“COVENTRY City Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of club physio Graham Jones.
Graham, a hugely popular figure both with first team staff and players at the club’s Ryton training ground and the club’s Academy facility at the Alan Higgs Centre, in Pinley, passed away on Friday, October 7th at the age of 70 after a battle with cancer.
Described as a larger-than-life character by those who both met and worked with him, Graham began with the club’s academy set-up as part-time physiotherapist more than ten years ago but also went on to work with both the Academy and first team.
He will be sorely missed by everybody at Coventry City and we would like to give a special advanced welcome to Graham’s family who will join us for Saturday’s home game with Nottingham Forest.
Current first team physio Michael McBride said: “The club and the training ground will be a quieter place without him. Graham had so many stories, anecdotes and qualities that we will all miss.
“He was a true people person who perfected the art of putting people at ease. He was always very chirpy and bright and we will all miss him greatly.”
Sky Blues goalkeeping coach Steve Ogrizovic also spoke fondly of the father-of-four who also leaves partner Chrissy.
“You talk about people as the life and soul of the party but he truly was one of those people.
“I would not be able to thank him enough for the friendship and support he gave me, especially during my time working for the Academy. He could speak to anybody and was brilliant with players whether they were nine years old or seasoned pros.
“It’s a huge loss for the club.”
The Sky Blues will be donning black armbands for Saturday’s game with Nottingham Forest as a mark of respect to Graham’s memory.”
Everyone involved with ccfctv send their condolences to Graham’s family.