Chelsea

The only player to be buried at Stamford Bridge

Following the acquisition of Chelsea football club by Russian Billionaire Roman Abrahamovich back in 2003, Chelsea have enjoyed a series of success at the club as they have won the UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, the Premier League title on several occasions and also recently winning the most prized trophy in club football, the UEFA Champions League title, coupled with several domestic cups.

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Roman Abrahamovich paid a whopping sum of £140 million to Ken Bates to purchase Chelsea, however, several facts and incidents had occurred pre-Roman Abrahamovich era which is unknown to the majority of fans across the globe.

Incidents like Chelsea having to wear their opponents kits back in 1997 against Coventry City, owing to the fact that the club packed their famous blue home kit instead of their away jersey and several other incidents are much known by fans across the universe.

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However, a particular incident pertaining to a Chelsea legend’s cremated ashes being buried at the Bridge is unknown to many fans across the globe.

Peter Leslie Osgood signed for Chelsea back in 1964, following his uncle’s formal approach to Chelsea, discussing the then 17 year old talents when it comes to playing football and hereby helping Osgood secure a trial at the club (Chelsea).

Osgood went on to score 103 league goals across 279 appearances from 1964 to 1974 during his first stint at Chelsea. Following moves across several clubs in England and across the world, Osgood deemed it fit to return to Chelsea four years after he left.

The then English international striker scored on both his Chelsea debuts as he netted a brace against Workington back in 1964 and scored against Middlesbrough following his return to Chelsea.

Osgood’s return to Chelsea took his tally to 105 goals in 289 league outings for Chelsea, having played 10 games and netting twice during his second spell at the club.

After Peter Osgood retired, he ventured into a pub business at Windsor with the assistance of former Chelsea player Ian Hutchinson.

In 2006, Osgood who was nicknamed “king of Stamford Bridge” reportedly died after he suffered a heart attack during his uncle’s funeral at a crematorium in Slough, he was however rushed to the hospital but it was to no avail as the Chelsea legend died at Wexham Park hospital aged 59.

Following Osgood’s death, a memorial service took place on the 1st of October back in 2006 at Stamford Bridge where Osgood’s ashes were buried at the Shed End of Stamford Bridge right under the penalty spot in the presence of over 2,500 fans.

 

After Osgood’s memorial service at the bridge, no Chelsea player scored a penalty goal at the Shed End of Stamford Bridge right where Osgood’s ashes were buried until Andriy Shevchenko scored a penalty kick against Aston Villa in a 4-4 draw back in December 2007.

In doing so, Shevchenko became the first player to score a penalty kick since Osgood’s ashes were buried under the penalty spot at the Shed End of Stamford Bridge.

Jack Whitley remains the only Chelsea player to be buried at Stamford Bridge’s cemetery alongside Chelsea’s founder Augustus Mears. This connotes that Osgood remains the only Chelsea associated individual to have his memorials at the bridge.

In 2010, on the 24th of October, Chelsea revealed that Osgood’s nine-foot statue had been completed and it was to be situated outside the Bridge. The statue was privately unveiled ten days after Chelsea revealed they had completed his statue.

The unveiling comprises Osgood’s family and friends and the statue was available for public viewing a day after. Osgood is currently the only Chelsea player whose statue will be situated outside the bridge.

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