Roger Osborne

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Roger Osborne
Personal information
Full name Roger Charles Osborne
Date of birth (1950-03-09) 9 March 1950 (age 64)
Place of birth Otley, East Suffolk, England
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Grundisburgh
1973–1981 Ipswich Town 124 (9)
1979 Detroit Express (loan) 22 (2)
1981–1986 Colchester United 206 (11)
Sudbury Town
Braintree Town
Felixstowe Port & Town
Westerfield
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

Roger Charles Osborne (born 9 March 1950) is a former professional footballer who is best known for scoring the winning goal in the 1978 FA Cup Final.

Biography[edit]

Born in Otley, Suffolk in 1950, Osborne was signed by Ipswich Town from Suffolk & Ipswich League club Grundisburgh in March 1971.[1] He made his league debut on October 27, 1973 against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Portman Road, Ipswich Town winning 2-0.

In 1978 he was part of the Ipswich team that won the FA Cup against Arsenal, scoring the winning goal in a 1-0 victory. His celebration upon scoring the winning goal caused him to faint and be substituted with only ten minutes of the match remaining.[2] In 1979 he was loaned to NASL side Detroit Express, for whom he played 22 matches.

In 1981 he moved to Colchester United where he played out until 1986, making over 200 appearances. After retiring from professional football, he worked as a lorry driver and at the Willis Faber Sports Centre in Rushmere St Andrew, which was run by former Colchester manager Dick Graham. He also played for non-League clubs Sudbury Town, Braintree Town, Felixstowe Port & Town and SIL club Westerfield, whom he also managed.[3]

Today Osborne is the manager of the sports centre, now known as the Rushmere Sports Centre.[3]

Honours[edit]

Ipswich Town

  • FA Cup winner 1978

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roger Osborne Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database
  2. ^ 1978 - Osbourne's year BBC Sport, 10 May 2001
  3. ^ a b Soccer: Osborne is proof that dreams do come true Echo, 2 July 2001

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