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Championship here we come!

The celebrations lasted all weekend, the hangovers and the euphoria are likely to continue for a few days at least - Wednesday are back in the Championship!

It was a day that will live long in the memory for Wednesdayites far and wide. Saturday, May 5 2012 - over 38,000 squeezing into Hillsborough to see their beloved Owls secure promotion from npower League 1.

Wednesday just needed to equal Sheffield United's result down at Exeter City, and victory over already-relegated Wycombe Wanderers would guarantee Dave Jones and his side promotion.

Before kick-off there were nerves, excitement, hope and expectancy - stemming from a remarkable turnaround in fortunes over the last two months. The arrival of Jones to replace Gary Megson, which seemed a gamble by Owls chairman Milan Mandaric at the time, resulted in an unbeaten run ending with Wednesday pipping the Blades by a point going into the final match.

But if there were some nerves in the stands, there seemed little on the pitch as Wednesday went about their job of beating Wycombe in a professional manner, mounting wave upon wave of attacks on the Wanderers goal.

Visiting goalkeeper Nikki Bull was certainly in top form in the first half, denying Miguel Llera a number of times while Jose Semedo and Mark Beevers also came close to opening the scoring.

The opener wasn't far away though and it came from Michail Antonio, who stormed through the middle of the Wycombe defence before producing a neat chip over Bull to see Hillsborough explode in delight.

Things got better for the Owls minutes later as the scoreline came through from Exeter - the Blades were trailing 1-0 and were soon to be down to ten men.

To United's credit their ten-man didn't cave in and came back to lead 2-0, but that didn't matter as another loanee in Nile Ranger doubled Wednesday's lead seven minutes into the second half with a close-range header.

Wednesday could have added more goals but Ranger's goal proved enough to ease the Owls to victory and back into the Championship.

Owls boss Dave Jones shared in Wednesdayites' delight at the final whistle, and told the official SWFC website: 'This is the reward for everyone at this football club. The players have been magnificent, they have listened to everything we have told them and this is their time, it is their day.

'They deserve it, they really do.

'And those fans out there are just incredible. They were superb today, as they have been since I arrived here.

'I have been at a few clubs in my time and believe me, those supporters are right up there with the best.

'And I absolutely delighted for the chairman. He has put everything into this club and now he has his reward.'


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The Journalist

Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 7 2012

Time: 5:38PM

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yes yes yes great day creadit to everybody players fans chairman manager we are all wednesday this means so much to all brilliant atmosphere just like hillsborough should be rocking on all sides.
beverley owl
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07/05/2012 18:16:00

In all the euphoria over the weekend I believe that thanks for one man have, sadly, been left out. That man is Howard Wilkinson. Thank you Howard for stepping into the breech when the club was on its last legs and for sticking with it until you handed the reigns over to Milan. You helped to keep us alive and maintained a foundation for Milan, Megson and Jones to build on.
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07/05/2012 19:23:00

Good point Sivadam and easily forgotten in all the euphoria.
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07/05/2012 22:51:00

And a thank you to gary megson for starting the ball rolling
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08/05/2012 06:43:00

Definitely Sivadam. The club was so screwed that at the time some fans even began to question Howard. I think it would be great to find a way to thank him and I hope Milan is forgiven for sacking Gary Megson now. There is only one way this club can continue to move forward and that is unity. Just look at the power of our support. When we are behind our club there is nothing better. Look at the power of our fan base. Lets keep this good feeling and keep going up. For the first time in 15 years what can people possibly moan about?
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08/05/2012 07:18:00

Ear glued to the radio. Heart not daring to hope. Shots raining in. Saves from their keeper. Then Antonio scored and it finally went well for us. And relief at the final whistle. Superb. Well done guys.
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08/05/2012 10:26:00

Devon_Owl, I know where you're coming from here but I don't think this is about 'forgiveness'. I've watched the TV celebrations a couple of times now and MM's interviews and feel like a right piece of **** for ever giving such a nice old gentleman such a hard time. Sacking GM pulled the rug out from under me, under many of us in fact, and I won't deny it. The manner with which it was done and the reasons we were given are still hard to swallow, even now. If there'd been more honesty from the start "...we had a blazing row, he called me an old **** I called him a ginger **** and the tea lady had to step in and break it up..." Fine. We've all been there! Results given our league position was never a justifiable excuse otherwise we'd struggle to keep track of who's managing who, there'd be half a dozen sackings every week. If it was personal and if things had become unworkable then even the staunchest of Blind Megsonites would accept a change was inevitable, but it got messy. MM maintains his decision has been vindicated and who would argue with him now? Not me. But officially, the club still refuses to credit Gary Megson for the effort he put in to ensure we are where we are today (Promoted - 'ray!). Forgiveness? Not necessary but I reckon that wonderful, wonderful old gentleman now has greater respect and a better understanding of the passion that helps define Wednesdayites everywhere. Onwards and upwards it is.
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08/05/2012 11:13:00

If we secure the future of our best loan players - Batth and Antonio and sign one solid striker we could do what Southampton and Norwich did recently. Come on Milan, Dave Jones has proven he deserves to be trusted, splash some cash.
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08/05/2012 11:26:00

thankyou to EVERYONE that made this possible. the futures bright, the futures blue n white!
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08/05/2012 20:48:00

Just bought an N-Power Championship lawnmower, got it home, opened it -- It's got no blades in it.
dooleys left leg
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09/05/2012 08:29:00

How weird is that? I've just bought the n power Division 1 lawnmower. The blades are in there alright but the wheels keep dropping off!
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09/05/2012 10:37:00


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