Sheffield Wednesday's top 30 players - Number 29

HITC Sport's run-down of Sheffield Wednesday's top 30 players continues with Peter Eustace.

Sheffield Wednesday's affiliation with Peter Eustace spanned almost half a century on and off, with the Stocksbridge-born former wing half returning to Hillsborough as assistant manager, manager and scout after his playing days ended in the mid-1970s.

But it is as a player that he is most fondly remembered - with his managerial tenure the shortest in Owls history at a mere 109 days.

After making his debut as a teenager in 1962, Eustace became a top-flight regular for Wednesday and appeared in their FA Cup final defeat to Everton four years later, in which the Owls - typically, some might say - threw away a two-goal lead to lose 3-2.

He remained at Hillsborough until the club's relegation to the Second Division in 1969-70, at which point he was sold to West Ham for a club-record £90,000 fee - replacing World Cup winner Martin Peters as the Hammers' chief creative source - having picked up Wednesday's player of the year award.

But that was by no means the end of Eustace the Wednesday player, and he returned to South Yorkshire in 1972 with the Owls now a struggling second-tier side.

Once again, his departure - this time to Peterborough United - was prompted by the club's relegation.

His unfortunate record has not affected supporter opinion, however, with some rating him even higher than League Cup hero John Sheridan as a creative midfielder.

Sheffield Wednesday career: 1962-1970, 1972-1975

Appearances: 290

Goals: 26

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