Sheffield Wednesday's top 30 players - Number 5

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HITC Sport's countdown of the Owls' greatest ever players continues with Jack Brown.

At a club blessed with outstanding goalkeepers (see here and here), Jack Brown comes out atop the pile.

The Derbyshire-born glovesman was an integral cog in, arguably, Sheffield Wednesday's greatest ever side - winning two First Division championships and one FA Cup.

Brown, a former coal miner, had impressed the Owls while playing for Worksop Town against Tottenham Hotspur, despite being on the losing side in a 9-0 defeat.

About to turn 24, Brown was initially brought in back-up to Teddy Davison - an England international coming to the end of his own impressive Hillsborough career.

Brown was allegedly bound for release until a broken arm suffered by Davison prompted a u-turn by the club. And for two seasons, the pair shared goalkeeping responsibilities before the younger made the position his own during the 1925-26 campaign.

Wednesday were promoted from the Second Division as champions that year, with Brown's biggest contribution his penalty save against fellow high-flyers Chelsea.

A year later, despite the Owls' modest league finish of 16th, Brown earned international recognition and appeared for England in a 3-3 draw with Wales, in which he suffered an injury.

But he received another call-up on his return two months later, and appeared for the Three Lions five more times in total - winning them all.

At club level, things were also clicking into gear for Brown, who helped Wednesday to back-to-back First Division titles in 1929 and 1930.

The Owls finished third three seasons running under Brown's namesake, Robert, but slipped to 11th the season of his departure in December 1933, before claiming imaginary bronze again in 1935, while also lifting their third and most recent FA Cup.

Brown remained an almost ever-present throughout this time and pulled of a number of outstanding saves in their 4-2 win against West Bromwich Albion at Wembley.

However, the following two seasons proved disappointing for Billy Walker's team, who finished 20th and 22nd respectively, resulting in their relegation from the top flight and prompting Brown's release after 507 appearances - the second-most in club history.

Sheffield Wednesday career: 1923-1937

Appearances: 507

Honours: First Division, winner (1928-29, 1929-30); FA Cup, winner (1934-35); Second Division, winner (1925-26).

International career: 1927-29

Caps: 6

The countdown 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, Number 12, Number 11, Number 10, Number 9, Number 8, Number 7, Number 6

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