John Osborne (footballer)
|Date of birth||1 December 1940|
|Place of birth||Barlborough, Derbyshire, England|
|Date of death||7 November 1998(aged 57)|
|Place of death||Worcester, Worcestershire, England|
|1966–1977||West Bromwich Albion||250||(0)|
|1972||→ Walsall (loan)||3||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
John Osborne (1 December 1940 – 7 November 1998) was an English football goalkeeper. He played for Chesterfield, West Bromwich Albion and Shamrock Rovers. Osborne was a member of Albion's great cup side of the late 1960s which played in 5 cup finals from 1966 to 1970, including the 1968 FA Cup final. His nickname was Bionic due to the plastic joint inserted in his finger.
He made his Rovers debut at Milltown under his old teammate Johnny Giles on 10 September 1978. He played 3 games in the 1978–79 European Cup Winners' Cup keeping 2 clean sheets giving him a total of 4 appearances for the Hoops.
In 2004, he was named as one of West Bromwich Albion's 16 greatest players, in a poll organised as part of the club's 125th anniversary celebrations.
- Superstars in Stripes - John Osborne West Bromwich Albion F.C. Official Site
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