The Coventry City Former Players Association has received confirmation that Sky Blue mega-star of the 1960s and 70s Willie Carr will be our special guest at the upcoming home game at the Ricoh against top of the table Southampton on Saturday November 5th 2011.
Though flame haired Willie was born in Glasgow in 1950 he allegedly gained England Youth honours before serving his football apprenticeship at Highfield Road. There he was honoured with 4 Scottish Under 23 Caps before graduating up to the award of 6 Full Caps later in the decade he spent with the Sky Blues between 1965 and 1975.
Turning professional in 1967 Willie became a pivotal attacking midfielder and forward for the Club clocking up two short of 300 first team appearances for the City and weighing in with 37 goals. However even more memorable than these was the one he created for Ernie Hunt to volley against Everton in 1970 with a backheel flick from a free kick - televised and immortalised as the ’donkey kick’ – which, unfortunately, was soon made illegal.
Willie was transferred to Wolves in March 1975 and turned out over 280 times for them (26 goals) before a short stint with Millwall in 1982 and then dropping into non-league football with the likes of Worcester City (1983); Willenhall Town (1983); Stourbridge Town (1984); Bridgenorth; and Willenhall Town (1986) where he was player – manager. On hanging up his boots Willie worked in the aerospace industry later becoming an engineering company representative. He now lives in the Black Country.
Welcome Willie! Look out for him around the corporate lounges during the game, on the pitch at half time and on the stage at Lady Gs in the Casino after the game.