Russell Osman

Russell Charles Osman (born 14 February 1959) is an English former footballer who played in the Football League for Ipswich Town, Leicester City, Southampton, Bristol City, Brighton & Hove Albion and Cardiff City. He was a centre back. Osman played senior international football for England, for whom he received eleven caps. He is now a football pundit in the Indian Super League.[1]

Russell Osman
Personal information
Full name Russell Charles Osman
Date of birth (1959-02-14) 14 February 1959 (age 62)
Place of birth Repton, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Position(s) Centre back
Youth career
1975–1976 Ipswich Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1985 Ipswich Town 294 (17)
1985–1988 Leicester City 108 (8)
1988–1991 Southampton 96 (6)
1991–1994 Bristol City 70 (3)
1995 Sudbury Town
1995 Plymouth Argyle 0 (0)
1995–1996 Brighton & Hove Albion 12 (0)
1996 Cardiff City 15 (0)
Total 595 (34)
National team
1979–1980 England U21 7 (0)
1980 England B 2 (1)
1980–1983 England 11 (0)
Teams managed
1993–1994 Bristol City
1995 Plymouth Argyle (caretaker)
1996 Cardiff City
2004 Bristol Rovers (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing career

Osman was born in Repton, Derbyshire, the son of Rex Osman who played a handful of games for Derby County in the early 1950s. Osman played nearly 400 games for Ipswich Town, winning the 1980–81 UEFA Cup. Osman also contributed to Ipswich's victorious 1977-78 FA Cup campaign, making four appearances during the run.[2] However he wasn't part of the squad for the final itself. Osman also represented his country 11 times.[3][4] His first England cap came against Australia in a friendly on 31 May 1980, his last on 21 September 1983 in England's 1-0 Euro 84 qualifying match defeat to Denmark.[5]

Management career

Later in his playing career he was player-manager of Bristol City, and had a brief spell as caretaker manager of Plymouth Argyle[6] before later managing Cardiff City. He had a brief role as joint caretaker manager of Bristol Rovers in 2004.[3] In November 2007, he was appointed as assistant manager to Paul Tisdale at Exeter City.[7] In February 2011 he was appointed coach of the Ipswich Town Under 18s.[8] He left the role in August 2013.[9] In July 2015 Osman joined Newport County as assistant manager to Terry Butcher.[10] Butcher, Osman and Steve Marsalla were sacked on 1 October 2015 with Newport bottom of league two after gaining just 5 points from the first 10 matches of the 2015–16 season.[11]

Escape to Victory

He played Doug Clure, one of the prisoner-of-war footballers, in the 1981 film Escape to Victory, which also included American actor Sylvester Stallone, British actor Michael Caine, Swedish actor Max von Sydow, and football stars Pelé, Ossie Ardiles, and Kazimierz Deyna. The film was based on a game between an Allied team and a Nazi German team during the Second World War.


Ipswich Town



  1. Heath, Mark (20 February 2019). "From Town glory to discovering Tyrone Mings and working in India - Osman's fascinating journey". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  2. "Games played by Russell Osman in 1977-78". Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  3. Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Ipswich Town. Breedon Books. pp. 119–120. ISBN 1-85983-515-5.
  4. "Russell Osman". Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database. Neil Brown. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  5. "Russell Osman – England". Sporting Heroes. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  6. Argyle Managers Greens on Screen. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
  7. "Exeter hand Osman assistant role". BBC Sport. 7 November 2007. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  8. Osman Ispwich U1nder 18s coach
  9. Osman leaves Ipswich
  10. "League Managers Association - RUSSELL OSMAN". Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  11. Newport County part company with manager Terry Butcher
  12. Lynch. The Official P.F.A. Footballers Heroes. p. 143.
  13. King, Elvin (9 April 2011). "Sir Alf Ramsey inducted into Ipswich Town Hall of Fame". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 21 March 2014.