Should Caolan Lavery make his senior debut against Qatar in Crewe, yes Crewe, next Sunday, he will be come the 15th post-war Sheffield Wednesday player to represent Northern Ireland.
The Owls forward, who was first called into the squad last summer but was unable to take a place for the mini tour of South America due to his brother’s wedding, has been given another opportunity to impress, and it couldn’t come at a better time.
Michael O’Neill’s side face Qatar at Gresty Road before taking on Romania in a Euro 2016 qualifier, a match regarded as one of Northern Ireland’s biggest for years as they chase a place in a major tournament for the first time since the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.
While international players at Hillsborough generally over the past few years have been few and far between, there has been a relatively small number from Northern Ireland to pull on the blue and white shirt throughout the club’s history.
Here’s a look at those who have played for Northern Ireland and the Owls...
The best? That’s arguable, but there are plenty of Sheffield Wednesday fans who still recall with a smile the winger’s performances for the Owls during his three year stint. Still a regular and important player for Northern Ireland.
Made 78 appearances for Wednesday between 1971 and 1973 and earned 48 Northern Ireland caps in all, having originally made a name for himself at Coventry. Was also player-manager of Northern Ireland for a spell in 1975-76.
Moved from Glentoran to Wednesday in 1972 but made little impact at Hillsborough, though won five international caps. Went on to become the most successful Irish League manager of all time while with Linfield and Glentoran, and is currently the Director of Football at the latter.
Spent four years at Wednesday between 74 and 78, much of it spent in Division Three. Won three caps in all.
Just one Owls appearance for the Sheffield-born defender before he moved on to Rochdale and seven NI caps in all so far, though the chances are they won’t be added to.
Middlesbrough-born 18-times-capped McCarthy made four loan appearances for the Owls in March 2002 while a Birmingham player.
Perhaps better known as the lad who went with George Best to Manchester United but joined his mate in quickly returning after feeling homesick. Best, of course, eventually went back but it was Middlebrough who McMordie ended up with, He spent ten years there, but at the end of the time (October 1974) had a loan spell on S6 where he scored six goals in nine appearances but couldn’t agree terms on a permanent deal.
Currently the Northern Ireland under 21 coach, Magilton who won 52 full caps in all, was with Wednesday for a season and a half but never really showed the form that had seen David Pleat fork out £1.6 million for his services.
Seventeen-times-capped Nolan was at Hillsborough for six years having signed for more than £1million from Tranmere. Infamously fell out with the Owls board during contract talks. When he stated he was a full international and asked for wages to reflect that, he was told ‘but it’s only Northern Ireland’.
Much-travelled and a cult figure among Northern Ireland fans, Quinn rocked up at Wednesday for an ultimately unsuccessful half a season in 2005 from Dutch club Willem II. Scored two goals in 15 Owls appearances and four goals in 50 for his country.
Marasonner, as he was affectionately known by Wednesdayites, was at Hillsborough for a little under two years - 1998-2000 - before moving to Birmingham and won 13 full international caps in all.
Made his name at Burnley but moved in 1970 to Wednesday where he made just 24 appearances before being sent to Mansfield. Earned 11 caps in total.
Wigan-born Wilson, who won 24 caps, scoring once against Poland in 1988, joined Wednesday from Luton and played for a little under three years before going to Barnsley. Managed the Owls between 1998 and 2000.
Probably between Brunt and the man, with great originality, known as ‘Irish’ at Wednesday by his team mates, as the Owls best Northern Ireland player. Made over 300 appearances for Sheffield Wednesday, was part of the Mexico 86 squad and won 66 caps altogether. Also managed his country.