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[08 MAY 00] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Oggy Thanks Fans For Memories

Coventry City's veteran keeper Steve Ogrizovic has thanked the Highfield Road faithful for the ovation he received at the end of Saturday's game.

The stalwart left the field to tumultuous applause after playing in his 601st and final match for the Sky Blues.

The 42-year-old, who will retire at the end of this season, was selected by manager Gordon Strachan as a thank-you gesture for his 16 years of service to the club.

And after playing in the 4-1 thrashing of Sheffield Wednesday the big keeper admitted his last ever professional game had been an emotional experience.

He said:

"I've had a fantastic career at this club and couldn't have wished for a better send-off.

"To top it all, when I came into the dressing room afterwards I found that my former club Shrewsbury Town had stopped up against the odds - perhaps they've picked up a bit of the Coventry magic.

"It was a very emotional day for me. I was very apprehensive before the game and the one thing I wanted was for the team to get a win.

"It was a great gesture of the manager to name me in the side but I didn't want to let anybody down."

And the keeper, who was amongst the FA Cup winning Sky Blue heroes of 1987, believes his career shows that constantly moving clubs is not the way to achieve respect.

He said:

"People say there is no loyalty in football but this is the reward you get for showing it.

"I couldn't believe the reaction of the supporters, they were absolutely fantastic and I'd like to thank them and the players for a great day.

"People have asked me if I feel different now I've retired but to be honest it hasn't really dawned on me yet.

"That will only happen when the side report back for pre-season training - they will all be out there running around preparing for a new campaign while I will be coaching."
  

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