Bobby in the 1960s Sky Blue
CCFPA member, Cov kid and former Sky Blues player and manager Bobby Gould will be riding the airwaves at tomorrow’s CCFC game against League One table toppers Bristol City. Bobby, who is held in high regard by both clubs, will be assisting the BBC Coventry & Warwickshire match-day commentary team by providing analysis, insight and local knowledge to the coverage tomorrow (Saturday 18th April 2015).
The Association’s ‘special guests’ provide match-day support to BBC CWR at all the Sky Blues home games at the Ricoh and occasionally our former player members assist the radio station in their coverage of CCFC’s away fixtures (e.g. Kevin Gallacher at Rochdale last September and Noel Whelan at Barnsley last March).
Bobby in contemporary strip
A Caludon Castle schoolboy, Bobby joined the Sky Blues as an apprentice in 1962, became a professional two years later and before leaving for Arsenal in February 1968 this rambunctious centre forward had scored a fantastic 42 goals in 89 first team appearances. Similar success followed at Wolves and West Brom before Bristol City got the benefit of 21 goals from 44 appearances from December 1972. Spells at West Ham, Wolves (again), Bristol Rovers and Aalsund (Denmark) followed before Bobby’s playing career tailed off with Hereford United, Charlton and Aldershot. Bobby retired in 1980 with both two cup winners medals under his belt (Texaco- 1971: F.A.Cup -1975).
Bobby, of course, has also had extensive management experience including twice with CCFC at Highfield Road (1983-84 & 1992-93) and twice in Bristol with the Rovers (1981-83 & 1985-87) as well as memorably taking the ‘Crazy gang’ of Wimbledon FC to F.A.Cup success in 1988, the year after the Sky Blues own success. We trust Bobby will see a good game with the club of his home city taking at least a point off the Division Champions!