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Yesterdays: Winning start for new Owls boss

11 November 2016

Ten years ago today (11 November 2006) former Owls manager Brian Laws took charge of his first game in a trip to Ipswich.

And it was the perfect start indeed as goals from Marcus Tudgay and Madjid Bougherra put the Tractor Boys to the sword at Portman Road.

Five days prior to the trip to Suffolk, it was announced that Laws and his assistant from Scunthorpe United Russ Wilcox had signed deals at Hillsborough until the end of the 2008/09 campaign.

At that time, Laws was the fifth longest-serving manager in the League, after Crewe's Dario Gradi, Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson, Hereford's Graham Turner and Arsenal's Arsene Wenger.

Laws would serve over three years in total at Hillsborough and entered the S6 history books after defeating Sheffield United home and away in the 2008/09 campaign – the first derby double in 95 years.

Laws went on to manage Burnley and Scunthorpe and now often joins the commentary team on BBC Radio Sheffield and Wednesday PlayerHD.

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