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Oggy Ready For Sad Farewell

Steve Ogrizovic, Coventry City’s veteran goalkeeper will be given a tear jerking farewell by the fans at tomorrow’s last home match of the season against Sheffield Wednesday.

The club’s manager Gordon Strachan appears to be a sentimental softie for his gesture in selecting the 42 year old for his last game of football at Highfield Road.

But he is taking no risks. The club’s Premier League safety is assured and he knows that the 42-year-old will not let down the club.

He explained:

“We are not making a fool of him or anything like that. He is remarkably fit and when he deputised for Magnus Hedman against Arsenal and Liverpool recently, he was our best player.

"I hope the supporters give him a big send off because he has been the best servant this club has had – ever.”

 It will be Ogrizovic’s 601st match for the club with whom he has been a firm favourite for 16 years.

When he hangs up his boots after next weekend’s final match of the season at Watford he will take charge of the soccer academy’s under-17 squad.

He said:

“I can’t see myself ever leaving this club.

"I have enjoyed every moment and although there will not be a tear in the eye tomorrow, it will probably hit me when the season is over and I realise I shall no longer be playing at all those great stadiums.

 "When I was 32 I hoped I could reach 35. If anyone had said I would be playing at this level in the year 2000 I would have laughed at them.”

Ironically Oggy’s only goal was scored against Sheffield Wednesday in 1986-87 and their goalkeeper that day was Martin Hodge.

He will be at Highfield Road tomorrow in his capacity as Wednesday’ goalkeeper coach.

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Coventry’s youth team faces a mountain in the second leg of the FA Youth Cup Final, after losing the first leg by 3-1 in front of 10,280 fans at Highfield Road last night

At 3-0 down through second half goals from Jerome Thomas, Graham Barrett and Steve Sidwell the destiny of the cup looked assured, but with 5 minutes left Gary McSheffrey narrowed the margin.

Richard Money, the director of coaching at the soccer academy said:

“I have told them that Gary’s goal has opened up a chance for them to go to Highbury next Friday and complete the job."

It is Coventry’s second successive appearance in the cup final; they lost to West Ham United last year by aggregate score of 9-0.

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CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 5 May 00

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