Flashback: Sheffield Wednesday 6 Leeds United 2 - December 16, 1995

Marc Degryse celebrates his second goal and the Owls third against Leeds in a 6-2 win
Marc Degryse celebrates his second goal and the Owls third against Leeds in a 6-2 win
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The 1995/96 season was nothing at all special for Sheffield Wednesday in the grand scheme of things.

Their Premiership campaign was a disappointment and they went out of the FA Cup in the third round to Charlton, a stark contrast to their knock-out adventures and excitement of recent years.

The Owls had failed to capitalise in the early to mid 1990s when they had twice finished seventh in the top flight as well as reaching the League Cup and FA Cup finals in 1993.

Instead, they faltered and the 1994/95 season saw them finish 15th, two points above the relegation zone.

Among the mediocrity and realisation of opportunies missed was an afternoon of sheer pleasure against Leeds at Hillsborough shortly before Christmas.

Wednesday beat their west Yorkshire rivals 6-2 on December 16, 1995 and according to The Star it was “a modern classic of a performance”.

Mark Bright celebrates goal number five

Mark Bright celebrates goal number five

They played with real creativity and guile with Chris Waddle pulling the strings and ultimately the three points helped guarantee their Premiership survival at the end of the season.

While the Owls had claimed a 1-0 win at Elland Road the previous season, the west Yorkshire side had slightly held the upper hand in recent meetings between the two, including a 6-1 win at Hillsborough.

Neither side was setting the division alight. Wednesday were in 14th, five points adrift of their visitors.

However, Hillsborough was caught on the hop - as was the Leeds defence - as the Owls raced into a 3-0 lead within 25 minutes, Marc Degryse scoring twice, sandwiching a Guy Whittingham strike.

Marc Degryse celebrates the first goal

Marc Degryse celebrates the first goal

Leeds soon pulled one back though through Tomas Brolin after 28 minutes and, although half-time came with the Owls 3-1 ahead, their fallibility when ahead meant there was still some apprehension around S6.

The visitors dominated the first 20 minutes of the second half and it could have been very different if they had scored during that period.

They failed to capitalise though and it was Mark Bright who scored the next goal, heading home despite the attentions of one Brian Deane after 67 minutes.

Owls favourite David Hirst had been sent off in the teams’ first meeting that season during the 2-0 defeat at Elland Road, Graham Poll producing the red card for foul and abusive language.

Degryse heads past John Lukic

Degryse heads past John Lukic

Hirst then made the headlines at Hillsborough for all the right reasons - from an Owls point of view - as he struck five minutes after Bright to put the game beyond their west Yorkshire rivals.

Although Rod Wallace pulled one back for the visitors with six minutes left, it was Hirst who had the final say as he struck for Wednesday’s sixth two minutes later.

WEDNESDAY: Pressman, Nolan, Briscoe, Atherton, Walker, Nicol, Waddle, Degryse, Whittingham (Hyde, 45), Hirst, Bright Unused: Sinton, Watts

LEEDS: Lukic, Kelly (R Wallace), Dorigo, Palmer, Wetherall, Jobson, Speed, McAllister, Couzens, Brolin, Yeboah (Deane, 65)

Unused: Worthington

Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United - 16th December 1995'Mark Brights heads goal number 4

Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United - 16th December 1995'Mark Brights heads goal number 4

Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United - 16th December 1995'Guy Whittingham hits goal number 2

Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United - 16th December 1995'Guy Whittingham hits goal number 2