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)
1970–1981 Ipswich Town 124 (9)
1979Detroit Express (loan) 22 (2)
1981–1986 Colchester United 206 (11)
Sudbury Town
Braintree Town
Felixstowe Port & Town
* 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.


Born in Otley, East Suffolk in 1950, Osborne was signed by Ipswich Town from Suffolk & Ipswich League club Grundisburgh in October 1970.[1] He made his league debut on 27 October 1973 against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Portman Road, Ipswich Town winning 2-0.[citation needed]

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]


Ipswich Town



  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". Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  4. ^ a b Soccer: Osborne is proof that dreams do come true Echo, 2 July 2001
  5. ^ "Four Town players in Hall of Fame". East Anglian Daily Times. 17 April 2010. Retrieved 21 March 2014.

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