Sheffield Wednesday's top 30 players - Number 12

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HITC Sport's count-down of the Owls' greatest ever players continues with Alan Finney.

Just as the late Sir Tom Finney was starring for Preston North End throughout the 1950s, a player of the same surname was doing likewise at Sheffield Wednesday.

Plucked from the amateur game in his 16th year, Alan Finney (no relation) made his maiden appearance as a 17-year-old and was deployed on the same right flank as another debutant Albert Quixall (top player number 13), who'd been in the same unit as Finney during national service.

Together, the pair bounced between the top two divisions with Wednesday throughout the decade, but while Quixall left for Manchester United in 1958, after the Red Devils' squad was decimated by the Munich air disaster, Finney remained at Hillsborough and had arguably the better career - minus one FA Cup success for his old cohort.

Following Wednesday's third promotion of the '50s in its penultimate year, Finney's Owls finished above Quixall's United in four consecutive seasons.

In one of them, 1960-61, Wednesday were bettered by only Bill Nicholson's double-winning Tottenham Hotspur side in the whole of English football, with Finney playing in all 42 of the club's league matches.

In all, Finney scored an 88 goals and created countless others, courtesy of his head-down sprint-to-the-byline style of wing-play, in 504 appearances for the Owls.

And only two have turned out more often than Finney, who was also capped by England at Under-23 and B-team levels - Jack Brown and Andrew Wilson (507 and 546 appearances, respectively).

Sheffield Wednesday career: 1951-1966

Appearances: 504

Goals: 88

Honours: Second Division, winner (1951-52, 1955-56, 1958-59)

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 16, Number 15, Number 14, Number 13

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