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It's A Praise For The Fans

A magnificent 30,755 turned up to see the Owls beat Norwich City yesterday in a crucial match which has seen Wednesday pretty much secure Championship football for another season.

I doubt any team in this division could draw such a crowd to watch a team battling against relegation - against a side who have nothing left to play for. It makes you wonder how many would turn up week in, week out should the Owls find themselves at the opposite end of the table next season.

The attendance means Wednesday now have the two biggest gates in the Championship this season (alongside the Steel City derby which drew a crowd of over 33,000), and are likely to end up with the largest average gate for the term with a big gate against champions Reading set for the final home game of the season.

The so-called biggest game of the Championship yesterday was just up the M1 at Elland Road, where fans saw Leeds' hopes of automatic promotion ended thanks to a 1-1 draw with Reading. Just over 24,000 watched the game - 6,000 less than at Hillsborough. Fellow play-off hopefuls Crystal Palace only managed to pull in 18,000 for their clash with Crewe.

It looks like the Owls will rightly secure their place as the best supported club in the Football League this season then, and with over 5,000 travelling to Derby County on the last day of the season, it really does make you proud to be a wednesdayite. Let's hope the performances next season give something back to the thousands of loyal fans who come every week to support the Owls.


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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday April 16 2006

Time: 10:38AM


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