Goalfests and a David Hirst winner - EIGHT of Sheffield Wednesday’s best Boxing Day wins
Up until last year’s fateful 3-2 defeat to Stoke City, Sheffield Wednesday have had a pretty good record in recent years on Boxing Day – but what are some of the Owls’ best wins on one of the UK’s biggest sporting days of the year?
Sheffield Wednesday have a pretty good record on Boxing Day in recent years... (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)
Wednesday face Blackburn Rovers tomorrow afternoon as they aim to secure back-to-back wins for the first time in a year, and build on their 1-0 victory over Coventry City a week ago.
It’ll be the fifth time that SWFC have faced Rovers on Boxing Day, winning 2-0 in 1949, then drawing 2-2, 0-0 and 0-0 in 1955, 1997 and 2013 respectively.
You can't mention Wednesday and Boxing Day without thinking of this packed out affair at Hillsborough. Just under 50,000 were in attendance as Ian Mellor, Terry Curran, Mark Smith and Jeff King gave the Owls a famous win over their city rivals, Sheffield United.
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It was captain Glenn Loovens who was the hero for the Owls at St.James Park in 2016, scoring early in the second half as the Owls picked up an impressive win away at Newcastle United.
David Hirst scored the only goal of the game as SWFC beat Everton 1-0 in 1991 - midway through their first season back in the top-flight.
There were goals aplenty on Boxing Day in 2004 as the Owls overcame Walsall thanks to a second half penalty from Steve MacLean. Kenwyne Jones was at the start of his impressive run of six goals in six games for Wednesday and it was the beginning of a home run where they won six of the seven matches at Hillsborough that followed.
Another festive away trip to Goodison Park as the Wednesday thumped Everton 4-1 on their home turf - largely thanks to a debut double from new Owls signing, Guy Whittingham. They went 1-0 down, too.
One of SWFC's biggest Boxing Day wins in recent memory was the 3-0 demolition of Birmingham City at Hillsborough on their way to reaching the Play-Off final a few months later... Fernando Forestieri got a brace - scoring either side of Kieran Lee - to earn the Owls' a deserved victory.
Fast forward a couple of years, and Wednesday hit another triple in the festive period, putting Nottingham Forest to the sword at the City Ground. Adam Reach scored an absolute belter to get the scoring underway, with Jordan Rhodes and Lucas Joao getting the other two.
Peter Atherton scored the winner for the Owls in their final Premier League Boxing Day back in 1999, but the upturn in fortunes that followed was not enough to fix the damage that was done in the first half of the season. Over 28,000 were there to watch it happen.