SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Owls ticket sales soar

Flashback: Owls fans invade the pitch after promotion is clinched with victory over Wycombe - and the success has inspired an influx of new season ticket sales.'                 picture: pa wire
Flashback: Owls fans invade the pitch after promotion is clinched with victory over Wycombe - and the success has inspired an influx of new season ticket sales.' picture: pa wire

THE feelgood factor of Sheffield Wednesday’s promotion to the Championship is having a positive effect on the club’s hopes of signing quality new players.

The Star understands that the likes of former England international defender Anthony Gardner - whose move from Crystal Palace to Hillsborough could be completed as early as today - have been impressed with the fans’ backing of the club.

A sell-out crowd of 38,000 for the final match of last season against Wycombe has continued into the summer with the club reporting brand new season ticket holders for the coming campaign are approaching 3,000.

The club have already exceeded last year’s season ticket total with more than two months still to go before the new season kicks-off on August 18. Fixtures will be announced on June 18.

It’s predicted that 13,000 will be sold by the end of this week with hopes that Dave Jones’ team could be walking out to average crowds approaching 25,000 for home matches.

The second deadline for 2012-13 season tickets is June 16, after which current discounts are no longer valid.

There was no change to the ‘slight hiccup’ in the 31-year-old’s move from Selhurst Park last night with Wednesday happy at the way their side of the negotiations have gone.

Meanwhile The Star understands the Owls will confirm tomorrow a pre-season match at Scottish Premier League club Kilmarnock on Wednesday, August 8.

The game is a testimonial for Killies’ right back Jamie Fowler, who has been with the Rugby Park club since 1997.

Fowler has played 262 times for Kilmarnock and was part of the team that beat Celtic 1-0 in the Scottish League Cup final at Hampden Park in March.