Sky Blue Legends at Historic Re-Enactment of a WW1 Cov. Ladies Football Game next Monday: Join Us!

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No Game For Girls smallNext Monday, on August 25th 2014  (kick off 2pm) Coventry City Ladies will re-enact a women’s WW1 football match between two factory teams at the Butts in 1917. The contemporary Coventry Ladies club who have built up good links with CCFPA had a wonderful 2013-14 season (topping their League) and seem set fair to do well again this coming season but as we show below they weren’t the first manifestation of a desire by women in Coventry to play ‘the beautiful game’.

No Game For Girls miniWe expect a number of CCFC former players and members of the CCFPA committee to be in attendance for the event including (subject to confirmation) Sky Blue F.A.Cup stars Dave Bennett, Micky Gynn and Cyrille Regis, and sixties CCFC stalwarts Dietmar Bruck and Bill Tedds.  Coventry City Council leader Anne Lucas and ‘Mr Coventry’ CCFPA’s Life president Joe Elliott are booked to lead out the teams and kick off each half and it is hoped that the Mayor, Councillor Hazel Noonan will present the cup and the medals to the winning team.

It is an important part of an ongoing project, with Heritage Lottery funding, exploring the early days of women’s football in Coventry which was an important centre for the ladies Game. An exhibition and other events are also planned. The project and the game are supported by CCFPA. During World War One, with so many men at the front, Coventry women took their places in the munitions factories of the City. The 1914-18 years gave the women’s game a fillip as many ladies took up football with enthusiasm and entered teams in inter factory competition. The Coventry Ladies Cup Final of September 1917 between Humber Ladies and Rudge-Whitworth Ladies will be replayed in the costumes and conditions of the time – and once more at the Butts.  Some of Coventry Ladies are shown in their period gear below (so smart that ‘selfies’ were called for!).

Cov Ladies as 1917 teams combinedAfter WW1 women’s football built up tremendous popularity throughout Britain with five figure crowds and well supported women’s internationals often in aid of charity. As far as we can establish Coventry Ladies (below) was founded in spring 1921 and we need to be reminded that later in the year well over 20000 paying customers turned out at Highfield Road to see Coventry Ladies take on the top women’s team of the period from the Dick, Kerr factory from Preston. The women’s game went into decline when the F.A. shamefully denied women’s teams access to the professional football grounds of the day in December 1921.

The Association encourages all it’s readers to support what should be a memorable day. Come dressed for 1917 or 2014 but do come and sample an important reminder of the heritage of football in Coventry. More information can be found via facebook.com/NoGameForGirls Tickets priced £5 adults (under 12s free) can be obtained online by clicking here.

Sky Blues Ricoh Return: Members Initial Reactions

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CCFPA’s Roy Barry sandwiched by committee members Bob Eales & Billy Bell with Jimmy Hill at the Ricoh before the Sixfield’s exile

Today’s announcement that Sky Blue gaffer (and CCFPA member) Steve Pressley and his squad will be returning to the Ricoh to play home games next month is one which has been already welcomed by the Manager. The news comes the day before the deadline for return of the (now possibly superfluous) CCFPA’s Member’s Survey on their views of the (then apparently) continuing exile in Northampton.  Reactions from a growing number of CCFPA members via the social networks are starting to come in:-

Coventry City agree to go back to the Ricoh arena great news start of a great comeback!’ (David Thompson)

‘Great news. Coventry City to return to the Ricoh’ (Micky Quinn)

We are back at The Ricoh…. so pleased for all the fans who have worked so hard to make it happen well done all of you’. (Steve Froggatt)

‘Good to see Coventry City back at the Ricoh’ (Cyrus Christie)

Great to see Coventry City going back home to Ricoh!! Fantastic stadium! Will bring the fans back!’  (Andy Morrell)

Great news regarding Coventry City today, the persistence of so many got it’s just rewards’.  (Terry Gibson)

‘Great news that Coventry City will be back playing at the Ricoh Arena,time for all fans to get behind the Club’  (Darren Huckerby)

and both former player and manager of the Sky Blues, Bobby Gould tweeted:-

“I believe The Sky Blues are going home ! Happiest Day since I got married, Coventry here we come xxxx”

COVCITY TIE Changed LogoThough the announced deal bringing the Club back to the Ricoh may not universally popular particularly with those parts of the Sky Blue ‘family’ who still have a deep distrust of the Club’s owners, the return must be great news particularly for many of CCFPA’s veteran members and Diamond Club fans who feared their chances of seeing their Club play once again in Coventry surrounded by their friends and family were going if not gone. Though it is early days yet the return should also allow the camaraderie of places like the Legends Lounge at the Ricoh during games at the Ricoh and post-match Lady Gs at G-Casino to be rekindled.  The Association can now start to think about reuniting former players and fans again and planning another Legends Day.

We are sure our former players will be looking forward to meeting their friends and former colleagues once again at a Sky Blues home game in Coventry. Plans appear to be that the team’s first reappearance at the Ricoh for well over a year will be on Friday night the 5th of September against Gillingham (an evening game moved forward from Saturday afternoon for the benefit of Sky coverage).

Look out on this site for further announcements from CCFPA on future arrangements at the Sky Blues’ home games as things are firmed up.

Members Survey: Now 4 Days Left to Vote: Final Deadline 22nd August

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CCFPA Darker Logo 2012Reminder to all our Full, Associate, Honorary & Corporate Members

There is just under four days left for our members (Full, Associate, Honorary & Corporate Members) to return their answers to the brief member’s survey questionnaire which was inserted into their CCFPA August newsletter. Thanks to all members who have replied, especially those who have sent in their voted since the original deadline was extended by a week owing to the glitch at our mailing house which delayed the postage of up to half of the newsletters.

We wish to represent the views of the full range of our membership of all types so exercising your vote is crucial in informing the Association’s policies for the rest of the season which has just begun.  To give everyone plenty of time we have decided to extend the final deadline slightly. Therefore all returns received by midnight on Friday 22nd August will count.

There is still time to post your completed questionnaire to Membership Secretary Mike Young at the address supplied on the form or email a scan of the completed form (or easier still just email your responses to each question) to m.young9@ntlworld.com. Whether you post or email please be assured that your individual views will be kept entirely confidential, we will only analyse the results in aggregate and no individual’s view/position will be publicly identified. The higher the response rate the clearer will be your guidance to CCFPA in the future.

Thanks in advance for your co-operation. Please act soon and make your voice heard!

Leon’s Thoughts on His Bad Days Worth Reading

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Leon McKenzieCCFPA Member and former Sky Blue striker Leon McKenzie has had his ups and downs both on and off the pitch.

Croydon born Leon is one of a growing number of sports people to have been brave enough to talk about the impact on their personal and professional lives with mental illness, in Leon’s case a battle with depression. In 2012 he published his autobiography ‘My Fight with Life‘ and since has talked about how he has faced his private demons in building a wide ranging football career with Palace, Fulham, Peterborough, Norwich, Charlton, Northampton, Luton and Corby as well as CCFC. From 2006-09 Leon contributed 12 strikes in just over 60 appearances for the Sky Blues and has come back a number of times to the Ricoh and the City since retiring from the game.

Leon McKenzie Boxing PosterIn recent years Leon has built a succesful career as a rookie professional boxer (aka ‘BigMcK’) and we have previously reported on his unbeaten run so far. He says that ‘I’ll potentially be in the ring on October 11th in York, I’ve built nice little fan base there and enjoy fighting in that environment. Then we will look at a fight in December and try to move towards taking a Masters title. I’m 36 so I haven’t really got time on my side but I’ll be going as far as I can until I feel like enough is enough’.

His latest article entitled ‘You Can Still Have Your Bad Days’is published on the ‘Column 10′ website, the brainchild of professional footballer and media personality Rohan Ricketts.  It claims to combine ‘a whole host of content from a truly global connection of aspiring journalists and those more established in the industry’. Sky Blue fans should find this particular content of interest:-

http://www.column10.com/2014/08/leon-mckenzie-you-can-still-have-your-bad-days/