Former England defender Peter Swan dies aged 84

Thursday 21 Jan 2021
Swan was the 791st man to play for England

We are saddened by the news that Peter Swan, who represented England 19 times in the 1960s, has passed away.

Swan's death at the age of 84 was confirmed by Sheffield Wednesday, for whom he made more than 300 appearances.

Wakefield-born Swan began his career with the Hillsborough club in 1953 and broke into the England squad as a 23-year-old, making his debut in 3-3 draw with Yugoslavia at Wembley in May 1960.

Swan was a regular for the Three Lions in the two-year period that followed his debut, making 19 consecutive appearances on the road to the 1962 FIFA World Cup. However, despite being named in Walter Winterbottom's squad for the finals in Chile, illness before and during the tournament meant he did not play a game.

Swan (back row, third from left) lines up with the England squad ahead of facing Switzerland in May 1962

After a spell out of the game, Swan returned to Sheffield Wednesday in 1972 before moving onto Bury and then Matlock Town, who he managed twice either side of spells at Worksop Town and Buxton.

Our deepest condolences go to Peter's family, friends, fans and former clubs following this sad news.

By Jim Lucas