Before travelling to the Championship newcomers, Wednesday had kept clean sheets in their opening two games of the league season against Aston Villa and Norwich - both sides relegated from the Premier League.
The club's move to Owlerton in 1899 was a risky one as it moved the club several miles away from the city centre, but the loyal followers continued to make the journey to the new ground and the club has been one of the best supported in England ever since, although official attendances weren't taken at Football League games until the 1920s.
Attempt missed. John Mousinho (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Stuart Beavon following a set piece situation.
Attempt saved. John Mousinho (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lucas Akins.
Sheffield Wednesday Football Club is a professional association football club based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. The team competes in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. Formed as an offshoot of The Wednesday Cricket Club in 1867, they went by the name of The Wednesday Football Club until changing to their current name in 1929.
Offside, Burton Albion. John Mousinho tries a through ball, but Tom Naylor is caught offside.
But despite the heartbreak, the Portuguese manager - who was unknown in English football at the start of the season - was delighted with how his side have performed, although did concede that Hull were the better side.
Ben Turner (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.
"The atmosphere was fantastic, as was the emotional reaction we had with the fans so when we finished the game, me and my players are very proud," he added.
Irvine headed home from a John Mousinho cross to restore the Brewers' lead.
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Three days later they visited Leeds, whose Sheffield-born manager Howard Wilkinson had moved to Elland Road from Hillsborough eight years earlier and was, as it turned out, a few weeks away from losing his job. Wednesday won 2-0, with Humphreys opening the scoring. He played the first hour of a 2-1 win at Newcastle that Saturday, before scoring the winner against Leicester in their following game.
Attempt saved. Tom Naylor (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris O'Grady.
Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Brighton were given a huge boost at kick-off with two of their four men that limped off injured in the first-leg remarkably fit to start. Both Steve Sidwell and Anthony Knockaert took the field while Wednesday remained unchanged.
Brighton gain revenge for their play-off semi-final loss to Sheffield Wednesday by earning a first win at Hillsborough.
"I think we've woken up the giant and Sheffield Wednesday have woken up. All the clubs will now respect our club like we deserve."
The club spent two years in the third tier before returning the Championship, Paul Sturrock's side winning promotion via the play-offs in 2005. Ultimately however, the club's perilous financial position ensured another drop to League 1 was not too far away - five years after the play-off win of 2005, the Owls were again relegated to League 1.
Irvine restored Burton's lead with a powerful header and the Brewers constantly threatened, with Naylor kept out by a fine Westwood save, while Lucas Akins had an effort ruled out for offside before Dyer ensured victory with a close-range finish.
The most goals scored by the club in a season was the 106 scored in the 1958–59 season. The club accumulated their highest league points total in the 2011–12 season when they racked up 93 points.
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Brighton needed a fast start if they had any hope of overturning the deficit and with Knockaert at the forefront, they swarmed all over the visitors.
"Congratulations to Burton. They caused us a lot of problems but we didn't play with our full defensive line complete.
When the young striker clipped the ball audaciously over Kasey Keller it seemed to confirm that a new star was born and, while things have not worked out as anyone may have expected, Humphreys has gone on to have a remarkable career
"It was thoroughly deserved. We deserved to win on Saturday and perhaps at Forest so it's been coming for the last 10 days. It's come against probably the best side we have played so far.
"But you have to be very good to be at Wembley and although we lose one game in the final, in my opinion, it was with very good quality and we deserve everything we have lived so far, so I am proud."
Sheffield Wednesday fans were in fine voice throughout the game, and even stayed behind after the final whistle to applaud their squad, with Carvalhal also praising them for their contribution on Saturday.
Barry Bannan tested Stockdale on 53 minutes with a tasty drive that the goalkeeper gathered at the second attempt before substitute Atdhe Nuhiu headed wide at the back post on 77 minutes.
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The Boxing Day Massacre; a Football League Third Division match which took place at Hillsborough on 26 December 1979. A record Third Division crowd of 49,309 supporters watched Wednesday beat United 4–0, a match which became part of Sheffield Wednesday folklore, and is still sung about loudly at most games today; 'Hark now hear, The Wednesday sing, United ran away... and we will fight, forever more, because of Boxing day' to the tune of the refrain of the Boney M song "Mary's Boy Child".
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The stadium has hosted FIFA World Cup football (1966), The 1996 European Championships (Euro 96) and 27 FA Cup Semi-finals. The Kop at Hillsborough was re-opened in 1986 by Queen Elizabeth II and was once the largest covered stand of any football stadium in Europe.
For many he shone only briefly, visible for little longer than it took for his delicate chip to soar over Keller and settle in the back of the Leicester net 20 years ago. For others, whose focus runs a little further down the football pyramid, he is a bona fide legend. Either way, Humphreys was a star alright.
"I can't say we are happy because we aren't but of course, the way that we finished the game and the way that the fans greeted us with a big applause makes us ready for the next season."
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A list of former players can be found at List of Sheffield Wednesday F.C. players.
Knockaert came within inches of the opening goal on 11 minutes but his immaculate 20-yard free-kick cannoned off the inside of the post and rolled to safety.
Attempt missed. Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ross Wallace with a cross following a corner.
Jiri Skalak of Brighton (left) and Jack Hunt of Sheffield Wednesday