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ON THIS DAY: Oggy looks back on the 1987 FA Cup run

The Sky Blues legend recalls City's FA Cup victory 30 years on...

16 May 2017

Coventry City legend Steve Ogrizovic describes the 1987 FA Cup victory as the "biggest moment" of his career.

The Sky Blues keeper and now goalkeeping coach was ever present in the run to the Wembley Final with Spurs and says it was the pinnacle of his footballing career.
 
"I think I would have to say the 1987 cup final was the biggest moment of my career," Oggy said.
 
The Sky Blues’ appearance in the Final was during a time when it was the showpiece occasion for English football, and one of the few televised matches.
 
"As a kid, playing at Wembley in an FA Cup final was one thing you always want to do. 
 
"I think with today's era it might be difficult to understand how big it was, we were brought up with no live football apart from cup finals. 
 
"FA Cup final day was a massive day, coverage was on from 9-6 at night and you’d watch every single minute of it. You never quite believe it will happen much, much like being a professional footballer.”
 
City’s run to the Final started with a home win over Bolton, and included away victories over Manchester United, Stoke and Sheffield Wednesday before returning to Hillsborough for a semi-final with Leeds. 
 
"The experiences we had in 87, not just the final, the whole run up was incredible. The fans made the whole thing. Their adulation, interest and excitement was just incredible, it lasted for months after and there wasn't a place you could go, if you went to the supermarket it took you three quarters of an hour to get out, old women that had never watched football in their life were queueing for an autograph!" 
 
The impact of the FA Cup run and victory is still something which Ogrizovic and his 1987 teammates experience to this day.
 
"Even now hardly a day goes by when I don't get someone come up to me and tell me what they were doing for the cup final, it was truly magical.”
 
"I think as players you forget about what it was like for us and the staff, but what it must have been like for the loyal supporters. They’re great memories."
 
City’s run to the Final:
10th January 1987 – 3rd Round:
Coventry City 3-0 Bolton (Goals: Greg Downs, David Bennett, Cyrille Regis)
Team: Steve Ogrizovic, Brian Borrows, Brian Kilcline, David Phillips, Greg Downs, Dean Emerson, Micky Gynn, Lloyd McGrath, Nick Pickering, David Bennett, Cyrille Regis.
 
 
31st January 1987 – 4th Round:
Manchester United 0-1 Coventry City (Goal: Keith Houchen)
Team: Steve Ogrizovic, Brian Borrows, Brian Kilcline, Trevor Peake, Greg Downs, David Phillips, Dean Emerson, Lloyd McGrath, Nick Pickering, Keith Houchen, Cyrille Regis.
 
 
21st February 1987 – 5th Round:
Stoke City 0-1 Coventry City (Goal: Micky Gynn)
Team: Steve Ogrizovic, Brian Borrows, Brian Kilcline, David Phillips, Greg Downs, David Bennett (Steve Sedgley), Micky Gynn, Lloyd McGrath, Nick Pickering, Keith Houchen, Cyrille Regis.
 
 
14th March 1987 – Quarter Final:
Sheffield Wednesday 0-3 Coventry City (Goals: Keith Houchen 2, Cyrille Regis)
Team: Steve Ogrizovic, Brian Borrows, Brian Kilcline, Trevor Peake (Steve Sedgley), Greg Downs, David Bennett, David Phillips, Lloyd McGrath, Nick Pickering, Keith Houchen, Cyrille Regis.
 
 
12th April 1987 – Semi Final:
Coventry City 3-2 Leeds United (Goals: Keith Houchen, David Bennett, Micky Gynn)
Team: Steve Ogrizovic, Brian Borrows, Brian Kilcline, Trevor Peake, Greg Downs, David Bennett, David Phillips, Lloyd McGrath, Nick Pickering (Micky Gynn), Keith Houchen, Cyrille Regis.
 

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