Members News: A Good ‘Ambiance’ When Billy Met Bill In Benidorm!

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As we have shown in postings on this website many times over the years our member CCFC’s legendary goalkeeper if the 60s and 70s Bill Glazier and CCFPA’s Billy Bell have developed a great friendship over the years. Bill tries to get over to see us as often as he can from his home (a bar!) near Benidorm to where he retired after a brilliant footballing career. Not surprisingly, most years Billy (and often a group of Sky Blue supporting mates from Brico FC) try to get over to visit Bill and his wife during each summer.

June 2024 was no different and following his strenuous exertions for CCFPA at our Golf Day 2024 (which regular readers will have seen chronicled in recent postings on this website) the Associations Irish vice chairman popped over to Spain to visit Bill and Karen. Also saying hello was Brian Teggin director of one of CCFPA’s Corporate Members Ambiance Vinyl Floorings. Brian presented Bill with a CCFPA golfing cap for his collection (left).

‘Our Bill’ Glazier Testimonial

If you need reminding Bill began his footballing career as a youth on the south coast with Brighton & Hove Albion and Torquay United before starting his professional career in South London in 1960 at Crystal Palace (actually then known as the ‘Glaziers’) eventually playing over a hundred games for the South London side.

Though initially he came to the City playing in Division Two, Bill was quickly reckoned to be the best  uncapped keepers in the country and might have been recognised by his country but for a broken leg at a crucial time (though he did gain Under 23 recognition for England). In over ten years playing for City Bill amassed over 400 appearances for the Sky Blues in all competitions (and mostly in the top division) before moving on to Brentford in 1975.

Sky Blue Bill Glazier

In 1974 the Club awarded Bill a testimonial and over 15,000 turned up at Highfield Road to see a Sky Blue XI take on a 1966 England World Cup winners XI packed full of international stars (sadly many of whom have since passed away including, for example, brothers Bobby and Jackie Charlton).

After a short spell in the USA, with the St Louis Stars, Bill hung up his boots in close season 1976 and ran catering businesses and hotels in the West Country, South Coast and in Spain before he ‘retired’. Coming up for his 81st birthday in August Bill still keeps fit playing, for example, Padel Ball in Benidorm.  Our former ‘keeper hopes to be back in the UK in July and perhaps will be able to make one of the Sky Blues’ pre-season friendlies. We look forward to it!

Blast from The Past: On This Day 2005- CCFC Query Tim About His Future Intentions!

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Tim Sherwood in the Sky Blue

Thanks to CCFC historian Steve Phelps for again reminding us of some of the anniversaries of some of the events and personalities of the CCFC past and close season is always a matter of personnel issues and who will be in and out for the upcoming season.!  The memory above is excerpted from his book ‘Coventry City On This Day‘ (Pitch Publishing 2010) which points up lots of interesting Sky Blue anniversaries*. This one is self explanatory (see above) and comes from the club’s last season at their old home after a century or more at Highfield Road.

Tim Sherwood (born in St. Albans in February 1969) came to the Sky Blues in 2004 for a season in the Championship after an illustrious career with Watford, Norwich City, Blackburn Rovers and Tottenham Hotspur (and four England caps in 1990).

Tim Sherwood in Sky Blue action

The veteran midfielder was signed on 9th July 2004 under the ill fated Sky Blues regime of (now CCFPA member) Peter Reid from Portsmouth in the twilight of his career. He made his debut from the subs bench in CCFC’s opening home game of the season against Sunderland, a 2-0 win! He made his full debut four days later at Cardiff City in a defeat by the odd goal in three. Subsequently captaining the Sky Blues his stated desire to see the club promoted and his apparent injury proneness made this aspiration uncredible. The remaining appearances Tim made was as a starter but the aforesaid injury restricted him to eleven Sky Blue games. His last appearance came as he was substituted in the 2-1 home defeat to Ipswich Town on 3rd October.

Former Sky Blue player (and now CCFPA member) Micky Adams took over the CCFC managerial hotseat at the end of January 2006 and Tim’s two year contract was terminated by mutual consent on 1st July after which Tim retired from playing.

Tim continued his media work after hanging up his boots and also managed both Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa 2013-15.

Micky ensured the Sky Blues squeaked into safety two and three positions (nineteenth) points clear of the drop zone (containing Gillingham, Nottingham Forest and bottom club Rotherham United). They said goodbye to Highfield Road with an emotional 6-2 home demolition of Derby County which will be remembered by all those present in body (22,777) and in spirit!

*Steve’s most recent work on the Sky Blues about the 1980-81 squad ’29 Minutes From Wembley’ was published by Pitch Publishing in 2017 and all his CCFC books are available online and from all good bookshops.

 

Thanks to CCFPA’s Mike Young for sourcing the images.

 

Golf Day 2024 -Pt.12: Pics From CCFPA’s Raffle & Auction

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Raffle prizes

Auction list

In the final instalment of our photo record of this years brilliant Golf Day 2024 exactly a week ago (6th June) we share with you images of the raffle and auction which the Association undertakes each year at its grand sporting reunion of CCFC Former Players, managers and staff and our other guests. We have already shared photos of the FPs and other participants throughout the day arriving, registering, playing, mingling and refreshing themselves prior to FP interviews and wonderful evening dinner put on by our regular friendly hosts the staff at Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club. Last time out (yesterday) we recorded the individual and team winners and ‘also rans’amongst the nearly seventy people who undertook the eighteen hole competition.

Billy Bell is emcee

Chairman Jim announces the winners

Here we remind you (top left and right) of some of the wonderful items up for grabs in the raffle and auction and the guests for the evening part of proceedings were certainly generous in their purchase of raffle tickets and bids on the auction items mainly of sporting, especially CCFC related memorabilia – most of which were kindly donated by full members, corporate members, committee members and other supporters and donors). The proceeds will mainly benefit CCFPA but also some of the income will go to support various charities. 

CCFPA Chairman Jim Brown kicked off the proceedings and vice chairman Billy Bell did the honours as emcee. Some of the prizes on offer can be seen below:-

Now we show you  some action from the auction of memorabilia involving Jim, Billy and CCFPA’s Sarah Morris.

 

 

 

 

 

One of the auction items a ‘special’ golf club commemorating the club’s great 1987 Wembley F.A.Cup win by the ‘Boys of 87’ managed by the managerial duo of George Curtis and John Sillett was auctioned in aid of the ‘George & John Statue Appeal’ to build a statue at the CBS Arena to the late, great deeply missed duo.

Members of the family of the ‘Iron Man’ formed one of the teams contesting the 18 holes and £200 was accordingly raised for the appeal (see below).

 

 

 

 

 

There is still time for all Sky Blue fans to make their own donation as the Appeal committee reach for their target (see details below).

 

 

 

 

Thanks to CCFPA committee members Jim Brown, Billy Bell, Sarah and Richard Morris (who took all the photos in this series) for all their hard work in setting up and running the event. Thanks too to  G-Casino, and two of our Corporate Members, Coventry Power Steering and Auto Jap Spares for sponsoring the day! Thanks to Johnny Reay junior and all the staff at SDPGC for once more helping make this years Golf Day 2024 a roaring success!

Matchday Memories: On This Day 1972 – Bob’s Sky Blues Go Thai & Draw Pele With Santos!

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The circular programme

On this day (June 13th) back in 1972 caretaker Sky Blue gaffer Bob Dennison had taken his players on a tour of the Far East. They had played and won two games in Seoul against the national side of South Korea, three in Japan including two against their National XI (winning two and losing one). 

On this day they were finishing their tour against illustrious opponents from Brazil in an invitation tie in the Thailand capital Bangkok.  Bob was warming the seat for the ‘M’ men managerial duo of Joe Mercer and Gordon Milne who had taken over during the month (Noel Cantwell having been sacked the previous March).

Gordon Joe & Eddie Plumley signing Tommy Hutchison 1972

Bob Dennison (CCFC Caretaker)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sky Blues opponents were Brazilian side FC Santos and by far the biggest attraction for the 32,000 crowd as well as, no doubt, for the Sky Blues team members, was the presence in the Santos team of world renowned Brazilian Striker Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known to all as Pele! Santos were fresh from beating Newcastle United, also on tour in Thailand, in Bangkok.

CCFC in Thailand June 1972

The game’s organisers clearly put Pele centre stage as the special souvenir football shaped programme (above) showed.

Alan in the Sky Blue

‘Cutty’ in the Sky Blue

Pele, naturally, had a great game and scored a 25th penalty against the Sky Blues to give his side the lead. Two minutes after the break (now CCFPA member) Alan Green grabbed an equaliser for the City.

Ten minutes from time the Brazilians sneaked into the lead again with a goal from Edu only for (now CCFPA member) Quintin ‘Cutty’ Young to force a great 2-2 draw from the Brazilians with a header five minutes before the final whistle.

Chris Cattlin with Pele in Thailand 1972

Billy Rafferty and Pele

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alan Green with Pele

 

The Sky Blues players were very pleased to be on the same pitch as the world superstar and found Pele very sociable after the game.

This can be seen from the personal photo with Sky Blues full back, and long-time CCFPA member Chris Cattlin (above). 

Nice shirt and tie Chris (very 1970s)!

Alan & Ernie Hunt with Pele’s No.10 shirt

Much praise was offered by Pele to young Alan Dugdale (also now a CCFPA member) who marked the superstar so well that he presented Alan with his No.10 shirt after the game (left)! Thanks to Alan for the photo!

The travelling squad for the 1972 close season Far East tour listed below was (all CCFPA members apart from Colin). They are also pictured above higher up this posting:-

Bill Glazier, Neil Ramsbottom, Mick Coop, Wilf Smith, Chris Cattlin, Jimmy Holmes, Alan Dugdale, the late Ernie Machin, Roy Barry, Billy Rafferty, Bobby Parker, Colin Randell, Mick McGuire, Dennis Mortimer, Willie Carr, Quinton Young, Chris Chilton, the late Bobby Graham, the late ‘Ernie’ Hunt and Alan Green.

Good to see Jimmy, Dennis and Quinton at Legends Day 2024 a few weeks back!

From the late Bob Dennison‘s personal archive of the tour we finish with some shots of the Sky Blues in the Orient (not Leyton!):-

Mick, Neil & Dennis take a stroll

Roy, Chris Chilton, Willie & Ernie Machin in a tourist pose

Chris, Roy & Ernie Machin on manoeuvres

Thanks to CCFPA’s Mike Young for sourcing the images.