This is the story of a true Suffolk hero who came from the Suffolk soil to score the winning goal for his local team, Ipswich Town, when they won the FA Cup at Wembley in 1978.
Roger Charles Osborne was born on 9th March 1950 into a family of 14 children - 8 boys and 6 girls. His father was a cowman in the village of Otley about 8 miles north of Ipswich, the county town of Suffolk and you will hear that this is where Roger was brought up in the old local rural tradition of village life, often wearing hand-me-downs to school and enjoying self entertainment as all country children did at that time. Roger had a natural and most happy childhood leading to him first playing football for Charsfield reserves, whilst working on the land and eventually playing for Westerfield where he remained until he was aged 20. From then on it was pure magic as you will hear for ‘cometh the hour cometh the man’.
I have always thought that it is the whole of the life of the man that makes him who he is and that this along with his inherited identity ultimately leads to his life’s accomplishments.
‘It is the simple things of life that are best’ says Roger and he is quick to point out the enormous amount of luck that lay in his chance to play out his boyhood dream, also to play football in the USA among people that he hero worshiped. This was followed by 5 happy years at Colchester United. Roger played 350 league games in total and scored 22 league goals.
Still most humble and nothing other than the ‘ol Suffolk boy’ who started out, he had no difficulty in coming back down to earth after his extraordinary adventure, playing again for local teams, and lastly Westerfield, until he had reached the age of 45.
Determined on the field and self effacing and contented off it, I believe that he epitomises all that is typical of the natural Suffolk character.
Roger is never happier than when amongst his family and he and Margaret now have 3 sons, 3 lovely daughters-in-law and are indeed proud of their 3 grandchildren. He manages a local sports complex and in reflecting on those heady days gives great credit to Town manager Bobby Robson, who amongst other things insisted on coming to collect him out of hospital following a cartilidge operation and even named his dog after him. It was, he said, Bobby and the Chairman Mr John (John Cobbold) who in treating everyone as equals gave the club such a wonderful family atmosphere.
Grateful thanks go particularly to the East Anglian Daily Times and also others for the use of their photographs.
£1 from the sale of every DVD will be donated to the charity Activlives of Ipswich of which Roger is the patron.
Product Code: DVD103