The 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,”
RK 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’.
We 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!