Russell Osman

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Russell Osman
Personal information
Full name Russell Charles Osman
Date of birth (1959-02-14) 14 February 1959 (age 56)
Place of birth Repton, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Ipswich Town (coach)
Youth career
1975–1976 Ipswich Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1985 Ipswich Town 294 (17)
1985–1988 Leicester City 108 (8)
1988–1991 Southampton 96 (6)
1991–1994 Bristol City 70 (3)
1995 Sudbury Town
1995 Plymouth Argyle 0 (0)
1995–1996 Brighton & Hove Albion 12 (0)
1996 Cardiff City 15 (0)
Total 595 (34)
National team
1979–1980 England U21 7 (0)
1980 England B 2 (1)
1980–1983 England 11 (0)
Teams managed
1993–1994 Bristol City
1995 Plymouth Argyle (caretaker)
1996–1998 Cardiff City
2004 Bristol Rovers (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Russell Charles Osman (born 14 February 1959) is an English former footballer who played in the Football League for Ipswich Town, Leicester City, Southampton, Bristol City, Brighton & Hove Albion and Cardiff City. He was a centre back. Osman played senior international football for England, for whom he received eleven caps.

Playing career[edit]

Osman was born in Repton, Derbyshire, the son of Rex Osman who played a handful of games for Derby County in the early 1950s. Russell Osman played nearly 400 games for Ipswich Town and represented his country 11 times.[1][2] His first England cap came against Australia in a friendly on 31 May 1980, his last on 21 September 1983 in England's 1-0 Euro 84 qualifying match defeat to Denmark.[3]

Management career[edit]

Later in his playing career he was player-manager of Bristol City, and had a brief spell as caretaker manager of Plymouth Argyle[4] before later managing Cardiff City. He had a brief role as joint caretaker manager of Bristol Rovers in 2004.[1] In November 2007, he was appointed as assistant manager to Paul Tisdale at Exeter City.[5] In February 2011 he was appointed coach of the Ipswich Town Under 18's.[6] He left the role in August 2013.[7]

Escape to Victory[edit]

He also played one of the prisoner-of-war footballers in Escape to Victory. The 1981 film also included soccer legend Pelé, American actor Sylvester Stallone, British actor Michael Caine and ex-soccer player Ossie Ardiles. The film was based on a game between an Allied team and a Nazi German team during World War II.



  1. ^ a b Hayes, Dean. The Who's Who of Ipswich Town. Breedon Books. pp. 119–120. ISBN 1-85983-515-5. 
  2. ^ "Russell Osman". Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database. Neil Brown. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Russell Osman – England". Sporting Heroes. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Argyle Managers Greens on Screen. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
  5. ^ "Exeter hand Osman assistant role". BBC Sport. 7 November 2007. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  6. ^ Osman Ispwich U1nder 18's coach
  7. ^ Osman leaves Ipswich

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