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Russell Osman, and appearances 10:19 - May 5 with 1412 viewsBluePG

I tried, and failed, to Google the answer to the above/below, however I heard this morning that Liverpool will play every fixture available to them this season.

In these days of ‘big’ clubs putting out reserve teams in early cup rounds, it’s unlikely that there will be any ever-presents, which got me thinking about Osman’s insane season in the early eighties.

Am I right in saying that he played every Ipswich game, and some England games also? Is/was that some kind of record for an individual? Was just before my time I’m afraid and my Men Who Made The Town book is in my parents’ loft!
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Russell Osman, and appearances on 10:53 - May 5 with 1330 viewsBattersea_Blue

Take a look at this.

Russell played all competitive games in 80-81 (66).

https://www.prideofanglia.com/page.php?page=playerProfile&last=Osman&fir
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Russell Osman, and appearances on 12:49 - May 5 with 1238 viewsIllinoisblue

There was a thread on here a while back about Osman making a ridiculous number of consecutive appearances for us. Again with today’s resting/rotation and massive squads, not something you nowadays.

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Russell Osman, and appearances on 12:55 - May 5 with 1217 viewsitfcjoe

Russell Osman, and appearances on 12:49 - May 5 by Illinoisblue

There was a thread on here a while back about Osman making a ridiculous number of consecutive appearances for us. Again with today’s resting/rotation and massive squads, not something you nowadays.


Also, in Matt Holland's time here he started every single league game bar one where he was on international duty - think he only was on bench for a couple of cup ties as well

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Russell Osman, and appearances on 13:05 - May 5 with 1192 viewshoppy

Russell Osman, and appearances on 10:53 - May 5 by Battersea_Blue

Take a look at this.

Russell played all competitive games in 80-81 (66).

https://www.prideofanglia.com/page.php?page=playerProfile&last=Osman&fir


231 appearances in just 4 seasons from 78/79 to 81/82 and another 87 in the next 2 seasons as well.

That is mad.

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Russell Osman, and appearances on 13:33 - May 5 with 1140 viewsoldburian

Russell Osman, and appearances on 13:05 - May 5 by hoppy

231 appearances in just 4 seasons from 78/79 to 81/82 and another 87 in the next 2 seasons as well.

That is mad.


And then Bobby Ferguson would not pick him even for our second leg League Cup tie against Norwich defending a 1 - 1 draw. Sat in the stands.
But then he preferred Tommy Parkin to O'Callaghan. The former went on a free to Bury Town and the latter back to Millwall for a £100k, says it all.
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Russell Osman, and appearances on 13:43 - May 5 with 1110 viewsKeno

Russell Osman, and appearances on 13:33 - May 5 by oldburian

And then Bobby Ferguson would not pick him even for our second leg League Cup tie against Norwich defending a 1 - 1 draw. Sat in the stands.
But then he preferred Tommy Parkin to O'Callaghan. The former went on a free to Bury Town and the latter back to Millwall for a £100k, says it all.


Im nit convinced O'Cally ever recovered from his broken arm

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Russell Osman, and appearances on 13:47 - May 5 with 1104 viewsGeoffSentence

Russell Osman, and appearances on 13:43 - May 5 by Keno

Im nit convinced O'Cally ever recovered from his broken arm


Should have been a straight red. Looked deliberate.

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Russell Osman, and appearances on 13:56 - May 5 with 1082 viewsAlanG296

Russell Osman, and appearances on 13:05 - May 5 by hoppy

231 appearances in just 4 seasons from 78/79 to 81/82 and another 87 in the next 2 seasons as well.

That is mad.


And in those days he would have played the whole game in nearly all if not all the games. In these days of 3 to 5 substitutions per game, how many do?
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Russell Osman, and appearances on 14:01 - May 5 with 1066 viewshoppy

Russell Osman, and appearances on 13:56 - May 5 by AlanG296

And in those days he would have played the whole game in nearly all if not all the games. In these days of 3 to 5 substitutions per game, how many do?


Not detracting from that at all as that is very true, but these days, you rarely seem to change the central defenders very often in tactical substitutions, so mostly they do play the full game.

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Russell Osman, and appearances on 14:09 - May 5 with 1043 viewsAlanG296

Russell Osman, and appearances on 14:01 - May 5 by hoppy

Not detracting from that at all as that is very true, but these days, you rarely seem to change the central defenders very often in tactical substitutions, so mostly they do play the full game.


Yes that's true, central defenders are probably the exceptions in outfield players in usually playing the full game.
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Russell Osman, and appearances on 14:32 - May 5 with 998 viewsChurchman

Russell Osman was a really good player. He was slightly overshadowed by playing partner Butcher and his predecessors Beattie and Hunter, but anyone who saw him play will tell you just how good he was.

Athletic, mobile, good in the tackle, in the air and on the ground, nobody took liberties with Osman. He could dish it out when necessary.

He nearly played in the 1978 Final of course, with doubts over Beattie and Hunter’s fitness. He would not have let us down if he’d have played.
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Russell Osman, and appearances on 14:36 - May 5 with 987 viewshype313

Russell Osman, and appearances on 14:32 - May 5 by Churchman

Russell Osman was a really good player. He was slightly overshadowed by playing partner Butcher and his predecessors Beattie and Hunter, but anyone who saw him play will tell you just how good he was.

Athletic, mobile, good in the tackle, in the air and on the ground, nobody took liberties with Osman. He could dish it out when necessary.

He nearly played in the 1978 Final of course, with doubts over Beattie and Hunter’s fitness. He would not have let us down if he’d have played.


Also, apparently got a great eye for non league talent...

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Russell Osman, and appearances on 14:37 - May 5 with 989 viewsTrumptonBlue

Russell Osman, and appearances on 12:55 - May 5 by itfcjoe

Also, in Matt Holland's time here he started every single league game bar one where he was on international duty - think he only was on bench for a couple of cup ties as well


Town played 319 games when Matt Holland was at the club - he played in 314 of them (311 starts and 3 subs). He missed a league game at Gillingham just before he left in 2003 due to international duty but started all the others, as you say. He was rested for the League Cup games at Crewe (2001/02) and at home to Brighton and Middlesbrough (02/03), and the FA Cup tie at Dagenham & Redbridge (01/02).

He started 173 consecutive games after signing and altogether played 223 consecutive games until that Crewe tie (222 starts, 1 sub).
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Russell Osman, and appearances on 14:57 - May 5 with 965 viewsitfcjoe

Russell Osman, and appearances on 14:37 - May 5 by TrumptonBlue

Town played 319 games when Matt Holland was at the club - he played in 314 of them (311 starts and 3 subs). He missed a league game at Gillingham just before he left in 2003 due to international duty but started all the others, as you say. He was rested for the League Cup games at Crewe (2001/02) and at home to Brighton and Middlesbrough (02/03), and the FA Cup tie at Dagenham & Redbridge (01/02).

He started 173 consecutive games after signing and altogether played 223 consecutive games until that Crewe tie (222 starts, 1 sub).


Thanks for the detail on that, wasn't sure on the cups but that league record is incredible - I haven't got the stats for previous seasons but in his last 3 here i.e. 2000/01, 2001/02 and 2002/03 he only missed the one game whilst on duty, plus 41 minutes of football in 2001/02 when he went off early in the home opener v Man U.

In his first season at Charlton he subsequently missed just 12 minutes of league football

In that period he also played every minute at the 2002 WC
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Russell Osman, and appearances on 14:59 - May 5 with 957 viewsIllinoisblue

Russell Osman, and appearances on 14:37 - May 5 by TrumptonBlue

Town played 319 games when Matt Holland was at the club - he played in 314 of them (311 starts and 3 subs). He missed a league game at Gillingham just before he left in 2003 due to international duty but started all the others, as you say. He was rested for the League Cup games at Crewe (2001/02) and at home to Brighton and Middlesbrough (02/03), and the FA Cup tie at Dagenham & Redbridge (01/02).

He started 173 consecutive games after signing and altogether played 223 consecutive games until that Crewe tie (222 starts, 1 sub).


Phenomenal record. An absolute steal for just 800k.

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Russell Osman, and appearances on 15:03 - May 5 with 954 viewsitfcjoe

Russell Osman, and appearances on 14:59 - May 5 by Illinoisblue

Phenomenal record. An absolute steal for just 800k.


And a brief look online at Pride of Anglia and that Man U game was the only one he was ever subbed off for us in the league.

Only really Luke Chambers in recent years who has had anything like that level of consistency of being available - lucky or willing to put body on line more?

Chambers missed 28 games in 9 seasons. 4-5 when dropped at the end of tenure under Cook; 5 after injury at Brentford and 5 or so when Lambert rotated making up the bulk of them - but still nothing like Holland's record
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Russell Osman, and appearances on 15:22 - May 5 with 935 viewsGeoffSentence

Lets not forget that his number of England caps (11) is the same number as that won by all Norwich players since time began (somewhere between 35 billion years and six and a half thousand years depending on your point of view)

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Russell Osman, and appearances on 15:27 - May 5 with 924 viewsblueasfook

Shame he's leaving Pointless. I dont think it will be the same without him.

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Russell Osman, and appearances on 15:28 - May 5 with 924 viewsBluePG

Russell Osman, and appearances on 10:53 - May 5 by Battersea_Blue

Take a look at this.

Russell played all competitive games in 80-81 (66).

https://www.prideofanglia.com/page.php?page=playerProfile&last=Osman&fir


Thank you for this. I have just checked and he won four England caps in 80/81 also. So 70 (seventy!) games in a season therefore?
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Russell Osman, and appearances on 18:25 - May 5 with 816 viewsParisBlue

Russell Osman, and appearances on 13:56 - May 5 by AlanG296

And in those days he would have played the whole game in nearly all if not all the games. In these days of 3 to 5 substitutions per game, how many do?


Steve McCall had a similar record playing in 166 consecutive games.

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Russell Osman, and appearances on 22:30 - May 5 with 736 viewsIllinoisblue

Russell Osman, and appearances on 15:03 - May 5 by itfcjoe

And a brief look online at Pride of Anglia and that Man U game was the only one he was ever subbed off for us in the league.

Only really Luke Chambers in recent years who has had anything like that level of consistency of being available - lucky or willing to put body on line more?

Chambers missed 28 games in 9 seasons. 4-5 when dropped at the end of tenure under Cook; 5 after injury at Brentford and 5 or so when Lambert rotated making up the bulk of them - but still nothing like Holland's record
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Hopefully the passing of time will see Chambers get a little more respect. Always battled for us and captained us through some of the most turbulent times the club has ever seen.

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Russell Osman, and appearances on 07:16 - May 6 with 646 viewsBluespeed225

Russell Osman, and appearances on 14:32 - May 5 by Churchman

Russell Osman was a really good player. He was slightly overshadowed by playing partner Butcher and his predecessors Beattie and Hunter, but anyone who saw him play will tell you just how good he was.

Athletic, mobile, good in the tackle, in the air and on the ground, nobody took liberties with Osman. He could dish it out when necessary.

He nearly played in the 1978 Final of course, with doubts over Beattie and Hunter’s fitness. He would not have let us down if he’d have played.


Described by Shearer as the best defender he’d seen. As said, could play, mix it, and adapt.
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Russell Osman, and appearances on 08:42 - May 6 with 582 viewsDJR

Russell Osman, and appearances on 07:16 - May 6 by Bluespeed225

Described by Shearer as the best defender he’d seen. As said, could play, mix it, and adapt.


He included Osman in a team of the best players he had played with, presumably at the expense of Butcher.

On defender Osman, who made 55 appearances for Southampton between 1988 and 1992, Shearer said: "In all my career, he was the best two-footed player I ever played with. He was tough."
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Russell Osman, and appearances on 18:11 - May 6 with 477 viewsFBI

Russell Osman, and appearances on 13:43 - May 5 by Keno

Im nit convinced O'Cally ever recovered from his broken arm


He was pretty fit in the 80s. For a WW2 veteran.

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Russell Osman, and appearances on 07:58 - May 7 with 366 viewsElephantintheRoom

One interesting fact about Russel Osman’s appearance is that he used Earth Born Apple Blossom Shampoo on his flowing locks. Another is that he appeared to be dating glamorous gymnast Susanne Dando. This was an era when player profiles in the programme gave you all the important details

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