Don Megson has led the tributes to Wednesday legend Jackie Sewell, who has died aged 89.
Sewell, who started his career with Notts County, joined the Owls for a British transfer record of £34,500 in 1951.
In his first season, the striker was a key figure in Wednesday securing promotion back to the top-flight as champions.
Megson, regarded as one of the Owls' greatest full-backs in their history, told The Star: "Jackie was a great player. There's no doubt about that.
"He was a top star at the time. He scored some great goals.
"Jackie was in the England team who lost 6-3 to Hungary at Wembley. To play in that team puts you down a little in the history books.
"I saw him a while ago at Hillsborough and I had a photograph taken with him and Howard Wilkinson. I think the club presented him with a painting and he looked really well for his age.
"It is really sad news."
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Sewell bagged an impressive 92 goals in 175 appearances for the Owls and earned his six England caps.
"His goal-scoring record was not too shabby," quipped Megson. "Jackie was a good little sniper and he had the knack of scoring goals.
"Jackie wasn't a physical, hustle and bustle striker but he was top-drawer at what he did."
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Sewell left the Owls in 1955 and went on to find the back of the net 40 times in 145 appearances for Aston Villa. He helped them lift the FA Cup before finishing his stellar career at Hull City.
Megson, who spent 17 years of his playing career at Hillsborough, added: "I was only part time when Jackie was at Wednesday but he was a jovial lad and good with the younger guys."