Sheffield Wednesday's top 30 players - Number 14

HITC Sport's list of 30 greatest Owls continues with Peter Swan.

“I was banned from going to all football matches," recalled Peter Swan, the former Sheffield Wednesday defender, during an interview with the Telegraph in 2011. "When the wind blew you could hear the roar from Hillsborough at our house and that was hard.

"I played for a pub side and they got fined for having me. I wasn’t even allowed to go and watch my son, Carl, play. It was like they’d cut my legs off.

“You think about what you could have done and you feel like busting a vein. We let a lot of people down and it will be with me until I die.”

Swan's Hillsborough career began in 1953, but really started to kick on towards the end of the decade. During the 1958-59 campaign, the South Emsall-born centre-back had established himself as a first-team regular as Wednesday were promoted back to the First Division as champions.

The following campaign, the Owls finished fifth, and a year later came second only to Bill Nicholson's great Tottenham Hotspur team. By this point, Swan was a regular in the England set up and regarded as one of, if not the best in the world in his position.

By all accounts, Swan was a shoo-in for Alf Ramsey's 1966 World Cup squad - a probable partner for Bobby Moore.

But everything changed in 1964, when former Everton player Jimmy Gauld came clean about a scheme to rig football matches, of which he was the ringleader.

Taped conversations between Gauld, Swan and two other Owls players he'd enticed, prolific goalscorer David Layne and defender Tony Kay, who'd since moved onto Everton himself, were used in evidence and charges of conspiracy to defraud were subsequently brought against 10 men involved in the scandal.

It transpired that both Swan and Layne had placed £50 bets on Wednesday to lose their 1962 fixture against Ipswich Town - a result which had been anticipated anyway - and duly collected £100 each following a 2-0 defeat.

But after their crime was uncovered, the pair were forced to pay back that amount in fines and were each handed four-month prison terms, as well as lifetime bans from the sport.

While these were eventually lifted in 1972, Swan and Layne were both past their prime by then - and the same could be said of Wednesday, for whom the pair resigned.

The Owls had struggled in their absence and were now a second tier side, only returning to the top flight in 1984 via a five-year stint in Division Three.

How different things might have been... for the Owls as well as Swan.

Sheffield Wednesday career: 1953-1964, 1972-73

Appearances: 275

Goals: 0

Honours: Division Two winner (1958-59)

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