Thursday, October 15, 2015

A STATUE FOR OSSY, THE KING OF STAMFORD BRIDGE

   He was the King of Stamford Bridge. For a decade Peter Osgood  was the high-living, hard-drinking star of Chelsea Football Club, His 105 goals in 289 appearances between 1964 and 1974 helped Chelsea win the F.A.Cup in 1970 and the European Cup Winners Cup the following year.
   For the last six years of his time with Chelsea I was a regular in the Shed end and with everyone else sang his name when he came out of the tunnel and onto the pitch.
   Now a statue has been constructed outside the West Stand at Stamford Bridge as a tribute to the free-scoring striker. 
  But not many supporters now remember that there was a time when Ossy's lifestyle led to manager Dave Sexton dropping him from the squad and placing him on the transfer list He was sold to Southampton in 1974 but returned to Chelsea for a season before retiring in 1979.
   After football he and his Chelsea strike partner Ian Hutchinson ran a pub in Windsor, the Union Inn, for a while but it was an ill-fated venture. In the 1990s he was actually banned from Stamford Bridge by then owner Ken Bates for his perceived criticism of the club, but in 2003 he was welcomed  back by the new owner Roman Abramovich.
 Ossy died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 59.
 How Chelsea could use his goals now
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