CCFC Old Boy News: CCFPA Wishes The Sky Blue Family ‘Happy St George’s Day’!!

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Not a common name today but just a few (nine) Coventry City George’s for you to remember (across the CCFC playing generations) ……………….

George Boateng in the Sky Blue

Club captain George Mason

The Bantams’ George Stewart

George McNestry

George ‘Tubby’ Warren

George Thomas in the Sky Blue

George Kirby

George Lowrie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George Curtis in the Sky Blue

 

 

 

Members News: Ex Sky Blue Central Defender Hits 42 Today. ‘Happy Birthday’ Andy!!

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Andy Webster in the Sky Blue

Almost three years ago in May 2021, we were pleased to announce  that Scottish former Sky Blue central defender Andy Webster who played for the Sky Blues towards the end of his professional career in two seasons 2013-15 had become an Association member. Now we are pleased to congratulate him on another reason for celebration – his 42nd birthday! A Scotland international, Andy was born in Dundee on 23rd April in 1982.

Andy came to CCFC on a free from Scottish Premier League outfit Hearts and made his Sky Blue debut on the 8th August 2013 in a 5-4 win against Bristol City at Sixfields in the Sky Blues first game in their first period of exile. By the time he left League One CCFC, released by Tony Mowbray, in May 2015 Andy had clocked up 82 games in the Sky Blue first team shirt netting three times.

Andy Webster in City away kit

The always dependable and hard working defender first started out his professional career with two seasons at Scottish second division side Arbroath before establishing his reputation in six seasons at Hearts (2000-06) in his first period with the famous Edinburgh club. Netting nine times in 194 outings for the SPL club, with a year left on his contract and under controversial circumstances he moved to England for the first time with then Premier League team Wigan Athletic. In so doing he helped improve freedom of movement for his fellow pros and, like the earlier Bosman ruling, the FIFA ‘Webster Ruling’ sent shock waves around Europe. It took Andy eighteen months of arduous legal wrangles and compensation battles before he won his test case and established a principle about how contracts are applied.

However, making the adjustment to the Englich top level game proved harder than expected and, in January 2007 after only four games for the Lancashire initially on loan, Andy returned to his homeland signing for top club Rangers. In the event he only played a couple of games for the Ibrox based club due to both injury and being sent out on loan to successively Bristol City for six months (from August  2008 actually debuting against the Sky Blues at the Ricoh) and then Dundee United (for the whole 2009-10 season where he scored four goals in 31 games).

Andy in Sky Blue action

Andy’s time at Ibrox did not work out as hoped and he was released at the end of January 2011 allowing him to rejoin first love Hearts the following month after four-and-a-half injury-plagued years away. There he netted five times in 88 appearances over three seasons before making his move to the Sky Blues joining them in their time of exile for the first time at Northampton Town‘s Sixfields. By all accounts Andy enjoyed his time with the Sky Blues under former playing colleague and Scottish international (and now fellow CCFPA member) Steven Pressley. After Coventry Andy returned north of the border to sign for Scottish Championship side St Mirren in August 2015 and stayed with them two seasons before hanging up his boots in May 2017 with a decent career total of 21 goals in 475 appearances. He is (see below) currently back where he began acting as Academy Ambassador for Arbroath FC‘s Community Trust.

After winning both Scottish U21 and Scotland ‘B’ caps from 2003 Andy was recognised by his country intermittently over a decade (2003-13) eventually wearing his nation’s blue shirt in full internationals 28 times.

We hope to entertain Andy perhaps next season in Coventry at a Sky Blues home game at the CBS Arena and/or at an Association event/reunion. In the meantime ”Have a Great Birthday today, Andy’

 

Members News: Sky Blue ‘Hucks’ Hits 48 Today. ‘Many Happy Returns’, Darren!!

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Darren in 1997

Darren in 1997

CCFPA sends Birthday wishes today to our member Darren Huckerby, one of the most exciting players to have pulled on a Sky Blue shirt in his day! He was born in Nottingham on 23rd April 1976 and is therefore celebrating his 48th birthday today!

‘Hucks’, famous for his mazy penetrating runs at Premier League defences and several memorable goals, came to the Sky Blues from Newcastle United in November 1996 for a nice round £1m.

‘Hucks’, ‘DD’ & ‘Snowy’ in trademark salute

In 109 first team appearances for City Darren clocked up 34 goals and formed a formidable partnership with the likes of fellow members Dion Dublin and Noel Whelan. He also gained England honours whilst with the Sky Blues at U21 and England ‘B’ level.

Darren has had an interesting and varied footballing career; his footballing style sometimes appeared baffling (even to himself) but often very effective!

Hucks and Noel with David Speedie at Legends Day 2019

Transferred to Leeds United for £4m in August 1999 Darren also played at the top level with Manchester City, Nottingham Forest and Norwich City, where he also became a Legend for the Carrow Road outfit playing over a hundred games for the Canaries. He finished his career in the United States in 2008 with San Jose Earthquakes.

Hucks has been back to see us quite a few times as our match-day ‘special’ and it was a pleasure to see him, for the first time at our Legends Day 2019 reunion in March 2019 (right). Sadly he was unable to attend LD23. We look forward to his return to the CBS!

Happy Birthday Hucks – have a great one today!

Thanks to former CCFPA committee member Dean Nelson you can see below a compilation of all Huck’s Sky Blues goals!

Members News: CCFPA Members Gutted By Wembley Semi Final Outcome

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The score (aet) prior to penalties

Rich & Sarah Morris on their way to the game

Well, it won’t be an all Sky Blue Wembley F.A Cup final now, instead a Manchester derby next month. A goodly number of Association members, Former Player members, committee members and volunteers were at the national stadium with 36,000 members of the SBA to see the Sky Blues have another Wembley game cruelly snatched away from them on penalties. Losing the Championship Play-Off Finals to Luton Town after extra time at Wembley on penalties this time last year was bad enough. Yesterday probably was even more gutting in many ways for the Sky Blue family! 

We provide some initial snaps of some of the ‘Sky Blue stars of the Past’, all our Former Player members (and some committee members) at Wembley with us yesterday. More will follow tomorrow from CCFPA committee member Richard Morris……

Banner unfurled on the Sky Blue end

Chris Cattlin with Billy Bell before the game

CCFPA’s Steve Dorrington with Stuart Giddings

Carl Baker & family

Yesterday saw Mark Robins men mount a magnificent second half fightback against Premier League Manchester United from being 3-0 down with twenty minutes left.

Goals from the underdogs by Ellis Simms, Callum O’Hare and a dramatic late Haji Wright equalising penalty rocked the Red Devils.

CCFPA’s Mike Young pre-match Wembley

Both sides had also hit the bar and then, after no further score in extra time, the magnificent Sky Blues fans celebrated an improbable 4-3 victory as, with virtually the last kick of the game, Victor Torp turned in a Haji cross.

Max Biamou & ‘The Edje’

Two minutes of Sky Blue ecstasy at making another Wembley F.A.Cup final (after our winning campaign in 1987) was cruelly snatched away with a marginal VAR off-side decision against our No.11, ‘by a toenail’ as MR ruefully remarked.

The Sky Blue players and management team should be proud of their performance on what all neutrals will remember as (one of) the best semi-finals ever. CCFC now have to overcome the substantial mental and physical after-effects of this memorable day and ready themselves for next Wednesday night’s crucial six pointer at the CBS Arena against fellow Championship play off hopefuls Hull City!

John Hartson on Wembley Big Screen

Gary McSheffrey interviewed pitchside by ITV

Penalties- Nearly the end

PUSB

 

Thanks to CCFPA’s Mike Young and (& Associate member Kev Monks) for these pics of a fantastic Sky Blue day (apart from the result, of course).