Sheffield Wednesday: Crowd favourite Semedo recalls ‘incredible’ tribute

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Just over three years have passed since thousands of Wednesdayites left one of their favourite, unsung heroes close to tears.

More than 4,000 Owls supporters made the short trip to Nottingham to celebrate ‘Semedo Day’ on Saturday 17 November 2012.

Owls supporters paid tribute to Jose Semedo, donning Semedo masks and Portugal flags and scarves in honour of the defensive midfielder’s nationality.

The oft-sung chant of “Oh, oh he’s magic, you know, you’ll never get past Semedo,” repeatedly reverberated around City Ground.

In an exclusive extract from his new book titled ‘Win The Day’, Semedo said: “To date, it (Semedo Day) is my most profound and heart-warming experiences in football.

“I’m truly blessed to have experienced something so magical. I remember stepping onto the football pitch in Nottingham and seeing thousands of fans with my face! They were wearing masks made from a photo of me.

“The fans were also waving Portuguese flags to add to this incredible tribute. What a sight! All I could hear were the fans chanting my song, ‘He’s Magic you know’ throughout the afternoon; it nearly brought a tear to my face.”

Ultimately, the afternoon was to end in disappointment for Semedo and Wednesday as Miguel Llera headed into his own net to condemn them to a 1-0 defeat.

Semedo added: “Although we lost that game it will always be one of the most memorable and special days in football for me.

“I never expected anything like this to happen in my career, which made it all the more amazing.

“From the bottom of my heart I want to thank all of the fans for organising such an incredible tribute. If I’m being completely honest, words fail me.

“Semedo Day still hasn’t quite sunk in and I don’t think it ever will. The way everybody has treated me at Sheffield Wednesday is unbelievable, not just on special days like the Semedo Day, but every day.”

The 30-year-old, who is poised to make his 150th Owls appearance in Saturday’s Yorkshire derby encounter with Huddersfield Town, decided to start working together with sport psychologist and close friend Sam Kotadia on the book in July 2013.

Semedo shares thought-provoking insights from the world of sport inspired by his best friend and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who has written the foreword in the book.

n ‘Win The Day’ is set to be released on Saturday and will be available to buy in the Owls Megastore. For more information, log on to http://wintheday.alburybooks.com/home/wintheday