AS Wednesday fans gear up for the new season after the euphoria of promotion, Lee Bullen has issued a spine-tingling reminder of what it feels like to go up.
His thoughts centre on the 2005 play-off final rather than last May’s clincher against Wycombe, and they come in a new book out this week.
Bullen captures the moment when Drew Talbot ran clear to score the fourth goal in the 4-2 victory against Hartlepool at the Millennium Stadium:
“It was surreal when Drew went through,” he says. “The whole place went quiet. The people in the stand had been sitting down and you could see in your peripheral vision everyone slowly rise up. The stadium seemed to lift about two feet. He took it round the goalie and that was it. 4-2. Game over.”
It was a day that none of the 40,000 Wednesday fans present will ever forget.
Author Tom Whitworth told The Star: “Lee also says that he took a step back while everyone was celebrating, to take it all in, because he knew this was the best moment of his career.”
Bullen, ex-captain and a now an Owls academy coach, was one of the men interviewed by Tom and co-writer Chris Olewicz during two years of work to put together 20 Legends: Sheffield Wednesday.
They also spoke to Howard Wilkinson, David Hirst, Don Megson, Jimmy Mullen, went to Sweden to meet Roland Nilsson, and probed into the effect on Wednesday of other major figures such as Derek Dooley and Chris Waddle.
Some of the club’s past was an eye-opener for the authors, as it must be for many supporters today, for they are both 26 and were small children when the club won their last major trophy, the League Cup in 1991.
“We thought a book of this kind would be ideal, and the publishers were very interested - it is such a big club,” said Tom.
He lives in Manchester but comes from Wadsley; Chris is a post-graduate student from Stannington. Both are Wednesday fans.
Their book, published by Vertical Editions, is out on Saturday, price £14.99.