John Fantham

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John Fantham
Personal information
Date of birth (1939-02-06)6 February 1939
Place of birth Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Date of death 25 June 2014(2014-06-25) (aged 75)
Place of death Sheffield, England
Playing position Inside forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1956–1969 Sheffield Wednesday 388 (147)
1969–1971 Rotherham United 51 (8)
1971–1972 Macclesfield Town 37 (5)
National team
1961 England 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

John Fantham (6 February 1939 – 25 June 2014)[1] was an English footballer.

Fantham was born in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire. He is Sheffield Wednesday's leading post-war goalscorer with 166 goals. He was signed in 1956 and made his Wednesday debut two years later. Fantham firmly established himself as an able goalscorer in the English top flight for Wednesday, as his 23 goals helped the club to a second-place finish in 1960-61. The following season, he netted 24 times, earning him selection for the England under-23 team and his only England cap at full international level. He was an integral part of the Wednesday side that reached the 1966 FA Cup Final and two years later, he passed Redfern Froggatt's post war scoring record. Fantham made 435 appearances for the club, staying until 1969 when he joined Rotherham United.[2]


  1. ^ Ponting, Ivan (10 August 2014). "John Fantham: Football star who scored more than 160 goals for Sheffield Wednesday". The Independent. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sheffield Wednesday: Tributes flood in for Owls great". The Star. 2014-06-25. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 

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