THE KING OF STAMFORD BRIDGE
(Are we allowed to mention football? First
Bobby Moore and now Osgood – H)
As a life long Chelsea
supporter it was with great sadness to hear that the Chelsea goal scoring legend had died. One of
my greatest Chelsea memories was Osgood’s diving header in the 1970 FA Cup
replay at Old Trafford to level the score at 1 - 1 against Leeds. A David Webb
header later in extra time eventually won Chelsea
the cup and sent us deliriously high back to London.
Peter Osgood was born 24 February 1947 in Windsor. He was working
as a bricklayer when he signed amateur forms with Chelsea in 1964. Manager Tommy Docherty soon
elevated him to the first team, making his full team debut on 16 December 1964
in a League Cup game, scoring both goals in a 2 - 0 win against Workington
Following an end of season tour of
Australia, during which Osgood scored twelve times in eight games, his next
senior match was the September 22 1965 4 - 1 victory over AS Roma in the
Inter-City Fairs Cup. From this moment he became a regular in the first team.
A broken leg suffered in a challenge by Blackpool's Emlyn Hughes in the
league Cup on the 6th October 1966 seriously curtailed his progress. He
returned from the injury to a new manager Dave Sexton, who would often draft
him into playing in the midfield, but it is as a goal scoring centre forward
that he is best remembered. He was up there with George Best at his peak.
In total Osgood made 380 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 150
goals. He won a total of four international caps for England
and was a member of the 1970 World Cup squad in Mexico, making two appearances. He
still remains the last player to score in every round of the FA Cup.
In 1971 Osgood was part of the Chelsea team that lifted the European Cup Winner’s Cup
defeating Real Madrid 2 - 1 in Athens, where he
second decisive goal.
Following a disagreement with Dave Sexton,
Osgood, along with several other team mates, was placed on the transfer list,
being sold to Southampton in March 1974, for a then club record £275,000.
During his time on the south coast he won the FA Cup again in 1976, a 1 - 0 victory over Manchester Utd. He
left Southampton in November 1977, were he had
scored 36 goals in 157 games for the Saints. He also had a brief loan spell
Osgood returned to Chelsea
in December 1978 following a stint in the US with the Philadelphia Furies. On
his return to the Bridge, the club were in decline and facing a relegation
battle. He again scored on his debut to put the team ahead, though Chelsea still lost 7 - 2
to Middlesborough. He stayed with the club before retiring in December 1979.
After leaving football he ran a pub in Windsor for a while, with
his old strike partner Ian Hutchinson. He also made a living on the after
dinner speaking circuit. He was banned from Stamford Bridge,
along with many of his 1970's colleagues, by chairman
Ken Bates for perceived criticism of the club in the 1990s. Abramovich
welcomed him back in 2003 and he took up the post as a hospitality host on
Ossie died on 1st March 2006 following
a heart attack at a family funeral.