Last 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)!
The 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”.