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OGRIZOVIC: He made his last appearance for the club 15-years ago but here are the things you may not know about the Coventry City legend!

6 May 2015

The stopper made his last appearance for City 15-years ago today and here are some stories you may not have heard about the club legend...

There's been many words written about the man, but there is also a lot unknown about the man who made 601 appearances between the sticks for the Sky Blues across 16 incredible years. 

We all know he made his final appearance 15-years ago today, but did you know about his cricketing prowess? Or his time spent as a police cadet and police officer? There's more to 'Oggy' than his time at Coventry City. 

  

Ogrizovic is the son of a Yugoslavian emigree and had the chance to be selected for the Yugoslavian national team in the 1980's, however he declined the offer. 

Before signing as a professional footballer, Ogrizovic served both as a police cadet and officer at Mansfield Police Station, his place of birth. However this was something he had to give up when he signed his first professional contract at Chesterfield. 



It was not just in goal where Oggy shows sporting prowess, he is also a fine cricketer. In 1983 he played in three list A matches for Shropshire in the NatWest Trophy, as a medium-fast bowler. This is alongside playing a game in the Benson and Hedges cup. Among the wickets he took at this level was one Chris Broad, son of current England bowler Stuart! 

  

However surely the most bizarre story involving Oggy came in 2003. News spread that he was kidnapped in Kazakhstan and an online petition was set up to campaign to get him released. This was proved to be a hoax when the Coventry Evening Telegraph interviewed a very bewildered Ogrizovic at Ryton! 

If that isn't enough, he was also mentioned in BBC sitcom Gavin and Stacey. Apparently Oggy is good mates with Stacey's best friend Nessa in the hit show! 

Although it has been 15 years since he last played for City, the Ogrizovic name will be forever associated with 1987 and all the Premier League great escapes. The fact he still works for the club as Goalkeeping Coach shows that Oggy always will be a true Sky Blue. 


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