APR 00] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Sky Blues Hero Oggy Retires
Ogrizovic, the oldest goalkeeper in the Premier League, is to hang up
his boots at the end of the season.
He will then take charge of
the under-17 team at the Soccer Academy from Trevor Gould.
Gould, whose older brother
Bobby signed Ogrizovic from Shrewsbury Town in 1984 for a bargain
basement price of £82,000, will switch roles to take over scouting
duties within the academy.
His task will be to find the
calibre of young player that has enabled the academy youth team to
reach the final of the prestigious FA Youth Cup in the last two
Ogrizovic, clearly delighted
with his new role within the club said:
"I have had sixteen
very happy and successful years at the club I love.
”I still feel very fit and
I suppose there was the option to play further down the leagues, but
when the club made this offer it was too good to resist.
"I have been doing some
goalkeeper coaching at the under-14 level, but I shall be coaching
the outfield players as well at under-17 and that is something I
really do enjoy."
Ogrizovic played his 600th
match for Coventry against his former club Liverpool on 1st April.
He began his playing career with Chesterfield after serving as
a policeman in Nottingham.
He then spent four years at
Liverpool as understudy to Ray Clemence and then Bruce Grobbelaar
before moving on to Shrewsbury Town.
No mean cricketer, he also
played for Shropshire and was good enough to represent the Minor
In recent years he has played
for Coventry & North Warwickshire Cricket Club in the powerful
Coventry's manager Gordon
Strachan said of him recently:
"He is phenomenal.
There are people in our sport who do not put in 25% of the effort
Oggy does, yet who end up millionaires, which is a sad indictment of
he was 15 years younger he would be a millionaire and be
acknowledged as one of the best goalkeepers in the world."