SLIDESHOW: Sheffield Wednesday Play Off glory ten years on - How the fans saw it

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More than 40,000 made the journey and they more than played their part. Sheffield Wednesday’s fans descended on Cardiff in their droves, for the 2005 League 1 Play Off final against Hartlepool... colourful, noisy and in the end, delirious with joy.

Many hadn’t just come from Sheffield for the match, as we reported in the days following the match, Owls supporter Gary Dickinson travelled 3,000 miles from New Jersey to the Welsh capital and like those around him, it proved to be a journey well worth the time and expense.

Gary told The Star then: “We walked around the city centre before the game, all good-humoured and happy. It made me proud to say I’m from Sheffield.

“We were sat in the row behind Chris Waddle who had his kids with him and he was signing autographs for everyone and having his picture taken. It was marvellous.”

Wednesdayite Paul Bruce, originally from Sheffield, and his son Josh, travelled from Bishop Stortford and told Paul told The Star: “It was a real rollercoaster. All season we have felt that we had to score three or four to make sure we won, but that was absolutely amazing.”

Another Owl, Guy Grundy said: “It was typical Wednesday taking you through all the emotions but we got there in the end and all credit to Paul Sturrock and the team. They were fantastic.”

Sheffield Wednesday fans cheer after a 4-2 win against Hartlepool in the Coca-Cola League One play-off final at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, ten years ago today

Sheffield Wednesday fans cheer after a 4-2 win against Hartlepool in the Coca-Cola League One play-off final at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, ten years ago today

Click the video player above to launch a slideshow as the supporters parade their colours.

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