BILLED as the richest game in the world, Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday go head-to-head at Wembley on Saturday looking to clinch a return to the Premier League and all the riches such a promotion would bring.
Here, ahead of the showdown, we take a look at who has enjoyed most bragging rights between the two clubs over the years, as well as picking out a number of memorable meetings between the two Yorkshire clubs.
These two teams have met 49 times since their first ever fixture – a 1-1 draw at Hull in 1921 – and Sheffield Wednesday fare notably better than their play-off final opposition, winning 20 and drawing 18, with Hull enjoying 11 victories.
They met twice in the league this season, with both encounters ending in draws – the first finishing 1-1 after goals from Fernando Forestieri and Abel Hernandez, and the second ending goalless.
Sheffield Wednesday boast the biggest win as well as the superior record, having beaten Hull 6-0 at home in a resounding victory in 1952
Hull’s biggest margin of triumph against the Owls is a 4-2 scoreline, achieved twice in their history – once in 1924 and again more recently in 2004
In 1949, Sheffield Wednesday hosted Hull City in Division Two which produced a free-scoring affair in which the Owls enjoyed a comprehensive 6-2 victory.
Another eight-goal thriller came in 1970 when, in another Division Two clash – this time at Hull, the rivals finished level.
Most Frequent Scoreline
Out of the 49 clashes, 11 have been decided by a 1-0 scoreline, while a 1-1 draw has also been played out 11 times.
Hull and Sheffield Wednesday have only met twice in cup competitions – once in the League Cup and once in the FA Cup. Their clash in the FA Cup Fourth Round in January 1958 was undoubtedly the most memorable. Wednesday were drawn at home and beat Hull by the odd goal in a seven-goal thriller.
The League Cup encounter also went the way of the the Owls when, after a 1-1 draw in the first leg at Hillsborough in August 1979, they beat Hull at 2-1 at Boothferry Park in the second leg.
FIVE memorable encounters between Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday
Sheffield Wednesday 2 Hull City 4 (League One, December 8, 2004)
The most recent of the five fixtures on this list, Hull City recovered from a ninth-minute Joey O’Brien goal to romp to a 4-2 victory in the first season of the newly-named League One. Having fallen behind just inside the opening 10 minutes at Hillsborough, Hull fans could have been forgiven for fearing the worst before Michael Keane equalised from the penalty spot just five minutes later. Nick Barmby then grabbed a brace, including a superb volley from the edge of the area two minutes before half-time giving Hull a 3-1 lead at the break.
Jon-Paul McGovern snatched a goal for the Owls nine minutes from time to set up a nervy finish for Hull, but those nerves were settled just two minutes later as Danny Allsopp put a hectic game to bed, making it 4-2 to Hull.
Hull City 4 Sheffield Wednesday 4 (Division Two, December 26, 1970)
Much of the explosive action in this eight-goal thriller came in the second half, as a tepid opening period finished at one goal apiece, Hull responding to Wednesday’s opener through Ken Houghton, before falling 4-1 behind after three second-half goals for the Owls.
With just seven minutes to go, the game appeared all but over. However, Hull mounted a historic comeback as Chris Chilton hit two goals in three minutes, before Ken Wagstaff completed the turnaround two minutes later.
Hull even hit the woodwork in stoppage time when they had the opportunity to snatch a winner, but their heroics were memorable nonetheless.
Sheffield Wednesday 4 Hull City 3 (FA Cup, January 29, 1958)
First Division Sheffield Wednesday emerged victorious from this FA Cup Fourth Round clash in a game that was much closer than many at the time anticipated. But, after being pushed all the way by Third Division North strugglers Hull, whose goals came from Bill Bradbury, Brian Bulless and Johnny Stephens, Wednesday emerged victorious to booked themselves a trip to Old Trafford in the next round, where, on February 19, they were beaten by a Manchester United team grieving from the loss of so many players and staff in the Munich Air Disaster less than two weeks earlier.
Sheffield Wednesday 6 Hull City 0 (Division Two, March 1, 1952)
The biggest margin of victory in any fixture between these two teams, Sheffield Wednesday put six past a hapless Hull in a Division Two encounter - Derek Dooley scoring four times. It was becoming an increasingly wearisome fixture for the visitors, who through the first 50 years of their rivalry, hadonly won once in 22 games, suffering defeat 12 times.
Sheffield Wednesday 6 Hull City 2 (Division Two, September 24, 1949)
The joint-highest-scoring game the pair have played out, this was another of many victories for the Owls from the 1920s until the early 70s. This time, Hull managed two goals in reply, but fell to defeat as they conceded six goals against Wednesday for the first time in their history.