Moz Baker: Chair
Moz has a firm belief that you don’t choose your football club but that it chooses you. Hence as a Coventry kid, there no choice for him. He watched his first Sky Blue match in 1975 and has been hooked ever since. Moz reported on all things CCFC for Community Broadcasting Services for the Blind for over ten years and then as Sports Presenter for Harmony FM. These days you can catch his views as a regular contributor to fanzine “Twist & Shout” and as a frequent user on Twitter (@mozccfc1987)
Moz says, “As a member of the Management team of a National Sports and Leisure Association with 70000 members I recognise how critical is the need for clear communication, membership engagement and slick marketing. I believe in the Sky Blue Trust. I hope I can help make a difference.”
Rachel Brown: Treasurer
Rachael was born in Coventry and has supported the Skyblues for over 30 years. She has been on the Trust board since the beginning and was involved in trust initiatives such as the Academy appeal, the petition to build the Ricoh and the setting up of the SCG. She goes to matches with her son. Rachael works in IT and is currently studying for a Masters in Computer Security
Roger Ellis: Secretary
Roger was born in Coundon and has supported the Sky Blues for over 50 years. Despite living in Greater Manchester, Roger attends many home and away games. He qualified as a solicitor in 1978, specialising in property and planning law and dealt with numerous transactions involving football clubs.
Roger has recently retired after 19 years as a local authority Chief Executive and works as a self-employed photographer and management consultant.
Well I was born back in the year 1969 and lived in the Binley area. I attended Binley Park Comprehensive that unfortunately is no longer there. I am married with a 16 year old son and no longer live in the city.
To be honest I have had an on off relationship with the club we all love. My first match was in 1977 at the tender age of 8. My late uncle took me for my first experience of the mighty sky blues. It was against Derby County in the FA cup. My uncle sat me on top of one the metal stands in the west terrace and I loved it!
In my teens I paid on the gate each week, season in season out, and swapped between the Kop, where we had our standing space, and the west terrace (where twist and shout was born). I loved the humour of our fans and travelling away was a great experience.
I then spent a few seasons as a season ticket holder in the Sky Blue Stand. I have been at Highfield Road when we were getting around 8,000 attendances through to full capacity.
I have now visited Wembley on three occasions with the mighty Sky Blues, with 87 FA cup win being one of the best days I have ever had. I have now had the opportunity to go with my son, although this was not on the stature as 87, I am so thankful that we had that opportunity.
I did have a few seasons where I lapsed in attending games but my blood still ran Sky Blue. I have seen some great highs and we had some great seasons finishing in top 10 in the first division and beating Liverpool, Man United, and the Villa!
My favourite all time Sky Blues player came off the back of our 87 cup win when we went out and bought David Speedie. Even when we struggled in league positions the games were entertaining and I still loved going.
Leaving Highfield Road was bitter sweet. It was emotional leaving our home, but we were supposed to be entering an era in big new state of the art stadium.
As my son grew up I have been able to introduce him to his first experience of the Sky Blues and he has been a fan since then. We have been season ticket holders starting in the family zone, the only break being when we moved to Northampton.
Recent times have been difficult with so many false promises and dawns and slipping further down the football pyramid, managers coming and going with the owners being the only consistent. The lows now completely outstrip the highs which makes the experience so less pleasurable for us.
We long for a bigger brighter future in a place that fits our club and our fabulous fans and live in hope with the right change that we will get back there.
Born, brought up and still living in Cheylesmore, Frank saw his first CCFC home match in November 1956, (Goalkeeper Reg Matthews' last game before being sold to Chelsea for a World Record transfer fee) a 1-1 draw with Brentford. Peter Hill scored for City.
His first away match was in 1958. We were given a 4-0 drubbing at Northampton. “In all my years of watching City since then, I have never seen a more unusual own goal than the one centre half Roy Kirk scored then,” says Frank.
“I’ve seen City play in Div 3 (South), Div 4, Div 3, Div 2, Div 1, the Premier League, the Championship and League 1. Only League 2 to go before I complete the whole set within the League pyramids that have existed in my lifetime – something I'd hate to happen, but is all too likely in the present circumstances.”
The best team performance (at any level) was winning 6-3 away at Queens Park Rangers in late 1963. We were 6-1 up and eased up in the last few minutes.
Now retired, Frank worked mainly in industrial health and safety in the voluntary and Local Government sectors, and as a lecturer at what is now South and City College, Birmingham.
“Like many City fans I see no positive future for our club under the current owners. The fact that a conurbation with a population the size of Coventry's has a football club languishing in the lower reaches of League 1, while a club like Brentford, with so much higher League football competition in their catchment area, are making a serious bid to gain promotion to the Premier League, speaks volumes.
“I believe that significant progress will not be until CCFC's owners sell the club (ideally to a consortium of supporters and ‘high net worth individuals’).”
Bruce Walker: Vice-Chair
Bruce lives in Coventry and has been a City supporter since he first moved here over 50 years ago, maintaining his support during the periods when he was living and working away from the city. He is one of those who firmly believes that significant off the field change at the club, including an enhanced role for supporters in its operation, is the only way to re-establish the Sky Blues’ place as a major club in a major city.