Jackie Sewell dies aged 89 - an Owl who 'shook the world' in the 1950's

Jackie Sewell
Jackie Sewell
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Owls and England football legend, Jackie Sewell, has died aged 89. He was the last surviving member of the England side who were famously humiliated by Hungary in 1953.

Owls and England football legend, Jackie Sewell, has died aged 89. He was the last surviving member of the England side who were famously humiliated by Hungary in 1953.

Jackie Sewell

Jackie Sewell

Jackie joined Wednesday in 1951 for £34,500, making him the most expensive player in the history of the game. It was known as 'The transfer that shook the world."

Among British footballers, only Alan Shearer and Gareth Bale have commanded world record transfer fees.

During his four seasons at Hillsborough Jackie Sewell made 175 appearances, scoring 92 goals, and he managed to pick up six England caps, the 6-3 defeat at Wembley to the dazzling Hungarian side lead by Ferenc Puskas, being the most memorable.

Speaking about the game a couple of years ago, he said: "“Those Hungarians were certainly the best team I played against and I think they are still the best I’ve ever seen. I liked Puskas. He was a great player and a great character. He ate so much food at the banquet after the game."

Jackie Sewell

Jackie Sewell

Aston Villa Boss, Eric Houghton signed him for £20,000 in 1955 and he went on to win the FA Cup there in his first season.

Sewell was a tough and very quick inside forward, originally from Whitehaven in Cumbria, he started life as a Bevin Boy, conscripted to work in his native coal mines.

He first made his name at Notts County, where he netted 104 goals in 193 games.

After retirement he moved to Africa, where he went on to coach teams in what was then Rhodesia and the Belgian Congo.

He also captained Zambia in the mid-1960's, after the country gained independence in 1964, playing 10 times and scoring seven goals.

He is one of the very select group of footballers to have represented two different countries.