Claus Hopes to See the Sky Blues Sink the Shrimpers

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Claus Jorgensen action2The Association’s ‘special guest’ for the Sky Blues’ Bank Holiday Monday night game at the Ricoh on the last day of August will be CCFPA committee member Claus Bech Jorgensen. He will be hoping to see the Sky Blues continue their 100% record at the Ricoh this season!

Claus Bech Jorgensen

Claus Bech Jorgensen

Of course, Claus is part of club history having scored the first ever Ricoh goal after 10 minutes when the Sky Blues defeated QPR at its new ground in August 2005. The other scorer (Dele Adebola) and the Sky Blues gaffer Micky Adams at the time are now fellow CCFPA members.

Claus will be remembered as a combative forward who came from Bradford City in August 2003. An international for the Faroe Islands, Claus clocked up over 60 appearances for the Sky Blues scoring six times. He moved to Blackpool in 2006 and thence to Port Vale. Since hanging up his boots Claus has been developing his media and business careers and is proprietor of a local company Unique Floorcare Ltd (one of CCFPA’s Corporate members). Last season he was also asked back to work for CCFC’s Academy as a part-time coach especially for the U 14s.

He will also be doing matchday analysis during the game for BBC CWR as well touring the corporate areas at the Arena before and after the game. We also expect he will be able to meet the fans on the stage of Lady Gs in the G-Casino after the game. Thanks Claus!

CCFPA’s Members Magazine ‘Legend’ at the Printers

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CCFPA Darker Logo 2012Copy for the next September edition of the Association’s members newsletter has now been sent to our printers, Spectrum Print of Solihull by editor Mike Young. This is the latest edition of our full colour eight page magazine. It is anticipated that Issue 19 of the magazine will be ready for final approval in the next few days ready for publication early next month.

As usual, it is packed full of news, views and reports of what we have been up to since the last issue in June and focusses in a centre double page spread on the wonderful Golf Day 2015 at Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club later that month. We demonstrate that your Association has been busy during the close season and making plans for season 2015-16.

As usual, we contain news of the doings and sayings of our Sky Blue members, coverage of some of the Charitable events our former player Legends XI have supported and a section on the health and welfare activities we also help to promote. There is a Bookshelf feature and we also remember one member of the ex CCFC playing family who sadly has passed on to ‘Sky Blue heaven’.

If you were a CCFPA Associate Member last season but have forgotten to renew we urge you to do so in the next seven days to guarantee receipt of this and future copies of this popular publication. You can join or renew at the modest cost of £15 (just tap on the ‘Join us’ button on the top right for a guide on how to join or rejoin by sending us a cheque or paying electronically.

We hope that there is something for everyone in Legend and that all will find it a good read. Watch this space for news of when the magazines are being sent out by us to our membership!

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‘Spider’ Back in Coventry for Diamond September

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Chris in the Sky Blue

Chris in the Sky Blue

Former Sky Blue defender (and CCFPA member) Chris Cattlin is coming back to Coventry to be special guest speaker at the next Coventry City Diamond Club’s lunch on Thursday September 17th 2015.

Chris is an exceedingly popular CCFC former player from the 1960s and a regular visitor to Association functions, especially our annual Legends Day. He is a strong supporter of all things Sky Blue including CCFPA and has been vocal in expressing his concerns during the Club’s tribulations of recent years.

‘Spider’  is a well loved and remembered Sky Blue defender having served CCFC as an adventurous and athletic left back between 1968-76. Noel Cantwell  purchased him in March 1968 for the substantial sum (in those days) of £70k from Huddersfield Town where he had made his name.  Chris eventually played 239 times for the Sky Blues including in their sole European campaign in 1970-71 (unfortunately without ever finding the opponent’s net!)  He gained two Under 23 caps for the Club before moving on to Brighton and Hove Albion in the close season of 1976.

Chris at Legends Day 2015

Chris at Legends Day 2015

At Brighton he also became a Club Legend and, under Alan Mullery, was twice a promotion winner in the 1970s scoring 2 goals in 114 first team appearances up to retiring in 1980. He later returned to the Goldstone in a coaching capacity just prior to being promoted to being their Manager in October 1983 (replacing Jimmy Melia). Reputedly something of a disciplinarian Chris substantially turned the club’s fortunes round leading them to within striking distance of promotion and a F.A.Cup quarter final place before being sacked (unjustly according to many Seagull’s supporters) in May 1986.  Chris still lives and has business interests in the Brighton area.

The Diamond Club Committee are asking that all members who are planning on attending the lunch should return their forms and monies as soon as possible. The Diamond Club will also have a new tie on sale at the lunch apparently!

Trio of CCFPA members in Irish Squad

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Keiren

Five former Coventry City players, three of them CCFPA members*, have been included in the provisional Republic Of Ireland squad to face both Gilbraltar and Georgia.

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Richard

Former Sky Blue shot stopper Keiren Westwood* now with Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County duo Richard Keogh* and ‘Cov kid’ Cyrus Christie*, David McGoldrick of Ipswich Town and Robbie Keane of LA Galaxy in the USA have been picked for the provisional squad for two Ireland UEFA Euro 2016 Group D qualifiers.

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Cyrus

The first is against Gibraltar in Faro, Portugal on Friday, September 4th 2015, followed by the UEFA Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Georgia three days later in the Aviva Stadium on Monday, September 7th 2015.

Good luck to all of the former Sky Blues should they win another international cap.