Thousands turn out for Owls in the Park

Harry, Harley, Ellie, Tyler and Chloe from Sheffield Rangers U-11's, Sheffield, United Kingdom on 17 July 2016. Photo by Glenn Ashley Photography
Harry, Harley, Ellie, Tyler and Chloe from Sheffield Rangers U-11's, Sheffield, United Kingdom on 17 July 2016. Photo by Glenn Ashley Photography
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Thousands of Wednesdayites descended on Hillsborough for the return of the club’s Owls in the Park community day.

Scores of Owls fans donning blue and white lined up patiently to meet their Sheffield Wednesday heroes who happily took time out for a chat and to sign autographs.

Returning for its fourth year in Hillsborough Park, old and young took part in dog shows, football matches, watched a medieval reenactment and enjoyed live music in the glorious sunshine.

A big talking point was the new Owls home shirt which see the blue and white stripes disappear for a pinstriped look.

Fans snaked down Penistone Road in long queues to get their hands on the new club attire which has divided opinion online.

Rob Tasker, 36, from Barnsley was one of the first to get his hands on the shirt.

Sheffield Wednesday players look on as Marco Matias speaks to Sky Sports' David Garrido

Sheffield Wednesday players look on as Marco Matias speaks to Sky Sports' David Garrido

He said: “I really like it, I like the change. I was a bit apprehensive at first seeing it without the stripes. It’s much better quality than before.”

But Lewis Lawson, 28, from Hillsborough wasn’t as keen.

“Sheffield Wednesday is always about blue and white stripes, it just doesn’t look right,” he said.

Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal praised the fans for turning out.

There was plenty to keep everyone happy, Sheffield, United Kingdom on 17 July 2016. Photo by Glenn Ashley Photography

There was plenty to keep everyone happy, Sheffield, United Kingdom on 17 July 2016. Photo by Glenn Ashley Photography

He said: “We came to the park as one, as players, coaches and we are together. We will be ready for all the fights in the next season. We will put this energy into the stands and on to the pitch.”

Fans wait for their heroes, Sheffield, United Kingdom on 17 July 2016. Photo by Glenn Ashley Photography

Fans wait for their heroes, Sheffield, United Kingdom on 17 July 2016. Photo by Glenn Ashley Photography