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Yesterdays: Howard Wilkinson leads Wednesday to the top

13 November 2014

As Howard Wilkinson celebrates his 71st birthday, reflects on a successful period for the club under the leadership of the Sheffield product.

Having managed Boston, Mossley, England C and Notts County, it was at Hillsborough where Wilkinson rose to the fore and established his reputation as a manager.

Up until his arrival at the Hillsborough helm, the Owls had struggled in the lower tiers of English football.

After narrowly escaping relegation to the third tier in 1973/74, Wednesday couldn’t avoid the drop the following campaign and remained in Division Three for the next five seasons.

Under Jack Charlton, though, Wednesday gained promotion back to Division Two and the England legend’s fine work was continued by Wilkinson who, in his first season at the club, ensured Wednesday returned to the top tier.

Following a fine 1983/84 campaign, the Owls secured their place in Division One on Saturday 28 April in front of 27,287 fans at Hillsborough.

A Mel Sterland penalty against Crystal Palace settled matters in S6 allowing Wilkinson and his squad to celebrate promotion.

Many happy returns, Howard!


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