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Tim W
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It was mentioned in the programme notes against Blackpool. The initial opening ceremony is to be a private family and friends affair. Whopping statue apparently - about 9ft!!

There went my cred, cheers Geezer, mine's a G - hope to see you soon

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To the bridge not sure - but I'm coming over in November and BlueBeard and I will be going out for a good old moan and a few beers


I'm off to Cyprus for a week in November but if your over outside of that period I might consider gatecrashing on you guys

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A new addition to the Stamford Bridge landscape is only a matter of days away. Supporters will be able to view the Peter Osgood statue from Saturday, and Friday will be Osgood Day on Chelsea TV. The statue, which will be placed outside the West Stand, can be visited by the public throughout Saturday and on Sunday when the Bridge hosts our Barclays Premier League match against Arsenal.

On Friday will be a private unveiling of the statue for Peter's family and friends, this will not be open to the public, but Chelsea TV will be dedicating the day to the legend.

Osgood Day will begin with Long Live the King - a Chelsea TV special feature with former team mates including Dave Webb and Charlie Cooke, who reveal their memories of the striker.

There will be archive footage of every game from the 1970 FA Cup run, a campaign in which Ossie scored in every round, and you can hear from team mates Ron 'Chopper' Harris and Peter 'The Cat' Bonetti on How the Cup Was Won.

The memories continue with action from Osgood against Manchester United and Arsenal before his first Chelsea manager, Tommy Docherty, joins Jonny Gould for a special edition of Friday Night Live from 7pm.


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Philip Jackson produced some of the country's most iconic statues before creating the new sculpture of Peter Osgood which was unveiled at Stamford Bridge this evening.

The artist was behind Sir Bobby Moore's statue which stands proudly at the front of Wembley Stadium, as well as pieces including the one of Sir Matt Busby at Old Trafford and the Queen Mother's memorial on The Mall in central London.

On top of that, Jackson is also the creator of Her Royal Majesty the Queen's equestrian sculpture inside the Great Park at Windsor.

His ability to convey the human condition through the skilful modelling of body language is renowned, which is why he was chosen to create the iconic figure of 'The King of Stamford Bridge', now presiding outside the West Stand.

Osgood was adored throughout all the stands at the stadium and the statue captures the player's style and composure. So how did Jackson do it?

It all started with a small clay 'marquette' (pictured below), which was shown to Osgood's family and the club before it was decided to go ahead with the chosen pose.


'Once the marquette has been seen and approved by the client,' explains Jackson, 'I use it to produce a steel structure similar to the skeleton in a body, and that's what will hold the structure together. 'I know a nine-foot figure will take about a tonne and a quarter of clay, so the structure has to be strong enough to hold that.

'The structure holds it together and then it's welded to a steel plate, which is attached to a turntable. That allows me to work on the model and turn it to see it in different lights.

'That's when I start working on the detail, looking at photos etc. because the full-size structure is different from the marquette. The way it works in light, how it will stand in the open air, all these things come into play.

'Then it's really a case of putting in the hours and looking at it afresh every day, asking yourself what is wrong with it, what needs to change and eventually the day comes when you think you have done it all.'

Unfortunately, like Busby and the Queen Mother, Jackson never saw Osgood in person so creating a life-like look was done with the help of family members and photos.

'It is quite testing; it is always difficult to do someone you have never met, although a lot of public sculptures are of people who have died.

'You have to get the information from photographs and they don't always provide the perfect information. To a certain extent, especially with the face, it's a case of experimenting and then seeing if it is okay.

'Quite often with sporting people you have got very good photographs from the front, very little from the side and none from behind.

'You rely on the relations to say I remember he had a flat head or a rounded chin. That sort of information is something you can't get from photographs.'

Jackson (pictured below right) has been meeting with Osgood's widow Lynn (below left) and his son Darren for information on appearance, expressions and stance and once the life-and-a-half size sculpture had been created in clay (pictured top) and the final look agreed, next was to cover it in rubber to create a mould.


'The mould is then transported to the foundry, there they make wax castings,' reports Jackson, 'I have a look at those and then they are invested into a material and will be put in the oven.'

This, with the wax melting out, creates another mould into which the molten bronze can be cast.

'You can then weld the joint and finish it before putting chemicals on it to make it its final colour.'

The blue-green colour of the piece was decided by Osgood's family, Jackson and the club before the sculpture was mounted outside the ground.

The statue will darken slightly as the piece ages, helping to create a powerful image to celebrate Osgood's time at Stamford Bridge.

Long live the King!

The statue was unveiled at a private gathering for Osgood's family and friends on Friday evening. Supporters can view it from Saturday onwards.

There will be views on the statue from the familly and friends on Chelseafc.com tomorrow.


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