Sheffield Wednesday legend Ron Springett dies aged 80

Ron Springett
Ron Springett

Sheffield Wednesday legend Ron Springett has died.

The goalkeeper, who joined the Owls in 1958 and remains the club’s most capped England player, has passed away aged 80, 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.

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.

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.

A spokesman for the Football Association said: “The Football Association would like to express its deepest condolences and our thoughts are with Ron’s family and friends at this sad time.”