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27 May 2023

Stakes don’t get much higher than a play-off final.

A one-off game, a huge occasion, promotion on the line and 44,000 Wednesdayites heading to Wembley to roar on the team.

Our route to the capital has not been straightforward.

A play-off semi-final turnaround of epic proportion against Peterborough was required to book our spot under the arch and it’s been the talk of the football world since.

For the gaffer though, all such talk is in the past and all focus now is firmly on the final, with local rivals Barnsley the opponents.

The take-up of tickets has been nothing short of exceptional as those of a blue and white persuasion head south with hope and anticipation.


Moore says the support will be essential on the day and wants Wembley bouncing.

He said: “For me, the biggest component all the time is the fans. The key to this is our fans. The consistency, level and volume of support they've shown has always been there.

“They've driven us up until now and I'm going to ask them again to continue to do that and let's approach this game together.

“It's to be enjoyed and embraced because they're special times. But we don't stand alone. I feel I've got an army that is with me and the players and staff. We're all in it together.

“I was invited to the play-off final in 2016 and I remember taking my eyes off the game and watching the Wednesdayites bouncing. It was such a joy to see. It's one of the most fantastic sights I've seen in the game.


“That was me watching it from stands and on Monday I want to see it again from the technical area.

“I thank them all for the support they've given us since we came in because what I feel from them is sheer passion and so it's a thank you.

“It's great to see all the tickets were sold which shows the appetite and love and passion fans have for this club. Credit to them all and I look forward to seeing them on Monday.”

Preparations for the final have been strong and will continue down south over the weekend as the big match edges closer.

As ever, the gaffer remains cool and calm about the occasion despite all the talk around the city in the build-up.

“I'm quite calm about it,” he said during his pre-match press conference. “I've got to focus on getting the work done between now and Monday. I'm embracing it and enjoying it.

“We continue to work as we've always done and focus and prepare. All we focus on is what we’re doing on the pitch.

“I have the title of manager but that title allows me to ask for help from everybody; players, staff, supporters, ground staff, ticket office, commercial, media... everybody!

“Everybody has played their part to help this club continue moving forward.”

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