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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 Otleymarker in 1950, Osborne was signed by Ipswich Town from Suffolk & Ipswich League club Grundisburghmarker in 1973.

In 1978 he was part of the Ipswich team that won the FA Cup against Arsenal, scoring the winning goal 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. In 1979 he was loaned to NASL side Detroit Express, for whom he played 22 matches.

In 1981 he moved to Colchester United in 1981 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 Andrewmarker, which was run by former Colchester manager Dick Graham. He also played for non-League clubs Sudbury Town, Braintree Town, Felixstowe Port & Townmarker and SIL club Westerfieldmarker, whom he also managed.

Today Osborne is the manager of the sports centre, now known as the Rushmere Sports Centre, where local football hero Calum Barker plays with hotly tipped Paul Carver.


Ipswich Town
  • FA Cup winner 1978


  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. Soccer: Osborne is proof that dreams do come true Echo, 2 July 2001

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