'Leeds United away day and FA Cup tie with Manchester City' - 23 photos of Sheffield Wednesday supporters pre-lockdown in 2020

A lot has happened in the last 12 months at Sheffield Wednesday . . . on and off the pitch.

Tuesday, 5th January 2021, 2:06 pm
Twenty-three photos of Sheffield Wednesday fans before lockdown in 2020. Photo: Steve Ellis.

A points deduction, managerial sackings and poor form on the pitch set the tone for a miserable 2020 for Wednesdayites.

But there was also lockdown.

An unprecedented move by Government as part of its battle to get to grips with Covid-19 – a virus which has swept the world and caused untold misery to communities across the globe, including here in Sheffield.

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Wednesdays fans at Hillsborough for the FA Cup fifth round tie with Manchester City - the last time fans were allowed into the ground to watch the side in action.

It led to the suspension of football in March and when the beautiful game eventually made a return in June, matches were played behind closed doors – and continue to do so almost a year on since life changed forever.

In fact, it seems an age since Owls fans last set foot inside Hillsborough when Pep Guardiola’s star-studded Manchester City were in town for the FA Cup fifth round tie at S6 on March 4.

Sadly, no one knows when fans will be able to return in their thousands to once again take up their seats on the Kop.

In the meantime, we’ve taken a short trip back in time to this time last year when fans were allowed into grounds to watch Wednesday in action.

A young Wednesday fan holds aloft a home-made trophy ahead of the FA Cup fifth round tie with Manchester City at Hillsborough shortly before football was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020.

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Young Wednesday fans at Hillsborough for the FA Cup fifth round tie with Manchester City last March.
Wednesday fans arrive at Hillsborough for the game with Millwall in February 2020.
Two young Wednesdayites wait to enter Hillsborough for the Millwall game last February.
Wednesday fans enjoy refreshments before the Millwall game last February.
Owls fans shade their eyes from the sun during the South Yorkshire derby against Barnsley at Oakwell in February 2020.
Wednesday fans at Brentford last March - the club's final game before football was suspended and the last time Wednesdayites were allowed into a ground.
Wednesday fans at Hillsborough for the game with Derby County last February.
Wednesdayites watch their side take on Reading at S6 last February.
Wednesdayites enjoy some refreshments before the game with Reading at Hillsborough last February.
Wednesday fans before the 3-3 draw with Birmingham City at St Andrew's last February.
Wednesday supporters at the Reading game in February 2020.
Wednesday fans before the 3-1 home defeat to Derby County at Hillsborough last February.
Wednesdayites watch their side take on Reading at Hillsborough last February.
Wednesday supporters get behind their side against Reading at Hillsborough last February.
Wednesday fans at Hillsborough for the Reading game in February 2020.
Wednesdayites pack into the away end at Oakwell in February 2020.
Wednesday fans before the game with Derby County at S6 last February.
The Oakwell away end packed with Wednesday supporters in February 2020.
Wednesday fans before the 2-0 win over Leeds United at Elland Road in January 2020.
Wednesdayites at Elland Road last January.
Wednesdayites watch their side pull off an unlikely win against Premier League Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup third round last January.