Q & A at Lloyd’s Place ‘A Good Night Had By All’

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HawksMill Q& A1Last Saturday night (29th March 2014), following the Sky Blues victory over Crewe fans had a chance to meet and quiz Sky Blues players of an earlier vintage at CCFPA member Lloyd McGrath’s Hawkesmill Sports and Social Club. Thanks to Lloyd for making the facilities of the club room available to the Association. CCFPA Welfare Officer Bob Eales, who was one of those present, has sent the following report:-

“Saturday night’s Q & A / Fan’s Forum at should be savoured as a cosy evening attended by several CCFPA Former Players including the Association’s President Kirk Stephens, committee man and Players Liaison Officer, Dave Bennett, ‘Penalty King’ Ron Farmer, Brian Clough impressionist Ian Goodwin and CCFPA stalwart Ken Brown.

The evening was hosted by the Association’s Vice Chairman Billy Bell who welcomed those who attended and introduced the first comedy duo of Ron and Ian  who reminisced about their career; about how Ron came over from the Channel Islands to get a career in football, sprinkled with various comical stories of his life. Similar entertaining stories came from Ian about how he first got spotted after taking his brother to CCFC for a trial, then being asked to make up the numbers and actually getting signed himself. Also noteworthy was his humorous yet tough relationship with a certain Mr Clough (Senior)!

HawksMill Q&A2The second comedy duo (right) were then invited up in the guise of Kirk and Dave, and memories naturally centred on the subject of the F.A.Cup win in ’87 and the antics of the squad before, during and after the final. Kirk’s shared his pride at playing for his home city club after initial rejection and his dressing down from Ron.  Among those spotted in attendance included Association Committee member Bob Eales and CCFPA Associate Members Kevin Heffernan and Suky Singh. It was generally agreed that a good night was had by all”.

Golf Day 2014: GD minus 29 to Early Bird Deadline: Act Now for Big Savings

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CCPFA Golf Day 2014 Flyer (corrected)Its less than a month to go before the Early Bird deadline for signing up to this year’s golfing extravaganza. CCFPA’s Golf Day 2014 is being held – once more at Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club (SDPGC) – on Thursday 5th June 2014.

This gives you plenty of warning to put the date in your diary and enter a team, each of which will play with one of our Coventry City stars of the past. We expect the usual splendid turnout from our former players.

These are brilliant discounts so the earlier you book your place the cheaper your entry will be. Our Golf Days have picked up a reputation for an entertaining and sporting event with a competitive round of golf shared with some of your Sky Blues heroes followed by an excellent and convivial dinner and craic. We have many former players already signed up including several members of the famous 1987 City F.A.Cup winning squad and we have already registered interest from a record number of partner teams. Team places are therefore likely to be at a premium so best act now!

If you pay in full before the Early Bird Deadline of 2nd May 2014 entry for your team of three is just £180; or teams making a deposit of £100 by the 2nd May with the rest paid before the end of the month will be charged £200 in total. Full price entry is £240. Pre tee-off refreshments and a 3 course Dinner after the 18 holes are included in the price. Individual entry at £80 (discounts  £6070 for early entry) is also available (as may be, subject to demand, observer attendance if you want to watch but not play and dinner-only attendance if there are any spare places).

Further details and an application form can be supplied via CCFPA’s Frank Pritchard at 07815 899224 /  frank.pritchard1@ntlworld.com or from Linda Edmondson at SDPGC on 02476  639991 x.1 or through this site (contacts page),

All cheques should be made payable to ‘Coventry City Former Players Association’.  Book early to avoid disappointment. We hope you can join us!

Maureen O’Neill RIP: Funeral Arrangements Announced

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Maureen O'Neill RIP

Maureen O’Neill RIP

The arrangements for the funeral of former Coventry City employee and former Coventry City Diamond Club Treasurer Maureen O’Neill who passed away earlier this week have been announced.

The funeral will take place on Thursday April 10th and there will be a Requiem Mass at Holy Family Church in Beake Avenue, Coventry followed by a service at Canley Crematorium at 10.30am.

That’s Rich! Richard Wood welcomes Richard Keogh to the Association.

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RK signs2The mystery is solved. CCFPA’s Frank Pritchard finally got his man at last Saturday’s Derby County v Charlton Athletic Championship fixture at Pride Park (won by the Rams 3-0) and reunited two wholehearted former Sky Blue Players of recent vintage. Frank’s report below is headlined,

“The Two Richards: Great Result for our Latest Signing but not so much for ‘Woody’”

“They may have moved on from Coventry City but two of our ‘rock solid’ defenders still keep in touch and came up against one another at Pride Park on Saturday when Derby County entertained Charlton Athletic.

My thanks go to Richard Wood for putting me in touch with former Sky Blue skipper and ‘Player of the Season’ Richard Keogh whose playing careers took a similar path whilst with the Sky Blues. A warm welcome to Richard (Keogh) to the Sky Blue family and Coventry City Former Players Association!

Mr Keogh said “we had some good times at the club (Coventry City) and really enjoyed it with a great group of lads, we had a good rapport but it was just one of those things that happen in football and we both moved on.  I still wanted to give it a go in the Championship and Derby came in with an offer and I accepted it. Unfortunately it probably just wasn’t the right time for either of us at the club at that point,”

RW & RK1 catching upRK added, “but I’ve settled well at Derby, we have a new manager and are currently pushing for the ‘Play Off’s’ but still require a couple of wins to cement our place. Hopefully we’ll do that and I’d fancy ourselves over two-legs. Although living in Derbyshire, Richard still has a house in Kenilworth and intends to hold on to that and just wait and see what the future brings. I still look out for the Sky Blues results and keep in touch with Jordan Clarke and Cyrus Christie as well as some of the other lads.”

Both players (right) spent around 40 minutes chatting happily about their partners and family, old times and how their careers are currently developing. ‘Woody’ who now plies his trade at the Valley arrived at the Ricoh from Sheffield Wednesday in January 2010 on a three year deal that expired last Summer during which time he made 98 appearances netting on 6 occasions. He was joined in June 2010 by Richard Keogh who made 95 appearances and scored just 1 notable goal for us, before moving on to Derby where he now skippers the team for new boss, Steve McLaren. The two Richards still keep in touch and, as ‘Woody’ still lives in Leicestershire, occasionally meet-up for a coffee or two as during the summer RK departed he got married and moved to Derbyshire.

“Woody” went on to say about the day’s game which pitted the two ex Sky Blues defenders against each other, ”It was an awkward one today. Derby are a very good team; I thought I did OK today and all I can do is try and impress our new boss with games coming up thick and fast.  We have to bounce back following today’s result and take advantage of the games we have-in-hand over our rivals to try and climb away from the foot of the table. Having played over 20 games now for Charlton I’ll just have to wait and see what the Summer brings in terms of an offer on a new deal”.

Frank finished up by getting ‘Woody’ to present Mr Keogh with his official CCFPA membership badge and Association tie (below), offering his thanks to both Richards for making it a very special ‘away-day’ for him, saying  ‘it was great to see you both and recall some of your Sky Blue memories’.  

RW & RK1 tie presentationWe wish both of them every success with their current clubs and look forward to seeing bothRichards at future CCFPA events in Coventry before too long!