Five years ago: Four-Star Owls

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4-Star Owls screamed the headline on the front page of the Green’Un on August 9. 2008 and above it was a picture of “Blond bombers” with Akpo Sodje celebrating his double strike for Wednesday with Deon Burton.

The main headline also included United but it read Blades agony.

As far as the Owls were concerned, it was a very good Saturday, with a 4-1 win over Burnley at Hillsborough.

The Owls impressively reversed the previous season’s opening day 4-1 defeat at Ipswich. They scored after just 30 seconds and were 3-1 up inside 16 minutes.

Marcus Tudgay also scored two goals but Sodje went off injured.

A late Kevin Phillips goal sentenced the Blades to a 1-0 defeat at Birmingham. It was an undeserved defeat and the sides appeared to heading for a point each until substitute Phillips pounced two minutes into added time.

Barnsley were beaten 2-1 at QPR despite taking the lead through new boy Iain Hume.

It was an eventful game for QPR’s Fitz Hall. He gave his side victory with two goals but also spurned a chance of a hat-trick by missing a penalty.

Barnsley finished with 10 men after Marciano Van Homoet was sent off for a foul in the second half.

Doncaster Rovers celebrated their Championship debut with a well-deserved win over Derby, relegated from the Premiership, at Pride Park.Rovers won 1-0 with Lewis Guy on target in the second half to give the side a confidence-boosting victory.

Spireites bounced back after conceding a fluke goal from Ashley Carew. Jack Lester scored twice in five minutes around the hour mark and Jamie Ward sealed the points late on after a defensive error.

Rotherham United ended up with the perfect scenario. They defeated Lincoln 1-0 and the historic first League goal at the Don Valley Stadium came from new crowd favourite Reuben Reid.