Sheffield Wednesday's top 30 players - Number 13

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HITC Sport's run-down of greatest ever Owls players continues with Albert Quixall.

It's not often that a Sheffield Wednesday player is head-hunted by Manchester United, and the timing of Albert Quixall's transfer from Hillsborough to Old Trafford was perhaps the biggest indicator of how good a player he was.

Sheffield-born Quixall, who played as an inside forward, had scored 65 goals in 260 Owls appearances during the 1950s, having made his debut as a 17-year-old, which resulted in five caps for England's national team.

On his CV were two promotions - as champion both times - a season as Wednesday's top scorer and a spell as captain.

But when the Owls were relegated for the third and final time that decade, they found themselves unable to keep hold of the man dubbed English football's 'Golden Boy'.

United were a club rocked by the Munich air disaster of February 1958 and desperately sought new players to replace those who'd so sadly perished. Quixall was an obvious choice.

Quixall's Wednesday were, ironically, the Red Devils' first opponents post-Munich, and though they were soundly beaten 3-0 (watch the footage here), he expects his teammates had no complaints.

In an interview with Retro United, Quixall recalled: "There was no way Sheffield Wednesday could have won - the whole country was behind United, and I suspect so were the rest of my own side."

The tragedy was tough on Quixall too, whose international, army and schoolboy colleagues Roger Bryne, Tommy Taylor, Duncan Edwards, David Pegg and Mark Jones, were among the 23 fatalities.

Although he would only win the FA Cup at Old Trafford - Wednesday, ironically, returned to the top-flight and finished above United in four consecutive campaigns - Quixall came in at a crucial moment and helped to get Matt Busby's side back on its feet once more.

Sheffield Wednesday career: 1950-1958

Appearances: 260

Goals: 65

Honours: Second Division, winner (1951-52, 1955-56)

The count-down so far: Number 30, Number 29, Number 28, Number 27, Number 26, Number 25, Number 24,Number 23, Number 22, Number 21, Number 20, Number, 19, Number 18, Number 17, Number 16Number 15, Number 14

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