Full Name: Russell Charles Osman

Dob: 14-02-1959

Pob: Repton, South Derbyshire, GB

Position: Centre Back

Era: Professional

Club Appearance Record

SeasonTot AppsTot Goals
1974-75 0 0
1975-76 0 0
1976-77 0 0
1977-78 37(1) 0
1978-79 52 2
1979-80 52 2
1980-81 66 3
1981-82 51 2
1982-83 45 5
1983-84 42 3
1984-85 37(2) 4
TOTALS 382(3) 21

Career Appearance Record

ClubDate SignedDate LeftFee
Ipswich Town July 1975 July 1985 Youth Team
Leicester City July 1985 June 1988 £240,000
Southampton June 1988 October 1991 £325,000
Bristol City October 1991 March 1995 -
Plymouth Argyle March 1995 September 1995 Free
Brighton & Hove Albion September 1995 January 1996 -
Cardiff City January 1996 June 1996 -

(15) Comments

  • Sacked from his assistant managers job at Newport County - 1/10/15

  • New Newport County manager Terry Butcher is set to appoint his former England and Ipswich team-mate Russell Osman as his assistant.

  • Has left his post as Ipswich Academy coach - August 2013

  • Has been appointed as the academy's new U-18 coach

  • Russell`s sons Ben and Toby had trials at Ipswich academy a few years ago, they both ended up at Exeter City, then both moved to non league football at Salisbury City. Ben has now moved to Weston Super Mare

  • As well as still doing his TV/press work, he is a part time coach at Exeter City- helping run their reserve side

  • i met him at exter city football club ground on wednesday 7th of November.

  • Anoraks Assistant Wednesday 24-10-2007

    Russell Osman followed John Wark by being named Ipswich Town`s "Young Player of the Year" for the 1976/77 season.

  • BnB Tech Support (Alan) Sunday 20-05-2007

    Russell is currently (May/June 07) cycling from London to La Manga for Breast Cancer research, see for details.

  • Roger Howells Sunday 13-05-2007

    You may not know this but Russ has taken up bike riding for charity. On May 20th 2007 he is taking part in a sponsored ride for breast chancer charity. The ride is leaving Wembly stadium at approx 12.00 and arriving in La Manga in Spain on June 2nd. I can tell that Russ is as fit as he ever was. Anybody wishing to donate can do so on the website at or by text on 81404 BOOBS

  • Lives in Bristol and works as a commentator for Eurosport, his two twin sons, Ben and Toby are on trial with the Ipswich Academy Under 16 team.

  • Currently (May '06) working for Eurosport, covering the Under 21 tournament in Toulon, France, alongside another ex Town player - Bryan Hamilton

  • Michael Thompson Thursday 10-04-2003

    Is that the same PGL soccer school I was at??? I remember getting the autograph of Murray and he said he would get his brother to send me a signed photo, which he did (although he put down to mark, instead of mike). However I was a defender as a kid and as well as being a big fan of Russell I also remember playing with his style in stopping Giles getting past me. If you remember Gi, I was the one who brought you down when you were through on goal. no need to cry about it though.

  • In recent years we've had another of your ex-players as manager down here in the shape of Russel Osman who actually played a few matches for us as well. Excellent player, but as a manager, oh dear.....

  • Giles Goford Monday 02-12-2002

    Russell was my favourite player when I was a kid, although I wasn't a defender. I think he was the most under-rated member of the great early 80's side (along with Cooper). I've had the pleasure of meeting him a couple of times since, and indeed playing a match alongside him in defence for the ITV Sport Channel. He was the classiest player in the match that also involved Ray Houghton, Garry Nelson, John Hendrie, Daley Thompson and Robbie Earle. Also, his brother Murray was a coach at PGL soccer schools in the mid 1980's.

Contract Info

  • Russell Osman joined Ipswich Town in July 1975 as an Apprentice.

    He signed a Professional Contract with Ipswich Town in March 1976 - The Professional Contract Period Is Unknown.

    He joined Leicester City from Ipswich Town in July 1985 - For A Fee Of £240,000 + The Contract, Period Is Unknown.

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