Hero’s send-off for Owls fan

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A BOMB disposal expert who has cleared more roadside bombs than anyone else in history received a hero’s send-off as a guest at Sheffield Wednesday Football Club.

Lifelong Wednesdayite Sergeant Major Karl Ley, aged 29, has made safe 139 improvised explosive devices planted by the Taliban in Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

He was awarded the George Medal for gallantry for his achievements.

Ahead of his return to duty in Afghanistan next month, former Owls chairman Howard Wilkinson invited him to Hillsborough, where he watched the Owls beat Notts County 2-1 from the comfort of the director’s box.

The soldier was also given a personal tour of the stadium by Wednesday manager Gary Megson.

Sergeant Major Ley said: “I would like to thank everyone at Sheffield Wednesday for the hospitality I was shown on Saturday.

“It was an amazing day and a great send-off before I head back to Afghanistan.”