AMERICAN Owl Emma Peterson flew more than 5,000 miles from her home in California to fulfil a double dream.
Wednesday fanatic Emma, aged 24, came to Sheffield with two goals – to see her favourite team take on Barnsley and to see One Direction in concert.
She was fortunate enough to get tickets to see the boy band at Sheffield Arena – and now, weather permitting, she is looking forward to the derby match.
American-born Emma, who works as a make-up artist, was brought up to be a Wednesdayite by her dad Philip.
Originally from Iowa, Philip became a Wednesdayite after befriending Sheffield lawyer and football agent Garry Dickinson who was on a family holiday to the States many years ago.
And while her dad has been a regular visitor to Hillsborough to see the Owls ever since, Emma has been restricted to watching her favourite team on the internet – until now.
Emma, who is staying with Garry and his wife Helen in Ridgeway for the next three weeks, said: “I’ve been looking forward to coming over to see Wednesday for so long.
“And when I found out that One Direction were performing at Sheffield Arena I just had to see them too.”
Emma thoroughly enjoyed the concert and hopes her visit to Hillsborough will be just as enjoyable.
She said: “The show was incredible but I felt a bit silly as I guess I was the oldest one there. But the boys were brilliant, their songs are just so catchy. I just never realised they were so popular over here.
“I only hope I enjoy the Wednesday-Barnsley game as much. I don’t want to be a jinx – but my prediction is Wednesday will win and avoid relegation.”