To many of us older fans, Peter Osgood was "The Wizard of Os" who became the "King of Stamford Bridge".Those of us who saw him play before his leg was broken by Emlyn Hughes in an evening cup-tie at Blackpool, can only speculate just how good he would have become. Possibly the best English player ever.
Nevertheless, even after adding a stone in weight and with some loss of what was an unbelievable mix of grace with pace, he went on to be our hero who then became one of us as a loyal fan.
This section carries tributes from our members to Ossie, and will help younger fans understand why his name is sung to this day. Here is "the goal " for which he will always be remembered:
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When I think of Ossie, one thing comes to mind first. Though Ossie surely gave us many things to remember on the pitch, my memory is from elsewhere.I was a school boy when I first went to Stamford Bridge with my dad and my brother to see Chelsea play Man U. I never looked back. The team was classic with Bonnetti, Chopper, Webb, Houseman, Hollins, Cook, Hudson and of course Ossie.As boys, we used to play footy at every opportunity and the best games were in the playground where it was forbidden. The ball usually had to be hidden on short notice so it was often a tennis ball. That was good for developing skills.
During these games, each and every player assumed an alter ego, the wingers were inevitably George Best, Bobby Charlton had his fair share too but when it came to the forwards, there were 2 that stood out above the rest. Every kid wanted to be either Jimmy Greaves or Ossie. At our school, there were more Chelsea fans than Spurs, so in that world of boyhood heroes, Ossie was the top dog!
Being only 5 years old when the Blues beat Leeds in 1970, my memories of Ossie and the team at that age are rather limited but one story springs to mind. My Dad comes from Willesden and he was always a Chelsea fan. Back in those days he worked as a warehouseman for Sainsbury's and was often on night shift. It just so happened that on the 29th April 1970 he happened to be on a long night shift. When you've got three hungry boys at home you don't pass up an opportunity of some overtime money. I don't remember much of the match as my older brothers probably sent me to bed. All I can remember was the morning after with my mum hanging a giant Union Jack (which my Grandad had liberated from the office building he worked at in London) on the front of the house - my dad had missed the match and didn't even know the score. You can imagine how he felt when he arrived home to see a giant Union Jack on the house with Chelsea painted all over it. Needless to say that he was in a great mood and we celebrated for days after...
The resulting thought that remains with me is that Peter Osgood scored probably one of the most significant goals in the history of the club and although hundreds of goals have been scored by many talented CFC players since, every Chelsea fan will never ever forget that goal.
Nothing to do with his ability (I was only 6 when I became aware of him), but Osgood was the thing that first attracted me to Chelsea. His sideburns made him look like my dad, and that was good enough for me.
I was there when he made his debut in the League Cup. I remember the night Emlyn Hughes broke Ossie's leg. It was a mid-week game at Blackpool that I could not get to. I heard the news leaving Fulham's ground where there was a match that night. In those days there were plenty of Chelsea fans that would go to a game at the Cottage. I saw a bunch of people around a transistor radio and someone said Ossies's broken his leg. I was there with 10,000 or so CFC fans that went to his come back game. It was the first game of the (1966/67 season) away to WBA. It was probably the biggest CFC away support for any game outside London before the 1970 Old Trafford replay. I was on the Stretford Road end terrace when he scored the diving header in 1970. I have seen it on TV a million times, but I can still see it from behind the goal, and his special celebration that showed what Chelsea meant to him and to us all. We sang Osgood is good and Born is the King for a special bloke who gave us special times. A man who lived our dreams and made them come true. Thanks Ossie. My heartfelt condolences to his family.
Unbelievable at first, the cavalier types appear to go on for ever. Great player, always seemed to have so much time on the ball. I did not have too many opportunities to see Ossie. What comes to mind was his effortless performance at a Youth Cup Tie at Brentford.
I have lots of memories of The king of Stamford Bridge having watched the team extesively in the '60s. Who coul forget that upright running style, his swerving around players and his effortless ball control. A great shooter and header of the ball, he was the all-round striker. Magic. Of course, I remember seeing the equalizer at Old Trafford in the Cup Final replay and many other fine goals. On a personal note, I last saw him in person in 1994 at the FA Cup Final against ManU. I was with Terry Pask and a school buddy at the Wembley Hilton, having a drink before the game, when who should come in but Ossie, dressed up to the nines in a very flash suit etc. Seems he'd been kicked out of the ground by an irate Ken Bates due to some difference of opinion over Ossie's hosting duties and he was in the bar to watch he game on TV with a pint.
As you know, the Osgood tribute took place prior to the Chelsea -Spurs game late last season. As a True Blue member I was fortunate enough to have arranged tickets to the game through Gerry. I never thought when I purchased the tickets that I would be witness to such an emotional scene. It was a few days earlier that I came up from Westminster tube station and saw the newspaper banner at the top of the stairs, it read "Chelsea Legend Osgood Dead" I could not believe it I was absolutely floored. Needless to say I bought the paper and read about the sad story.
On the friday prior to the game my wife and I went down to the Bridge to take a look at the impromptu shrine that had been set up by the fans. It was unbelievable. Chelsea shirts, footballs, flowers, teddy bears, replica F.A. & European Cup trophies and on and on. All were left by his army of fans expressing their condolences. I signed the condolences book on behalf af the Vancouver Chelsea Supporters Club and alsoo signed the names of as many of our members as I could remember - Gerry, Harvey, Damian, Phil, Ernest. ( I apologise to those I missed). We intended to have a quick beer in the Shed Pub afterwards, but as the place was full of supporters we ended up having more than a couple. It was amazing to hear the stories of the fan's memories of Ossie. If it can be said, under the circumstances, it was a truly wonderful afternoon.
The next day was a warm sunny spring day at the Bridge. To see all the players pay tribute to Ossie was wonderful. These were the players that most of us grew up with. These are the players that I still have scrapbooks of to this day. The fans were in full voice and sang chorus after chorus of " Ossie is the King of Stamford Bridge" It gave me goosebumps listening to it ". To cap it all off William Gallas sored a stunning goal in the 93rd minute to seal a 2 - 1 victory for Chelsea. It was virtually the last kick of the game, a crashing 20 yarder into the top right hand corner of the net. A goal I think that even Ossie would have been proud of. A truly memorable day.