25 Years Ago: Owls aim for a smashing time with Snodin

Back as boss - Ian Snodin.
Back as boss - Ian Snodin.

Sheffield Wednesday were ready to smash the Hillsborough transfer record 25 years ago with a swoop for Everton’s Ian Snodin.

The Owls were preparing a huge bid for Snodin after settling on the former Doncaster Rovers and Leeds star as the player they wanted to mastermind their midfield for the following season, but would have to pay around £650,000 to land him.

Snodin, a brilliant captain at Leeds, cost Everton £840,000 but he never fulfilled his potential at Goodison Park and the signing of Stuart McAlll from Bradford City could see him suddenly become available, with a move back to South Yorkshire proving an attraction.

If the Owls were to land Snodin it would mean manager Howard Wilkinson would have paid Everton close to £1m following the £275,000 recent transfer of Alan Harper.

Wednesday had been keen on Thrybergh-born Snodin for some time and it was beginning to look as if an offer to Everton would be accepted although a potential problem was the soaring wages and bonuses paid at Goodison.

However Wilkinson overcame this with the capture of Harper and must feel confident that, given the opportunity, he could persuade Snodin that a move to Hillsborough is exactly the right career move for him.

Bradford City used some of their McAll money in paying Norwich City £160,000 for Sheffield-born Wayne Biggins, a striker in whom Barnsley were interested.

Former England star Trevor Francis was favourite for the managerial vacancy at Plymouth.

He was given permission by QPR to talk to the Plymouth board.

Francis, currently working for ITV in Germany, was known to be keen to take the job.