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01 January 2019 Venue Hillsborough Attendance

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Match Previews

Match preview: Owls v Birmingham

31 December 2018

The Owls begin 2019 with a home fixture against Birmingham and here is’s match preview;

Confidence is high in the Owls’ camp after three positive performances over the festive period.

Despite West Brom’s late equaliser at The Hawthorns on Saturday, Wednesday can take plenty from their recent turnaround in form, which has included wins over Preston and Middlesbrough.

Meanwhile, the Blues have won four of their last seven games, losing just one and are four points behind sixth spot.

Birmingham have not conceded in their last three outings and won the previous meeting between the two sides by a 3-1 scoreline at St Andrew’s in October.

Team news

Owls: Keiren Westwood and Steven Fletcher could both return to the starting XI after missing the trip to West Brom.

Adam Reach (hamstring) was substituted during the first half at The Hawthorns, though caretaker boss Lee Bullen said after the game the change was precautionary and the 25-year-old could be involved on Tuesday.

Sam Winnall made his first senior appearance on Saturday since February and the striker will be hoping to play a part on New Year’s Day at Hillsborough.

Birmingham: Kristian Pedersen (ankle) is a doubt after missing Blues' last three games. Marc Roberts (hamstring), Isaac Vassell (hip) and David Davis (ankle) remain sidelined.


Tickets for the New Year’s Day fixture are just £20 in all stands for adults. Full details HERE.

Golden Ticket!

Don’t forget to be particularly careful with your copy of ‘Wednesday’ on New Year’s Day!

Yes, our ever-popular Golden Ticket is back and one lucky Wednesdayite will scoop a raft of fabulous prizes! <Find out more here! >

Minute’s applause

The first home game of the New Year will be preceded by a minute’s applause.

The tribute marks the loss of everyone from the Wednesday family in the year of 2018.

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Last five v Birmingham

Birmingham 3-1 Owls | 27 October 2018 | Championship

Owls 1-3 Birmingham| 3 February 2018 | Championship
Birmingham 1-0 Owls| 27 November 2017 | Championship

Owls 3-0 Birmingham | 10 February 2017 | Championship (pictured below)
Birmingham 2-1 Owls | 17 September 2016 | Championship

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Match Reports

Report: Owls 1-1 Birmingham

1 January 2019

Birmingham hit back at Hillsborough to deny Wednesday a third win from four games but the Owls remain unbeaten under caretaker manager Lee Bullen.

Che Adams cancelled out Steven Fletcher’s opener and the points were shared but on another day may have stayed in S6.

The Owls dominated large parts of the game, pinning the Blues in their own half in front of a bumper New Year’s Day crowd.

The only thing missing was a second goal but the rousing reception from the home fans at full time reflected the impressive performance.

Wednesday were on song from the off - Barry Bannan picked out Adam Reach at the back post with a trademark cutting delivery and the latter’s hit was not too far away on the rise.

They went closer still on the 15-minute mark when Bannan found Michael Hector from an in-swinging corner but the defender’s effort was inches wide.

A goal was coming, though, and duly arrived three minutes later.

Bannan was again the architect, driving a set piece into the box where Tom Lees nodded across to Fletcher, who span and netted on the half volley.

Marco Matias was next on Bannan’s radar, taking another super feed into his stride on the angle but Lee Camp dashed off his line to parry wide.

For their part, Birmingham offered little in the final third and the travelling Blues had to wait to the stroke of half time for a clear shot on goal as Lukas Jutkiewicz fired a free kick narrowly over the bar.

But that swiftly changed after the resumption when the visitors promptly equalised.

Jutkiewicz flicked a high ball to the advancing Adams on 48 minutes and the forward smashed a fierce shot past Keiren Westwood and in.

The Owls regrouped and Reach forced a fine diving save from Camp before the Blues’ keeper then denied Matias and then Fletcher inside two minutes.

Jota might have done better with a snapshot at the other end but overall Wednesday were on top as the second half progressed past halfway.

Fletcher brought the best out of Camp after Bannan sent the striker through and Matias was a whisker away from Liam Palmer’s cross.

But it was Birmingham that went close to a winner with four minutes to go against the run of play when substitute Craig Gardner struck the outside of the post from a set piece.

And the drama continued to the last as Wednesday poured forward in search of victory and only more terrific goalkeeping from Camp kept the hosts out as Atdhe Nuhiu was twice thwarted in front of the Kop before Reach fired wide.

Wednesday: Westwood, Palmer, Lees, Hector, Fox, Boyd (Winnall 87), Bannan, Hutchinson, Reach, Matias, Fletcher (Nuhiu 87)

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Ticket News

£20 in all stands for Owls v Birmingham on New Year’s Day

28 December 2018

Wednesday begin 2019 with a home clash against Birmingham and tickets for the New Year’s Day fixture are just £20 in all stands for adults.

Supporters are urged to purchase tickets in advance where possible to avoid turnstile queues on the day.

Ticket prices are as follows in all stands;

Adults: £20
Over 65s: £15
Under 17s: £10
Under 11s: £5

Fans can buy online from HERE and select the print at home option. Alternatively, the Ticket Office is open on the following days;

Friday 28 December – 9.00am until 5.00pm
Saturday 29 December – 9.00am until 5.00pm
Sunday 30 December – Closed
Monday 31 December – 9.00am until 4.00pm
Tuesday 1 January -10.00am until kick-off

Tickets are now on general sale.

*Please note Membership discount is not applicable for this fixture.

Tickets are available to purchase at the Ticket Office, by telephone on 03700 201867 (Option 1, £2 booking fee per ticket) or online at

Hospitality packages are available for this fixture with prices from £80 + VAT per person for the Springett Suite package, while the exclusive Dooleys Suite package is available from £125 + VAT.  

For more details on hospitality at Hillsborough please email

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