A lifelong Sheffield Wednesday fan has paid a glowing tribute to former Owls striker Jackie Sewell who passed away last month.
Paul Walshaw of the Wise Old Owls, a supporters group made up of Wednesdayites over the age of 50, labelled Sewell as his favourite ever player during his 65 years of following the team.
Sewell who also represented Notts County, Aston Villa, Hull and England, played a pivotal role in Sheffield Wednesday’s promotion winning campaign of 1951/52 scoring 22 goals as the Owls made an instant return to English football’s top division.
Walshaw was in no doubt at all as to whether Sewell would stack up against the great players of the modern era, he said: “He’d do very well because the tackling in those days was quite brutal in the 50s and 60s, he was quick and nimble and would often give defenders nightmares.”
“He was part of a forward line with two other England internationals, Redfern Froggatt and Albert Quixall, we were very lucky, it was a surfeit of riches at the time.”
During his four year stay at Hillsborough, Sewell notched up an impressive record of scoring 92 goals in 175 games. He earned his reputation as a lightning quick inside right forward and developed a trademark for pinpoint accuracy when it came to long range passing.
At the time of his transfer to Hillsborough during the 1950/51 season, Sewell moved for a then record fee of £34,500, a world away from the £89m shelled out on Paul Pogba by Manchester United this summer.
Walshaw added “If Jackie were to transfer today he would be worth a hell of a lot of money.”