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Statue Unveiling at Stamford Bridge

The King of Stamford Bridge

Friday 1st October 2010

Peter Osgood - King of Stamford Bridge

Four years to the day that his ashes were buried underneath the penalty spot at the Shed End saw the unveiling of the Peter Osgood statue outside the Millenium entrance at Stamford Bridge.

What a fantastic honour and tribute to the man known as the King.

It had taken some while from the early days when the idea of having a bust of Ossie in the Millenium Reception at Chelsea then progressed to having a magnificent statue outside the ground. The services of Philip Jackson were engaged and the wheels were in motion for the big event.

In the planning stages it was suggested that a time capsule be placed in the base of the statue and this was done with items of memorabilia, programmes etc and personal tributes from Peter Bonetti, John Dempsey and Lynn Osgood being included. Chelsea had also organised a competition for someone to compose a poem for inclusion in the capsule and the winner was Daniel Clarke who was invited to the unveiling.

The ceremony was limited to close friends, family and Chelsea players and was hosted by John Motson. Bruce Buck , the Chelsea chairman spoke fondly of Ossie and recounted some amusing encounters that he had had with him in the past. Everyone has fond memories of this charismatic and gifted man and 150 people were there to witness this very special event.

Richard King, Chairman of the Chelsea Pitch Owners and Trustee of the Peter Osgood Trust paid tribute to Peter and outlined the aims and achievements of the Trust to the invited guests.

John Dempsey read Daniel’s moving poem and Lynn Osgood finished by saying how proud Peter would have been if he could have witnessed all the fantastic tributes paid to him.

Guests included John Terry, Frank Lampard & Christine Bleakley, Peter Bonetti, John Dempsey. Tommy Baldwin, Bobby Tambling, Alan Birchenall, Tommy Docherty and Lawrie McMenemy MBE.

The statue was unveiled by Bruce Buck and Lynn to cheers of applause and as is traditional a blessing was then conducted by the Rev Martin Swan.

"It is a magnificent tribute to a hero of his time and now he really is larger than life"

Please Click Here to read Daniel Clarkes Winning Poem "For Ossie"

 

About the sculptor

Philip Jackson

Philip Jackson CVO DL MA FRBS FRSA

Philip Jackson has produced some of Britain’s best known public sculptures including the figure of the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother for her National Monument in The Mall, which was unveiled by HM the Queen last year. Amongst the other works in London are the Ghurkha Monument in Horse Guards Avenue, the Young Mozart in Orange Square, the In-Pensioner outside the Royal Hospital, Chelsea and the giant figure of Bobby Moore in front of the new Wembley Stadium. Outside London you can see the equestrian sculpture of the HM The Queen in Windsor Great Park, the Falklands War sculpture for the Royal Marines at Portsmouth, St. Richard outside Chichester Cathedral, Constantine the Great at York Minster and further afield the Empress Elizabeth of Austria in Geneva.

Philip Jackson lives and works in West Sussex where he divides his time between producing gallery sculpture and public commissions. He is represented by the Portland Gallery in London. He is currently working on a major sculpture which will be the centre feature of a memorial to the 55,500 men of Bomber Command that died during World War II.


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