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John Osborne (footballer)

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Full nameJohn Osborne
Date of birth1 December 1940
Place of birthBarlborough, England
Date of death7 November 1998(age 57)
Place of deathWorcester, England
Playing positionGoalkeeper

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John Osborne (1 December 1940 7 November 1998) was an English football goalkeeper. He played for Chesterfield, West Bromwich Albion and Shamrock Rovers. Osborne was a member of Albion's winning team in the 1968 FA Cup final.

He made his Rovers debut at Milltown under his old team mate Johnny Giles on the 10 September 1978. He played 3 games in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup keeping 2 clean sheets giving him a total of 4 appearances for the Hoops.

In 2004 he was named as one of West Bromwich Albion's 16 greatest players, in a poll organised as part of the club's 125th anniversary celebrations.

Osborne was the commercial manager of Worcestershire County Cricket Club from 1986 to 1995, and played a significant part in the county's signing of long-time major sponsor MEB.

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