City to host reception for champion Owls

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VICTORIOUS Sheffield Wednesday players, who won automatic promotion to the Championship last weekend at the expense of local rivals Sheffield United, will take to the balcony of the city’s town hall this evening to meet their fans in a civic reception.

Thousands of supporters are expected to fill the streets outside the Town Hall as the club celebrates promotion.

Sheffield Council leader and Owls fan Councillor Julie Dore said: “It’s great news for Sheffield that Wednesday are back in the Championship and we hope that United will join them after the play-offs. We hope that this success will lead the clubs back towards the Premiership in the near future.”

A victory over Stevenage last Saturday meant that the Owls finished in second place in League One and clinched the second automatic promotion slot.

A spokesman for Sheffield Council said last night that fans are being asked to gather outside the Town Hall on Pinstone Street from 5.30pm.

Club mascots Ozzie and Barney the Owls, along with the Sheffield Wednesday band, will be on hand to entertain the crowd.

The Lord Mayor, Coun Sylvia Dunkley, will greet the club chairman, manager and team players on the Town Hall steps at 6pm, before they appear on the balcony with the Championship trophy.

This will be followed by a civic reception inside the Town Hall at 7pm.

Coun Dunkley said: “I’m sure thousands of fans will want to join in the celebrations marking their success and cheer on their sporting heroes.”

Milan Mandaric, Sheffield Wednesday’s chairman, added: “We are delighted that Sheffield Council has invited Sheffield Wednesday Football Club to come to the Town Hall and celebrate our success.

“I am sure that our supporters will embrace this event and turn out in their full numbers.”