Milan Mandaric saluted the thousands of Sheffield Wednesday fans who flocked to Hillsborough Park for the club’s community fun day and stressed: “I am really proud to be chairman of their club.”
An estimated 15,000 supporters turned out for the ‘Owls In The Park’ yesterday, surpassing last year’s 12,000 figure.
It was the supporters’ first opportunity to meet new Wednesday signing Jacques Maghoma, signed from Burton Albion last week, get their 2013/14 shirts autographed and pose for photographs with their favourite players. Long queues built up for the chance to meet the Owls squad, manager Dave Jones and club chairman Mandaric.
In glorious sunshine, the free event, in association with Dennis Hobson Promotions, featured a range of fun activities, including South Yorkshire Police and Fire
and Rescue Service demonstrations, the country’s largest dog show hosted by Sheffield charity Support Dogs, and live music from an array of local and national talent.
Vickie Priestley, Lord Mayor of Sheffield, was guest of honour.
Mandaric said: “Their support is incredible. It just shows how much they love their club. They are special people. I am really proud to be chairman of their club.
“It puts tremendous pressure on me to do as well as I can for them next season.”
The crowds were also kept entertained by a live-music stage, a huge screen showing highlights of last season’s successful battle to avoid the drop and a family fun-fair offering rides to suit all ages.
Jones said: “It’s been even better than last year.
“The fans had a great day and the weather was fantastic. It just shows their commitment and the level of support this football club has. To turn out in their thousands is phenomenal.”