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And you thought this was unlucky....

20 May 2015

The Owls’ final game of the 2014/15 season gave vent to much drama at Vicarage Road as title-chasing Watford were denied the silverware by a late, late Atdhe Nuhiu equaliser.

Then followed controversy as Wednesday loanee Lloyd Isgrove broke clear from a Hornets corner and, just as the winger was advancing on an empty goal with Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes having ventured upfield for the flag kick, the referee blew for time.

Thus the visitors were denied three unlikely points in Hertfordshire – although that was hardly the harshest fate to befall the Owls in history.

Go right back to the 1908/09 campaign and you will find Wednesday at the heart of an incredible moment that actually triggered a change in the rules of the game.

The Owls’ reserves were hosting Leicester Fosse in a Midland League fixture and with the scoreline locked at 2-2 in the final minute, Wednesday were awarded a penalty.

But the moment after the ball was struck - and just as it was about to ripple the net - the referee signalled full time and the goal was ruled out.

The decision left Owls players and supporters alike baffled and angry. Officials were so upset that a complaint was lodged with the FA.

The issue rumbled on for some time until the game’s governing body ruled the match should be replayed.

Significantly, though, the FA also announced a rule change that in similar circumstances, time must be added to allow the penalty to be taken. The rule stands to this day.

Oh, and the result of the replay? A dull 0-0!

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