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Hutchison praises Sky Blues fans at Legends Day 2013

By Steve Carpenter Monday 04 March 2013 Updated: 04/03 17:43

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Buy photos » Special guest Tommy Hutchison became a Sky Blues legend after making over 300 appearances for the club in the 1970's. Photo by Neville Collins (www.buyphotos247.com)

SKY Blues legend Tommy Hutchison paid tribute to the club's supporters as the club hosted the seventh annual Legends Day.

Almost 50 former players covering all periods from the Second World War right up until the Ricoh Arena turned out in force on what turned out to be a perfect sunny afternoon on Saturday for Legends Day 2013, which was organised by the Coventry City Former Players' Association (CCFPA).

Hutchison was joined by a wide range of club legends including Ronnie Farmer, Bobby Gould, Willie Carr and Ian Wallace as they were paraded on the pitch at half-time of the League One fixture between the Sky Blues and Swindon Town.

The players enjoyed a pre-match lunch and met with supporters in the G-Casino.

Addressing the fans, Hutchison said: "The only thing that is keeping the club afloat at the moment is the fans.

"The difference between the players nowadays and from when I played was I could go down to the Coundon Club after a game and have a few pints and a game of snooker.

"Whereas now the players are slightly isolated from the fans – You don't really get to mix with them so you don't get to know them.

"At the moment the club is struggling but the players must continue to work hard and the fans must keep supporting because there are times when the players need the fans to support them."

For more information about the fantastic work carried out by the CCFPA visit ccfpa.co.uk

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Buy photos» All the former players pose for a picture during the half-time celebrations. Photo by Neville Collins (www.buyphotos247.com)

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Buy photos» Midfielder Ronnie Farmer takes to the field - One of only four players to have played in all four divisions of the Football League with the Sky Blues. Photo by Neville Collins (www.buyphotos247.com)

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Buy photos» Another former Scotland international, Willie Carr, who made 288 appearances over eight seasons, recieves a warm welcome. Photo by Neville Collins (www.buyphotos247.com)

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Buy photos» Former manager and player Bobby Gould who ruled out returning to management on Saturday. Photo by Neville Collins (www.buyphotos247.com)

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Buy photos» Team mates dating back from the 1950's prepare to be introduced to the crowd at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday. Photo by Neville Collins (www.buyphotos247.com).

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Buy photos» 1987 FA Cup goalscorer Dave Bennett remains a firm favourite with supporters. Photo by Neville Collins (www.buyphotos247.com)

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Buy photos» Former crowd favourite and Scotland international Ian Wallaces waves to the crowd. Photo by Neville Collins (www.buyphotos247.com)

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