FLASHBACK: Sheffield Wednesday 1 Manchester United 0 - League Cup Final April 21, 1991

John Sheridan scores the winner

John Sheridan scores the winner

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It was 24 years ago today - to badly paraphrase The Beatles - that Sheffield Wednesday upset the odds to bring silverware back to the Steel City

Back in 1991, the Owls took on Manchester United in the Rumbelows League Cup final, given little hope against a side that were literally on the cusp of greatness.

The majority of Alex Ferguson’s team (he wasn’t a Sir then) would claim the Premier League crown two years later and set off on a golden era of glory.

Wednesday were then in the old Second Division and although enjoying a decent season (they would win promotion that year), still no one felt they would be capable of causing a shock in front of 77,000.

No team outside of the top flight had won the competition since Swindon Town defeated Arsenal in 1969.

But in the 37th minute Wednesday silenced the Manchester masses with a stunning strike coming from the boot of John Sheridan, a boyhood Red Devil.

Nigel Worthington’s free kick from the right was headed away by Gary Pallister, under pressure from Nigel Pearson and Sheridan stormed in, in front of Brian McClair to power home from the edge of the box.

The ‘dink’ of the ball clipping the post on its way in echoed around the famous old stadium and Owls fans went into raptures.

Ron Atkinson’s men held on to record a famous cup victory, Wednesday’s last trophy success and they remain the last team outside the top flight to win it.

Sheffield Wednesday: Turner, Nilsson, Shirtliff, Pearson, King, Wilson, Harkes, Sheridan, Worthington, Hirst, Williams. Subs: Francis, Madden

Manchester United: Sealey, Irwin, Bruce, Pallister, Blackmore, Webb, Robson, Ince, Sharpe, McClair, Hughes. Subs: Donaghy, Phelen

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