The son of a Yugoslavian emigree, Steve Ogrizovic came through the same Mansfield youth club side as Phil Walker and gave up a career as a policeman in order to turn full-time with Chesterfield in August 1977. If this represented a gamble on his part, then it paid handsome rewards for, after just 16 games, he was snapped up by Liverpool as cover to England's Ray Clemence. Liverpool paid £65,000 for him and Steve gained European Cup winners' medals as an unused substitute but played just four times in the League. After almost five years in the shadows, he joined Shrewsbury in exchange for Bob Wardle, another 'keeper, destined to share the same Anfield fate as 'Oggy'.


Steve's career reignited two years later with a move to Coventry. In thirteen years at Highfield Road he demolished the club's appearance records by pulling on the green jersey 502 times in the League; he established a club record for consecutive appearances by any player (241), won the FA Cup and represented the Football League XI in their centenary celebration match at Wembley in 1987. He also earned the distinction of being the first Coventry 'keeper to score for the club when, with a howling gale at his back, his punted clearance at Hillsborough in 1986 bounced once before flying over Sheffield Wednesday's 'keeper and into the net. A very handy cricketer, he further endeared himself to Derbyshire folk by being part of a Shropshire team that once beat Yorkshire in a one-day competition.


Steve retired in the summer of 2000 to become a coach to Coventry City's junior sides and currently serves as City's goalkeeping coach.


For Chesterfield: 16 Football League appearances. 6 clean sheets, 16 conceded.