Sheffield Wednesday: Francis recalls memories of Owls class of 1993

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Former Sheffield Wednesday manager Trevor Francis believes the Owls’ success in the FA Cup this season will evoke memories of their run to the 1993 final.

Stuart Gray’s men face fellow Championship outfit Charlton in the last 16 at Hillsborough on Saturday aiming to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 1997.

That would then put them only 90 minutes away from Wembley, where the Owls have not been since their four visits to the national stadium under Francis in 1992/1993.

Wednesday were beaten in the League Cup final by Arsenal and, after beating city neighbours Sheffield United in the FA Cup semi-final, they again met the Gunners and were only defeated by a 120th-minute goal by Andy Linighan in a final replay.

And Francis reckons that if the Owls can negotiate Charlton, they can dare to dream of Wembley.

“It’s a great opportunity because many of the top clubs are playing each other so some of them will go out,” Francis said. “It is a favourable draw. Wednesday aren’t having a great season, but they are playing a club in the same division who are below them.

“They have home advantage so they will see it as a great opportunity to get through.

“I am sure they will be thinking back to 1993 and, as a former manager, when you are in the FA Cup you don’t really see Wembley as a possibility until you get through this round.

Francis who managed at Hillsborough between 1991 and 1995 and is a former Nottingham Forest player, added: “I hope Wednesday get through, but don’t want United to get past Forest.”