Former Chelsea and England striker Peter Osgood, "the king of Stamford Bridge", has died of a heart attack, aged 59, the London club said yesterday.

Osgood, who worked behind the scenes at Chelsea and was a popular after-dinner speaker, collapsed at a family funeral in Slough, west of London.

Osgood was a key member of the stylish Chelsea side of the early 1970s which won the FA Cup in and the European Cup Winners' Cup, beating Real Madrid in the final, the following season.

He played four times for England, including twice at the 1970 World Cup.

Osgood scored twice on his Chelsea debut as a 17-year-old in 1964 and quickly developed into a quick, skilled and fearless striker who served the club with distinction for 10 years.

He will be best remembered for his diving header in the Old Trafford FA Cup final replay in 1970 against Leeds. In 1971 he scored in the Cup Winners' Cup final against Real Madrid in Athens, and again in the replay which Chelsea won 2-1.

In all he played 380 games for Chelsea and scored 150 goals, the club said.

Independent journalism costs money. Support Times of Malta for the price of a coffee.

Support Us