Ogrizovic struck a blow for the over-forties last night when he made a successful comeback
to competitive football at the age of 42.
Oggy chose to re-launch his career in Coventry Citys reserve side
against Chelsea after six months out of action following a prolapsed disc, during which
many sceptics questioned whether he would make it back.
But the goalkeeper confounded the critics with an assured display crowned by a
brilliant second half save.
He had no chance with either goal as Chelsea won 2-1. The London sides first was
a disputed penalty and the second a close range effort.
But Oggy was an invaluable member of a very young team, encouraging his
team mates and directing activities from the edge of his penalty area.
He had only one moment of anxiety when he left his area to clear a loose ball and then
dithered and lost possession, but he made up for that with a brilliant point blank range
save from Chelseas exciting young talent Mikael Forssell.
After the match the big goalkeeper said:
"I just love playing football, although I must admit I did give some thought to
retiring. But then I thought again. You are a long time retired and I feel very fit and
able to play on.
"From day one after the operation there has been no reaction from my neck. I
worked on a one-to-one basis with our fitness coach Darren Grewcock, who has been
marvellous, and then when I joined in general training I was diving around with absolutely
no repercussions from my injury."
Chelsea took the lead with a 26th minute penalty by Forssell and eleven
minutes later Sam Parkin bundled the ball home from close range. Paul Hall fired in after
53 minutes, when Chelseas goalkeeper Rhys Evans let the ball slip under his body.
Coventry had the best of the remainder of the play but could not find an equaliser.