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PFA saddened by passing of Peter Swan

The PFA is deeply saddened by the passing of former Sheffield Wednesday and England defender Peter Swan, aged 84.

Swan joined Sheffield Wednesday in 1952, making a total of 275 league appearances for the club between 1953 and 1973, being a key figure in the Owl’s renaissance during the late 1950’s and early 60’s. He was an integral part of the side that finished runners up in the 1960/61 season to Tottenham Hotspur. 

In 1964, Swan was involved in a betting scandal that saw him banned from the game for a number of years. Following the lift of Swan’s ban in 1972, he returned to play for Sheffield Wednesday’s first team for the 1972-73 season. He would go on to join Bury and captain the side for the 1973-74 season, scoring on his debut after just three minutes and helping lead them to promotion to the third division. 

Swan then turned his hand to management following his retirement from the professional game, taking charge of Matlock in 1974. He led the side to the FA Cup final in 1975 at Wembley. Following his time at Matlock, he also  had management spells at Worksop and Buxton.

Swan earned 19 caps for England between 1960 and 1962, representing the Three Lions in qualifying for the 1962 World Cup in Chile, where illness cost him the chance to play in the tournament. 

The thoughts and condolences of everyone at the PFA are with Peter’s family and friends


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