On March 16, 1993 Sheffield United beat Blackburn Rovers on penalties to secure a place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, then due to take place at Leeds United’s Elland Road.
The red and white half of the city buzzed with excitement and for the blue and white half there was a similar feeling, though their emotions were tinged with nerves and trepidation.
Just over a week previous both Sheffield clubs had drawn their respective quarter-final ties - United 0-0 away at Blackburn while the Owls were involved in a cracker of a contest at the Baseball ground where Trevor Francis side needed an equaliser from Paul Warhurst to make it 3-3 against Derby County and keep Wednesday’s name in the hat for the last four.
And when the numbers where drawn, the excitement really kicked in.
Should both sides in the Steel City win their respective replays then a derby of monumental proportions would take place in this the 100th anniversary of Sheffield being granted city status.
And so on March 17, the heat was on Wednesday to ensure that the Sheffield dream would come to fruition...and that it did.
The match was nowhere near as exciting as when Wednesday went to Derby for the first game in what is still remembered as a classic cup tie which ebbed and flowed, County coming from behind twice before Warhurst levelled at three apiece.
But it was that man again who booked the Owls their place in the semi-final when he latched onto a great cross from the right by John Sheridan, beating future Blade Craig Short to the ball and volleying beyond Martin Taylor in the visitors goal to the joy of the majority of the 32,000 in attendance.
It was typical Warhurst; a player who had been converted that season from a central defender into a striker, necessitated by an injury to legendary frontman David Hirst, and this was his 12th goal in 12 games.
And so Sheffield would move on to Wembley...but only after combining to cause a fuss.
The semi-final was due to be played in Leeds but both Wednesday and United objected and wanted Wembley to host the tie.
Eventually the FA relented and it would be Wednesday who would eventually come out on top there.
Sheffield Wednesday: Woods; Nilsson, Worthington, Palmer, King (Hirst, 76), Anderson, Wilson, Waddle, Warhurst, Bright, Sheridan. Substitute not used: Hyde.
Derby County: Taylor; Patterson (Comyn, 43), Coleman, Nicholson, Short, Pembridge, Hayward (Stallard, 76), Kuhl, Kitson, Gabbiadini, Johnson.
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