Legends XI Next Charity Game Announced

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Legends Game May 2015 CCFPA’s Dean Nelson, Fixture Manager for the Sky Blues’ Legends Charity games has announced the team’s next fixture.

The game between a Sky Blues Legends XI and a Coventry & Warwicks CrossRoads Care Select XI will take place on Sunday 17th May 2015 at the Highway Club, Fletchamstead Highway, Coventry CV4 9BY

The game is the centrepiece of a number of attractions  advertised between 12.30pm and 6pm on the day. Entrance to what is billed as ‘Daniel’s Charity Spring Fete’ is only 50p (with children under age 10 admitted free). Daniel is a youngster suffering from MPS. Proceeds will benefit the Stars Club for children and young adults with disabilities, Bagington Fields Special Needs School and the M.P.S.Society.

Keep checking back on this site for more news of the former players that will be lining up for the Legends XI in May as well as details of more Legends fixtures coming up during the summer in due course.

Bobby Gould Rides the Bristol Airwaves on Saturday

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Bobby in the 1960s

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

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!

Marcus Relieved by Reda’s Late Latics Rescue

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Marcus outside the Ricoh

Marcus outside the Ricoh on Tuesday evening

Our ‘Special Guest’ for last Tuesday night’s home game against Oldham Athletic was former Sky Blue defender and CCFPA member Marcus Hall.  Marcus’ arrival was not as delayed as some committee members and many fans due to a massive jam on the M6. After a brief pre-match tour of the Ricoh lounges to meet the fans in the company of CCFPA’s Frank Pritchard, Marcus was able to provide sterling service to the BBC CWR matchday commentary team analysing the game – and his contribution was clearly greatly valued by those listening as became apparent by fans on-air feedback after the game.

Marcus & CWR

Marcus on the Air (with BBC CWR’s Clive Eakin & Stuart Linnell)

‘Cov kid’ Marcus, always popular when he comes back to his footballing roots in his home City (as he does frequently), saw a match dominated by the Sky Blues but only rescued deep into second half stoppage time by the massive ‘presence’ of centre-half cum last minute striker Reda Johnson. Reda’s powerful header saved the day after CCFC fell behind in the first period (once again to the ‘curse of the former player’) to a cheeky Danny Philliskirk backheel.

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Marcus in the Sky Blue

Marcus finished off his evening at the Ricoh with a friendly chat with CCFPA’s Billy Bell on the stage of Lady Gs in the Ricoh’s G-Casino in front of Sky Blues supporters who, like Marcus, were disappointed that that CCFC did not get a second successive home win but relieved that the Sky Blues were another point closer to League One safety. Thanks marcus for all your hard work last Tuesday night!

Trevor Lewis RIP (06/01/1921 – 12/04/2015): Funeral To Take Place On May Day

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Lewis, T. (Trevor) 1948-49

Trevor in 1948-49

The Association is very sorry to report the passing of a former Bantam and CCFPA member who, until his death, was our second oldest living player and member. Trevor Lewis died on Sunday last aged 94. This sad news follows hard on the death of fellow countryman Ken Jones who died at the end of last month aged 88.

Trevor gets tied to CCFPA in 2008

Trevor gets tied to CCFPA in 2008

Welsh-born Trevor was at CCFC for five years between 1948 and 1953. Discovered at Catherine-de-Barnes FC he signed for Redditch Town in January 1948 but was snapped up by the Bantams the following month making his Division Two debut at Sheffield Wednesday in a 1-1 draw on 10th April 1948. Although he was mainly a reserve team player he did make 11 first team appearances on the right wing. He later moved to Gillingham (12/1953), and later to Kidderminster Harriers, Banbury Spencer (1955) and Rugby Town (07/1956).

Trevor at Legends Day 2013

Trevor at Legends Day 2013

Trevor made every effort to support the Association’s major reunions and though too ill to attend our Legends Day 2015 last month attended previous ones in spite of his advanced years, the last in 2013. He is also pictured being presented with his official tie by CCFPA’s Bob Eales in 2008

Trevor’s funeral is to be held at 11.15 on 1 May 2015 at Canley Crematorium, Cannon Hill Road Coventry CV4 7DF
Tel: 024 7678 5486/5492/5493 Fax: 024 7669 3863 Email: bereavement.services@coventry.gov.uk

The Association sends its sincere condolences to Trevor’s family and friends and will be represented at the funeral by Bob and several other CCFPA members will no doubt be present. A full appreciation of Trevor’s  footballing career by CCFPA chair Jim Brown will appear on this site in due course.