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Yesterdays: Owls duo feature in the World Cup

10 June 2016

On this day (10 June), though 28 years apart, two all-time Owls greats featured in the World Cup for their respective nations.

The late Ron Springett (in 1962) and Roland Nilsson (in 1990) were both in action for England and Sweden on the biggest stage.

For Springett, it was the goalkeeper’s 25th cap for the Three Lions and it came in a World Cup quarter final clash with Brazil.

Sadly for England and Springett, Brazil triumphed 3-1 to progress in Chile.

Springett won 33 caps in total – the most decorated England player in the Owls’ history.

28 years on in 1990, legendary Owls right back Roland Nilsson featured in the World Cup for Sweden.

Brazil took maximum points from this opening Group C fixture, winning 2-1 at Stadio Delle Alpi, Turin.

Also in the Swedish ranks alongside Nilsson that day was the late Klas Ingesson, who signed for Wednesday just over four years later in 1994.

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