Sheffield Wednesday: Funeral for Fantham set to take place today

Johnny Fantham passed away, aged 75, last week.
Johnny Fantham passed away, aged 75, last week.

The family and friends of the late Johnny Fantham will gather to pay their last respects at his funeral service today.

Fantham, Sheffield Wednesday’s most prolific post-war striker, died last week following a long battle with illness at the age of 75.

A number of Fantham’s former teammates are expected to attend his funeral, which takes place at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium at 2pm.

Derek Wilkinson, a winger at Wednesday from 1953 to 1965 when he retired due to injury, told The Star: “I played with John in the 50s and 60s and he truly was a great player. I was so sorry to hear that he had passed away.

“His accuracy on passing both long balls and short was something to be admired.

“If he had been playing in football today, he would have won countless England caps.”

Fantham spent 13 years of his career with Wednesday, notching 166 goals in 434 senior appearances. The Sheffield-born player was a member of the Owls team who were beaten 3-2 by Everton in the 1966 FA Cup Final.

Fantham, capped once by England, also represented Rotherham United and Macclesfield Town before calling it a day in 1972.