They may not have a manager - but Sheffield Wednesday stars still managed to bring smiles aplenty to faces of young patients at the city’s Children’s Hospital.
The club’s entire 30-strong first team squad turned out to give junior fans - and a few that were undecided - some great early Christmas presents.
Goodies from their heroes included cuddly toys, goodie bags and signed calendars, with the players accompanied on a tour of the wards by club chairman Milan Mandaric.
The result was a welcome bedside boost for the youngsters, some of whom will be in hospital throughout the holiday period.
Players were accompanied on their visit by members of the Children’s Hospital Charity, who said the Owls’ visit was one of the highlights of the year.
They were delighted the stars were able to spend so much time chatting with bedbound youngsters - and their equally starstruck parents.
Mr Mandaric said: “Our relationship with this prestigious hospital and being able to play a part in the community is something the club is extremely proud of.
“We are delighted to be able to participate. Just walking around the wards you can see why people think so highly of the hospital - the dedication of the staff here is unbelievable.”
Winger Michail Antonio said: “It’s great to come along to the hospital and meet the young patients, who are all so brave, and see the fantastic work carried out by the staff.
“No one wants to be in hospital, especially at Christmas time, so seeing the kids smile even though they are having a difficult time, is a very rewarding experience.”