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"You don’t bring 40,000 to a cup final if there isn’t a great fanbase and huge interest, it is a one club city." - Steve Ogrizovic

29 March 2017

Oggy handed lead duties, in celebration of his commitment to the club over the past 30+ years...

The club announced today that Steve Ogrizovic will be walking the team out alongside Mark Robins at Wembley on Sunday, with the former Sky Blues goalkeeper having made over 600 club appearances in the 1980s and 90s.

The 59-year old now oversees the progress of young stoppers Lee Burge and Reice Charles-Cook, and is delighted that the club can celebrate the 30th year of the 1987 triumph with another visit to Wembley.

Oggy said: “It is going to be a special day for everybody involved, particularly the fans. There is going to be 40,000, we are really looking forward to it.

“The atmosphere will be really good, it's a competition and when you get in to the later rounds you want to win it. Nearly 80,000 fans in total, they want to be entertained.

“It will bring memories back, new Wembley is a bit special. It has been a disappointing season for us, but I think we’ll forget that on Sunday. Let's put a smile on our faces and enjoy it.

“We’re not covering up the cracks, we know what sort of season it has been but let's be confident and show everybody that there are good footballers at this club.”

There will no doubt be a tussle for the No.1 shirt on Sunday, with Burge having played most league fixtures, but Charles-Cook featuring in all previous rounds of the trophy - including two penalty saved in the quarter-final.

Steve added: “The unfortunate thing is that one goalkeeper will be disappointed, both can’t play and they know that. You find out about players on big occasions, how is the team going to react in front of a full house.

“I’m pretty confident that whichever goalkeeper starts they will be ready and looking forward to it. They’ll be motivated to put in a good performance. 

“In 1987, the last thing John Sillett said to us was keep it tight for the first ten minutes, and two minutes later we’re 1-0 down. On a more serious note, it is a good lesson, if you do go a goal behind then don’t drop heads.

“You don’t bring 40,000 to a cup final if there isn’t a great fanbase and huge interest, it is a one club city with a great footballing tradition.”

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