Carvalhal wants to pay tribute to Owls legend Springett

Ron Springett died at the weekend, at the age of 80.
Ron Springett died at the weekend, at the age of 80.
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Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal wants to pay tribute to Owls legend Ron Springett with victory at Hillsborough on Saturday.

The 80-year-old former England goalkeeper - who featured in the 1962 and 1966 World Cup - sadly passed away this week.

Walking back into Hillsborough, Owls legend goalkeeper Ron Springett.

Walking back into Hillsborough, Owls legend goalkeeper Ron Springett.

He made 384 senior appearances for the Owls from 1958 to 1967, before a swap deal with QPR which saw his brother Peter - a fellow goalkeeper - head in the opposite direction.

Wednesday will hold a minute’s silence before Saturday’s game with Fulham - where Springett was born - and have produced a commemorative program as a tribute.

Flags at Hillsborough will remain at half-mast and players from both sides will wear black armbands.

Head coach Carvalhal hopes the players can deliver three points on the pitch, as their tribute to the highest capped England international in the club’s history.

“We will try to give a tribute to Ron Springett,” said Carvalhal. “We will give our feelings to the family and will do our best to win the match and to give the three points to him.

“It is something emotional to the club. He gave a lot to Wednesday. He is not with us anymore but he is someone that will be forever part of the club. This tribute can have a positive affect.

“This tribute, when you have this kind of emotion, usually the fans stay together so I believe that our family; the fans, staff and players will be together trying to do our best.”

Wednesday will be without the suspended Sam Hutchinson on Saturday, after the midfielder picked up five yellow cards.

Carvalhal said: “I’m very happy with him. He’s not in the squad. I’m sorry for him because he wanted to play but we have very good players who can do well. I wish Sam was in the 18 but he’s not so we have to give confidence to the players that we have.”

One player who could return is Keiren Westwood, the Owls goalkeeper having missed the last month due to injury.

“He is very good and training absolutely normal,” said Carvalhal, who is also set to recall Lewis McGugan to the match-day 18.

“He is in good spirits. He looked back to his best. He feels fit. He is very happy, trained as normal and can be an option for Saturday.”