Five years ago today Chelsea legend Peter Osgood sadly passed away at the age of 59 while attending a family funeral and the ‘King of Stamford Bridge’ will be mourned by the club, fans, players and staff alike ahead of an important fixture against Manchester United tonight.
Osgood made 380 appearances for the Blues and scored 150 goals for the club during that time. The forward also played a major role in winning the 1970 FA Cup against Leeds United, as well as the 1971 European Cup Winners’ Cup victory against Real Madrid.
During Chelsea’s 1970 FA Cup fun, Osgood famously scored in every round, with arguably the most famous being the 78th minute equaliser during the Old Trafford final replay. David Webb provided the finishing touch in extra time following a long Ian Hutchinson throw-in to win the game 2-1 for the Blues.
Chelsea’s 1971 Cup Winners’ Cup also went to a replay as Real Madrid levelled the scoring in the 90th minute after Osgood’s 56th minute opener at the Karaiskakis Stadium, Athens.
The final was replayed just two days later and Ossie was on the score-sheet again, only this time Chelsea were able to extend their lead to 2-0, courtesy of John Dempsey. Sebastian Fleitas did pull one back for Los Blancos, but the Madrid club was unable to prevent the Blues from running out 2-1 winners.
The forward departed the club to go to Southampton in 1974 and helped the Saints to pull off an upset and beat today’s opponents Manchester United in the 1976 FA Cup final.
After a loan spell at Norwich and a stint at Philadelphia Fury, Ossie returned home to Stamford Bridge in December 1978 before retiring a year later.
Osgood’s ashes now lay beneath the penalty spot at the Shed End of Stamford Bridge and as of October 2010, a statue of the great man was also completed and now stands proud outside the West Stand of the stadium.