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Sky Blues Hero Oggy Retires

Long-serving Steve 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 seasons.

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 Counties.

In recent years he has played for Coventry & North Warwickshire Cricket Club in the powerful Birmingham League.

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 our game.

"If he was 15 years younger he would be a millionaire and be acknowledged as one of the best goalkeepers in the world."
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CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 26 Apr 00

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