Sheffield Wednesday: Ex Premier League Players

Where are these ex Sheffield Wednesday Premier League players now?

Welcome to the Sheffield Wednesday legends page – the gateway to information on ex Owls who have played in the Premier League.

In addition to information on ex players we have also added statistics which include the top scorers, most appearances and also the football club’s final league position for each year that they have featured in the EPL.



Kevin Pressman – Premier League Appearances: 207 | Clean Sheets: 50

Best known for his long career at Sheffield Wednesday, Kevin Pressman finally retired from playing in 2007 after playing for Portadown in Northen Ireland. Read More..

Chris Woods – Premier League Appearances: 70 | Goals Scored: 0

Former Norwich City, Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Woods finally hung up his gloves in 1998 after a spell at Burnley. Read More..

Des Walker – Premier League Appearances: 264 | Goals Scored: 0

Des Walker retired after a second spell at Nottingham Forest in 2004. He still lives in the city and was working as a lorry driver for a friend’s haulage firm in order to keep busy.  Read More..

Emerson Thome – Premier League Appearances: 152 | Goals Scored: 3

Brazilian centre-back Emerson Thome retired from playing in 2007 at the age of 35 after a season playing in the J-League with Japanese side Vissel Kobe. Read More..

Nigel Pearson Premier League Appearances: 75 | Goals Scored: 1

A rock at the back and fan’s favourite for his never-say-die attitude, Nigel Pearson retired from playing in 1998 after reaching sixth in the Premier League and reaching two cup finals with Middlesbrough. Read More..

Nigel Worthington – Premier League Appearances: 114 | Goals Scored: 3

An important member of the successful Sheffield Wednesday team of the 80s and early 90s, Nigel Worthington retired from playing in 1998 after joining Blackpool initially as player manager. Read More..

Roland Nilsson – Premier League Appearances: 130 | Goals Scored: 1

Roland Nilsson, the second most capped player for the Swedish national team finally hung up his boots after a 22 year playing career whilst player/ manager at Coventry CityRead More..

Carlton Palmer – Premier League Appearances: 261 | Goals Scored: 15

After a career spanning over 20 years, mostly spent at West Bromwich AlbionSheffield Wednesday and Leeds United, Carlton Palmer finally retired from playing in 2005 after a spell as player manager at Stockport County. Read More..

Mark Pembridge – Premier League Appearances: 229 | Goals Scored: 17

After an 18 year career in the top flight, Mark Pembridge retired from playing in 2007 after four seasons with FulhamRead More..

Paul Warhurst – Premier League Appearances: 144 | Goals Scored: 13

Fondly remembered by Sheffield Wednesday fans for scoring 12 goals in 12 consecutive games, Paul Warhurst retired from his long playing career in 2007 after a spell at Northwich Victoria. Read More..

Andy Hinchcliffe – Premier League Appearances: 219 | Goals Scored: 11

Former Everton player Andy Hinchcliffe, a robust left back, was forced to retire from the game whilst playing for Sheffield Wednesday after surgery on his knee at the age of 33 in 2002. Read More..

Chris Bart-Williams – Premier League Appearances: 211 | Goals Scored: 22

After finishing his playing career in Malta with Marsaxlokk in 2005 Chris Bart-Williams went to the USA to pursue a coaching career. Read More..

Graham Hyde – Premier League Appearances: 159 | Goals Scored: 11

After a career mostly spent at Sheffield Wednesday and Birmingham City, Graham Hyde dropped down into non-league with Fleet Town and retired as a player in 2008. Read More..

Andy Booth – Premier League Appearances: 119 | Goals Scored: 25

Regarded as a club legend at Huddersfield Town, Andy Booth had a distinguished career in the Premier League with Sheffield Wednesday in the late nineties. Read More..

Benito Carbone – Premier League Appearances: 177 | Goals Scored: 35

After a career spanning 17 different clubs within Italy and the Premier League in England, Benito Carbone hung up his boots whilst playing for Pavia in his home country Italy in 2009. Read More..

Mark Bright – Premier League Appearances: 143 | Goals Scored: 50

A prolific scorer throughout his career, Mark Bright finally decided to retire in 1999 with Charlton Athletic with whom he successfully led back to the English Premier League. Read More..

Gilles de Bilde – Premier League Appearances: 42 | Goals Scored: 10

Although Gilles de Bilde only played in the Premier League for a short while he ended up Sheffield Wednesday’s top scorer during the 1999-2000 season. Read More..

Paolo Di Canio – Premier League Appearances: 190 | Goals Scored: 66

Paolo Di Canio, the flamboyant yet controversial striker retired from the game in 2008 whilst playing in Italy’s second division for Cisco Roma. Read More..

Chris Waddle – Premier League Appearances: 116 | Goals Scored: 11

Chris Waddle’s football playing career finally ended in 2002 when he hung up his boots at his last club Worksop Town. Read More..

David Hirst – Premier League Appearances: 135 | Goals Scored: 43

An exciting but injury prone striker, David Hirst had to call time on his Premier League career in 2000 at the age of 32 whilst playing for Southampton. Read More..

Peter Atherton – Premier League Appearances: 318 | Goals Scored: 9

Peter Atherton, long term captain of former Premier League side Sheffield Wednesday during the nineties finally hung up his boots whilst at Halifax in 2005, although he did come out of retirement for one game in 2008 when they had an injury crisis. Read More..

Andy Sinton – Premier League Appearances: 179 | Goals Scored: 16

After a long career spanning over 20 years, Andy Sinton retired in 2007 whilst playing at non league Fleet Town in a player manager role. Read More..

Dan Petrescu – Premier League Appearances: 215 | Goals Scored: 23

Former Chelsea star Dan Petrescu retired in 2003 after returning to his native Romania and immediately pursued a career as a coach. Read More..

John Sheridan – Premier League Appearances: 112 | Goals Scored: 7

An elegant midfielder with a fantastic range of passing and trickery, John Sheridan hung up his boots in 2004 whilst playing for Oldham Athletic a couple of months short of his 40th birthday. Read More..

Premier League Statistics

This table shows the players who have made the most appearances for Sheffield Wednesday and the top goalscorers for in the EPL.

Top EPL GoalscorersGoalsMost EPL AppearancesGames
Mark Bright48Des Walker264
David Hirst34Peter Atherton214
Andy Booth25Kevin Pressman207
Benito Carbone25Ian Nolan165
Guy Whittingham24Graham Hyde159
Benito Carbone23Mark Bright133
Chris Bart-Williams16Andy Booth115
Gordon Watson13Guy Whittingham113
Mark Pembridge12Chris Bart-Williams109
Paolo Di Canio12Chris Waddle109

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