Greg Will Take a Break for England On Saturday

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Downs, G (Greg) sep1985The Association would like to remind all Sky Blues fans that F.A.Cup winning hero (and CCFPA member) Greg Downs will be the Association’s ‘special guest’ for the Sky Blues when they take on Notts County at the Ricoh this coming Saturday 15th November 2014.

As with all our special guests, Greg will be touring the lounges at the Ricoh before the game and has confirmed that after the Sky Blues game he will be appearing ‘for one night only’ in the G-Casino on the stage of Lady G’s Show bar where Sky Blue fans can see him ‘lightly grilled’ in a Q&A conducted by CCFPA Vice Chairman Billy Bell.

Greg(right) & CCFPA's Jim Brown

Assn. Chair Jim Brown presenting Greg with his official CCFPA tie at the 25th anniversary celebrations of City’s 1987 F.A.Cup win

However, in deference to the 5pm kick-off for England’s Group E European Championship Qualiying international against Slovenia which many City supporters will want to see on the big screens at the Casino after the County game, both Greg and Billy have kindly agreed to postpone their appearance on stage until half-time in the England game(approx 5.45pm) so that Sky Blue fans are able to see and enjoy both and will not miss a thing!!  All are welcome!

Of course, if you aren’t able to get to the Arena, why not listen to Greg on BBC C&W Radio during the game since he will be an important part of the  match commentary team during the Sky Blues attempt to keep up the much improved form they showed in reaching the semi-finals of the JPT trophy last Wednesday evening when they defeated Plymouth Argyle 2-0 at the Ricoh.

Greg comes back to Coventry fairly infrequently so make the most of his visit – he has always been good value both in his playing days and an entertaining interviewee! No doubt he will renew acquaintances with other members of the 1987 F.A.Cup squad as the likes of Dave Bennett, Micky Gynn, David Phillips, Paul Culpin (and of course Oggy) are also expected to be around.

 

Bakes Brings JPT Bounty

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Soccer - npower Football League Championship - Coventry City v Leeds United - Ricoh ArenaThe presence of former Sky Blue skipper Carl Baker, who was CCFPA’s special guest last night at CCFC’s Johnson’s Paint Trophy quarter final tie at the Ricoh against Plymouth Argyle, seemed to spread positive vibes around the Sky Blue camp after their recent tribulations. Carl watched the Sky Blues gain a deserved 2-0 victory which, after a nervy first half, became a fairly comfortable win once their second goal, a splendid solo effort by Frank Nouble went in. This followed a debut goal for City striker Gary Madine, on his second spell with the club.

'Harry' interviews 'Bakes'

‘Harry’ interviews ‘Bakes’

 

Carl was heartened by the stronger commitment and motivation shown by the Sky Blues compared to their unforgiveable last cup outing on Saturday and praised both the Sky Blues youngsters as well as some of the more experienced players in their performance on the night. The fury shown by gaffer Steven Pressley (also a CCFPA member) after the ignominious dumping of the club out of the F.A.Cup by non league Worcester City seemed to have had some of the desired positive effect on the commitment and unity of the players who turned out last night – they seemed a team!

CCFPA’s Frank Pritchard reports “Carl proved to be one of our most popular Former Players with fans around the Arena and in the Lounges (and of course in the G-Casino post-match). He received a tremendous reception in all three Ricoh Lounges he visited before the game escorted by club host, former Sky Blue defender (and CCFPA member) Brian ‘Harry’ Roberts (above right). Although he’s now moved on (to MK Dons), he clearly still has a tremendous affiliation to the Sky Blues and especially its fans. Carl confirmed CCFC’s is the first result he looks for after a game.

Bakes with BBC CWR's Stuart Linnell

Bakes with BBC CWR’s Stuart Linnell

He was also a huge success with both fans and match commentary team when he joined them on BBC CWR (with Stuart Linnell and Clive Eakin) as evidenced by the remarks of the Sky Blue supporters who contributed to the post match ‘phone-in’ (left)!

It was great to see Carl back at the Ricoh. We made sure he knows he is welcome back anytime and hopefully we will see him at a CCFPA function in Coventry again soon (playing commitments allowing)”

In fact Carl has indicated, subject to holiday commitments, he wants to not only play in our Golf Day 2015 (again at Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club) but would also like to enter a team. If you want to join him make a note of the date – Thursday 4th June 2014 – and look out for further details before Christmas of how to join us for a great day out next summer .

Frank’s Double Capture: Mystery Duo Sign for CCFPA

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Mystery Player One Signing

Well intrepid CCFPA committee man Frank Pritchard has notched up another awayday recruitment success signing up a brace of Sky Blues former players as CCFPA members in a double swoop at one of last Saturday’s football games. Both FPs were popular players in their day at the Ricoh, one a stalwart defender and one a go-getting midfielder.

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Mystery Player Two signs up

Both players moved from the Sky Blues to play for new clubs associated with a much stronger shade of the colour (at least at the time). The ground where the signings took place (which involved Frank roaming not too far from the Ricoh) has also strong connotations with the colour.

If these clues are not enough to help you guess who our new Coventry City Former Player members are keep checking back on this site and we will reveal all (with pictures of our new signings) in a few days time!

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where is this?

 

Its Gary! At Last ‘Sheffers’ signs up to CCFPA

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Gary McSheffey signsIf you hadn’t guessed from our earlier teaser, we are very pleased to announce that ‘Coventry kid’ and Sky Blue forward Gary McSheffrey has recently signed for the Association. He needs little introduction in the locality and has been a consistent fans favourite in two spells with the club. Our intrepid committee man, Frank Pritchard, fresh from tracking down and recruiting to the CCFPA such Sky Blue stars of recent vintage as Richard Keogh, Cyrus Christie and Blair Adams has now managed to pin down ‘Sheffers’ on the road between his Coventry home and his current employers Scunthorpe United FC to whom he moved earlier this season. Frank reports:-

” I finally caught up with one of my more elusive targets on Thursday having been trying to pin him down for several months but due to work, personal commitments and family , unfortunately our paths haven’t previously crossed! However I recently met-up with Gary in Kenilworth with his daughter. He was delighted to be joining CCFPA and, as he plays golf in the Summer, Gary says he hopes to be taking part in next years annual Golf Day at Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club on Thursday 4th June.

Gary in the Sky Blue

Gary in the Sky Blue

Gary has also offered to be our ‘Special Guest’ at a future date, obviously subject to his availability now that he’s a Scunthorpe United player. Gary usually gets down to the Coventry area a couple of times a week and still keeps in touch with quite a few of his former colleagues. During last week he was able to take in a game at Hillsborough and was most impressed with a Bournemouth side who have had a lot of money invested in them and of course are led by former Sky Blue colleague Callum Wilson (who incidentally should be congratulated for recently getting the call-up to the England U21 squad). However, Gary was quick to point out that fellow CCFPA member Keiren Westwood in the Wednesday goal stood no chance with either of the goals in their 0-2 home defeat.

A very warm welcome to a ‘Coventry Kid’ who I feel sure will be actively involved with the FPA in the not too distant future”

Frank is pictured above making ‘the capture’ for the Association and presenting Gary with his Association tie. Welcome Gary!