Sheffield Wednesday's top 30 players - Number 21

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HITC Sport's run-down of the Owls greatest ever players continues with Kevin Pressman.

Sheffield Wednesday and good goalkeepers go, seemingly, hand in, well, glove.

Jack Brown, Ron Springett and Chris Woods were all England internationals, while Kevin Pressman came agonisingly close himself.

For the best part of a decade, Pressman was one of the Premier League's most consistent shot-stoppers and his performances were eventually recognised by Glenn Hoddle. who called him into his provisional squad for France '98.

In his pomp, Pressman's reactions were up there with the best of them - belying his famously portly physique.

He was also a Wednesday fan from childhood and both of these, combined with Pressman's penchant for penalties - both facing and taking them - only added to the adopted Yorkshireman's cult-hero status.

After making his first-team debut just short of his 20th birthday, Pressman, for the next 17 years, was a one-club man. In his early career, he vied with Woods and Chris Turner for Wednesday's number 1 spot - missing out to the latter in the Owls' League Cup final win over Manchester United in 1991, despite playing in six of the club's nine earlier-round fixtures.

Eventually though, the shirt was his, and barring a brief tussle with the late Pavel Srnicek at the end of the decade, this remained the case until the 2003-04 campaign, with the South Yorkshire side licking its wounds in League One.

As one of Wednesday's highest earners, Pressman was released at the season's end, without so much as a thank you - nevermind a testimonial, which was seven years overdue. He had appeared almost 500 times for the Owls, and the decision did not sit well at all with supporters.

In fact, following the club's takeover last year, a petition was started to see Pressman rewarded with a benefit match against Sheffield United, against whom he used to excel, though nothing has come of this as yet.

After exiting Hillsborough, Pressman, then in his 37th year, moved on to Leicester City, then Mansfield Town, followed by a stint in Northern Ireland with Portadown. He is now the goalkeeping coach at Millwall.

Sheffield Wednesday career: 1987-2004

Appearances: 478

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