ON THIS DAY: 1935: Sheffield Wednesday legend Ron Springett born - RETRO PICTURES + VIDEO

Ron in classic goalkeeping pose.
Ron in classic goalkeeping pose.

Exactly 81 years ago today, Sheffield Wednesday legend Ron Springett made his entry into the world - and we're celebrating the milestone with a look back at his life in pictures.

1966 England World Cup winner Ron, who sadly died last year, was born on July 22, 1935 and remains the Owls' most capped England player ever.

The goalkeeper, who joined Wednesday in 1958 passed away aged 80, last September following a short illness.

Springett began his career with Queens Park Rangers in 1953 before moving to Wednesday five years later.

He went on to make 384 senior appearances for the club before re-joining Rangers as part of a unique swap deal involving his brother and fellow goalkeeper Peter in 1967.

Soon establishing himself as the club’s undisputed number one, his role was vital as Wednesday sealed promotion back to the old Division One in 1959.

Ron was belated awarded a 1966 World Cup winner's medal.

Ron was belated awarded a 1966 World Cup winner's medal.

He played 33 times for the England after making his debut against Northern Ireland at Wembley Stadium in November 1959.

The Fulham-born stopper was England’s number one at the 1962 World Cup in Chile, where they reached the quarter finals before losing to eventual champions Brazil.

He was part of the England squad that lifted the World Cup in 1966 but the Wembley occasion was shrouded in controversy as only the 11 players on the pitch were awarded medals.

However, following a high profile campaign led by the FA many years later, FIFA elected to honour the whole squad. So in 2009, he was presented with his medal by Prime Minister Gordon Brown at a Downing Street ceremony.

Wednesday's tribute to Ron following his death last September.

Wednesday's tribute to Ron following his death last September.

Springett did make an appearance beneath the Twin Towers in 1966 though, as Wednesday were edged out 3-2 by Everton in the FA Cup final.

In 1967, Springett returned to Loftus Road where he remained for the rest of his career before retiring in 1969.

Ron was a long serving Hillsborough legend.

Ron was a long serving Hillsborough legend.

Ron Springett died at the age of 80 last September.

Ron Springett died at the age of 80 last September.

Ron signing stacks of autographs in preparation for his testimonial game.

Ron signing stacks of autographs in preparation for his testimonial game.

Owls players and officials lead the tributes to Ron following his death last year.

Owls players and officials lead the tributes to Ron following his death last year.

Sheffield Wednesday's 1966 FA Cup Final team, which was beaten 3-2 by Everton at Wembley..Back row, left to right, Jim McCalliog, Peter Eustace, Ron Springett, Gerry Young, Sam Ellis, Wilf Smith..Front row, Graham Pugh, John Fantham, Don Megson (Captain), David Ford and John Quinn

Sheffield Wednesday's 1966 FA Cup Final team, which was beaten 3-2 by Everton at Wembley..Back row, left to right, Jim McCalliog, Peter Eustace, Ron Springett, Gerry Young, Sam Ellis, Wilf Smith..Front row, Graham Pugh, John Fantham, Don Megson (Captain), David Ford and John Quinn

Ron on an emotional return to Hillsborough many years after hanging up his gloves.

Ron on an emotional return to Hillsborough many years after hanging up his gloves.