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Tuesday, 29 July 2008 21:11

JAMES OSBOURNE - RIP

from Soccer Australia

James (Jimmy) Osborne, who was inducted into the Australian Soccer Hall of Fame in 1999 as the oldest living Socceroo, passed away yesterday aged 94.

Jimmy represented Australia with distinction between 1933 and 1941, and also had the honour of captaining NSW in 1937 against the touring English Amateur team. He made his debut against New Zealand at the SCG in 1933 and also toured New Caledonia (1933) and New Zealand (1936).

Born and bred in Wallsend, Jimmy initially played for his local club before joining Weston (near Cessnock) and then Sydney clubs Granville and Metters where he saw out his career. 'Gentleman Jim' played mostly at half-back in a career that spanned over 450 games.

Jimmy passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends. The funeral will be held at Leppington Lawn Cemetery at 10am, Friday 27 December 2002.