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Official Sheffield Wednesday Thread Carlos had a Dream (though it’d be nice to realise it soon…) Name: Sheffield Wednesday Nickname: The Owls Year Founded: 1867 Chariman: Dejphon Chansiri Current Manager: Carlos Carvalhal Club Captain: Glen Loovens Country: England League: Championship Media Prediction: TBC A bit of history Sheffield Wednesday Football Club is a football club in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England who play in the Championship, the second tier of the English leagues. Sheffield Wednesday are one of the oldest professional clubs in the world and the third oldest club in the English football league. "The Wednesday", as they were known until 1929, were founding members of The Football Alliance in 1889 and its first champions. They joined The Football League three years later and were also one of the founding members of the Premier League in 1992. Since joining the Football League in 1892, the club has spent most of its history in the top flight of English football but have not played at this level since being relegated in 2000. The Owls have historically been one of England's more successful clubs, and have won four League titles, three FA Cups and one League Cup. Wednesday have also competed at European level, most notably in the UEFA Cup in 1992-93 where the Owls met German club Kaiserslautern amongst others. The 2014–15 season saw Wednesday welcome a new owner, Thai businessman Dejphon Chansiri, who purchased the club from Milan Mandarić for £37.5m. Chansiri stated his aim to get Wednesday back in the Premier League by 2017, the year of the club's 150th anniversary. Along with replacing existing manager Stuart Gray with Portuguese coach Carlos Carvalhal, he invested heavily in the club's facilities and playing squad, with players such as Fernando Forestieri and Marco Matias arriving for seven-figure sums. The 2015-16 season saw Wednesday reach the Championship play-off finals with a 6th place finish where they played Hull City at Wembley Stadium. Unfortunately Hull were too strong for the Owls on the day and Hull were promoted at the Owls' expense. The 2016-17 season saw the Owls amongst the contenders for promotion and they achieved a creditable 4th placed finish. This meant the play-offs once more, this time against Yorkshire rivals’ Huddersfield Town. Two tight semis saw the chance of promotion go down to the lottery of penalties and once more the Owls missed the opportunity to play in the Premier League. Hillsborough Since 1899, Sheffield Wednesday have played home matches at Hillsborough Stadium in the north-western suburb of Owlerton, hence their nickname The Owls. Hillsborough is currently an all-seater ground with a capacity of 39,812. The Squad Goalkeepers Kieran Westwood, Joe Wildsmith, Jake Dean, Cameron Dawson Right Backs Jack Hunt, Liam Palmer Left Backs Daniel Pudil, Morgan Fox Centre Backs Tom Lees, Glen Loovens, Vincent Sasso, Sam Hutchinson, Joost Van Aken, Federico Venancio Right Midfielders and Right Wingers Marco Matias, George Boyd Left Midfielders and Left Wingers Ross Wallace, Adam Reach Central Midfielders Kieran Lee, Barry Bannan, Almen Abdi, David Jones, Jacob Butterfield, Strikers Fernando Forestieri, Lucas Joao, Atdhe Nuhiu, Gary Hooper, Steven Fletcher, Sam Winnall, Jordan Rhodes Why Sheffield Wednesday? As with a lot of teams in the championship, Wednesday are a sleeping giant who have aspirations to be back in the Premier league. With a good sized stadium and a good base of loyal fans, this is a club that should be back in the Premier League (something a lot of clubs believe). The challenge is to get them there and re-establish the Owls as a Premier League team. Enjoy managing the Owls!