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CONNECTIONS: Shrewsbury Town

We look back at some of those to have played for both...

12 March 2020

As the Sky Blues get set to take on Shrewsbury Town this weekend and we look back at some of those players to have played for both sides...

Ryan Haynes

A product of the Sky Blues academy, flying left-back Ryan Haynes made his debut as an 18-year-old in a draw against Brentford. Haynes went on to make 97 appearances in a Sky-Blue shirt across his six seasons as a professional, starting the Checkatrade trophy final against Oxford United and featuring 21 times in the League Two promotion season.

After the promotion season, Haynes was allowed to join Shrewsbury Town for an undisclosed fee and the full back joined up with The Sky Blues’ division rivals. Haynes was limited to just 15 league appearances for The Shrews and joined current club Newport County last summer after just one season in Shropshire.


Steve Ogrizovic

Coventry FA Cup winning goalkeeper and record appearance maker Steve Ogrizovic joined the club in 1984 after two impressive seasons with Shrewsbury Town.

He had begun his career with Chesterfield and spent five years at Liverpool beforehand, before enjoying the bulk of his career as a Sky Blue. Oggy’s 601 appearances for Coventry City between 1984 and 2000 means he remains the club’s highest appearance maker to this day.

He is one of only four players to have played in the top flight in four different decades and one of the few goalkeepers to score from open play when he netted against Sheffield Wednesday in 1986.

After retiring in 2000, Ogrizovic remained affiliated to the club as Academy Manager, Reserve Team Manager and then Goalkeeping Coach, before retiring in 2019 after 35 years as a Sky Blue.


Romain Vincelot

Tough tackling Frenchman Romain Vincelot got his first taste of English Football with Dagenham and Redbridge in 2010 after beginning in his career in the lower leagues in his homeland.

After spells at Brighton and Leyton Orient, Vincelot was courted by Tony Mowbray and was part of a Coventry side that set the pace in the division before Christmas. Vincelot forged a successful partnership with John Fleck, proving to be an effective foil for the Scotsman.

Somewhat surprisingly after a largely positive season, Vincelot was moved on to Bradford City after just one season at Coventry and was part of a Bradford side that reached the play-off places in a season that Coventry were relegated.

Former Coventry teammate Sam Ricketts brought the midfielder to Shrewsbury Town last January, with the veteran making five appearances in blue and yellow before picking up a serious hip injury earlier this term.

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