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 69)
Place of birth Otley, East Suffolk, England
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Grundisburgh
1973–1981 Ipswich Town 124 (9)
1979Detroit 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

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, East 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 the 77th minute, 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. Osborne played his final game for Ipswich on 15 November 1980 in a league match against Leicester City.[3]

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.[4]

Today Osborne is the manager of the sports centre, now known as the Rushmere Sports Centre.[4]

Honours[edit]

Ipswich Town

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. ^ "Roger Osborne". prideofanglia.com. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  4. ^ a b Soccer: Osborne is proof that dreams do come true Echo, 2 July 2001

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