Owls thank thousands of fans who came to fun day

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday paid tribute to the thousands of supporters who attended Hillsborough Park on Sunday to make Owls in the Park ‘a great success’.

A staggering 12,000 fans flocked to the park to take up their first opportunity of meeting Dave Jones’ new recruits, as well as posing for photographs with their favourite Owls stars.

Chairman Milan Mandaric was there personally to meet many of the fans who came along.

And he said he had been delighted by the massive turnout.

He said: “It was v ery exciting for me to see such incredible support and to see the entire Sheffield Wednesday family enjoying what turned out to be a very special day.

“I am delighted from a club point of view that we were able to host such a wonderful occasion. Sheffield Wednesday would, once again, like to say a big thank you to everyone who attended.”

There were a host of other activities in the park to keep families’ interest throughout the day.

A live music stage, a huge screen showing last season’s promotion-winning highlights and a family funfair offering rides to suit all ages all kept the crowds entertained.

The SWFC community programme’s inflatable pitch, face painting, penalty shoot-outs and speed gun tests also went down a treat with young Owls on the day.

And with Ozzie and Barney in attendance to meet the kids and the addition of real-life Owls players available for photo opportunities, it all made for a fun-filled day.