The Coventry City Former Players Association are pleased to announce that former Sky Blue player and manager Micky Adams will be our ‘special guest’ for the Sky Blues next home game against Colchester United on Saturday 21st October 2017.
A talented and versatile player Micky featured at no.11 for the Sky Blues nearly as much as left back. He spent four seasons (1983-87) at Highfield Road with the Sky Blues after spells with Sheffield United (where he won four England Youth caps) and Gillingham (92 league outings). He clocked up another 108 appearances for the Sky Blues (scoring 10 times) before moving to Leeds United during the very season the Sky Blues won the F.A.Cup (and losing to them with the Elland Road outfit in a memorable F.A.Cup semi final at Hillsborough). Micky then had five years of top flight football with Southampton making nearly 150 league appearances and later turned out for both Stoke City (on loan) and Fulham (as player-manager) finishing up in 1997 and 1998 with Swansea City and Brentford without adding to his career tally of 438 league appearances.
Micky further developed his managerial experience with Nottingham Forest (assistant/ caretaker), Brighton & Hove Albion and Leicester City before becoming the Sky Blues new Manager in January 2005. His reign at the Ricoh lasted barely 24 months as he paid the price for not lifting CCFC out of the Championship and was appointed Manager at Brighton. Managerial stints at Port Vale and Sheffield United followed until reappointed at Vale Park for the successful 2012-13 season – a major achievement given the club started out in administration.
Most recently Micky has been associated with United Counties league side Harborough Town. Micky who lives in Leicestershire has apparently agreed to help his local side, ‘The Bees’ develop their U18 side. Prior to that Micky managed Irish Club Sligo Rovers in 2015-16 keeping them safe in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division after vacating the gaffer’s chair at Tranmere Rovers in April 2015. Mickey had been at Prenton Park since moving from Port Vale in October 2013.
Micky has just published his very interesting autobiography ‘My Life in Football’ and there will be plenty of opportunity on Saturday to listen to him talk about the contents especially concerning his Sky Blue years.
For example, he will join the Family Zone team of volunteers to meet and entertain the Junior Sky Blues and their families before the game, then he will tour the Ricoh Supporters’ Lounges pre-match. After the game, he will be further quizzed in a Q&A when he joins CCFPA’s Billy Bell on the stage of Lady Gs in front of members of the Sky Blue Army. If you really can’t get along to see Micky again in person you can also tune into BBC CWR during the game and listen to his match day analysis for the station’s commentary team.
A hearty welcome awaits Mr Adams at the Ricoh!