Sheffield Wednesday: Owls led the way for the Foxes’ fairytale season!

Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy

By becoming the champions of England for the first time in their 132-year history, Leicester City have undeniably pulled off one of sport’s greatest ever fairytales.

Led heroically by Jamie Vardy, who was released by the Owls at the age of 16, Danny Drinkwater and company, the Foxes have defied the odds in nine extraordinary months. Their stunning triumph comes just a year after they narrowly staved off the threat of relegation last season.

At the start of this term, Claudio Ranieri’s men were 5,000-1 rank outsiders to lift the Premier League title. Tottenham Hotspur’s draw at Chelsea on Monday night ensured Leicester secured the crown with two matches to spare.

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The Foxes remarkable underdog story has captured the imagination of the public, but Wednesday have been in their position themselves.

In the 1927/28 campaign, the Owls looked destined to go down with 10 matches to go in the old First division. Bob Brown’s troops were seven points behind their nearest rivals at the bottom of the table.

But Jimmy Seed, an inspired signing by Brown, spearheaded their sterling revival. Seed - a former pit worker - added experience and quality to Wednesday’s forward line, having been discarded by Tottenham Hotspurs. He proved an influential figure, skippering the side to safety against the odds.

Wednesday picked up 17 points out of the last 20, including four off Spurs , who were relegated on the final day of the season, to beat the drop by a single point.

The Owls ended up in 14th position and their great escape laid the foundations for back-to-back League Championships.

With Seed, Jack Allen and Mark Hooper impressing in the final third, Wednesday claimed their first top-flight title in a quarter of a century the following season, finishing just a point above Leicester.

Allen nearly averaged an astonishing goal a game, hitting the back of the net 35 times in 37 outings. Hooper weighed in with 16 and Seed, who hung up his boots in 1931, netted on eight occasions.

Hooper was regarded as one of the finest wingers in League football during the late twenties and thirties. Just like Vardy, he was originally told he was too small to make the grade as a footballer.

Seed, who represented the Owls 146 times, hitting 38 goals, eventually moved into management with Clapton Orient.

During the greatest era in the club’s history, Wednesday retained the League championship in the 1929/30 season with four matches left. Allen top-scored with 39 goals as the Owls finished 10 points clear of runners-up Derby County. Hooper (21), Harry Burgess (20), Ellis Rimmer (17) and Seed (12) all featured prominently.

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