Legends Day 2017 Photo Gallery-4: Pitchside (1960s FPs)

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Legends day 2017: The Team That Bested The Posh

Ron Farmer & Dietmar Bruck lift the 1966-67 D2 Champions Cup again!

In previous postings we have been featuring some of the best pics from the CCFPA’s collection of photos* of the memorable CCFPA/CCFC Legends Day 2017 held last Saturday. As well as our own 10th Anniversary Legends Day event all Sky Blues fans were celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 1966-67 squad achieving first division status for the club’s first time and also the 30th Anniversary of CCFC’s 1986-87 team lifting the F.A.Cup for the first time too. Members of both squads were present with their respective trophies.

Bill Glazier

Jeff Blockley points at Roy Barry whilst Dennis Mortimer shapes to score!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bob Wesson passes Sky Blue Sam

Last time, we focused on our oldest CCFC former player veterans – the stalwarts of the 1950s who laid the foundations for the club’s rise to the top (and some like CCFPA members Mick Kearns, Ron Farmer and George Curtis went all the way to the top). Now we continue illustrating the  traditional half-time fun and games pitchside as over 10,000 Sky Blues fans gave their Ricoh welcome to our 1960s ‘stars of the past’.  

John Tudor

Jeff Blockley

Dudley Roberts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Sillett waves from the stands

Above and below we illustrate the journey to the centre circle of some of the following stars of the SixtiesRoy Barry, Jeff Blockley, Dietmar Bruck, Chris Cattlin, Bill Glazier, Colin Holder, Dennis Mortimer, Dennis Oakes, Dudley Roberts, John Sillett, Bill Tedds, John Tudor, Alan Turner and Bob Wesson.

A welcome for Roy Barry awaits

Chris Cattlin (SR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dennis Mortimer

All our FPs from over five decades of playing excellence then gathered in the centre circle for their customary team photo (featured last time) mirrored by the relatively new tradition of a team photo taken of the current Sky Blue team on Legends Day (at top)!

Tomorrow we will profile players from the remaining decades of the Sky Blues teams of the past (1970s onwards)  Keep checking back on this site for more photos in the coming days.

Including our members Gael Bigirimana and Steve Ogrizovic, who were pitchside contributing directly to the 1-0 victory over ‘the Posh’, over 40 CCFC stars of the past joined in this year’s annual reunion and our celebrations.

Denis Oakes & Alan Turner (SR)

The full list of our CCFC ‘stars of the past’ attending was:- Dele Adebola, Roy Barry, Dave Bennett, Jeff Blockley, Ken BrownDietmar Bruck, Dave Busst, Chris Cattlin, Paul Culpin, Ronnie Farmer, Bill Glazier, Ian Goodwin, Micky Gynn, Lol Harvey, Colin Holder, Jimmy Holmes, Peter Hormantschuk, Tommy Hutchison, Mick Kearns, Dennis Mortimer, Brian Nicholas, Dennis Oakes, Craig Pead; Barry Quinn, Cyrille Regis, Brian ‘Harry’ Roberts, Dudley Roberts, John Sillett, Gordon Simms, Kirk Stephens, Bill Tedds, John Tudor, Alan Turner, Ian Wallace, Graham Walker, Bob Wesson, John Williams, Pete Wyer and Quintin Young

*Please note that all photos, unless otherwise stated, are by CCFPA’s official photographers for the day Mick & Trish Penny who can be contacted via www.btpromotions.com or by Association committee members. All are therefore copyright CCFPA and must not be reproduced without permission. CT=courtesy of Coventry Telegraph. SR= courtesy Shaun Reynolds Photography (Coventry Observer). Thanks

Legends Day 2017 Photo Gallery-3: Pitchside (1950s FPs)

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The Fantastic Forty- Legends Day 2017

John Sillett & Academy Manager Richard Stevens parade the Checkatrade Trophy (CT)

In previous articles we have featured some of the best pics from the CCFPA’s collection of photos* of the earlier stages of its memorable Legends Day 2017 held last Saturday. The Sky Blues played their full part with a 1-0 Ricoh victory over Peterborough United. 

The fun and games on the pitch began with our member John Sillett, former Sky Blues full back and gaffer (who with George Curtis) brought the F.A.Cup back to Coventry from Wembley in 1987, bringing the club’s latest acquisition of silverware onto the pitch only six days after the EFL Checkatrade trophy was won so impressively by the current Sky Blues under Mark Robins.

Including our members Gael Bigirimana and Steve Ogrizovic, who were pitchside contributing directly to the victory over ‘the Posh’, over 40 CCFC stars of the past joined in this year’s annual reunion and our celebrations.

Ron Farmer & Dietmar with the D2 Cup

As well as our own 10th Anniversary Legends Day event all Sky Blues fans were celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 1966-67 squad achieving first division status for the club’s first time and also the 30th Anniversary of CCFC’s 1986-87 team lifting the F.A.Cup for the first time too. Members of both squads were present with their respective trophies.

As you will by now have worked out, in this and subsequent postings the photos are concentrating on the traditional half-time welcome given to our ‘stars of the past’ by the 10,000 strong Sky Blue Army as were they announced onto the pitch in decade order of making their debut for CCFC and then gather in the centre circle for their customary team photo (at top). First we present some of the veteran stalwarts of the 50s and 60s many of whom bridged the Billy Frith ‘Bantams’ of the late 50s into the 1960s Sky Blue Jimmy Hill era.

Dodging the errant sprinkler (CT)

This year, some nifty footwork was required by some of our veterans to swerve and avoid a nasty tackle from an errant water sprinkler. Mick Kearns and Ian Goodwin in particular needed an umbrella!

Eventually all was well as the ‘Legends’ team photo (above) was taken!

Mick Kearns

Here we present some of the following Fifties participants taking their walk onto the sunny Ricoh pitch: Ken BrownRonnie Farmer, Lol Harvey, Mick Kearns, Brian Nicholas, Gordon Simms, Graham Walker and Pete Wyer.

Lol Harvey waits to go on

Gordon Simms

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fifties veterans Ken Brown & Peter Wyer with the F.A.Cup won in 1987 (SR)

Brian Nicholas (SR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The full list of our CCFC ‘stars of the past’ attending was:- Dele Adebola, Roy Barry, Dave Bennett, Jeff Blockley, Ken BrownDietmar Bruck, Dave Busst, Chris Cattlin, Paul Culpin, Ronnie Farmer, Bill Glazier, Ian Goodwin, Micky Gynn, Lol Harvey, Colin Holder, Jimmy Holmes, Peter Hormantschuk, Tommy Hutchison, Mick Kearns, Dennis Mortimer, Brian Nicholas, Dennis Oakes, Craig Pead; Barry Quinn, Cyrille Regis, Brian ‘Harry’ Roberts, Dudley Roberts, John Sillett, Gordon Simms, Kirk Stephens, Bill Tedds, John Tudor, Alan Turner, Ian Wallace, Graham Walker, Bob Wesson, John Williams, Pete Wyer and Quintin Young

Next we will be focusing on the Sixties Sky Blue stars being welcomed by a Ricoh roar i.e. Roy Barry, Jeff Blockley, Dietmar Bruck, Chris Cattlin, Bill Glazier, Colin Holder, Dennis Mortimer, Dennis Oakes, Dudley Roberts, John Sillett, Bill Tedds, John Tudor, Alan Turner and Bob Wesson

*Please note that all photos, unless otherwise stated, are by CCFPA’s official photographers for the day Mick & Trish Penny who can be contacted via www.btpromotions.com or by Association committee members. All are therefore copyright CCFPA and must not be reproduced without permission. CT=courtesy of Coventry Telegraph. SR= courtesy Shaun Reynolds Photography (Coventry Observer). Thanks

Jimmy’s Puppy Collection Made At Legends Day

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Billy Bell & Sarah with the 3 Guide Dogs and their handlers

Puppies and an elephant await the half time legends parade

CCFPA are pleased to announce that nearly a further £200 was raised at last Saturday’s Legends Day towards the £5000 needed to breed and train a guide dog who will be named after the late, great, Coventry City icon (and Association member) Jimmy Hill.  CCFPA’s chairman Jim Brown and former players Dietmar Bruck and Ron Farmer had visited the Guide Dogs for the Blind Breeding Centre at Bishops Tachbrook recently to get the project started.

‘Harty’, one of the dogs they met there was again at the Ricoh along with a couple of friends. The three current trainee guide dogs formed an advance party at the game against ‘the Posh’ and sniffed out a number of donation opportunities! The trio were very pleased (tales wagging) to meet the phalanx of our former players and over 10000 fans as CCFPA Membership Sec. Sarah-Jane Morris and a couple of staff from the centre did a circuit of the Arena. The dogs engaged with many of the fascinated Sky Blue fans who were pleased to offer some donations to a good cause!  CCFPA thanks to all that gave a donation last Saturday.

Two of the Trainee Guide Dogs on parade

Puppies – Meet The Sky Blue Scarves!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A guide dog sniffs out a donation opportunity!

Sarah-Jane & the Centre handler introduces Harty and one of the other dogs to excited fans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Association will be donating money collected at games and from the proceeds of auctions at both this Legends Day and CCFPA’s Golf Day 2017 in June. Already around half the necessary £5000 has been raised. If any Sky Blue fans would like to help CCFPA raise the funds for puppy Jimmy to be born you can do so by clicking  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/JimmyHillPuppyFund or Text CCFP67 £Amount to 70070.

A piece in Coventry about our campaign to fund a ‘Jimmy Hill Puppy’ in Coventry Observer can also be found here: –https://coventryobserver.co.uk/news/guide-dog-to-be-named-jimmy-hill/

Thanks to CCFPA’s Richard Morris for the photos!   

Sky Blue Puppies On Tour!

Will JHs Puppy Look Like This?

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

CCFPA Committee Awards For Jim & Sarah On Legends Day

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What better day than our 10th Anniversary Legends Day 2017 to recognise the contribution of two members of the Association’s very hard working committee? 

Founder member and long time CCFPA Chairman Jim Brown received a surprise commemorative gift during lunch from former Sky Blue favourite and club captain Roy Barry in a packed Premium lounge at the Ricoh. Roy was a busy man since he was also CCFPA’s ‘extra special guest’ for the day which involved him taking time out from the convivialities of the rest of the former player reunion to undertake ‘special guest’ duties for us. For example, he visited CCFC’s youngest supporters in the Family Zone pre-match, toured other supporters’ lounges in the stadium before the game and then also assisting BBC CWR’s live match day team with their commentary and analysis.

Jim’s award, presented by Roy, recognised his immense contribution in setting up and helping manage what most accept is one of the biggest, best and most professionally run Former Player’s Association’s in the country. The last decade has seen CCFPA make continuous progress and make an enormous contribution to the life and well-being of the CCFC. It has an important role in connecting its former players (FPs) and other members with the current squad, its future stars and their fans. Most importantly, CCFPA fosters the necessary energy provided by tapping into to memories and personalities making up the club’s history and heritage. Our two major annual reunions of FPs, Legends Days and Golf Days provide vital social and cultural glue binding the successive generations of club players, officials and supporters.

Every year at Legends Day CCFPA awards one of its committee members who it feels has done most to promote and protect the aims of the Association. This year the award went to Membership Sec. Sarah-Jane Morris who since joining the Association a few years ago has quickly become established as an important part of the committee and has become well known to all levels of staff at the Ricoh and at CCFC as well as to our membership.  Former Sky Blue defender Jim Holmes did the honours (right)!

Sarah (back) on dog duty

Sarah is tireless in linking together our members with our activities and events as well as giving great assistance to external (but CCFPA supported) activities like SBiTC’s ‘Walking Football’ and CCFC’s ‘Family Zone’. She has had more than usual on her plate in the last few weeks as she was also heavily involved in the arrangements to take a large CCFPA party to Wembley for the EFL final!

Her energy was exemplified last Saturday by, as well as doing her other duties, taking one of the guide dogs (or was it the other way round?) on a pitchside tour of the stadium collecting donations to help CCFPA in its project to buy a ‘Jimmy Hill‘ puppy. Consequently she missed the traditional pitchside CCFPA team photo (below).

Husband Richard also does a sterling job assisting CCFPA and takes many of the photos appearing on this site (including the one above left in this article)! Below we show the rest of the hard working CCFPA committee present at Legends Day with the two most historical of the three cups on show at the Ricoh last Saturday, the 1966-67 D2 Championship Trophy and the F.A.Cup won by the Sky Blues twenty years later in 1986-87! The 2016-17 Checkatrade Trophy was admired by fans, committee and FPs alike elsewhere in the stadium.

CCFPA committee (l-r) Sandra,Kik, Mike, Dean, Bob, Billy, Jim, Maggie & Dietmar (Benno & Sarah were busy elsewhere)

*Please note that all photos, unless otherwise stated, are by CCFPA’s official photographers for the day Mick & Trish Penny who can be contacted via www.btpromotions.com or by Association committee members. All are therefore copyright CCFPA and must not be reproduced without permission. Thanks