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Short article on When Saturday Comes looking back at his career, mostly focusing on his time at Wednesday, with some nice photos in there too.

 

Incredible to think that he played a full game for Sweden then flew back and played the FA Cup final replay the very next day – such a classy player to watch.

 

https://www.wsc.co.uk/stories/14190-focus-on-roland-nilsson-sheffield-wednesday-s-swedish-cult-hero

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Majestic, he  has to be one of my all time favourite defenders , what times those were. 

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 Number 1 was Roland Nilsson 

And number 2 was Roland Nilsson .....

rooooooollllllllllaaaaannnnddddddddd

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14 minutes ago, Mr Meadows said:

best full back we've ever had?

I'd go for best player...for his position....Simply fluid, professional, reliable, hardly ever injured.

I can remember all the rage about Lee Sharpe in '91, Roland had him on toast, with help from Johnny Harkes admittedly, 

You know when one of our full backs these days is on the ball, with a forward behind him, or whatever?

You shout "Clear it, Out it..." all sorts of advice...When it was Rolly............. I simply took another bite of me pie.........

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15 minutes ago, asteener1867 said:

I'd go for best player...for his position....Simply fluid, professional, reliable, hardly ever injured.

I can remember all the rage about Lee Sharpe in '91, Roland had him on toast, with help from Johnny Harkes admittedly, 

You know when one of our full backs these days is on the ball, with a forward behind him, or whatever?

You shout "Clear it, Out it..." all sorts of advice...When it was Rolly............. I simply took another bite of me pie.........

 

Brilliant that Andy - summed him up perfectly.

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56 minutes ago, Mr Meadows said:

best full back we've ever had?

You must not have seen Jon Beswetherick

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52 minutes ago, royalowlisback said:

Best Owls defender in my Lifetime (I'm 43).

And mine, I'm 60

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Can't believe we were the last team outside the top flight to win a major trophy.

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The only ones in my lifetime who I'd argue were better we're Maldini and Lahm. Roland was world class!

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2 hours ago, Mr Meadows said:

best player we've ever had?

 

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all time favourite player

if he was in his prime playing now he'd be worth £100 million he was that good

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A different level. Totally class that man.

 

One great memory if it serves me right was cup semi final second leg at home. We were 0-1 and he passed back to Woods, woods missed it (it was a little wild the pass) and it struck the post. Would have been 0-2 and level on aggregate. Am I right here or is my memory playing tricks ???

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I remember him v Blackburn 2nd leg League Cup semi at home 1993 and he tried a fancy pass with side of his foot across the area, he totally mis hit it and hit his own post.

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1 minute ago, WayneTheOwl said:

A different level. Totally class that man.

 

One great memory if it serves me right was cup semi final second leg at home. We were 0-1 and he passed back to Woods, woods missed it (it was a little wild the pass) and it struck the post. Would have been 0-2 and level on aggregate. Am I right here or is my memory playing tricks ???

 

Ha ha. Put the same thing at the same time.

Yes I remember it like it was yesterday. All 30,000 plus crowd went quiet for a second until it came back off the post.

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We all wax lyrical about Waddle, Shez and Hirsty, and rightly so. But this guy was pure class. It’s also overlooked how stupid we were to let Palmer and Worthington go to Scum, both Mr Reliable. Whilst it would have been difficult to replace the first 3, we replaced the the latter 3 badly and the slide began. 

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1 hour ago, WayneTheOwl said:

A different level. Totally class that man.

 

One great memory if it serves me right was cup semi final second leg at home. We were 0-1 and he passed back to Woods, woods missed it (it was a little wild the pass) and it struck the post. Would have been 0-2 and level on aggregate. Am I right here or is my memory playing tricks ???

 

Yep, he was so good that he used to play his back passes perfectly via the inside of the post. 

 

Actually perhaps the only real mistake that I remember him making was in the LC semi first leg the following year away at Man Utd,  his bad back pass led to the only goal. 

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