Sheffield Wednesday are saddened to learn of the passing of former youth team coach Albert Phelan.
He passed away aged 70.
Born in Sheffield in 1945, Albert played his early football with Sheffield based side Charlton United and Sheffield FC.
He subsequently signed as an amateur for Chesterfield in 1962 and gradually moved through the ranks at Saltergate to sign professional terms in July 1964.
He was a vital cog in the Chesterfield side that won the Division Four title in 1970 and eventually left for Halifax Town in October 1974.
He added 118 league games to his tally while in Halifax colours and when his league career came to a close he signed for non-league Boston United in July 1977.
In total he appeared in 95 competitive games for Boston prior to starting work as a coach at Wednesday. He eventually took charge of Middlewood Rovers Under-16s before being appointed at Hillsborough on a full time basis in October 1988.
He eventually became sole youth team coach and it was in this capacity he achieved one of the greatest successes of his coaching career as he took the Owls to the final of the FA Youth Cup for the first time in the club’s history.
This occurred in 1991 – a stunning win at Old Trafford against Manchester United securing a meeting with Millwall in the final.
Phelan was promoted to reserve team manager in August 1996 and held that role for three seasons before taking up the role of youth scout.
He continued to coach the club’s younger players for two more seasons until 2001.
Our thoughts are with Albert’s family and friends at this difficult time.