Ossie – King Of The Bridge

When I was a girl, I wished you were mine,
The man in royal blue, our number nine,
I dreamed of you and sang your name,
I cheered with others at the game.
The hero we all loved so much,
The ball at your feet with a long throw from Hutch,
King Ossie, what a man.

Each silky skill we marvelled at,
As you played with Chopper and The Cat.
Those football cards of yesteryear
With your face on, we held so dear.
And memories of you live on.
You’re in Blue Heaven but still never gone.
King Ossie, what a man.

You lived your life in colourful style:
The King’s Road set, the cheeky smile,
The curly locks, the heart of gold,
Always time for the young and old.
A born entertainer, Chelsea and proud,
Who played with his heart to the roar of the crowd.
King Ossie, what a man.

As the years went on and my son grew,
I knew he’d come to love you too,
And I told him tales of days gone by,
And you shook his hand and it made me cry.
I felt so proud he’d finally met
The player the Shed will never forget –
King Ossie, what a man.

Well, they say that only the good die young,
You were taken too soon but your name’s still sung.
And the banner’s unfurled for that rising young star,
Over Land, Sea and Leicester, or wherever we are.
For the joy that you brought us will leave us never –
Ossie, King of the Bridge for ever.
King Ossie, what a man.

© Carol Ann Wood
September 2010

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