was club captain for a while. The Irishman was one of the ex CCFC players putting the boot into his erstwhile colleagues last season and (wouldn’t you know it) Doyler’s strike against the Sky Blues was his only goal of the season in which he appeared 56 times for the Blades.

After becoming a free agent after being released by the Sheffield club at the end of last season (with some speculation about a Ricoh return) the former CCFC captain chose to accept an offer from Pompey and is likely to feature in the game at some point as is another former Sky Blue of very recent vintage Adam Barton who is not a member of the Association (yet).

Good luck to Mogga and the Sky Blues in tonight’s game!


CCFPA Associate Members- (If You Haven’t Already) Please Renew Soon!

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CCFPA Darker Logo 2012Our 70 or so existing Associate members (AMs) provide an important underpinning for our activities both with their subscriptions and their active support of our events. We rely very much on their continued support and we are always very pleased to hear from anyone who wants to sign up as a new AM (especially for the coming season). We know you all know and value the fact we are a totally independent organisation run entirely by a dedicated committee of volunteers.

Thanks to all of our existing AMs who responded to the early-bird offer and renewed their subscriptions ahead of time. However, in this holiday season there are still a number of our AMs who our Membership Secretary Sarah-Jane Morris has not yet heard from and we would like to encourage everyone who has not yet re-signed to do so as soon as possible in time for the start of the new Sky Blues season.  Please note that we have held the subscription rate to last year’s contribution of £15 in spite of increasing costs to the Association of running our activities.

Sarah Morris PortraitEnquiries and payments about Associate Memberships for 2015-16 should be made to Sarah at 43, Aldermans Green Road, Coventry CV2 1PS  or via telephone on 07725205799 or you may prefer to email her on: sarah.janemorris@btinternet.com.

If you wish to join us for the first time she will be able to send you an application form and receive your completed membership form and payment. Alternatively, you can download an associate members form from this website via the ‘Join Us’ tab (top right) -please use Sarah’s address for return rather than that on the form.

All new or renewal payment cheques should be made out to ‘CCFPA’ or you may pay electronically to CCFPA’s Account at Lloyds Bank (sort code 30-96-20) Account No.00742803. Please email Chairman Jim Brown first (clarriebourton@gmail.com) to confirm that this is your intention.

If you have changed your contact details recently (including telephone & email address) please let us know so we can keep our records up-to-date. An early response will help the Association maintain our cash flow as we prepare another membership newsletter for you (due early in the new season) and make our plans for Legends Day 2016, Golf Day 2016 and other events/reunions. Thank you.