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Kevin Donovan, Paul Raven, Roy Wegerle and Steve Ogrizovic

By Chris Bevan

After being sacked by Coventry this week, Iain Dowie has just found out that good results in the FA Cup do not safeguard your job.

Despite masterminding a 4-1 victory over Blackburn in round three, the Sky Blues' poor Championship form meant Dowie was shown the door this week ahead of Saturday's fifth round tie against Midlands rivals West Brom.

When the two sides last met in the Cup, in a third-round clash in January 1995, more change was afoot at Highfield Road.


Phil Neal was in the hotseat but his side were deep in relegation trouble at the bottom of the Premier League and a 1-1 draw first time out against the Baggies had left his job on the line going into the game.

Things looked grim for Neal when City had Paul Cook sent off after only 15 minutes of the replay and Paul Raven's low shot put Albion ahead just after half-time.

But with only eight minutes left, Dion Dublin levelled with a lovely looping header and Peter Ndlovu won it for Coventry with a superb solo run and left-foot shot that swerved into the top corner and won the BBC's goal of the month competition.

So Neal survived - but not for long. Coventry bowed out of the Cup in the next round after a replay against Norwich and, six days later, on Valentine's Day, he was sacked and replaced by a double act of Ron Atkinson and Gordon Strachan, who eventually kept City up.

But what happened to the players who lined up at The Hawthorns 13 years ago. Here BBC Sport finds out what became of Andy Hunt, Steve Ogrizovic, Roy Wegerle and the rest.


Alan Buckley
Manager - Alan Buckley Led Grimsby to successive promotions in 1990 and 1991 before taking charge at West Brom in October 1994. The Baggies were bottom of the Championship when he arrived but Buckley kept them up that season and stayed until 1997, signing several Mariners players. Returned to Grimsby soon after and then managed Lincoln and Rochdale before beginning a third spell at Blundell Park in November 2006. Buckley is one of only 14 managers to have reached 1,000 matches in charge of a Football League team.

Stuart Naylor
Stuart Naylor Made 410 appearances for the Baggies between 1986 and 1996, winning three England B caps in 1989. Left for Bristol City and also played for Exeter and Rushden. Now goalkeeping coach at Ashton Gate.

Kieran O'Regan Talented midfielder who won four Republic of Ireland caps. Left for Halifax in the summer of 1995 and captained their Conference-winning team in 1998 before spending the following season in charge of the Shaymen. Later coached youngsters at another of his former clubs, Huddersfield, and currently works as a summariser at Terriers matches for BBC Radio Leeds.

Paul Edwards
Paul Edwards A latecomer to League football, plucked from Altrincham at the age of 24 by Crewe boss Dario Gradi in 1988. Coventry paid 350,000 for the determined left-back in 1990 and he also played for Wolves before joining West Brom. Last seen playing on loan for Bury in February 1996.

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Darren Bradley Influential midfielder and captain who left for Walsall in 1995 and also played for Solihull Borough. Had picked up a degree in leisure management during his playing days but briefly sold golf clubs for a living when he hung up his boots, before starting a business building underground garages.

Paul Mardon Powerful Welsh centre-back who was trailed by Liverpool during an earlier stint at Birmingham but injuries took their toll on his career and he was forced to retire aged 31 in 2001. Now working as a fitness consultant after completing a sports science course.

Paul Raven
Paul Raven An England schoolboy international, Raven followed Buckley to the Hawthorns in 1994, becoming his first signing for the Baggies. Later returned to Grimsby and also played for Carlisle before joining Barrow, where he worked as player-coach, stand-in manager and director of football. Now selling sports equipment in Yorkshire.

Kevin Donovan
Kevin Donovan Midfielder who spent five years at West Brom and scored to help them beat Port Vale and win promotion to the second tier in a Wembley play-off final in 1993. Buckley signed him for Grimsby in 1997 and he later played for Barnsley, Rochdale and York before ending his career with Alfreton Town. Now pursuing a coaching career.

Lee Ashcroft
Lee Ashcroft Former England Under-21 international who could play as a tricky winger or out-and-out striker. Became Southport's player-coach in 2003, then joined Unibond League Premier Division side Kendal in 2004, where he is now manager.

Tony Rees Moustachioed and enthusiastic forward who was another Grimsby player bought by Buckley. Rees appeared in all four divisions for Birmingham, Peterborough, Shrewsbury, Barnsley, Grimsby and the Baggies, and won a solitary Welsh cap. Last seen playing back in Wales for Merthyr Tydfil.

Andy Hunt
Andy Hunt Hard-working striker who left to join Charlton in 1998 and was approached to play for Austria but was forced to retire at the age of 30 in 2000 when he was struck down by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Hunt, who had trained in business and tourism when he started out at Kettering, moved to Belize to set up an adventure holiday resort in a tree-top jungle home. He has recovered from his illness to turn out occasionally for Banana Bank FC while living in Central America.

Ian Hamilton
Ian Hamilton All-action midfielder who later played for Grimsby, Notts County, Lincoln and Woking. Now an IT business development manager.


Bob Taylor
Bob Taylor Replaced Tony Rees
Prolific striker who scored 131 goals for Albion in 377 appearances spanning two stints at The Hawthorns. Ended his career with Cheltenham and has set up his own company 'Super Bob Events', which allows him to be booked for functions.

David Smith Replaced Paul Raven
Neat and tidy utility man who could play anywhere on the left. Began his career at Coventry and won 10 England Under-21 caps, and after a spell at Birmingham joined the Baggies, where he stayed until 1998 when Buckley took him to Grimsby. Ended his playing days with Swansea but still turns out for the Coventry Masters team.


Phil Neal
Manager - Phil Neal As player-manager with Bolton he won promotion from Division Four and the Sherpa Van Trophy but Neal was derided for his work as Graham Taylor's right-hand man in the England set-up after failing to qualify for the 1994 World Cup. Became assistant boss at Highfield Road in 1992 and stepped up to manager when Bobby Gould left in October 1993. Steered Coventry to 11th in the Premier League in 1994 but after being sacked by the Sky Blues he has only spent brief spells in charge of Cardiff City and Manchester City and as assistant at Peterborough. Now a TV pundit who also makes appearances at corporate events.

Steve Ogrizovic
Steve Ogrizovic Born in Mansfield of Croatian descent, 'Oggy' played a club record 601 games for Coventry between 1984 and 2000, winning the FA Cup in 1987 and breaking his nose eight times for good measure. A former policeman, he also played cricket at minor counties level as a medium-fast bowler for Shropshire. He became Coventry's academy manager and is now reserve team boss.

Brian Borrows
Brian Borrows Long-serving and dependable right-back who missed only 20 games in 12 years at Coventry - unfortunately one of them was the 1987 Cup final because of a knee injury. An England B international, 'Bugsy' left for Swindon in 1997 and retired in 1999. He worked under Ogrizovic at City's academy until the summer of 2007.

Paul Williams Speedy full-back who later played for Plymouth, Gillingham, Ilkeston Town, Bury and Leigh RMI. Ended his playing days with a brief spell at Hyde United in 2003.

Julian Darby
Julian Darby Hardworking and versatile, Darby followed Neal to Highfield Road from Bolton. Spent two years at Coventry before joining West Brom in November 1995 and later began his coaching career with Preston. Billy Davies took him with him when he left Deepdale for Derby in 2006 but he left Pride Park when Davies was sacked in November 2007.

Stephen Morgan
Stephen Morgan Powerful but languid left-back or midfielder. Signed from Plymouth in 1993 and enjoyed a nomadic career, playing for Blackpool, Bristol Rovers, Wigan, Bury, Burnley, Hull City, Halifax, Altrincham and ending his playing days in Wales with TNS.

David Rennie
David Rennie 'Super Rennie' was a centre-back who began his career with Leicester and played for eight other clubs, including a three-year stint with Coventry from 1993 to 1996.

Mike Marsh
Mike Marsh An unused substitute when Liverpool won the Cup in 1992. Temporarily retired because of a knee injury in 1997 and his insurance pay-out meant he could not return to full-time football so he played in the Conference instead - winning the title with Kidderminster and Boston. Also played and coached for Southport, managed Burscough Town and is now a coach at Northwich Victoria.

Paul Cook
Paul Cook A skilful left-footer who later played for Tranmere, Stockport and Burnley and Accrington, ending his playing days after helping Stanley win promotion to the Football League in 2006. Became manager of Southport but was sacked in January 2007 and is now in charge of Eircom Premier Division side Sligo Rovers.

Dion Dublin and Manchester United assistant manager Brian Kidd
Dublin got his hands on the Cup in 1994 despite not playing for Man Utd at Wembley
Dion Dublin After two injury-hit seasons at Manchester United, Dublin looked expensive when he arrived at Coventry for 1.95m in 1994 but he soon proved his worth, winning three England caps and a share of the 1997-98 Premier League golden boot with 23 goals before leaving acrimoniously for Aston Villa in a 5.75m move. Able to play at centre-back as well as up front, Dublin, who broke his neck playing for Villa in 1999, later had stints at Leicester and Celtic. Still playing, and scoring, for Norwich City in the Championship at the age of 38 but has just announced he will retire at the end of this season.

Peter Ndlovu
Peter Ndlovu Spotted playing for Highlanders in his native Zimbabwe when Coventry toured the country in 1990. 'The Bulawayo Bullet' garnered a reputation for scoring some spectacular goals, including a hat-trick at Anfield, and he was linked with moves to Arsenal and Liverpool. A pacy winger or striker, injuries began to slow him down and he left for Birmingham in 1997 before moving to Sheffield United. Now playing in South Africa for Mamelodi Sundowns.

Leigh Jenkinson English-born Wales winger - winning one cap against Brazil in 1997 - who later played in Scotland for St Johnstone, Hearts and Dundee United. Finished his playing days with stints at Barrow and Goole Town.


Roy Wegerle
Wegerle sizes up a putt at the 2002 Alfred Dunhill Championship
Roy Wegerle Replaced Leigh Jenkinson
Skilful South African-born forward who moved to the United States to play college football and ended up competing for the United States at the 1994 and 1998 World Cups. Joined Chelsea in 1986 but did not make his name until moving to Luton in 1989. Coventry were his last English club before he returned to America in 1996 to play for Colorado Rapids, DC United and Tampa Bay Mutiny. Retired in 1998 to become a professional golfer and qualified for the 2002 Alfred Dunhill Championship - only to finish last.

  • Thanks to Coventry City historian Jim Brown and the Coventry City Former Players Association

    see also
    Coventry v West Brom
    15 Feb 08 |  FA Cup
    Lawro's FA Cup predictions
    14 Feb 08 |  FA Cup
    Buckley buoyed by Grimsby
    12 Feb 08 |  Grimsby Town
    Marsh is new coach at Northwich
    08 Feb 08 |  Northwich Victoria
    Dublin announces retirement plans
    19 Jan 08 |  Norwich City
    Kendal look for FA Cup magic
    24 Oct 07 |  FA Cup
    Ndlovu recalled by Zimbabwe
    13 Nov 06 |  African
    Ogrizovic backs Kirkland revival
    10 Jun 05 |  West Bromwich Albion
    Oggy wants winning exit from City
    29 Apr 05 |  Coventry City
    Donovan signs York deal
    03 Jun 04 |  York City
    Naylor to ease Rushden crisis
    24 Dec 03 |  Rushden and Diamonds
    Ndlovu still going strong
    09 Aug 03 |  African
    Roy of the golf course
    17 Jan 02 |  Golf
    Sport on BBC Radio Leeds
    08 Feb 08 |  TV/Radio Schedule

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