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Kings Road King

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 He wOS GOOD,
He wos King of the Shed,
He was 60’s Kings Road,
He filled defenders with dread.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 He wos a cup winner in 70,
He scored in each round,
as the Blues beat the Leeds,
at the Old Trafford ground.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 He played alongside Bonetti,
Hudson and Hutch,
He would have won more than four caps,
if he’d been born Dutch.
He was full of great touches,
giving defenders no peace,
he won a European medal,
on a hot night in Greece.
He was disliked at the Palace,
for his ” leave it John” shout, *****
and the fact he scored four,
in a Boxing Day rout.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 He left the Blues disillusioned,
went away for a spell,
played in Philadelphia,
and for Southampton at the Dell.
He won the Cup with The Saints,
when Stokes scored one late,
and the fans said he Wos Good,
but now Ossie Wos Great.
But his heart was on the Fulham Road,
where he was still classed as ‘The King,’
and Os returned to Stamford Bridge,
for a last career fling.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 He wos flamboyant,
He wos skillful,
He could give and take his kicks,
R.I.P PETER OSGOOD,
he who ruled S.W.6.

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 MEANWHILE UP IN HEAVEN.

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 OSSIE – OSSIE – OSSIE,
OI – OI – OI

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 cried a voice,clear and loud,
and Ossie waved to Greenaway,*****
who saluted from a cloud.

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Notes

**** I was part of the then record Selhurst Park crowd of 49,000 who witnessed Chelsea annihilating Crystal Palace 5-1 on Boxing Day 1969, with Mr Osgood scoring 4 .Earlier that season he had drawn critisism for shouting ‘ leave it John’ to Palace keeper John Jackson who was about to gather a cross. Jacko did and Chelsea scored.

**** Greenaway was a legendary figure at Stamford Bridge where he was known as the Zigger Zagger man. He sat in the West Stand and got the crowd going with his Ozzie Ozzie Ozzie chant. He organizied coach trips to away games and although loud he was never a troublemaker, just a fanatical Chelsea fan.He idolised Ossie and within minutes of meeting someone would regale the story ( a true one) of him running alongside Osgood on the track at the side of the Athens pitch with the European Cup Winners Cup, much to the amusement of people who knew him and had heard the story a thousand times before.
However about ten years ago one of Englands truth seeking Sunday rags were having a slow week and decided to do an expose on Greenaway. They basically portrayed him as some rampant football thug which was as far from the truth as you could get. British Rail where he’d worked since school fired him and Chelseas took away his season ticket. He died a broken man a year later at the age of 50.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/kings-road-king/