Sheffield Wednesday: Tributes flood in for Owls great

John Fantham
John Fantham
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Tributes have poured in for John Fantham following the passing of the former Sheffield Wednesday striker, aged 75.

Sheffield-born Fantham, the Owls’ most prolific post-war forward, has today lost his long battle against illness.

Owls great John Fantham

Owls great John Fantham

Fantham, a member of the 1966 Wednesday side who were FA Cup runners-up, played for the Owls for 13 years, hitting 166 goals in 434 senior appearances.

Capped once by England, Fantham also represented Rotherham United and Macclesfield Town before hanging up his boots in 1972.

In a statement, Wednesday said: “Everyone at Sheffield Wednesday was distressed to learn of the passing of club legend Johnny Fantham.

“Johnny was 75 and died after a long illness. He is survived by his wife Carol and daughters Tracey and Stephanie.

“The inside forward was without question one of the most exciting talents ever to pull on the blue and white shirt, amassing 434 senior appearances for the Owls and posting 166 goals.

“He remains Sheffield Wednesday’s most prolific post-war marksman and is second only to Andrew Wilson in the club’s all-time goalscoring stakes.

“Our thoughts are with Johnny’s family and friends at this extremely difficult time.”

Fans have also paid their respects on Twitter.

Mark Hope said: “RIP Johnny Fantham. One of my early memories of #swfc were his thunderous shots! Still our leading scorer & deserved more Eng caps.”

Geoffrey Easton said: “Terrible to hear about John Fantham. Him and Gerry Young were my earliest Wednesday heroes. Very sad day.”

Tom Taylor-Batty said: “Very sad news about John Fantham. Wednesday legend.”

Andy Jenkins added: “R.I.P. John Fantham.”