Join Your Heroes At Our 10th Anniversary Legends Day Next Month

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Legends Day 2016: Team Photo (with JH's family) & 'Killer' with the Cup

Legends Day 2016: Team Photo (with JH’s family) & ‘Killer’ with the Cup

CCFPA’s 10th Anniversary Legends Day 2017  is only just over five weeks or so away. The special event will surround the Sky Blues match against Peterborough United on Saturday, 8th April 2017 and we hope to make this one extra special!

ccfpa-10-year-fullAt our last Legends Day in February 2016 (above), a large number of our former players joined fans in remembering the Sky Blues iconic former manager and managing director, the late Jimmy Hill the day after a memorial service for him in Coventry Cathedral. On the day there was much to celebrate in his memory on the pitch as the Sky Blues put on a great performance to demolish Bury by six clear goals. This season all will be hoping the Sky Blues can punish the Posh in front of the assembled Sky Blues heroes. As well as members of JH’s family nearly 40 former players joined us last season including, memorably, a rare visitor, Brian Kilcline and many other Sky Blue Legends including the likes of  Dave Bennett, Ron Farmer, Ian Wallace and Bobby Gould.

Killer at legends Day 2016

Killer at Legends Day 2016

The Association will be working hard to equal or surpass last year’s event in terms of numbers of stars-of-the-past attending and we are expecting some big new names! We are also celebrating the 50th anniversary of reaching the top tier with our 1966-67 Division 2 Championship Squad as well as the 30th anniversary of our F.A.Cup triumph in 1986-87. Members of both squads are sure to be present.

Initial invites to our former players went out with our special Xmas card in December and the shortly to be published CCFPA February Newsletter ‘Legend’ contains official invites as we attempt to make it, yet again, the best Legends Day turnout ever!  All the usual fun and games will be present including the traditional half-time parade and ‘team-photo’ in the centre circle, and a Sky Blue sing song with mass ranks of FPs and fans in Lady Gs at the Arena after the game! Legends Day always guarantees a hospitality sell-out as many of the Club’s supporters are keen to wine and dine with their favourite City stars from yesteryear in the E.ON Lounge in the pre match meal. Due to popular demand in previous years, the club and CCFPA have decided to put the event on sale early so you can book your places now!

CCFC’s Corporate Sales Manager Tynan Scope was quoted on the club’s website www.ccfc.co.uk, as saying,
Legends Day is one of the stand-out events of the year. It has always been a popular event in hospitality, and I’m sure memories of last year’s day are still fresh for us all.  We are delighted to welcome back and show our appreciation for all of our former players and have always enjoyed close working ties with the CCFPA. Due to demand in previous years, we’ve decided to put the event on sale ahead of Christmas – so it could be the perfect Christmas gift for a CCFC fan, and means fans can secure their place early for what is bound to be a fantastic day.”
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Tony Mowbray meets some of the Legends in 2015

Tony Mowbray meets some of the Legends in 2015

The Club is offering a Legends Day package which allows purchasers to spend the afternoon with our former players and further includes :

• 3 Course dining in the glass-fronted E.ON Lounge overlooking the pitch
• Padded seat in the corporate seating area
• Complimentary matchday programmes and team sheets
• Half-time tea and coffee
• Man of the Match interview and presentation
• VIP car parking (one space per 4 places booked)
 
The package costs £69 +VAT per person. (Season Ticket holders can upgrade at a discounted cost of £59 +VAT). Tickets for Children Under-12  are £34.50+VAT.
 
For further details or to book for your places alongside the Legends against Peterborough on 8th Aprol next, please call 02476 99 1987 (option 2) , book online here, or email hospitality@ccfc.co.uk.
 
 

‘Big Ron’ Guest Of Honour At Coventry Charity Cup Sportsmans Dinner Next Month

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CovNews Service/Coventry MAD have announced that CCFPA member and former CCFC Boss ‘Big Ron’ Atkinson has agreed to be guest of honour at a Sportsmans Dinner at the Royal Court Hotel, Coventry on Thursday April 13th 2017.

The Coventry Charity Cup

The black tie event, to benefit the work of the Coventry Charity Cup, kicks off  at 7.00pm and will also feature comedian Rudi West.

A player with Aston Villa from 1956-59 (albeit without breaking through to the first team) and famously club captain with Oxford United from 1959-71 making 384 league appearances, ‘Big Ron’ really made his mark in club management. Starting out at Kettering in 1971 Ron then had four years at Cambridge United (from 1974) before joining WBA in 1978. With the ‘Baggies’  Big Ron started to hit the headlines and also managed Sky Blue Legend and now fellow CCFPA member Cyrille Regis. He spent a high profile time at Manchester United (1981-86) before returning to the Hawthorns. A season in Spain with Atletico Madrid followed in 1988 followed by spells in the manager’s chair at Sheffield Wednesday (1989) and Aston Villa (1991).

Big Ron is ‘tied up’ by CCFPA’s Frank Pritchard

Ron came to Highfield Road in February 1995 after parting from the Villa and helped the Sky Blues survive in the Premiership and recruited some great players like Gary McAllister, CCFPA member Noel Whelan and a player who went on to partner and then succeed him as manager, now CCFPA member Gordon Strachan. Ron saw out his managerial carrer at Hillsborough and then at Nottingham Forest and retired in 1998 to develop a career in media punditry notably with ITV and MUTV (as well as appearing on the likes of Celebrity Big Brother). Ron joined the Association in February 2015.

Further information about the event and tickets costing £40 per head can be bought by contacting dgkite@aol.com or from Ross Miles(Premier group) on 02476 362886

Is This Jimmy The Puppy?

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Here’s some early news that CCFPA has decided to promote the sponsorship of a puppy in memory of CCFC icon and late CCFPA member Jimmy Hill!

The Association will be kicking off the appeal by making a donation to name a puppy who will be trained as a future Guide Dog to help those with disabilities who will benefit from having such an important friend and source of support.  

Look out for more news in coming days and weeks but first news is that CCFPA vice chairman Billy Bell has asked us, through this page, to thank Sky Blues fans in the G-Casino after last Saturday’s Sky Blues match against Swindon Town for contributing to an impromptu bucket collection which raised a magnificent initial sum of £275 (plus 1 Euro!) for the charity. Thanks to all!!

More on the Guide Dogs charity can be found at

W: www.guidedogs.org.uk
T: 0118 983 0190
E: nameapuppy@guidedogs.org.uk

 

March Walking Football On This Morning At St Finbarrs, Coventry

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SBiTC Walking Football A5 1pp (print)SBiTC’s Cov based Thursday Walking Football returns after its half term break later this morning. If you are over 50, why not join us and get those extra winter pounds trimmed and meet the happy band of senior footballers for their first session in March at St Finbarr’s later today (Thursday 2nd March 2017)?

St.Finbarr’s Sport & Social Club is based at 303 Holbrooks Lane, Coventry CV6 4DG where the sessions are run this and every Thursday. The sessions are designed to offer gentle but competitive exercise for the over 50s and start before 10.30am running through to around noon. All it costs is £3 (including hot and cold refreshments). So, if you want to come, look sharpish, dust off  your old football boots/trainers and get along to St Finbarrs!

Assorted CCFPA Members & Sky Blue Shirts!

Assorted CCFPA Members & Sky Blue Shirts!

Brucky still dazzles

Brucky still dazzles

CCFPA full members including the likes of Dietmar Bruck, Ron Farmer, Ken Brown, Bill Tedds, Ian Goodwin, Dave Bennett, committee members Dean Nelson, Billy Bell and Frank Pritchard and a number of Associate Members can often be found amongst the participants and supporters at the sessions (at least 30 regularly turn up usually including a few newbies!), so why not join the regulars?

Walking 21-1-16e

Defenders await a Walking Football Tackle

The Walking Football scheme has proved so popular that if you can’t make Thursday sessions there is a brand new opportunity at St Finbarrs every Monday or another regular event locally too in Bedworth every Tuesday held at Bedworth Town FC’s Oval ground (both same time and cost).  These friendly events are run by CCFC’s Sky Blues In The Community run by former Sky Blue defender (and CCFPA member) Dave Busst and have always been supported by the Coventry City Diamond Club, Coventry City Former Players Association  and Covsupport News Service and their members.

For more information about the sessions at both sites you can contact Sky Blues in the Community’s Health Manager, Hiedi Sloan (telephone: 02476 786 314 Text: 07813 455 531 or by email: hiedi.sloan@ccfc.co.uk). SBiTC can also be contacted at sbitc@ccfc.co.uk