Over their shoulder, a different reality bit.
2-1 up after 86 minutes thanks to a double from Lewis McGugan, Wednesday would have faced off against Manchester United in the fifth round of the famous old trophy were it not for a whirlwind three minutes that saw Micky Mellon’s side earn something of a giant killing.
The two sides meet this weekend on level ground in League One, but what happened to the Wednesday players that played that day?
5. Michael Turner
A former Premier League player, Turner arrived at Wednesday on loan from Norwich hoping to set roots at Hillsborough. He played 11 league matches in an up-and-down spell, making clear to the media he wanted to make the switch permanent, before spending two years with Southend United. Hasn't officially announced his retirement, but hasn't played any football since 2019.
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6. Liam Palmer
A constant in the Sheffield Wednesday dressing room since, Liam Palmer was in the opening seasons of his first team life and has gone on to make over 300 appearances for the Owls. Eight Scotland caps have been accrued, too, and earlier this season Palmer captained the club he grew up supporting in a Papa Johns Trophy win over Newcastle u21s.
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7. Modou Sougou
A mystery at Wednesday, Senegal international Sougou arrived having only a couple of seasons earlier been the subject of a £4.5m transfer to French Marseille, where he was effectively kicked out by now-Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa. Was loaned to Moreirense after one year and then joined Indian side Mumbai City, where he enjoyed some success. Currently out of contract at 36.
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8. Jose Semedo
Spent 10 years in England, six of them happy as a fan favourite at Wednesday. Signed from Charlton as the Owls launched their most recent League One promotion campaign, he made the switch to Vitoria Setubal in the Portuguese top tier where he has remained since.
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