Fans’ Column: The smiles are back for Sheffield Wednesday supporters young and old

Sheffield Wednesday v Hull City .Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final ....... Wednesday fans before the game
Sheffield Wednesday v Hull City .Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final ....... Wednesday fans before the game
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The start of this season feels like welcoming a new baby into the family; a joyous occasion that brings everyone together.

We’ve waited a long time to start a season feeling this overwhelmed with love for our club.

Even though last season ended in disappointment our Wembley appearance was enough to unite Owls fans.

From the sparkling mobile lights in the Play-off semi against Brighton at Hillsborough to the (at least) 20 minute rendition of ‘we’re on our way’ at Wembley, we were like kids who had discovered a new toy.

It’s also been nice to see the next generation attending the pre-season friendlies.

Against Benfica and Port Vale there were little ones everywhere in their tiny kits, chattering to their parents and filled with an infectious awe of watching live football for the first time.

The video that went viral this week of the little boy, filmed by his mum, as his dad carried him into Hillsborough for the first time was a wonderful insight into how football can fill your heart with wonder.

As dad uncovered the little boy’s eyes to reveal Hillsborough in its full glory, his eyes widen with delight and he covered his mouth as he gasped.

I think that’s something Wednesdayites have lost over the years, that innocent feeling of elation.

There have been many occasions I’ve walked up a similar stairwell to that little boy wondering whether the 200 mile journey would be worth it.

Admittedly, the thrill was waning but last season and the somewhat unexpected push towards the Premier League that saw Wednesday come so close to the top flight again, brought back the eagerness to get into the ground and watch The Owls play.

Whatever happens this season, and we hope for more of the same, there will be a parliament of old and new Owls supporters, entering the ground with affection.