Reasons to be cheerful had been a long time coming for anyone associated with Sheffield Wednesday in 2005, so the wild scenes which greeted victory over Hartlepool in the Play Off final at Cardiff 10 years ago were more than justified.
The 40,000 who made the journey to Cardiff certainly celebrated and the players did too.
Striker James Quinn said immediately afterwards: “It’s the best day of my career, probably the best day of my life (a few months later he would be part of the Northern Ireland team that beat England 1-0 at Windsor Park, so that may have only lasted til September). I want to step back a bit to savour this. I’m 30 years of age and I know you have to savour days like this.”
Defender Alex Bruce added: “It’s exciting, brilliant and great for the supporters. It’s what they, the staff and the lads deserve.”
Craig Rocastle turned in a man-of-the-match display, having taken some time to settle at Hillsborough and been on the brunt of some fans’ frustratiosn through the campaign.
But the former Chelsea player said following the game: “Our supporters have been phenomenal. To get an average of over 23,000 is unbelievable. They have been magnificent again at the final.”
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