TWENTY one years ago Nicky Weaver joined the crowds outside Sheffield Town Hall to welcome home a trophy-winning Wednesday side.
This time he was inside the building and relishing the celebrations after playing his own part in success.
Promotion is special for a 33-year-old Sheffielder who has always been an Owls fan and cheered the 1991 heroes after they returned from Wembley with the League Cup.
“I remember standing outside the Town Hall 20-odd years ago when they were parading the League Cup; for me as a player now, automatic promotion is extra special, a great achievement,” he told The Star.
“Hopefully, we can kick on next season and it will be onwards and upwards from now on. As a Wednesday fan, you have to make the most of it.
“I had a couple of promotions at Manchester City when I was younger, and probably didn’t appreciate them at the time, because I thought more would be coming my way.
“Now, I’m really pleased. It’s something I’ll never take for granted.”
It would have been even better for the keeper if he had been able to enjoy a bigger role on the pitch.
He started the season in the team and on form but suffered a serious knee problem and was out for months, with Stephen Bywater coming in to replace him.
Weaver played only 10 games during the season and was on the bench 17 times.
He admits: “I haven’t played as much as I would like. That’s only important to me, not to anyone else. The main thing is the development of the club.
“The team have done well, and we have achieved what we set out to do, which was to achieve promotion automatically.
“Pipping Sheffield United made it extra special for the fans. It’s been a great effort from everyone.”
Now his eyes are on next season and a fresh challenge for a first-team place in the final year of his current contract: “I’ll come back raring to go, I’ll work as hard as a I can and see what happens.”