Sheffield Wednesday: Home form boosted after Owls’ divine intervention

Thailand's highest ranking Buddhist Somdej Phra Wannarat blessed Hillsborough on Dejphon Chansiri's invite
Thailand's highest ranking Buddhist Somdej Phra Wannarat blessed Hillsborough on Dejphon Chansiri's invite
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Stuart Gray has been searching for a solution to the Owls’ home hoodoo all season – but all he needed was a little divine intervention.

Wednesday’s trouble at picking up wins at Hillsborough during the current campaign has been well documented with Tuesday’s night’s victory over Brentford only their fifth home win in 22 attempts.

But while coaches, players and supporters alike have been left baffled as to what the reasons are for the poor form, it appears things could be looking up.

That could be down to a special visitor to S6 prior to the clash with Charlton last weekend.

Owner Dejphon Chansiri invited the highest ranked Buddhist from his native Thailand to visit Hillsborough to bless the ground.

And after picking up four points from the two home games this week, it seems the touch of Somdej Phra Wannarat may have done the trick.

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The supreme Buddhist blessed and dedicated merit around the ground while undergoing a guided tour with Chansiri and his family.

Since then, Wednesday have battled out a draw with Charlton before beating play-off chasing Brentford.

Whether the blessing will have any effect on the controverisally poor pitch at Hillsborough remains to be seen.

Somdej Phra Wannarat also dedicated merit to the 96 Liverpool supporters who died in the Hillsborough disaster 26 years ago.

Chansiri said: “Making merit and consigning merit through Buddhism is central to the everyday lives of the people of Thailand.

“This brings happiness, good fortune and eternal peace.

“To welcome Somdej Phra Wannarat to Hillsborough was the deepest privilege for myself and my family.

“It was incredibly emotional to embrace Somdej Phra Wannarat into the heart of our club.

“It is without question the highest honour possible for Somdej Phra Wannarat to bless Sheffield Wednesday, everyone connected with Sheffield Wednesday and so importantly the souls of the 96 people who tragically lost their lives 26 years ago.”

As part of proceedings for yesterday’s 26th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, Chansiri laid a wreath at the memorial at the stadium.

The annual service took place at the permanent memorial on Parkside Road next to the stadium with a minute’s silence, a reading of the victims’ names and prayers.