Career History...

Peter Osgood was signed by Chelsea as a junior and made his debut as a 17 year-old in the League Cup, scoring both goals in a 2-0 win against Workington AFC on December 16, 1964.

The buzz surrounding the tall, skilful teenager's goalscoring for the club's reserves - 30 goals in 20 games going into that month - was already immense and it was only a matter of time before he became a regular first-teamer. Following an end-of-season tour of Australia during which Osgood scored 12 times in eight games, the centre-forward's next senior match was the September 22, 1965 4-1 victory over AS Roma in the Inter-City Fairs Cup ("the Battle of the Bridge"). A run in the league followed, bringing seven goals, including one involving a 60-yard run past a trail of Burnley players.

In total, Ossie made 380 appearances for The Blues, scoring 150 goals. He was one of only nine players to score in every round of the FA Cup (and, to date, the last to do so), helping Chelsea to victory in a replayed final against Leeds United in 1970. He scored Chelsea's equaliser in the second game at Old Trafford with a diving header from Charlie Cooke's chipped pass twelve minutes from full time; his side eventually won 2-1.

In 1971, Osgood was part of the Chelsea team which lifted the European Cup Winners' Cup, defeating Real Madrid 2-1 in Athens, where he scored Chelsea's second, decisive, goal. In 1972, he scored for Chelsea in a major cup final for the third consecutive year - this time the League Cup against Stoke City.

Ossie Moved to Southampton in March 1974 for a club-record £275,000. During his time on the south coast, he won the FA Cup again in 1976 after a famous 1-0 victory over Manchester United. He left Southampton in November 1977, shortly before the club were promoted. He scored 36 goals in 157 games for the Saints. Towards the end of his career, he also had a brief loan spell at Norwich City.

Ossie returned to Chelsea in December 1978 following a stint in the United States with the Philadelphia Fury in a team which also included Alan Ball and Johnny Giles. He again scored on his debut to put his team ahead, though Chelsea still lost 7-2 to Middlesbrough. Ossie made his England debut in February 1970 in a 3-1 win over Belgium. He was a member of the 1970 World Cup squad, making two appearances against Czechoslovakia and Romania as a substitute.


Peter Osgood - The King of Stamford Bridge




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