Date:Monday May 7 2012
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.'
WE ARE GOING UP!
Date:Monday May 7 2012
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