it was a dream come true for Owls superfan Steven Scott.
For the 15-year-old from Manor Top was able to meet his hero - Sheffield Wednesday star Gary Madine - when the team made its annual visit to Sheffield Children’s Hospital yesterday.
Steven, who has a recurrent chest problem which sees him back in hospital every three months, was wearing his team shirt and had decked his bed in a Wednesday duvet cover.
He said: “I’m shocked to meet the team - it is the first time and a dream come true.”
Mum Jane Peach, 35, added: “He is the biggest fan ever and so is his little brother.
“Steven has been really excited and since he found out about the visit I think he has been more determined to stay in hospital!”
“I think it is amazing the team come in to the hospital.
“It just brings some morale back to the kids.”
In a nearby ward Charley O’Mara, who is waiting for an operation to repair a fractured hip after falling down some stairs, was also excited to meet the players.
The 11-year-old is hoping to go home for Christmas although she may have to return for further treatment.
Mum Julie, of Woodhouse, said: “It has cheered her up and she has been looking forward to the team coming round, it gives the kids something to focus on.”
Owls boss Dave Jones was part of the visit yesterday for the first time.
He also signed autographs with club chairman Milan Mandaric.
Goalkeeper Chris Kirkland said: “It’s great to come here today.
“Anything we can do to help the kids and families is worthwhile. It’s very tough for them to be in hospital.
“I have got a daughter and I’d be heartbroken if she was at any time.”