…….And Happy Birthday Oggie!!!

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'Oggie' at Nuneaton

‘Oggie’ at last year’s Nuneaton friendly

Further to the last news item, we forgot to mention that it is Oggie’s Birthday today. He is a sprightly 57 today (12th September 2014) and richly deserves his nomination to the Lifetime Achievement Category of the upcoming Coventry Sports Awards supported by the Coventry Telegraph, amongst others.

To add your voice to see CCFPA member Steve Ogrizovic come out top of those nominated in the thirtieth year of his association with the Sky Blues as player, coach, reserve manager, youth manager and caretaker manager please go to www.coventrysportsawards.co.uk. The nomination and judging process will culminate with a glittering awards ceremony at Dallas Burston Polo Club, IXL Events Centre on November 20th.

Oggie’s 30th Anniversary Marked by Telegraph Lifetime Achievement Award Nomination

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Steve in 1987

Steve in 1987

Coventry City Legend (and CCFPA member) Steve Ogrizovic is reported to have been nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Coventry Telegraph Sports Awards. ‘Oggie’ has a strong case to be in contention for the award due to his long association with the Sky Blues since 1984 and the loyalty to the Club he has shown over three decades in a variety of roles. Since arriving from Shrewsbury Town in June 1984 at, as it turned out, a bargain  £72500 ‘Oggie’ has served CCFC as player,  Director of Youth Football, Reserve manager, goalkeeping coach and emergency caretaker manager in his three decades with the club.

A former police constable with Nottinghamshire Constabulary  (he is a Mansfield native), Steve made his first professional saves with Spireites at Chesterfield in 1977 and very soon his potential for development was recognised by Liverpool. Though mainly a reserve at Anfield he made a handful of first team appearances (and picked up European Cup winners medal) before moving to Gay Meadow in 1982. There he made nearly a century of appearances for Shrewsbury, the pride of Salop until the giant goalkeeper was brought to Highfield Road in close season 1984. A talented sportsman he also played county cricket for Shropshire.

oggy on arrivalOggie has seen it all with the Sky Blues, including too many relegation skirmishes to be comfortable and the quality of his shotstopping in many cases was the difference between safety and the drop for his team.  One obvious highlight of his Sky Blue playing career was, of course, the 1986-87 F.A. Cup winning triumph in which he played a significant part.  He also played again at Wembley in the subsequent Charity Shield defeat to Everton and there represented (as a sub) the Football League against a star studded ‘Rest of the World’ outfit in 1987.  In all Oggie made just over 600 first class (and top division) appearances for CCFC from 1984 to his playing retirement in August 2000 (including a run of 245 consecutive games).  He played in the Premier League at the age 40.  He even scored with a prodigious (wind assisted) punt at Hillsborough in October 1986!

Since hanging up his playing boots he has been a fixture under several management regimes at Highfield Road, the Ricoh, Sixfields and back at the Ricoh in a variety of roles and has played a major part in ensuring a conveyer belt of effective No.1s have been turned out by the Club. Whilst manager of Coventry City Reserves his charges won the Birmingham Senior Cup in 2007.

Steve has always been a good friend of the Association and has supported many of the Charity events we have put on over the years and , of course, our Legends and Golf Days (he is pictured above at Golf Day 2014). He is also pictured below receiving his Association tie a few years ago (presented by CCFPA’s Bob Eales). Oggie truly has Sky Blue blood flowing through his veins and the Association understands that CCFC are planning a suitable celebration of Steve Ogrizovic’s thirty years with the Sky Blues in due course. We await the announcement of what form the commemoration will be and add our congratulations to those of all members of the Sky Blue family for his current Award nomination and the 30 wonderful years he has given to both Club and City!

Steve Ogrizovic tie

Noon at Nuns – Mark is Temporary Gaffer again

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Mark Noon

Mark Noon

CCFPA member, former Sky Blue (later Academy Coach) Mark Noon is now in temporary charge of Nuneaton Town following the departure of manager Brian Reid who was relieved of his duties the day before yesterday after a poor start to the season for the Sky Blues’ neighbours. Mark’s temporary stint started with a welcome 1-0 victory in last night’s home game against Forest Green Rovers which took Town out of the relegation zone.

This is the second time Mark, who joined the Association in May 2013, has done the caretaker job. Last December he had been appointed Assistant manager at Nuneaton Town, No.2 to Kevin Wilkin. When Kevin then moved on to manage Wrexham in March 2014 (succeeding another CCFPA member Andy Morrell) Mark took up the reins and then continued as Assistant Manager under Brian.

Leamington born Mark signed Associated Schoolboys forms for the Sky Blues as a ten year old in 1993 and graduated through the Academy ranks picking up a F.A.Youth cup runners up medal with the Club before signing professional in 2002. He played mainly in the central midfield and made his Division One debut at home against Gillingham in 2002 and made five appearances for Tamworth on loan before being released by CCFC in 2004 with only two first team appearances on his CV (both from sub.). This gave him space to complete an undergraduate degree and masters in sport science at Coventry University and Loughborough University respectively.

Nuneaton were quick to see Mark’s potential and he became a valued member of the team from 2005 and after recovering from a severe back problem during 2006-07 eventually was made club captain in 2008. An inspirational leader for Nuneaton Town he made his 300th appearance for them in their play off final victory at Gainsborough in May 2012. Unfortunately however he suffered a double leg fracture in a friendly at Brackley in July 2012 causing him to miss the whole of the following season. Mark also returned to assist CCFC in 2009 in the role of Head of Academy Sports Science at the Sky Blues Academy. More on Mark’s tremendous contribution to football in Nuneaton can be found on the Nuneaton website (www.nuneatontownfc.com).

Hucks & Stan Back Ricoh Charity Legends Game for Coventry NSPCC

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Ricoh-Chinese-football-no-text-710-x-307px‘Charities United for Charity’

The first Chinese footballer to play professionally in England will be managing a charity game at the Ricoh Arena that will be beamed live to Asia. On Sunday 14th September 2014 General Fan’s Shanghai Clever FC will take on a Legends XI managed by former Sky Blue favourite (and CCFPA member) Steve ‘Stan’ Staunton at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry to raise money for the NSPCC in Coventry.

Charities Utd game at Ricoh 14-09-14Another Sky Blue hero (and CCFPA Member) Darren Huckerby is are slated to feature alongside Stan with likes of other former Midlands stars Lee Hendrie, Maik Taylor and Ian Taylor in the line-up for the XPRO Legends XI. The match will kick off at the Ricoh 3:00pm on Sunday 14th September with gates opening at 1:30pm.

Tickets and Hospitality packages are available to purchase from The Ticket Factory (0844 3388000). Their website is www.theticketfactory.com (search ‘Charities’)  or just click Here

You can get tickets at the following prices:

Adults – £10; Under 16′s – £5; Concessions – £5