Looking at five of Sheffield Wednesday's best strikers from their Premier League days

General view of Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium

With the Owls in the hunt for a play-off place, we look back at some of the stars from their previous Premier League stints.

Mark Bright, Sheffield WednesdayMark Bright, Sheffield Wednesday

With just a few games in the Championship still to play, Sheffield Wednesday have given themselves an excellent chance of avenging their play-off final defeat last year by challenging to qualify for the top six again.

While there are still many twists and turns yet to go, some Wednesday fans are daring to dream again while others remember the older days and hope that Carlos Carvalhal's men can try and replicate them.

Those older days brought a lot of joy to the Owls, and especially the men whose job it was to put the ball in the back of the net. Here are five of Wednesday's best strikers from the Premier League era.

Mark Bright

What better place to start than with Wednesday's all time Premier League top scorer? After arriving from Crystal Palace in 1992 for the start of the new Premier League era, Bright was a revelation at Hillsborough, and plundered in 48 league goals in 133 appearances for the Owls. As well as for his goals, Bright will always be adored by a large section of Wednesday fans for his striker in the 1993 FA Cup semi-final against city rivals Sheffield United, with Bright scoring the winning goal to take them to the final and send their hated rivals out the competition. 

David Hirst - Sheffield Wednesday celebrates after scoring his teams first goal of the gameDavid Hirst - Sheffield Wednesday celebrates after scoring his teams first goal of the game

David Hirst

Hirst was banging in the goals for Wednesday long before the Premier League came along in 1992, and even represented England three times while wearing those blue and white stripes. The Barnsley born man scored 106 goals in 294 league games for Wednesday, with 34 of those coming in the newly branded Premier League, and formed a devastating partnership with Bright which saw the Owls gun down many an opponent. Injuries would later hamper his time at Hillsborough, but Hirst is still seen as an icon to this day.

Andy Booth

While Booth is perhaps more idolised by fans of Huddersfield Town than Sheffield Wednesday, he was more than a useful striker for the Owls, and hit 25 goals in 115 Premier League appearances. After arriving from Huddersfield in 1996, Booth was the Owls' top scorer in his first season with 13 goals, and even hung around for a season after Wednesday were relegated in 2000. In 2001 he returned to Huddersfield - via a loan spell at Tottenham Hotspur with Wednesday - and retired there in 2009. 

Di Canio Sheffield WednesdayDi Canio Sheffield Wednesday

Paolo Di Canio

His time at Hillsborough was short, but it didn't stop Di Canio becoming a firm favourite with Wednesday fans. After joining from Celtic in 1996, Di Canio's time in a Wednesday shirt was explosive to say the very least, with the Italian firing in 15 goals in 41 Premier League outings, but controversy was never far away. In 1998, Di Canio was given an 11 match ban for pushing over a referee after being sent off, and in January 1999 he was sold to West Ham United - who loved him even more than Wednesday fans did. 

Benito Carbone

From one Italian striker to another, though this one was somewhat less controversial than the former. Carbone arrived at Hillsborough from Inter Milan in 1996, and was a massive hit with supporters, firing in 25 goals in 96 Premier League appearances. In fact, Carbone was so popular at Wednesday, that he was voted Player of the Year in the 1998/99 season - but that would prove to be his last season for the Owls as following a contract dispute, Carbone left for Aston Villa in the summer of 1999. 

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