Noel Sees Sky Blues Success in JPT

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Brian Roberts interviews Noel Whelan 11-10-2010b xCCFPA’s special guest at last Tuesday night’s JPT round 2 match at the Ricoh, Noel Whelan, saw the Sky Blues prevail 3-1 over Exeter City. Not only did the welcome win over the Grecians put CCFC into the quarter final draw on Saturday but the Sky Blues performance was much improved on previous games, and was achieved by a youthful team missing the towering presence of both Club captain Reda Johnson and striker Frank Nouble.

Noel sandwiched between BBC C&W's Clive Eakin & Stuart Linnell

Noel sandwiched between BBC C&W’s Clive Eakin & Stuart Linnell

Noel toured the lounges at the Ricoh prior to the start of the game interviewed by club host (and fellow CCFPA member) Brian ‘Harry’ Roberts (above left) and during the match assisted the BBC Coventry &Warwickshire team with their match day radio commentary and analysis (right). Scorer of many memorable goals for the Sky Blues in his time at Highfield Road Noel was particularly impressed with the goal scoring opportunism of  CCFC’s young defender Aaron Phillips who grabbed a brace on Saturday, both goals hit with force and precision. The other Sky Blue goal came from top scorer Josh McQuoid. Another Sky Blue star of the past (and Association member) David Phillips will have been especially excited to see how well his son Aaron is progressing in professional football (especially since he got the Man of the Match award- below).

Aaron Phillips MOM Exeter (h)Noel finished his stint at the Ricoh by joining in a double act with CCFPA’s Billy Bell on the stage of Lady Gs at the Casino entertaining appreciative fans with memories and anecdotes (below). Thanks Noel. Come back soon!

N.Whelan with BB (Exeter -h) x

Look out on this site for news of CCFPA’s special guest at the next Sky Blues home game against table toppers Bristol City in due course.

Thanks to CCFPA’s Frank Pritchard for the photos!


CCFPA Member News: The Goat Joins Donny

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Shaun Goater

Shaun Goater

Sky Blues striker of the 2000s Shaun Goater has recently been recruited by former Manchester City strike partner Paul Dickov, now managing Doncaster Rovers as a part-time coach for the Dons. ‘The Goat’ who achieved legendary striking fame at the other more ‘northern’ Sky Blue team before coming to Coventry has been drafted in to sharpen the scoring prowess of the Doncaster strike force. This follows a similar spell earlier this year at Scottish outfit St. Johnstone.

In a peripapatetic 20+ year professional career (which ironically started as a teenager at Old Trafford in 1988) Bermudan born Shaun scored a fantastic 217 goals in 551 league appearances in English football between 1989-2006. He scored 70 in 209 league appearances for Rotherham United (plus a solo loan appearance for Notts County) after leaving Manchester for the first time in 1989. A spell at Bristol City’s Ashton Gate between 1996-98 saw him knock in a further 40 in 75 league outings. His second Manchester sojourn, this time at Maine Road, saw him score another 84 goals (in 184 league games) and become a firm City favourite.

Coventry City v Wolverhampton WanderersShaun had a fairly brief loan spell with the Sky Blues under (CCFPA colleague) Micky Adams at the back end of the 2004-05 season whilst playing for Reading (where he got 12 goals in 43 league games). Unfortunately in his six games for the Sky Blues he did not manage to add to his goal tally. Normal service, however, resumed when Shaun finished his English career with Southend United (where he mentored a future Sky Blue Freddy Eastwood) in 2005-06 scoring 11 in 33.

A Bermudan international, ‘the Goat’ scored an incredible 32 times for his country in 36 internationals between 1987-2004. On leaving Southend he returned to his roots and continued to play in his home nation for Bermuda Hogges (where he was also a director) and North Village Rams only hanging up his boots in 2010 age 40. In Bermuda Shaun Goater has been heavily involved in promoting football for young people and has developed important business interests in telecommunications and transport. CCFPA wishes Shaun well in his new role.


Join Noel Whelan at the Sky Blues JPT Game Tonight

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Noel WhelanReminder to all CCFC fans and CCFPA Members-

CCFPA member and former Sky Blue exceptional striker Noel Whelan will be visiting the Ricoh Arena again tonight (7th October 2014) as CCFPA’s Special Guest for the Sky Blues Johnstone’s Paint Trophy fixture against Exeter City.  Noel will be around and about the Ricoh meeting fans, we expect he will add his comments and analysis to the live BBC C&W matchday coverage of the game this evening and hope to persuade him to appear as a double act with the Association’s Billy Bell on the stage of Lady Gs at the Ricoh after the game.

Let’s hope Noel sees (fellow CCFPA member) Steven Pressley‘s boys negotiate a relatively easy passage to the next round of the JPT at the expense of the Grecians!

October CCFPA Committee Meeting This Thursday

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CCFPA Darker Logo 2012The Association committee meeting for October will take place at 6 p.m. in Lady Gs in the Ricoh Arena on this upcoming Thursday 9th October 2014. An agenda will be circulated to committee members shortly by chairman Jim Brown.

Business should include a consideration of the current situation of CCFC and ongoing arrangements consequent on the Ricoh return; a general report on Association finances; the CCFPA website readership data; feedback on recent and forthcoming events involving former players including recent Charity games, the next official CCFPA newsletter proposals, plans for future events including a Legends Day in 2015 as well as A.O.B.

If committee members have not yet communicated agenda items to the Chairman can they please do so urgently.