Ex-Owl admits his part in stolen cars racket

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A FORMER Sheffield Wednesday player is to be sentenced in December after receiving stolen goods as part of a gang which broke up cars in a rented scrapyard.

Ronnie Wallwork, aged 34, joined the Owls in 2008 and made seven appearances for the club. The former footballer, from Failsworth in Greater Manchester, pleaded guilty earlier this year to three counts of receiving stolen goods.

Preston Crown Court heard he had been involved in a gang which broke up stolen cars and sold on the parts.

He asked an innocent friend, Siobhan Johnston, to sell some of the parts on eBay. She had previously sold items including some of his West Bromwich Albion playing kit on eBay his behalf.

She told police: “He is no gangster, no criminal. He is just proper dippy. You want to shake him sometimes.”

The court heard Wallwork had fallen on hard times following his well-paid career as a professional footballer.

He represented England at Under-20 level, joined Man Utd as a trainee in 1993, and had played on loan for Barnsley FC.