Owls fly in from far and wide for Sheffield Wednesday family fun day

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Sheffield Wednesday fans from across the country flocked to Hillsborough Park for the club’s annual fun day.

Hundreds of families and fans attended the event, seizing their first opportunity to meet the club’s summer signings for photos and autographs.

As well as meeting players, football fans could also buy the new Sheffield Wednesday away kit for the first time.

Tony Cross, 48, from Deepcar who attends the event every year with his wife Theresa, 41, and their family, said: “We’re here to see the new players and to show our support for the club.

“We’re all football fans and it’s an exciting time at the moment.”

Chris Wells, 38, who travelled from Burton especially for the day with his nine-year-old daughter Caitlin, said: “We came last year and it was a really good, fun day out.”

From even further afield was the Dyer family, of Norwich. Mum Jo Dyer, 46, who was with her husband Rod, 46, and sons Archie, 13, and Finlay, 11, said the family was most excited about the away kit.

“We heard this was a brilliant event from a family who came last year and let us know how good it was.

“We’re going to get in the queue and make sure we get some autographs.”

Also keen to get their hands on a new kit was Carol Sutherland and her children Ty, seven, and Faith, 10.

Carol said: “We’ve been for the last few years and we love it. There is such a great atmosphere.”

Entertainment included live music from a Blues Brothers tribute band, as well as a range of activities including a giant inflatable football pitch, bubble football and a dog show.

Other attractions were a medieval re-enactment, an It’s a Knockout tournament, craft stalls, dance performances and children’s rides.

Football fanatics had their photo taken with the FA Cup – the most iconic domestic football trophy in the world.

Fans also enjoyed a fully licensed bar as well as food and drink stalls.

Many joined the long queues for the chance to meet the players.

Alison Berry, 51, from High Green said: “I’m here to see all the new players and get photos with all the people I haven’t got them with yet. I come every year.

“I’m most excited about seeing MuGugan and Marco Matias.”

Midfielder McGugan is Carlos Cavalhal’s fifth signing of the summer and arrives at Hillsborough on a three-year contract.

Marco Matias from Primeira Liga side Nacional has penned a four-year deal, having notched up 20 goals in 36 appearances last season as Nacional finished seventh in the Portuguese top tier.

News that ticket prices had taken a hike didn’t appear to have dampened spirits.

A seat on the Kop for a Category A game this season will set Wednesday fans back £42 if they are non-members, while a seat in the South Stand will cost £49.

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