Go on admit it, Sheffield Wednesday fans...you wanted Blades to get promoted

Dejected Sheffield United players during their 5-5 draw with Swindon Town
Dejected Sheffield United players during their 5-5 draw with Swindon Town
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You’ve read the reports. You’ve sent a text to your mate, tweeted someone you don’t know and ‘liked’ a couple of facebook posts... all of this with a smirk.

Now, though, the dust is beginning to settle a bit and you might be feeling something strange in the pit of your stomach. That, Wednesdayites, is empathy, with a touch of sadness.

Owls Ground staff member Arthur Cutts changes the notice board on Penistone Road

Owls Ground staff member Arthur Cutts changes the notice board on Penistone Road

Sheffield United’s exit at the hands of Swindon Town in last night’s thrilling second leg at the County Ground, further prolonging their play off pain, will have been greeted with smiles by many in the blue and white half of Sheffield.

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Sheffield Wednesday v Sheffield United Semi Final 3rd April 1993 at Wembley.

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At 5-5 on the night, 7-6 down on aggregate, the fact that United came so close but ultimately faltered, probably brought more glee.

In, the cold light of a Steel City day though, if Owls fans are honest with themselves, they’ll admit that they wanted United to win (secretly at least), and, indeed, go up.

Understandably, Wednesdayites have revelled in their position in a higher league for the past few seasons, just as Blades have done in the past when on loftier ground. But surely there comes a time when you think ‘Right, we’ve had our fun, we want a derby again’?

What’s the point in a rivalry if the sides don’t play each other?

Sheffield United v Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield United v Sheffield Wednesday

This season United have faced Doncaster, Barnsley and Chesterfield, while across town the closest Wednesday have got to a local skirmish is now Rotherham.

It’s not the same is it?

The atmosphere at each of those games was quite good, but nothing like what can be generated by a Sheffield derby.

This coming season for Owls fans, it’s the Millers again who will be looked to to fill the void, with perhaps Leeds being thrown into the mix, but that lacks a bit of an edge too, now.

The city needs both teams in the same division, the buzz around the place cannot be replicated by any other event and we’ll have to wait more than a year again for that, unless a cup throws them together.

That’s a great shame and no matter how blue your heart is, you miss them don’t you? Go on, admit it...

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