Hot on the heels of the recently reported news that CCFPA member and popular Sky Blue centre forward Mick Quinn will be back in May at a Sportsman’s Dinner in Coventry, CovSupport News Service has revealed that a second feared Coventry City striker will be in town a month earlier.
Fellow CCFPA member and former CCFC, Arsenal and Glasgow Celtic striker John Hartson will be back in Coventry when he is the guest speaker at the Coventry Charity Cup 24th Sportsman’s Dinner.
Hartson will be the special guest along with comedian John Stiles, the son of Manchester United Legend Nobby Stiles. John Stiles actually played for the defeated Leeds side in the 1987 semi-final against the victorious Sky Blues in their march to Wembley. The footballer turned comic therefore shares top billing with CCFPA’s Big John in what is bound to be an entertaining evening at the black tie event at the Royal Court Hotel, Coventry on Thursday April 17th 2014. Arrival is timed at 7pm for 7.30 kick off.
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In a season when the Sky Blues have had three strikers in exceptional form:- Callum Wilson (currently injured), Leon Clarke (now departed for Wolves) and Franck Moussa, it is nice to report that another popular CCFC striker of the past who had his own purple patch in the 1990s scoring 25 (often outrageous) goals in his 64 top level appearances with the Club, is coming back to the City later this year. He has also been an Association member for quite some time.
Former Sky Blues striker from 1992-95 Micky Quinn is lined up to be the guest speaker at the Coventry Copsewood FC Gents Evening on 9th May 2014. Affectionately nicknamed ‘Sumo’ by City fans because he famously asked the question in his autobiography ‘Who ate All the Pies?’, Mick came to Highfield Road from Newcastle United with a fearsome goalscoring record also displayed previously at Wigan Athletic, Stockport County, Oldham Athletic and Portsmouth. He finished his career in Greece in 1995-96 before hanging up his boots having struck 233 times in his career total of league appearances of 535 games.
On retirement he naturally gravitated to media football punditry and his other love, racehorse training.
Mick is sure to have a fund of entertaining and amusing stories from his eventful life.
Tickets for the evening at Coventry Copsewood FC are priced at £45 (VIP), £35 and £30 and include a two course meal and entertainment from a comedian (tba). If you wish to buy tickets you can call 07720073366.
As reported yesterday CCFPA picked up its second new former player member in a week yesterday with the signing by CCFPA committee man Frank Pritchard of a former Sky Blue of relatively recent vintage who hung up his boots not long ago. Today the mystery man is revealed as none other than Dele Adebola. Frank reports:-
“I managed to catch-up with Dele finally at West Bromwich Albion’s 4G indoor pitch where he was completing his Level 2 Coaching ‘Final Assessment’! Dele said it took him several months to come to terms with retirement and urges all professionals to prepare for the time when they’re no longer involved on the playing side.
With this in mind he’s been spending most of his time acquiring the necessary coaching badges that will allow him to hopefully coach or even possibly manage in the future but says he has no idea where he may end up. He’s totally wrapped up and enjoying the experience but also has some other business interests, including properties he owns in Spain that he manages.
He has very fond memories of his 5 years with the Sky Blues but reflected on the fact that when he joined the club in 2003 they were experiencing financial difficulties and unfortunately going through some tough times. However he said they were a great bunch of lads and he loved both the character and history of Highfield Road but as he’s partial to ‘bright shiny glittery things’,so he adored the Ricoh and his happiest memory was scoring the 2nd ever goal there!” (In fact Dele scored two first half goals in a 3-0 victory over QPR on 20th August 2005 . The scorer of the first ever Ricoh goal was, of course, CCFPA committee member and Players Liaison Officer, Claus Bech Jorgensen!).
Nigerian by birth, Dele cut his footballing teeth as an 18 year old with Crewe Alexandra from 1993 and his strike rate of 45 goals in 152 first team appearances prompted a move to Birmingham City for £1m in 1998. Dele kept a very similar appearance and scoring record at St Andrews before moving on to Crystal Palace for a season in 2002-03 and then Highfield Road in 2003. Moving to the Ricoh with the Sky Blues in 2005 by the time the popular Dele moved on to Bristol City in January 2008 he had clocked up 31 goals in his 163 league appearances.
This genial giant of a striker became a bit of a wandering star guesting as a loanee with both Burnley and Bradford City whilst with CCFC and having spells with Forest, Hull, Notts County, Rochdale and Wrexham after leaving Ashton Gate in 2009. Last year, at the age of 38 Dele could be found assisting non league Rushall Olympic having made well over 700 first class appearances in his career.
CCFPA welcomes Dele to the Association and hopes to see both he and our other new signing Youssef Chippo at future Association events!