On Peter Osgood’s birthday, we’re celebrating the legendary striker with a few facts you might not know about the King of Stamford Bridge.
Born in south-east England in 1947, Ossie made 380 appearances for Chelsea in the 1960s and 1970s, scoring 150 goals for the club along his way to becoming the joint fourth-highest scorer in our history.
Osgood tragically passed away in March 2006. In 2010, a statue was erected in his honour outside the West Stand of Stamford Bridge.
When it comes to the Wizard of Os, there’s more to know about him than what the stat sheet says. Here are 10 things you might not know about the legendary striker.
- Prior to joining Chelsea, Osgood was a bricklayer in Windsor - His uncle wrote to Chelsea about the 17-year-old’s footballing talent, helping him secure a trial. The rest is history.
- He shares a birthday with two Chelsea strikers - Osgood, Jimmy Greaves and David Speedie were all born on 20 February. The three combined for 754 appearances and 346 goals.
- He scored 30 goals in 20 games for the Chelsea reserves - His goal output was impressive enough to earn his senior debut at the age of 17.
- He once scored in every round of the FA Cup - In our winning campaign in the 1969/70 FA Cup, Osgood scored in each round of the competition.
- He once scored eight goals in a tie - In 1971, Osgood scored eight times in our Cup Winners’ Cup tie against Luxembourg side Jeunesse Hautcharage. We would go on to win the tie by an aggregate score of 21-0, which is a record in European competition.
- He played professionally in America - Osgood played for the Philadelphia Fury in the North American Soccer League in 1978 before he re-joined Chelsea.
- He scored on both of his Chelsea debuts - Osgood scored twice against Workington in his 1964 senior debut, and when he returned to the club in 1979 he scored in his first match against Middlesbrough.
- He ran a pub with former Chelsea player Ian Hutchinson - After retiring, Osgood ran a pub in Windsor called the Union Inn.
- His ashes were laid to rest at Stamford Bridge - More than 2,500 fans attended a memorial service when Osgood’s ashes were laid to rest under the penalty spot on the Shed End.
- He is the only player to have a statue outside Stamford Bridge - Unveiled in 2010, Osgood’s nine-foot statue includes a plaque with a blurb written by club historian Rick Glanvill.