Sheffield Wednesday v Huddersfield: Championship play-off semi-final – live!

It’s been 17 years since Sheffield Wednesday’s relegation from the top flight. They were a fixture in the early Premier League era, reaching both cup finals in 1993, giving us the likes of Benito Carbone, Paolo Di Canio, Wim Jonk and Regi Blinker, but their final season was an unmitigated disaster. Carbone went on strike, Newcastle beat them 8-0 and they looked like they were going down from day one. Rubbing salt into the wound, Bradford stayed up on the final day and Leeds qualified for the Champions League. Crumbs.

Things didn’t get much better after relegation to the second tier. A period of financial instability ensued, culminating with relegation to League One in 2003, and they didn’t return to the Championship until 2005. Five years later, they went down again. Still, they managed to bounce back straight away and they’ve improved in every season since then, culminating in this season’s fourth-placed finish under Carlos Carvahal.

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