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Happy birthday, Howard!

13 November 2018

Player, manager and chairman…

It is unlikely Sheffield Wednesday will ever see one man over the course of their lifetime hold all three of the above titles at different intervals.

But that is what Howard Wilkinson, often dubbed Mr Sheffield Wednesday, managed to achieve.

Today, the man himself celebrates his 75th birthday and looks back at one of his most memorable days in the Hillsborough hotseat.

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

And 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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