Sheffield Wednesday's unforgettable campaign in 15 pictures

Sheffield Wednesday fans before the game

With the dust now settled on the Owls' best season in 16, we relive the best bits in pictures...

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal

A rare shot of Carvalhal, pre-Duffle coat, ahead of Wednesday's first away game - a 2-1 defeat to Ipswich Town. Despite having beaten Bristol City at Hillsborough a week earlier, August did not go quite as planned.

Marco Matias of Sheffield Wednesday (R) celebrates scoring their first goal

This fella, £1.44 million summer signing Marco Matias, was making a name for himself at least. His sublime effort at Elland Road of all places was voted the 2016 Mitre Goal of the Year.

Sheffield Wednesday's Fernando Forestieri in action with Burnley's Andre Gray

The Owls' fortunes improved following the late window additions of Barry Bannan, Daniel Pudil and Fernando Forestieri (pictured) - though the trio would taste defeat, against Burnley, en debut. The result saw Carvalhal's men slip to 19th in the table.

Sheffield Wednesday's Lewis McGugan celebrates scoring their first goal

Wednesday were going good in the League Cup, mind. September's third round trip to Newcastle was settled by Lewis McGugan's long-range strike.

Sheffield Wednesday's Lucas Joao reacts after losing a tooth

By the following month another Portuguese recruit, Lucas Joao, was beginning to find his feet, but having scored in his side's 2-1 win at Rotherham United it was a front tooth the youngster was looking for.

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud and Mathieu Flamini look dejected after Sheffield Wednesday's third goal

An appointment with the dentist later, Joao was on target in his next outing - a shock 3-0 win against Arsenal. Above, the Gunners players struggle to contain their embarrassment.

General view of the scoreboard after the game

Arsene Wenger's men ended the game with eight internationals, including a World Cup winner.

Sheffield Wednesday players celebrate at the end

Fast-forward two-and-a-bit months, Wednesday showed their play-off credentials by coming from behind to beat Birmingham City 2-1 at St. Andrew's, climbing to sixth place - and six points behind leaders Hull.

Gary Hooper celebrates with teammates after scoring the second goal for Sheffield Wednesday

Gary Hooper (second right), who scored both goals against the Blues, became a permanent Owl in January. His goal against Nottingham Forest helped Carvalhal's men to a 3-0 win - ending a run of five games without one. Forestieri was absent for two of those through suspension - some(/all of us) would argue unluckily.

Sheffield Wednesday's Gary Hooper (L) celebrates with teammates after he scores his sides third goal

And Hooper's heroics (two goals and one very hard-fought assist) in Wednesday's final home fixture against Cardiff sealed their place in the top six.

Sheffield Wednesday fans

The Hillsborough faithful were out in force in the first leg of the play-offs against Brighton & Hove Albion...

Kieran Lee celebrates after scoring the second goal for Sheffield Wednesday

...In which Kieran Lee's tidy finish gave the Owls an ultimately insurmountable 2-0 advantage.

Sheffield Wednesday celebrate after the game

A 1-1 draw on the South Coast sent Wednesday (ahem...) on their way to Wembley.

Sheffield Wednesday's Kieren Westwood looks dejected at the end of the match

And though Mo Diame's strike ended the Owls promotion hopes, few will ever forget that sunny spring day in the capital.

Sheffield Wednesday fans before the game

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