It’s been 14 years since Sheffield Wednesday got beyond a quarter-final of the League Cup. We beat Watford 4-0 in that fifth round game at Hillsborough.
Looking back at the scorers that evening, it feels like a lifetime ago.
The leisurely Gerald Sibon, Matt Hamshaw who now coaches at Rotherham United, Phil O’Donnell who tragically passed away whilst playing for Motherwell and Trond Soltvedt, remember him?
Taking us through the rounds were Peter Shreeves and Terry Yorath.
It makes my teeth itch at how bad that period was and yet there was this glimmer that we might make another cup final.
We lost both legs of the semi-final that year to Blackburn Rovers.
Looking back at the results I’d never realised that Blackburn beat us by the same scores as we beat them in the 1993 League Cup semi-final games, 4-2 and 1-2.
Now we don’t have the recent cup pedigree that the red half of Sheffield can claim hence the nostalgic look back at when we have progressed further.
Looking at the 2001 team that made it to the semis you have to say we are by far a better prospect now.
Stoke City away is a difficult draw.
On paper it’s an easier fixture than playing Arsenal but there was a sense of the preposterous that we might just beat The Gunners. I think most fans are more cautious about the outcome of the Stoke fixture.
If we progress to the semi-finals on Tuesday it will be a great achievement for Carvalhal and the team.
Our path hasn’t been an easy one but no one can say we haven’t been worthy of the results.
So we need to channel Trond Soltvedt on Tuesday night, maybe only for that one night.