Retro: The day Sheffield Wednesday legend ‘Zico’ opted for Leeds United

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On this day in 1989, Sheffield Wednesday legend Mel Sterland returned to English football.

Wednesday had previously sold him to Glasgow Rangers for £800,000 in March 1989 - where three goals in nine games helped Graeme Souness’ team win their second Scottish league title in three seasons.

On 1 July 1989, Sterland returned to England, persuaded by former Wednesday manager Howard Wilkinson to join him at Leeds United.

The Leeds public took to the South Yorkshireman - nicknamed Zico after the brilliant Brazilian- and his team won promotion back to the First Division after eight years in the second-flight.

The right back, now aged 55, finished his playing career at Doncaster’s Denaby United.